ARC Review: Release by Patrick Ness

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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: Release by Patrick NessRelease by Patrick Ness
Published by HarperTeen on September 19th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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4 Stars

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release.

I was SO excited to be approved for this eARC from Edelweiss because I’m a big Patrick Ness fan – his Chaos Walking series is one of my all time favorite series! I had really high hopes for this book and, while it didn’t quite meet my (very high) expectations, I really enjoyed it.

I was surprised to find that there is a parallel storyline in this book that gives it a paranormal twist. This second storyline is about a ghost of a girl who was murdered, a mystical queen, and a faun. In the end, these two storylines tie together, but I spent most of the book scratching my head and wondering what the heck was going on with this ghost!

The story takes place over the span of a day as we get glimpses into Adam’s past through his memories and get to know him and the other characters in the story better. I really loved Adam and his relationship with his best friend. This book is own voices gay representation in this book and I thought the depiction of high school romance was authentic and realistic. I loved that this book is sex positive, because we don’t see that much in YA, much less involving queer characters (there are some semi-explicit scenes).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Yes, the ghost storyline was strange, but that is easily overshadowed by Adam’s moving story about how the worst day in your life can lead to some good things. Adam is an authentic character who is looking for love and acceptance and to feel comfortable in his skin. I can see that not all Patrick Ness lovers would enjoy this because they might be expecting something different, but I recommend this to people who love contemporary, especially if you’re looking to read more own voices queer lit.

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One Response to “ARC Review: Release by Patrick Ness”

  1. Savannah

    This is a book I’ve been hearing loads about. Good to hear you enjoyed it 🙂 And I agree with you on the sex-positive books, there needs to be more
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