A Million Junes by Emily Henry

A Million junes

Publisher: Razorbill
Released: May 16th 2017
Received: Own
Warnings: Animal deaths
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

A Million Junes is a slow burn kind of book. It starts out sounding more like literary fiction than fantasy, but slowly it bleeds more and more from one to the other. It happens so naturally you almost don’t even notice it. Because of the slow start, it did take me a little while to get into it (I kept putting the book down for breaks and such) but once I hit the halfway mark I was pretty invested in seeing what happened to the characters.

Spoiler Warning

Warnings first: There are some animal deaths in this book. They are quick and thankfully not very detailed. These occur as a sign that bigger events are about to happen.

Emily Henry has provided a book that is one part literary fiction, one part fantasy, and one part love story. The end result is an inspirational book about the ability to remember the past without letting it consume you. I felt that there were several poignant points made throughout the novel, particularly relevant for some events happening in my life at the time I was reading it. I am grateful for the perspective this book provided me.

June O’Donnell lives in a magic house, on magic land. The majesty and beauty of the land is tainted by a curse on her family; the very same curse is the cause of contention between her family and the Angerts. The whole feud (and reason for the quarrel) is very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, which I’m sure was intentional. It’s even joked about once or twice. I love the little added twist that the two main characters are both budding writers, it seems like an appropriate hat tip.

June and her supposed sworn enemy (but actual true love) Saul Angert use the magic of the land to catch glimpses of the past; allowing them to simultaneously see lost family members, and to solve the mystery their family refuses to explain to them; why the O’Donnells and the Angerts hate each other so much. Both of them have lost somebody very precious to them, so the memories they are granted are heartbreaking, yet they can’t bring themselves to stop searching them out.

I really enjoyed Emily Henry’s writing style; it felt to almost stroll along in an unhurried manner, while still taking you to the point before it got tedious. It resulted in a relaxing and enjoyable read (the only exception being during the culmination of all the events, of course). The conclusion supported some of the points Henry wanted to make; such as how to learn to let go and the persistence of memory. Overall I found this to be a worthwhile read and am glad I took the time to do so.

 

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About Liz

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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