A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeleine #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Published April 1st 2013
Arthur A. Levine Books
(Goodreads synopsis) The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty!This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot's dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds -- through an accidental gap that hasn't appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called "color storms;" a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the "Butterfly Child," whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses...
I really tried to get through this book. I got to 22% before I gave up. Every review I've seen people have been raving about it but I don't get it. People said you just have to get through the beginning that is slow and confusing but come on at 22% you should be able to gather where this is going. The character's are completely ridiculous. I am a random person, anyone who knows me knows you will catch random stuff but this is just out there.
So this book is between two worlds, England and Kingdom of Cello. The "speaker" never stays the same. Madeleine and Elliot are the main characters but other people take over randomly. Madeleine and Elliot are both fatherless. They are both in a search for their fathers but making no progress in finding them. Your never get a feel of the characters.
Bella is a complete idiot. She has her glimpses of intellect but then she ruins it with the way it comes out. Jack is just weird with his course hair and wart on his finger. Its cool that they have this different way of being home-schooled but that seemed to be the only cool thing it had going for it. I hate all this horoscopes and auras and anything in the witchcraft category so this was another turn off. It never went into detail about any of it but Belle and Jack's obsession with it was just annoying.
Elliot's friends on the other hand were really involved but and when they were Elliot goes and just kisses some girl. He has a sweet side with his family that was cute though.
I don't want to talk a whole mess of crap about this book but I really just did not like it. I really wanted to. The synopsis sounded like my type of book. Its unfortunate.