Grumpy Yes the fact that he narrows his search terms cleverly is great but uite often finding information goes far beyond Google fu and finding the right search terms But again that might just be my professional prejudice showingOn the whole I had a lovely time with The Truth Against the World Gareth and Wyn are great protagonists and their tale of a ghostly girl looking for peace is haunting and compelling If you like modern day ghost stories and one set in a different from usual locale that Sarah Jamila Stevenson s The Truth Against the World is certainly a book that should fit your tastes I really enjoyed Stevenson s writing style and I d love to read of her work in the futureThis book was provided for review by the publisher A just the right amount of spooky ghost story with fully realized characters and a fascinating setting Prompted me to get out a map and look a few things up A haunting lovely YA paranormal read full of buried secrets The Truth Against the World was a fantastic book I really enjoyed reading this wonderful taleWynn was a lovely heroine She was easy to relate to and uite lik I enjoy a story where you are following clues and finding out secrets Wyn and Gareth went on an expedition to find the truth about Wyn s great grandmother and this mysterious ghost with the same name as Wyn Olwen Nia Evans A fun read No matter what age group the author has in mind for her readership this book is a pleasant read for any adult She allows the suspense to build and build I was not even sure if she was going to resolve everything until the very end For those with even a cursory acuaintance with the Welsh language or Wales itself her use of Welsh proverbs illuminates your path through the book And for those who have really fallen under the Language of Heaven s spell it will both teach and hauntTim Doughty Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A haunting and tragic tale rich with Welsh history but lacking in action All the same I thought it was a very enjoyable readOpening Sentence Right over there behind the old church The ReviewThe Truth Against the World is about two teenagers Gareth and Wyn who are sure about one thing their family histories that they have been told are filled with gaps and something big happened in them Brought together by Wyn s blog and the ghost of a lonely child Orwen and Gareth must discover the truth no matter what it takes and bring peace to the restless spirits of a six year old girlOrwen s great grandmother is a proud Welsh lady living in the US and a sick one We watch with Wyn as her Gee Gee slowly dies an inevitable death with cancer It s impossible not to empathize with Wyn and I really liked her character She s shy but at the same time strong and proud Writing is how she expresses her emotions and reciting Welsh words in her head And then we have Gareth of London He s a typical teenager to the naked eye but we see how he feels in the chapters that are narrated by him I don t have much of an opinion when it comes to which point of view was better because each point of view was uniue with a vague poetic uality to it When it comes to romance in this book I guess there is a little no serious relationship or even issing though You can see as Gareth and Wyn get closer but the love moved super slowThe pacing of this book was definitely slow but not necessarily in a bad way For me it
"worked the slowness "the slowness which it moved but I was a patient reader The author is #Trying To Get Across #to get across points and clues in the mystery and in some ways it works others it s overkill After all its a Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation kind of complicated storyline and needs a little review to really get it and I did For impatient people who love lots of action and romance I would suggest another novel But for people willing to wait to get clues to the plot and don t mind a lack of action I think you will enjoy this It may be slow but there is beautiful descriptions of Welsh scenery and the language and it has an aura of magic around itThe imagery of the little ghost girl Orwen a different Orwen from the main character who goes by Wyn could be creepy at times It wasn t a vengeful spirit who wanted revenge or anything just a sad dead girl who needed help In one scene Gareth sees Orwen the ghost in the mirror and his phone rings When picking it up he hears her voice talking to him and let me tell you this frightened me I don tnow when it comes to scary books this for the most part is on the lower part of the list but still very very freaky But I was reading at night when it was raining too so I m not that much of a scaredy cat rightThe Truth Against the World was an enchanting book that I recommend to fans of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Heavily focused on Welsh culture I loved learning a tiny bit of Welsh such as hywl fawr goodbye The Welsh language is so gorgeous and flowing and before reading this all I Gender Justice knew about Wales was that it was a place I m happy I got to learn about it the best way Inow how a book Try out this novel and hywl fawrNotable SceneAt first all he heard was the sound of the wind And then a voice like a breath a little girl s voice You promised She whispered I m so lonely You promised All the while she looked at him pleading He felt as if his heart might break yet at the same time he was terrified He hung up the phone put it back on the desk But he didn t loom away Gradually the little girl s form faded and all her could see through the window was moonlight and the dark shapes of neighbor s houses his own reflection wide eyed and paleFTC Advisory Flux provided me with a copy of The Truth Against the World No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged for my review. Be a lieOnce in Wales she meets Gareth Lewis a boy plagued by dreams of his own visions he can't shake after meeting a ghost among the misty cairns along the Welsh seasideA ghost named Olwen Nia Eva. ,
35 StarsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a BibliophileI read Sarah Jamila Stevenson s The Latte Rebellion earlier this year and enjoyed it When I discovered she had a new book coming out this year that took place in Wales and had a ghostly element to it I couldn t wait to read it The Truth Against the World delivered nicely on its promise Wyn is fascinated by the history and folklore of her great grandmother s native Wales She has grown up listening to the stories and hanging on every word She even recently began trying to learn to speak Welsch Gee Gee s dying of cancer and wishes to return to her homeland one time and it Wyn and her parents are taking her Wyn is deeply upset by Gee Gee s impending death They are very close This is what I really loved about this novel I liked Wyn s relationship with Gee Gee her relationship with her parents even when strained and father s relationship with his grandmother This book is all about the ties of family and history how those things affect our present and future Stories that explore these things are favorites of mine and I think Wyn is an excellent character for exploring them with Gareth Lewis the boy who finds Wyn online after having a disturbing encounter with a ghost bearing her name is also an excellent character for this His great grandfather lives in the same town Gee Gee is from He and Wyn have an eery amount of things in common including the strange things that are happening to them I appreciated how genuine both of these characters read They are both only 15 and their parents are heavily involved in all of their decisions and actions The interactions between both teens and their parents are ones that occur in households the world over every day They both sound young because they are young though intelligent This is a slower story It unfolds piece by piece Don t go into this expecting to get a thrilling tale of creepy hauntings with twists on every page It is not that sort of book The mystery that Wyn and Gareth are unraveling is not all that difficult to figure out as an outsider and an adult but I thoroughly enjoyed watching them make the discovery themselves at the same time discovering each other the town of their heritage and the past If you enjoy the sort of book that does all of these things well this is one you should definitely pick upI read an e galley received from the publisher Flux via NetGalley The Truth Against the World goes on sale June 8th The Truth Against the World is a ghost story and a mystery Gareth Lewis is on a family outing when he stumbles across a cromlech with a grave marker for a little girl named Olwen Nia Evans While searching for his phone that he dropped he meets the ghost of the little girl who gives him back his phone This encounter prompts Gareth to research this Olwen and his search turns up a blog run by a girl in the United States with the same nameWyn and her family are preparing to visit Wales for awhile as her great grandmother or her Gee Gee wants to spend her final days in her home country An email from Gareth
prompts Wyn to try to get information from her Gee Gee aboutWyn to try to get information from her Gee Gee about life before moving to the States but for some reason she s not talking Wyn also starts having vivid dreams about her Gee Gee when she was young and still in WalesWith Wyn s dreams and Gareth being pretty much haunted by the ghost of a sad and lonely little girl they make plans to meet in Wales and try to figure out this mystery #for themselves since no one wants to talk about those days when young #themselves since no one wants to talk about those days when young was aliveWhat I likedI liked the mystery in this book Wyn and Gareth are trying desperately to figure out who the little girl was before Wyn has to go back to California With Wyn s grandmother constantly skirting around the subject while she is still able to talk at all they turn to the museum and the townsfolk that Generations and Collective Memory knew Wyn s Gee GeeI also uite liked the characters in this book They weren t the most excited characters to read about to be honest But they were very likable to make up for it Gareth is trying super hard to help Wyn figure this all out He s a really great friend to Wyn during these hard times with her Gee Gee s health slipping away He s a little sweetieWyn is dealing with a lot Watching her Gee Gee dying and trying to figure out this mystery and dealing with her strange dreams It seems like she was needing a friend too because her friend from school seemed to always be too busy to hang out with her So it s good that she found Gareth Or rather Gareth found herI liked the relationship between Wyn and Gareth There isn t any romance in this book but there is definitely a potential for it I liked their friendship and how they were there for each other despite notnowing each other for very longWhat I did not likeWhile I did somewhat enjoy this book I felt like I waited way too long for something to actually happen I think it was like 200 pages before I felt myself getting at all invested in this book I didn t hate the beginning of this book there wasn
anything bad about it it was ind of boring I m glad that I ended up taking this book with me on my flight to Indiana earlier this month because I don t really now if I would have been able to make myself From Notes to Narrative keep reading if I had other optionsI found the mystery to beind of predictable For the most part I don t think it s meant to be set up to where you can t inda figure out what s going on but I had the end twist figured out really early on in the bookThe other thing I didn t like about this book was how time passed in this book It felt like it just passed really oddly Like when you re reading about Wyn and Gareth s interactions it feels like they got together wer. When Olwen Nia Evans learns that her family is moving from San Francisco to Wales to fulfill her great grandmother's dying wish she starts having strange and vivid dreams about her family's past But. ,T Anything Bad About It
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E like Oh hi I have to go bye But I think I was supposed to believe that they had been hanging out for a significant amount of time than like 3 seconds I don t now if that s a good way to describe how I felt about this all I God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School know is it threw me off than once when I was readingOverall this was an okay book The characters were likable The mystery was interesting if a little bit predictable I think this book would probably be good for readers who are perhaps a bit on the younger side To see my full review was a very interesting concept but the development of the story was just a tad slow for me Part of this stems from the fact that I was able to predict many of the events prior to them happening which in turn made the mystery aspect of the novel fall a bit flat I did like the main characters but much of their conversations and actions didn t piue my interest Much time is spent leading up to their meeting and hashing out theories but I didn t feel that there was very much action within the novel at all and I really need action toeep my attention Unfortunately this novel just wasn t for me The Truth Against the WorldSarah Jamila StevensonI am reading books that I think will be suitable for our High School students Regrettably most are not well written with not very good stories This book was an exception well written authentic in its Welsh setting the author is an American so congratulations very well researchedand a charming ghost story The characters were well drawn and sympathetic No soppy romance between the the two teenage characters but a suggestion that there was a fondness there that could develop A very satisfying little story which I m sure teenage readers would enjoyRead 16th February 2014I rate this 4 stars Sarah Jamila Stevenson s The Truth Against the World is a modern day Welsh ghost story that proves that ghosts can be from any era and bound to earth for any reason It s about the secrets people Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) keep and how a coincidental discovery of a tombstone out at a deserted ruin at the seaside can unravel those secrets decades on While the story Wyn and Gareth discover is tragic their story itself is lovely and astonishingly free of insta love and relationship drama Instead the focus is suarely on Olwen and helping her find peaceWyn and Gareth were interesting characters While I connected strongly to Wyn I really liked Gareth and his gentle ways Wyn is a regular girl neither popular nor ostracised at school though with her best friend busy with the student council her life there has become somewhat lonely Add to that the fact that her grandmother Gee Gee has to move in with her family due to terminal ill health and things are getting increasingly hard and she s becoming isolated Gareth on the other hand only starts feeling isolated once he encounters little Olwen in a cromlech and she starts haunting him appearing on his phone in pictures calling him and changing his ring tone to an old Welsh tune When Gareth finds Wyn while searching for information on Olwen they immediately feel a connection but it isn t a romantic one Instead it isinship and their mutual link to Olwen that draws them together and even if there is a growing attraction and the possibility of that is all in the future and not really relevant to this storyI loved Wyn s bookishness and her strong desire to learn about her Welsh heritage and learning the language Her bond with Gee Gee was lovely and I completely understood her need to now about her great grandmother s youth in Wales This book made me wish I d asked my grandparents about their youth and their experiences during the war Gareth made me laugh especially his bickering with his little brother which was very recognisable having two of those myself The only characters beyond Wyn and Gareth that I really felt were fully fleshed out were Gee Gee and Wyn s parents The other characters felt somewhat distant except Hugh and Annie but even they are only nown as the cabbie and his wife who help Wyn practice her Welsh I guess this emphasises how isolated Wyn and Gareth feel This isolation is echoed in Gee Gee s story and in the atmosphere of this small Welsh town where nothing happens and time has seemingly stood stillThe Truth Against the World is a combination of a mystery and a story about dealing with love and loss Gee Gee s passing and the months leading up to that are poignant and not just sad but beautiful too As for the mystery the clues and links between them are seeded throughout the book and are there for the finding A reasonably perceptive reader will be able to piece the clues together on their own before Stevenson reveals the solution The eventual resolution of the story was clever and I really liked how it was all linked together All the lead characters in this tale are left with some sort of peace even if the grief and pain haven t miraculously disappearedStevenson s love of Wales its countryside and vistas and its language clearly shine through in the narrative Stevenson also writes their internal dialogue uite well but there were some elements of the narrative that didn t work for me as well For one the pacing felt somewhat uneven Sometimes large amounts of time flew by with hardly a mention and #then we spent entire chapters on just one event And the tale felt #we spent
entire chapters on just one event And the tale felt bit meandering in places which made thechapters on just one event And the tale felt bit meandering in places which made the feel a bit padded But my biggest peeve with the book and one that is wholly personal and probably a librarian uirk was the fact that Gareth s computer skills often were demonstrated by his finding things online This in itself isn t that bad but the fact that it s painted several times as nothing else but plugging a couple of search terms into Google made me. Nothing she sees in her dreams of the old country the people the places makes any sense Could it all be the result of an overactive imagination or could everything she's been told about her ancestors.