My Name is Venus Black – Heather Lloyd

Happy belated release!

Thanks to Random House for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK – Heather Lloyd (out now!)

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

Going into MY NAME IS VENUS BLACK by Heather Lloyd I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I had seen some people talking about it and knew there was some mystery element to it. I’m not sure about other readers, but this is something I almost prefer doing with books – going into them with no preconceived notions or expectations. Despite being categorized as a more YA novel, it didn’t read like one.

Venus Black is a straight-A student and loves to study astronomy, and she is the last person you would ever expect to commit a shocking crime. Despite all the media attention the crime is receiving, Venus refuses to discuss it beyond blaming her mother. As if this wasn’t enough, her younger brother, Leo, goes missing.

She’s released from prison five years later and creates a new identity for herself to outrun her past. Still estranged from her mother, Venus is focused on trying to find her still missing brother. She quickly learns that running from her past isn’t going to improve her future.

We jump between Venus’ perspective and another girl. There are times when I love books from the perspective of kids or teenagers and other times when it’s hard to get through. This had a great balance and is about a dysfunctional family at its core. If you’re looking for more of a character study that involves some mystery and intrigue.

 

Is this one on your radar for 2018?

–Jess

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