Author: Michaela MacColl
Genre: Young Adult - Historical Fiction / Mystery
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Published by: Chronicle Books
Historical fiction, particularly YA is fairly new to me. I'm usually a Contemporary girl, or steadfast Paranormal fan, but recently the historical elements have been weaving themselves into my reading habits. I'm sure almost everyone has heard of the Brontë sisters in one way or another and even though this is the first time I was actually learning more about them, I was excited to get some classic fiction into my library.
Charlotte and Emily couldn't be more different, and that is definitely clear from the start. But one thing that is undeniably clear is how they became so known for their name and place in history.
A true romantic and hard-working girl, Charlotte is always thinking straight and toward her planned future. She follows the traditions and rules and aside from her love of writing, romance plays a huge part in her story, but the thing she wants the most was for Emily to feel at home at the Academy as she does. But Emily is different, she craves a wild adventure, seeks freedom and doesn't want to be tied down to anyone or thing. She had a wandering mind and spirit that couldn't be contained in any space or time. It's no surprise she loved writing like her sister, but that was probably their only similarity personality or hobby wise.
Charlotte wants Emily to be more observant and conventional to the times, but Emily wasn't one to follow the rules. I could definitely see why the sisters are loved and how inspiring the scenes in their hometown conjured up their love for writing, especially on the moors that inspired some of their works.
Mysteries always hook my attention and Always Emily lived up to my love of them. I found myself turning page after page as the anticipation grew with the telling of the story. Adventure-seeking Emily and traditional-bound Charlotte are spun into the secrets and enigma, building to a novel that any Brontë fan will adore as they work together to piece the pieces of a mystery together. This was my first time reading about anything Brontë, and I'm definitely going to do more research and reading into the sisters that made a massive name in Literature and our novel-loving hearts.
The climax of any mystery is always my favourite part. When all the details come together to have made the story possible just gives me that book-buzz.
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