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Jillian Cantor

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About the Author

Jillian Cantor was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned her BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizonia. She is the author of best-selling and award-winning novels for teens and adults. Her title's include The Hours Count Margot, The Lost mostrar mais Letter, and In Another Time. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Jillian Cantor

Margot (2013) 318 exemplares
The Lost Letter (2017) 292 exemplares
In Another Time (2019) 217 exemplares
Beautiful Little Fools (2022) 213 exemplares
The Hours Count (2015) 194 exemplares
Searching for Sky (2014) 170 exemplares
The Life of Glass (2010) 109 exemplares
The September Sisters (2009) 102 exemplares
Half Life (2021) 95 exemplares
The Fiction Writer (2023) 88 exemplares
The Transformation of Things (2010) 73 exemplares
The Code for Love and Heartbreak (2020) 65 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Local de nascimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Locais de residência
Arizona, USA
Penn State University
University of Arizona
Jessica Regel



Representation: Implied biracial (half Pacific Islander and half white) character
Trigger warnings: Hospitalisation of a child and death and murder of a partner from a gun shot and other people in the past mentioned, gun violence, blood, grief and loss depiction, physical assault and injury, near-death experience
Score: Six out of ten.
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Well that was a bizarre book. I got Searching for Sky by Jillian Cantor from a library giveaway, and I glanced at the blurb, which made it seem intriguing, but I headed in with low expectations considering the equally low ratings. When I closed the final page, it was only okay, and could've been better.

It starts with River (who has no last name) and Sky, living on a place called Island some distance away from American Samoa in the Pacific Ocean (which they call Ocean) in the opening pages. Everything looks typical until they end up in California, which is new to them. I liked the concept of people arriving at a new place, but the execution had so many flaws I didn't know where to begin. The pacing was slow for a story under 300 pages, which made me disconnect from it at times, and Cantor didn't write the characters well, so I didn't feel any chemistry between Sky and River. Sky only had two attributes: she wasn't afraid to hunt and new to California and River's only trait is the unwillingness to hunt.

The writing style was strange, substituting some words like bathroom tree instead of toilet, which disengaged me from Searching for Sky. Perhaps avoiding word replacement would've improved the reading experience. The flashback of the time Sky found it easy to swim but River didn't was filler and the narrative could do without it, and so was the mystery behind the deaths of some characters in the past. The worldbuilding was lacklustre since it mentioned 'the accident' without going into detail. Putting more detail and answering worldbuilding questions would've made Searching for Sky more enjoyable. The conclusion was unrealistic as some people suddenly appeared and killed River, finishing the fictional work on a low note.
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Law_Books600 | 8 outras críticas | May 13, 2024 |
I finished this book, but there were many things that bothered me. Reading a pre- WWII book dealing with antisemitism and Hitler’s race and anti-Jewish laws in Germany in a moment when there is rising antisemitism in our time is probably what kept me glued to it right now. But the romance didn’t appeal as much when Max and Hannah kept so many secrets from one another. And the “worm hole” closet and time travel aspect of the book seemed out of place in this historical novel. It’s also one of those novels that seems so prevalent right now that jumps around in time from chapter to chapter. Just didn’t work for me…… (mais)
Aronfish | 27 outras críticas | May 5, 2024 |
This was such a cute read. I related to the main character, Emma, so much and really enjoyed seeing her grow throughout the novel. She became comfortable in her own skin and was not embarrassed by who she is.
Emma is a flawed character and she also admits that she knows what her struggles are. She works on them and pushes herself.
The first third was a bit slow but it quickly picked up speed from there.
If you like light contemporary with a message, The Code for Love and Heartbreak would be a great pick.
Rating: 5/5
Crude Language: N/A
Romance: 5/5
Spiritual: N/A
Violence: N/A
*I received a copy from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own.
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libraryofemma | 6 outras críticas | Apr 18, 2024 |
I am a big fan of novels that retell or reframe a classic- Ann Napolitano's Hello Beautiful (Little Women) and Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible (Pride & Prejudice) are two of my favorites- so when I heard that Jillian Cantor's new novel The Fiction Writer paid homage to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, I was intrigued.

Writer Olivia Fitzgerald is having a bad year. After the success of her first novel, her second novel (a retelling of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca) doesn't sell well at all. Her live-in boyfriend moves out, and her editor is not excited about her next effort.

Her editor says that billionaire and People's Sexiest Man Alive Ash Asherwood has requested that Olivia ghost-write a book with him about his grandmother and her relationship with Daphne du Maurier. The money is too good to turn down, so off Olivia goes to Malibu.

Ash is a widower, his wife perished in a car accident (was it an accident?) and he is reclusive. His housekeeper seems to be very attached to him and is hostile to Olivia.

While Olivia is becoming accustomed to life in Ash's beautiful ocean front home, Ash is pulling her more into his orbit. But when Olivia tries to get down to work discovering what exactly his grandmother and Daphne du Maurier's secret is, Ash becomes cagey and puts her off.

Olivia decides to investigate on her own, and discovers that Ash has not been truthful with her. What is he hiding and what is his real purpose for bringing Olivia to Malibu?

Fans of Rebecca will enjoy The Fiction Writer on a deeper level, and the controversy around Daphne du Maurier's novel (other people claimed that she stole their story) adds an interesting aspect to the story. Pairing a nice copy of Rebecca with The Fiction Writer would make a great gift for the classic literature lover on your holiday list.

Thanks to Harlequin for putting me on their Fall 2023 Blog Tours.
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bookchickdi | 10 outras críticas | Mar 11, 2024 |



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