It’s Standalone Sunday time again and if you are relatively new to this meme, it was made by Megan over at Book Slayer Reads. This is one of my favourite memes because it gives us the opportunity to share all the great standalone books out there, and more often than not, I prefer them over series.
Anyway, I’ll stop rambling and share my choice of the week which is:
The Island At The End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
From the author of the bestselling tale The Girl of Ink & Stars comes a beautiful new adventure about finding your way home.
Ami lives with her mother on an island where the sea is as blue as the sky. It’s all she knows and loves, but the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: her island is to be made into a colony for lepers. Taken from her mother and banished across the sea, Ami faces an uncertain future in an orphanage. There she meets a honey-eyed girl named for butterflies, and together they discover a secret that will lead her on an adventure home. Ami must go back to the island of no return, but will she make it in time?
I knew nothing about this book until I read something in the culture or review section of The Guardian newspaper last week, and the blurb instantly told me that I had to go out and purchase this book for myself. I was a little hesitant considering I was not the greatest fan of the author’s previous book, The Girl of Ink and Stars, but I needn’t have had those doubts. The story was beautifully presented, full of heart-wrenching emotion, and I loved the butterfly motif that weaved throughout.
Recommended for anyone, and especially people who have read The Island by Victoria Hislop.
Thanks for reading and have a good day!