The Magnesium Factor fUple of search terms into Google made me grumpy Yes theact that he narrows his search terms cleverly is great but uite often inding information goes ar beyond Google u and inding the right search terms But again that might just be my professional prejudice showingOn the whole I had a lovely time with The Truth Against the World Gareth and Wyn are great protagonists and their tale of a ghostly girl looking The Summer House for peace is haunting and compelling If you like modern day ghost stories and one set in a differentrom usual locale that Sarah Jamila Stevenson s The Truth Against the World is certainly a book that should Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir fit your tastes I really enjoyed Stevenson s writing style and I d love to read of her work in theutureThis book was provided The Yankee Club for review by the publisher Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A haunting and tragic tale rich with Welsh history but lacking in action All the same I thought it was a very enjoyable readOpening Sentence Right over there behind the old church The ReviewThe Truth Against the World is about two teenagers Gareth and Wyn who are sure about one thing theiramily histories that they have been told are illed with gaps and something big happened in them Brought together by Wyn s blog and the ghost of a lonely child Orwen and Gareth must discover the truth no matter what it takes and bring peace to the restless spirits of a six year old girlOrwen s great grandmother is a proud Welsh lady living in the US and a sick one We watch with Wyn as her Gee Gee slowly dies an inevitable death with cancer It s impossible not to empathize with Wyn and I really liked her character She s shy but at the same time strong and proud Writing is how she expresses her emotions and reciting Welsh words in her head And then we have Gareth of London He s a typical teenager to the naked eye but we see how he eels in the chapters that are narrated by him I don t have much of an opinion when it comes to which point of view was better because each point of view was uniue with a vague poetic uality to it When it comes to romance in this book I guess there is a little no serious relationship or even kissing though You can see as Gareth and Wyn get closer but the love moved super slowThe pacing of this book was definitely slow but not necessarily in a bad way For me it worked the slowness in which it moved but I was a patient reader The author is trying to get across the points and clues in the mystery and in some ways it works others it s overkill After all its a kind of complicated storyline and needs a little review to really get it and I did For impatient people who love lots of action and romance I would suggest another novel But or people willing to wait to get clues to the plot and don t mind a lack of action I think you will enjoy this It may be slow but there is beautiful descriptions of Welsh scenery and the language and it has an aura of magic around itThe imagery of the little ghost girl Orwen a different Orwen rom the main character who goes by Wyn "could be creepy at times It wasn t a vengeful spirit who wanted revenge or anything just a " be creepy at times It wasn t a vengeful spirit who wanted revenge or anything just a dead girl who needed help In one scene Gareth sees Orwen the ghost in the mirror and his phone rings When picking it up he hears her voice talking to him and let me tell you this rightened me I don t know when it comes to scary books this or the most part is on the lower part of the list but
still very very reaky But I was reading at night when it very very reaky But I was reading at night when it raining too so I m not that much of a scaredy cat rightThe Truth Against the World was an enchanting book that I recommend to ans of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Heavily ocused on Welsh culture I loved learning a tiny bit of Welsh such as hywl awr goodbye The Welsh language is so gorgeous and Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability flowing and before reading this all I knew about Wales was that it was a place I m happy I got to learn about it the best way I know how a book Try out this novel and hywlawrNotable SceneAt irst all he heard was the sound of the wind And then a voice like a breath a little girl s voice You promised She whispered I m so lonely You promised All the while she looked at him pleading He elt as if his heart might break yet at the same time he was terrified He hung up the phone put it back on the desk But he didn t loom away Gradually the little girl s American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series formaded and all her could see through the window was moonlight and the dark shapes of neighbor s houses his own reflection wide eyed and paleFTC Advisory Flux provided me with a copy of The Truth Against the World No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged The Mother Zone for my review No matter what age group the author has in mindor her readership this book is a pleasant read or any adult She allows the suspense to build and build I was not even sure if she
Was Going To Resolve going to resolve until the very end For those with even a cursory acuaintance with the Welsh language or Wales itself her use of Welsh proverbs illuminates your path through the book And or those who have really The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish fallen under the Language of Heaven s spell it will both teach and hauntTim Doughty I enjoy a story where you areollowing clues and inding out secrets Wyn and Gareth went on an expedition to ind the truth about Wyn s great grandmother and this mysterious ghost with the same name as Wyn Olwen Nia Evans A un read The Truth Against the WorldSarah Jamila StevensonI am reading books that I think will Nothing she sees in her dreams of the old country the people the places makes any sense Could it all be the result of an overactive imagination or could everything she's been told about her ancestors.
Sarah Jamila Stevenson · 6 Free readA haunting lovely YA paranormal read ull of buried secrets The Truth Against the World was a Sicilian Lives fantastic book I really enjoyed reading this wonderful taleWynn was a lovely heroine She was easy to relate to and uite likable She was very determined especially when it came to helping her loved ones I really liked her She was a great characterGareth was also wonderful He was clever and very sweet He was the endearing cute nerd kind of guy and that made me really like him He was a total sweetieThe romance was minimal The mainocus of the book was the mystery that involved the ghost Wynn s great grandma and Gareth s Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art family But the potentialor romance was there in the background and I thought it was sweetI really liked the whole ghost mystery It took me by surprise as I never suspected what the truth turned out to be I thought it was really well done in a way that made it haunting and emotionalThe plot was well paced I wasn t completely riveted but I was kept interested the entire way through The draw of Alice Oliver finding out the truth kept me drawn in I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was a perfect way to wrap up the storyThe Truth Against the World was a wonderful YA paranormal read I really enjoyed reading this lovely book YA lovers this is a book you ll want to check outI received a complimentary copyrom the publisher in exchange The Protestant Temperament for an honest review A just the right amount of spooky ghost story withully realized characters and a ascinating setting Prompted me to get out a map and look a ew things up Sarah Jamila Stevenson s The Truth Against the World is a modern day Welsh ghost story that proves that ghosts can be The Radiant Child from any era and bound to earthor any reason It s about the secrets people keep and how a coincidental discovery of a tombstone out at a deserted ruin at the seaside can unravel those secrets decades on While the story Wyn and Gareth discover is tragic their story itself is lovely and astonishingly ree of insta love and relationship drama Instead the ocus is suarely on Olwen and helping her The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data find peaceWyn and Gareth were interesting characters While I connected strongly to Wyn I really liked Gareth and his gentle ways Wyn is a regular girl neither popular nor ostracised at school though with her bestriend busy with the student council her life there has become somewhat lonely Add to that the act that her grandmother Gee Gee has to move in with her amily due to terminal ill health and things are getting increasingly hard and she s becoming isolated Gareth on the other hand only starts Tempting Eden feeling isolated once he encounters little Olwen in a cromlech and she starts haunting him appearing on his phone in pictures calling him and changing his ring tone to an old Welsh tune When Garethinds Wyn while searching Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, for information on Olwen they immediatelyeel a connection but it isn t a romantic one Instead it is kinship and their mutual link to Olwen that
draws them together and even if there is a growing attraction and the possibility of that isthem together and even if there is a growing attraction and the possibility of that is in the Talking to Dragons future and not really relevant to this storyI loved Wyn s bookishness and her strong desire to learn about her Welsh heritage and learning the language Her bond with Gee Gee was lovely and I completely understood her need to know about her great grandmother s youth in Wales This book made me wish I d asked my grandparents about their youth and their experiences during the war Gareth made me laugh especially his bickering with his little brother which was very recognisable having two of those myself The only characters beyond Wyn and Gareth that I reallyelt were Three Times the Love fullyleshed out were Gee Gee and Wyn s parents The other characters The Drowning Man felt somewhat distant except Hugh and Annie but even they are only known as the cabbie and his wife who help Wyn practice her Welsh I guess this emphasises how isolated Wyn and Garetheel This isolation is echoed in Gee Gee s story and in the atmosphere of this small Welsh town where nothing happens and time has seemingly stood stillThe Truth Against the World is a combination of a mystery and a story about dealing with love and loss Gee Gee s passing and the months leading up to that are poignant and not just sad but beautiful too As The Bride of Willow Creek for the mystery the clues and links between them are seeded throughout the book and are thereor the GREAT INVESTMENT, THE finding A reasonably perceptive reader will be able to piece the clues together on their own before Stevenson reveals the solution The eventual resolution of the story was clever and I really liked how it was all linked together All the lead characters in this tale are left with some sort of peace even if the grief and pain haven t miraculously disappearedStevenson s love of Wales its countryside and vistas and its language clearly shine through in the narrative Stevenson also writes their internal dialogue uite well but there were some elements of the narrative that didn t workor me as well For one the pacing elt somewhat uneven Sometimes large amounts time lew time The Lively Art of Writing flew hardly a mention and then we spent entire chapters on just one event And the taleelt a bit meandering in places which made the story eel a bit padded But my biggest peeve with the book and one that is wholly personal and probably a librarian uirk was the act that Gareth s computer skills often were demonstrated by his inding things online This in itself isn t that bad but the act that it s painted several times as nothing else but plugging a co. When Olwen Nia Evans learns that her amily is moving rom San Francisco to Wales to ulfill her great grandmother's dying wish she starts having strange and vivid dreams about her amily's past But. E suitable or our High School students Regrettably most are not well written with not very good stories This book was an exception well written authentic in its Welsh setting the author is an American so congratulations very well researchedand a charming ghost story The characters were well drawn and sympathetic No soppy romance between the the two teenage characters but a suggestion that there was a The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness fondness there that could develop A very satisfying little story which I m sure teenage readers would enjoyRead 16th February 2014I rate this 4 stars To see myull review was a very interesting concept but the development of the story was just a tad slow The Leadership Gap for me Part of this stemsrom the Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) fact that I was able to predict many of the events prior to them happening which in turn made the mystery aspect of the novelall a bit Serenity Role Playing Game flat I did like the main characters but much of their conversations and actions didn t piue my interest Much time is spent leading up to their meeting and hashing out theories but I didn teel that there was very much action within the novel at all and I really need action to keep my attention Unfortunately this novel just wasn t Save the Cupcake! for me The Truth Against the World is a ghost story and a mystery Gareth Lewis is on aamily outing when he stumbles across a cromlech with a grave marker Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, for a little girl named Olwen Nia Evans While searchingor his phone that he dropped he meets the ghost of the little girl who gives him back his phone This encounter prompts Gareth to research this Olwen and his search turns up a blog run by a girl in the United States with the same nameWyn and her Tressed to Kill family are preparing to visit Walesor awhile as her great grandmother or her Gee Gee wants to spend her inal days in her home country An email rom Gareth prompts Wyn to try to get information The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev from her Gee Gee about her life before moving to the States butor some reason she s not talking Wyn also starts having vivid dreams about her Gee Gee when she was young and still in WalesWith Wyn s dreams and Gareth being pretty much haunted by the ghost of a sad and lonely little girl they make plans to meet in Wales and try to igure out this mystery or themselves since no one wants to talk about those days when young Olwen was aliveWhat I likedI liked the mystery in this book Wyn and Gareth are trying desperately to igure out who the little girl was before Wyn has to go back to California With Wyn s grandmother constantly skirting around the subject while she is still able to talk at all they turn to the museum and the townsfolk that knew Wyn s Gee GeeI also uite liked the characters in this book They weren t the most excited characters to read about to be honest But they were very likable to make up or it Gareth is trying super hard to help Wyn igure this all out He s a really great riend to Wyn during these hard times with her Gee Gee s health slipping away He s a little sweetieWyn is dealing with a lot Watching her Gee Gee dying and trying to The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School figure out this mystery and dealing with her strange dreams It seems like she was needing ariend too because her riend school seemed to
ALWAYS BE TOO BUSY TO HANG OUT WITH HERbe too busy to hang out with it s good that she ound Gareth Or rather Gareth The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School found herI liked the relationship between Wyn and Gareth There isn t any romance in this book but there is definitely a potentialor it I liked their The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense friendship and how they were thereor each other despite not knowing each other or very longWhat I did not likeWhile I did somewhat enjoy this book I elt like I waited way too long or something to actually happen I think it was like 200 pages before I elt myself getting at all invested in this book I didn t hate the beginning of this book there wasn t anything bad about it but it was kind of boring I m glad that I ended up taking this book with me on my light to Indiana earlier this month because I don t really know if I would have been able to make myself keep reading if I had other optionsI ound the mystery to be kind of predictable For the most part I don t think it s meant to be set up to where you can t kinda igure out what s going on but I had the end twist igured out really early on in the bookThe other thing I didn t like about this book was how time passed in this book It The Cake House felt like it just passed really oddly Like when you re reading about Wyn and Gareth s interactions iteels like they got together were like Oh hi I have to go bye But I think I was supposed to believe that they had been hanging out The Essential Tantra: A Modern Guide to Sacred Sexuality for a significant amount of time than like 3 seconds I don t know if that s a good way to describe how Ielt about this all I know is it threw me off than once when I was readingOverall this was an okay book The characters were likable The mystery was interesting if a little bit predictable I think this book would probably be good The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success for readers who are perhaps a bit on the younger side 35 StarsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a BibliophileI read Sarah Jamila Stevenson s The Latte Rebellion earlier this year and enjoyed it When I discovered she had a new book coming out this year that took place in Wales and had a ghostly element to it I couldn t wait to read it The Truth Against the World delivered nicely on its promise Wyn isascinated by the history and The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes folklore of her great grandmother s native Wales She has grown up listening to the stories and hanging on every word She even recently began trying to learn to speak. Be a lieOnce in Wales she meets Gareth Lewis a boy plagued by dreams of his own visions he can't shake after meeting a ghost among the misty cairns along the Welsh seasideA ghost named Olwen Nia Eva.