Saturday, January 29, 2011

Book Review - The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

Title: The Book of Tomorrow
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Year: 2009
Page: 320
Genre: Fiction - YA

FTC Disclosure: Free ARC from in exchange from an unbiased review

Summary (from
The magical new novel from number one bestseller Cecelia Ahern. Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.

First Sentence:
They say a story loses something with each telling.

My Thoughts:

Why this book?
  • When HarperCollins asked if I want to review their Jan new release, I thought this book sounded very interesting - I mean, a book that'd tell you what happens tomorrow? At that time, I had no idea who Cecelia Ahern is. It wasn't until when I received the book, I noticed that it was the same author who wrote PS I Love You, which I just read not too long ago. This book didn't seem like a chick lit though so I was happy about that. 
First thought:
  • So promising, but didn't quite live up to expectations... could have been shorter.
Cover Art:
  • Pretty! Suited the story well
  • Fitted the story also
  • I thought the writing has improved a bit since PS I Love You (hey at least the protagonist didn't GIGGLED 3 times on one page!), however, the beginning was a bit slow and confusing, and the protagonist tended to rambled a bit.
  • There was a bit of a twist in the end which wrapped up the story and I didn't see it coming so it was good to see something a bit different
  • This was advertised as a YA book I think (main protagonist was under 18 years old) and there were some F-words used and some sex-related content (not graphic). Didn't bother me though
  • My biggest disappointment though was about the this mysterious book itself - I thought it played such an important role, and yet I didn't think it was fully explained
  • Didn't like the main protagonist, Tamara, much. She was a brat, but did see her "grow up" a bit throughout the book
  • My favorite character was Sister Ignatius - would have loved to meet someone like her in real life!
  • Some of the minor characters weren't very developed... they just seemed to appear and disappear...
  • I like non-ambiguous ending, and so I thought the ending was not bad (except about the book.)
  • I did want to find out what happened and so I kept on reading, but I didn't feel much emotion one way or the other. It was more about "let's find out what happened" rather than "let's find out what happened to Tamara".
What I Learned:
  • Can't say I really learn anything new... but would like to learn more about castles in Ireland!
  • I thought this was a new release (1/25/11) but I saw that it was actually published in 2009? Perhaps it was a new release in the US? Not that it mattered much...
Read this Author again?
  • She's not a bad author, but her books are just not my genre. So I don't know if I would or not...


He wasn't really trapped at all, he was just looking in the wrong place.(p10)

"Would you prefer to be given a life already lived too, Tamara? That way you can sit back and observe it. Or would you rather live one yourself?" (p92)

Overall Rating:
2.5 Stars - Not bad, but I think others would enjoy it more than I do. Didn't quite find it magical

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  1. She's an author who interests me because she comes up with some great supporting characters, and because she always does have to insert some sort of magic into her books. Oddly, I think her books would be better without the magic element, but I like that she seems to be trying to highlight the whole Celtic magical tradition thing. So I like her books, but I don't love her books, and in short, I think I'm saying the same thing as you are! :--)