Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.
When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I read this about three months ago (whoops I’m really behind on my reviews) and I’m still unsure how I feel about this book. I definitely enjoyed it but there were still some things that kind of made the book fall flat for me and there was so much things that weren’t touched upon as much as I would have liked. Despite that I really liked the book and I’m interested to read Samantha Mabry’s other books because damn can she write.
Okay I know it’s a superficial way to start off a review but this cover is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! I honestly think that it’s one of my favourite covers ever: it’s absolutely breathtaking and I wouldn’t be opposed if all YA novels had covers like this. The beautiful cover goes nicely with the nice writing style. Mabry has this very beautiful yet simple writing style that really compelled me to read the book for long periods of time. It made it really easy to fly through the book which is always nice.
I also really enjoyed the setting of the book because I’ve never really read any books set in the desert before so that was interesting. I know it’s kind of weird and there’s not really any connection but for some reason All The Wind In The World reminded me of Of Mice and Men which was kind of cool. I think one of the reasons that I have trouble deciding how I feel about this book is because I’m not really sure how to describe it. Is it magical realism?Is it dystopian? Is it a romance? I honestly don’t know and I honestly wouldn’t be able to describe the world if asked. It’s such an interesting and unique concept and I loved it so much but at the same time I feel as though it lacked development. This may work for some people but when a book is set in what is basically a wasteland I’d like just a little bit more context. I do love how ambiguous it is but at the same time just a little bit more detail would’ve been nice.
I feel like I just keep on listing things I didn’t like which makes my high rating kind of confusing but I really did like it! I just think it could’ve benefited from an extra 100 or so pages to really flesh some things out and possibly establish the romance a little more because while I did like it, I would’ve liked slightly more backstory. So basically I liked everything that was presented, I just wish there was more so the book could go from a good book to a great book.