The Boy With the Tiger’s Heart by Linda Coggin (Quickie review)

the boySummary from Goodreads

A girl raised in the wild, a desperate race for freedom and a boy with a fiercely guarded secret…

When Nona’s guardian kills himself, she is immediately suspected of murdering him. In a world where nature and darkness are feared, where wild animals are killed or held captive and cities are illuminated by permanent light, who will believe her innocence? Nona must flee with her only friend – a bear who is strangely human.

In their desperate attempt to escape capture, Nona and her bear encounter two strange boys, Caius and Jay. Together, the four of them will hide, and fight, and make the deadliest of enemies in their desperate race to a forbidden place called The Edge – where nature is unrestrained, where there is light and shade, forest and mountain, and where there are no shackles or boundaries.

A poetic, haunting and unforgettable modern fable about nature, society, and what it is that makes us human.

Paperback, 229 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Hot Key Books (first published August 28th 2014)

Quickie Review

I throughly enjoyed this book. It was one of those reads that devour you in one simple sitting and make you pause just for a little moment to think…

The storyline itself for the most part was edgy, dangerous almost and I enjoyed getting wrapped up in its intensity. having said that I felt like there was a deeper thread to the overall storyline that |I just wasn’t grasping….there was something more and I was oblivious.

The characters vibrated right off the pages and I enjoyed getting to know the main character, Nona. I really would have liked the relationship between Nona and the bear (Able dancer) to have been played out a little more, because I thought she really ‘got’ him in a way like no other. I adored the wonderfully vivid descriptors that helped me imagine the wonderfully crafted world…without overdoing things.

To be completely honest this was a strange little tale full of intrigue and edge-of-your-seat moments. I would have loved to see the overall story expanded upon as it really did have so much more potential. A good read but probably not one that would be overly memorable.

3/5 Stars


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