Harmony Book Reviews

Milagros: Girl from Away by Meg Medina

Posted on: December 30, 2008

Girl from Away
Title:  Milagros: Girl From Away

Author: Meg Medina 

Rating: 8/10

Summary:Milagros de le Torre hasn’t had an easy life: ever since her father sailed away with pirates she’s been teased at school and there’s the constant struggle for her family to make ends meet. Still, Milagros loves her small island in the Caribbean, and she finds comfort in those who recognize her special gifts. But everything changes when marauders destroy Milagros’s island and with it, most of the inhabitants. Milagros manages to escape in a rowboat where she drifts out to sea with no direction, save for the mysterious manta rays that guide her to land. In stunning prose,Meg Medina creates a fantastical world in which a young girl uncovers the true meaning of family, the significance of identity, and, most important, the power of a mother’s love.

My Thoughts:I have mixed feeling about this book. On one side, I was completely blown away by the story itself but on the other, the ending was just..weird and there were parts the dragged by. For instance, for the first part of the story, there’s all this build-up and excitement and then something semi-big happens and then…nothing. Then, there’s more build-up and excitement about what’s going to happen and then you have the weird ending. It’s not icky weird or anything but it left me going “Um, okay?”

But other than that, I really enjoyed it. Milagros was an interesting character to read about and I loved her adventurous style. The prose itself was nearly poetic, making this a flowing read, and the plot was intriguing.

So despite the ending, I’m going to recommend this one. I look forward to any upcoming novels from this author.

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1 Response to "Milagros: Girl from Away by Meg Medina"

Sounds really interesting. Is this the author’s debut title?

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