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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: The 100 Year Miracle by Ashley Ream

Title: The 100 Year Miracle
Author: Ashley Ream
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: May 24, 2016
Source: Publisher

What's the Story?:

From "Once a century, for only six days, the bay around a small Washington island glows like a water-bound aurora. Dr. Rachel Bell, a scientist studying the 100-Year Miracle and the tiny sea creatures that create it, knows a secret about the phenomenon that inspired the region’s myths and folklore: the rare green water may contain a power that could save Rachel's own life (and change the world). When Rachel connects with Harry and Tilda, a divorced couple cohabiting once again as Harry enters the last stages of a debilitating disease, Harry is pulled into Rachel's obsession and hope as they both grasp at this once-in-a-lifetime chance to save themselves.

But the Miracle does things to people. Strange and mysterious things. And as these things begin to happen, Rachel has only six days to uncover and control the Miracle's secrets before the waters go dark for another hundred years."

My Two Cents:

"The 100 Year Miracle" is the story of Rachel, Tilda, and Harry, three characters who come together in some very surprising ways. Every 100 years, water surrounding the area where Harry and Tilda glows green with bio luminescence. Rachel believes that she knows how to harness the power of the water in order to create life saving substance. It'll change the lives of her and those around her. This is a very original story that captivated my mind and imagination.

The characters in this book fascinated. Rachel is especially fascinating. She is a scientist driven in doing something good with the glowing green water even if it means sneaking around in order to do it. I really wanted to know more about what made her tick. She is so secretive throughout the book that it was hard to really get to know her throughout the story because I felt like I was being held at arm's length. I wanted to know more about her and why she wants to do what she does throughout the book.

Overall, the writing of the book was pretty good. The story is very original, which kept me engaged in seeing where it goes. I love books that can surprise one and this one definitely did that. The ending especially surprised me!  


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