Thursday, July 12, 2012

*REVIEW* The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti

Controlled by her father and bound by desert, Frenenqer Paje’s life is tediously the same, until a small act of rebellion explodes her world and she meets a boy, but not just a boy--a Free person, a winged person, a shape-shifter. He has everything Frenenqer doesn’t. No family, no attachments, no rules. At night, he flies them to the far-flung places of their childhoods to retrace their pasts. But when the delicate balance of their friendship threatens to rupture into something more, Frenenqer must confront her isolation, her father, and her very sense of identity, breaking all the rules of her life to become free.
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    Frenenqer is not an ordinary girl and at times she seemed to give up too easy for me but then you have to look at how she was raised.  Even emotion is banned in her house, it's the speak when spoken to world and even then you better make sure you say the right thing.  She feels as though she should have been born with wings, that she was not meant to be stuck in the hole that is the oasis.  She struggles with her "missing" wings and the constant feel of her fathers finger on her spine pushing her to do the right thing.  Upon making her first act of defiance her world is thrown off it's path and she really begins to become a person not just a shell of one.

This is a story of many firsts and will not be for everyone,  I personally adored it.  It's about a girl that wishes to fly, wishes to be free and despite all appearances wishes to be cared about.  One action that started to change and shape her life and could start her life if she chooses.  This is Frenenqer telling her story her way.  Her voice tends to be a little flat and if it weren't for the fact I could feel her struggle I may have stopped reading.  There in the struggle lies the girl that I wanted to see and knew was hidden.  Upon meeting a free person she starts to let herself go a little but like her wings that aren't there, her fathers finger keeps pushing her to do the right thing. I think that this was my biggest problem was that she shut herself down because of how she was "supposed" to be.  I just kept holding off for who I hoped she would become.

  Sangris (aka free person) is not only a conflict for Frenenqer but himself.  Nenner (his nickname for Frenenqer) changes his entire world.  This is actually why I think I loved this book so much.  Even though it's Frenenquer's story, the lesser story of Sangris really attracted me.  Being free sounds great right but it isn't all it seems.  No you aren't bound by many rules but you also aren't bound by family and for the most part friends.  I found that the more I read and seen Sangris the more I felt for him and the more I myself fell for him.  He ends up with far more of an attachment and more feelings than his "Nenner" wants.  His freedom was lonely and now he needs more.

  When all of the non-emotion and emotion came to a head I realized why I loved this book so much.  Rinsai  Rossetti created a book that was emotion and lesson packed like a contemporary (which I am quickly becoming addicted to) and gave it a very slight paranormal twist.  The attachment that grew between Sangris and Frenenqer was something well developed and I couldn't help but hold me breath when one of them was willing to put everything on the line to show that.  This is the number one reason to read this book, to find out how everything breaks and everything can start.

** This book was provided to me by Penguin Canada from a giveaway held
by Razorbill.
 


5 comments:

  1. I was contemplating reading this book. After reading your review, I think I want to read it even more! I too am becoming more attracted to Contemporary reads, and this one (especially with the paranormal twist) sounds like it should be a pretty good read. Should I break out the tissues for this one? Great review Tiff!

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  2. I see exactly what you meant yesterday! Your review really shows how much you loved this book - and I'm so happy you did, cause thanks to your enthusiastic and captivating review I am now very excited to pick it up myself! Thanks so much, Tiff <3 Loves ya!

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  3. Great review! I was really surprised myself that I really liked this book. The book is so unique, the names of the characters too.

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  4. I have seen this at the library multiple times, picked it up and admired its pretty cover.... then put it back. I am not entirely sure why. But after your review, and a couple of others, I think I will go ahead and take a chance with this one next time I am at the library

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  5. I love the cover! The synopsis and the cover look great. Your review really tempts me to buy it, thank you :)

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