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Friday, 12 June 2015

ARC Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes + Bookmarks + Wallpapers

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Behind 400 Pages
Released: 22 June 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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At the Other End:
The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, and her ability to trust.

And when Minnow rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now the Kevinian Prophet has been murdered and the camp set aflame and it's clear Minnow knows something. But she's not talking. As she adjusts to a life behind bars in juvenile detention, Minnow struggles to make sense of all she has been taught to believe, particularly as she dwells on the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of; if she is willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.




Stephanie Oakes is a teacher and YA author from Washington State. Her debut novel, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY (Dial/Penguin, June 9, 2015), about a girl who escapes from a religious commune only to find herself at the center of a murder investigation, is based on the Grimm fairy tale, "The Handless Maiden."


THE ARSONIST, her second YA mystery through Dial/Penguin, is scheduled for publication in fall 2016.

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A stunning and horrifying novel that will leave you craving for every word no matter how horrible Minnow’s story is. 



Wow, I really needed a book like this. Something that has swept me off my feet, made me feel like I should re-evaluate my life and even made me stunned and horrified that I didn’t know how to stop reading, even after everything that happened. This book is absolutely fantastic, I cannot recommend this book enough. This is a must buy, and I’m definitely going to go out and buy it with its beautiful cover once it comes out.

I absolutely loved Minnow. She grows so much from the beginning of the book until the end. Even when she is remembering her time while in the Community, you can see that from when she first started with the memories to where it ended, she grew so much as a person. Then, juvie made her grow more, but it made her grow into the person that she is going to be and helped her accept what has happened, and also how to survive in the modern world. Sure, I wasn’t expecting the juvie aspect of this book, but it made it a whole lot better. I think for a standalone that it definitely needed it now, especially looking back at the book. It basically just set her life out for the future and the person that she is going to be from now on. I know I’ve said it twice already, but her time in the Community was horrifying. Seeing it all from an outside view made it so horrible, and you could see what was wrong and all the lies, but there is still that shock that overwhelms you to the point where you seriously are beyond tears for what has happened to Minnow, or to others who aren’t faithful to the Prophets standards.

You don’t learn the truth about the Community when you first start. It stretches over the entire book, and you only find out the truth right at the very end. It was done in a remarkable way, and everything fit into place at the end. At the start, you’ve got a general idea of what happened, but the truth is definitely a lot more complicated and it deserves every single page in this book. As much as I craved for the truth, you really needed to be ready for it. It’s definitely not something I was expecting, especially because of how dark and gothic the rest of this book actually is. But honestly, it was poetic justice and nothing else describes it better. It’s not just the Community side of things that made this book as good as it was. The juvie side was just as thrilling, and it helped us get a real sense about who Minnow is. In the Community, we don’t really get to see much about who she is, because her life is consumed with it, but now in Juvie she isn’t there anymore and she is free in a sense. It helps get a better understanding of her, and just generally helps us to connect with her.

The ending is perfect. It doesn’t leave us with much, but it leaves Minnow actually feeling free and is content no matter what the outcome is. No matter what happens, she is moving on with her life, and accepting of everything that has happened to her. (Sorry, could be considered a spoiler. Doesn’t actually reveal anything, but hints at how it ends) Sure, it’s not the usual kind of ending, where it leaves you with understanding exactly what is going to happen in the future, but I felt like this ending was better than most of them. It was fitting, especially because of who Minnow is and the nature of the entire story. Everyone should definitely go and read this book, when you read that it’s the most anticipated book of 2015 it’s believable. Believe the hype.




This novel was received for review via HarperCollins Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

1 comment:

  1. Great review, I glad you loved it. It seems like everyone is loving this book and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

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