The Cost of All Things

The Cost of All Things

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama.

What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything.... When Ari's boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden--and sometimes dangerous--connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember.

Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.

Publisher: New York :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062320742
Characteristics: 407 pages


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Jul 03, 2015

I was drawn to this book because of the cover...I cannot explain it...except to say I liked the way the colours drew your eyes to the silouhettes on the page. Now that I have read the book, I think it is kind of fitting because each character gets a spell done, well almost each character, in order to feel more optimistic about their life and what is in it or not in it but what ends up happening is a weave of side effects that compound exponentially on each other and cast end up casting more shadow than light. My review may come across as depressing or bleak but I do not fill that way about this book. I was seduced by the way the story was told. I loved how each characters' voice uniquely represented their personality and yet at the same time gave us insight into how they would react with each other as well as empathy for them when they would do something in response to something said that would surprise even themselves. What I really admired with this author though was that she wrote the book through four different points of view directly but actually gave us five different points of view with the way she wrote in Echo ( the hekamists daughter). Echo was such a cool character (warning do not read past this if you don't want the possibility of a spoiler) and you feel with her how things are going to wrap up and I loved her heroics at the end. I cried because though she had the most supernatural gift she seemed the most grounded and down to earth out of all of them. The bit with the fire really got to me though and I think triggered some ptsd but that is not an insult. It is compliment. I found that the way the characters acted during the fire and after very true to real life. I was that person who had been on fire and looking like a crispy critter while I had people who cared come to visit and even though it was an accident the blame goes to a family member. I loved this book. It was sad but it was also in a backwards kind of way empowering. I guess because it shows that sometimes the things we fear embracing are the very same things that can help us through if we choose to accept them.

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