A Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

A Room Away From the Wolves

Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina fi...


Details A Room Away From the Wolves

TitleA Room Away From the Wolves
Author
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Young Readers
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Magical Realism, Mystery, Fantasy
Rating

Reviews A Room Away From the Wolves

  • Emily May
    1970-01-01
    2 1/2 stars. I tried so very hard to love this book, but I really struggled with it.Nova Ren Suma's writing and stories are always somewhere between gorgeous and completely what-the-actual-fuck bonkers. Despite its weirdness, I really enjoyed The Walls Around Us, but I confess that was the first of her books I was able to finish. This one, I feel, was so hard to get through because I spent the majority of the story clueless as to what was going o...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    When I read Nova Ren Suma's first novel I had trouble settling in because her style is so unique, both real and surreal. It is hard to get your bearings in one of her books, but now I get that this is the joy of it. Her books are like impressionist paintings, looking like one thing up close and another from far away. This time I let myself relax and enjoy myself, which worked much better. She and I will never be a perfect fit, but it has nothing ...
  • Katherine Moore
    1970-01-01
    Full blog tour review post and GIVEAWAY for the book (until 9/5) can be found here: http://kamoorephoto.booklikes.com/pos...This wonderful story has one step inside reality, and the other is deep inside somewhere quite otherworldly, which is also somewhere that Nova Ren Suma’s writing sits. Her writing is what gives this simple tale of a young girl ‘Bina’, who runs away from home to a boarding house in New York City, so much character, orig...
  • Chelsea
    1970-01-01
    Not my favorite of her’s but damn, her writing so good. Some of those sentences she puts together...reminiscent of Laini Taylor. Very lyrical and the imagery is unparalleled. The story was...well, it was weird, which is to be expected from her but it wasn’t dark. I think The Walls Around Us hit with enough punch and eeriness to keep me hooked. This one didn’t have the oomph I wasn’t looking for. But did I mention her writing?
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    1970-01-01
    This is such an odd book and it’s hard to review without giving away the secrets. Bina’s mom makes her leave her home. She says it’s just for a month with friends, but Bina has another idea. She remembers stories her mom told her about a boarding house in New York. Her mom lived there while auditioning to be an actress. Her stories of freedom and having her own room appealed to Bina. After leaving her father, Bina’s mom met a man right aw...
  • Catie
    1970-01-01
    3 1/2 starsThis genre-bending, paranormal, realistic yet very trippy mystery is completely out of the box as per usual for Nova Ren Suma. It has rich, emotional writing and made me want to visit New York City again soon. However, the mystery itself lost me somewhere along the way. It felt like the key details were strewn haphazardly across the story, leaving me to pick them up at random. I wanted the reveal to be tighter and more strategic – I ...
  • Melissa Sarno
    1970-01-01
    Haunting and beautifully written.
  • Jennie
    1970-01-01
    So gorgeous and haunting. Nova Ren Suma is a treasure.
  • Andria
    1970-01-01
    A thoroughly gorgeous modern gothic that combines so many of the things I love in a book: runaways, an all-girl boarding house (evocative of a boarding school setting), New York City, complicated and fraught mother-daughter relationships, an unsettling atmosphere of steadily growing unease, lush and lovely prose, and oh yes GHOSTS. Sometimes it feels like Nova Ren Suma is writing specifically for me, she hits all the right marks.
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Mooooody.Reviewed in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of Horn Book.
  • The Nerd Daily
    1970-01-01
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceThere’s something so beautiful about the way A Room Away From The Wolves is written. It’s a haunting, riveting, and oh so delightfully mysterious story to get lost in. Believe me, you will get lost in this story. The tension that builds as this story begins to unfold won’t let you put the book down until you’re tearing through the last page.This story is chaotic and yet n...
  • Simant ♥ Flipping Through the Pages
    1970-01-01
    Full review on: FLIPPING THROUGH THE PAGESSo, A Room Away from the Wolves is like the most confusing book.. ever.. for me. I am still not sure about my feelings. Did I hate it? Did I enjoy this? I seriously don’t have a clear answer to both these questions. For half of the book, I was like “wait, what’s happening? It’s so confusing” and for the other half, I was like “I can’t put it down. I have to know what’s going to happen”.T...
  • Dawn Abron
    1970-01-01
    So I loved The Walls All Around us and I was expecting a strange story but this book just didn't get going.It started off so good. I love Suma's metaphorical writing and the way she allows the reader to fill in the gaps. I loved the weird relationship between Bina and her mother. I liked most of the supporting characters.My issue with this book was the pacing. I needed Suma to start telling me what the hell was going on but she just piled and pil...
  • Chelsea
    1970-01-01
    DNF @ pg 132Nova Ren Suma has a lovely, densely metaphorical writing style, but her execution in terms of the story and plotting always leaves something to be desired. Her stories thrive on a lot of confusion, and as a reader it just doesn't work for me. Recommended for those who have loved Suma's other works.
  • Hilary (SongsWroteMyStory)
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.Have you ever read a book where you spend half the book saying 'I don't even know what's going on!' and the other half  saying 'I just can't put this down, you need to wait!'?If not, do I have the book for you.I still don't completely understand what happened in this book, if I'm being totally honest. I have so many questions about what happened and who and w...
  • Alyssa
    1970-01-01
    Review originally posted at A Lovely Book Affair.Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.“Somtimes a person can’t tell you what you already know,” she said. “Somestimes you have to see it for yourself. Then you’ll believe.”Bina has had a pretty complicated upbrining. Leaving her crap father with her mother and hitchhiking only to be thrust into this new step-family where her step-sisters are basically scum of the earth. So ma...
  • Paige Green
    1970-01-01
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free through KidLitExchange. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 3/5Genre: YA FantasyRecommended Age: 16+ (depictions/mentions of suicide, abuse, assault, dark humor)Pages: 304Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could ev...
  • Stephanie Ward
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars'A Room Away From the Wolves' is a mystery filled with twists, turns, and questions built upon questions. This was the first book I've read by the author and maybe it's because I'm not used to her writing style, but I feel so lost about this novel. I'm honestly not sure if I liked it, loved it, or didn't like it at all. I had no expectations or hopes going in, but I'm thinking that might have been a disadvantage. After reading other revi...
  • elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    Thank you very much to Algonquin Young Readers and Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced readers edition. It begins with Bina who is being kicked out by her mother in favor of her husband and his two daughters. Her mother has set her up to stay with family friends but after years of frustration with her life she sets her sights for New York City instead. To a boarding house which just so happens to be the center of most of ...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    If poetry could be prose then Nova Ren Suma would be the Beatles of it. Her lyrical and often mesmerizing phrasing pulls beauty and atmosphere off the page and fills your senses. Much like a pointillist painter gives you a whole scene from afar but it becomes a blur of tiny points of paint the closest one gets to the portrait. Or in the case of the ladies in the Catherine house, seeing a picture one the stair case from afar can often be quite dif...
  • Kait
    1970-01-01
    Bina has always hoped that her life would be something bigger, something more. But when she and her mother finally leave her abusive father, her dreams of an unpredictable but free life are squashed when her mother settles down with the next man she meets, prioritizing a stepfather who largely ignores Bina’s existence and two cruel stepsisters over Bina herself, all in the name of security.Years have gone by since then, but Bina still hasn’t ...
  • Zoë Danielle
    1970-01-01
    A Room Away From The Wolves by Nova Ren Suma is the story of Bina, a 17-year-old girl who has a bad relationship with her stepfather and stepsister, and whose mother has sent her away for the summer. Bina decides to take the opportunity to visit Catherine House, a young women's residence in New York City that her mother once stayed at. However, it turns out that her mother didn't tell her everything about her stay at Catherine House, and the hou...
  • Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
    1970-01-01
    I need to think on this one for a while. My rating may change. I just chose 3 because it's in the middle and I'm feeling VERY in the middle and weird about this one. Also, if you know what the heck this was about-- please let me in on it!!
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Yes to magical realism, mysterious boarding houses, ghosts and strange, lying girls. Yes to New York City, crazy cat ladies, and tiny hidden doors.But this book also comes with some no. No to mystery so shrouded in hazy mystery that you never ger any answers or resolution. The writing was lovely, haunting and mysterious, but the lack of answers and overall confusion kept this from a 5 star read.
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    4.5/5 stars. This was incredibly atmospheric and stunningly written - Full RTC!