Hi friends!

Today in Blogmas 2019 is about Best First Work. A first work is when the book is the first published by an author.

Today’s winner is a book published before 2019 but that resonated deep into my soul.

It’s a little jem truly!

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

After having read this story, which is a masterpiece by the way, there is something remarkable: the way Robin fleshes out her characters.

It was the first time that when reading about book characters I could imagine the author drawing them first to make them alive and ready to spring from the pages.
Julian looked like an anime character. Small, thin with huge eyes and mop of curly hair.

Adam would be all springy and lean with a perpetual smile attached to his face. Bright eyed, curious. Always moving as he suffered from ADHD. He had a solar personality, brightening any room he would enter. If he could have had a superpower it would be kindness.

At one point in the story, it was so hard for me to read what was happening that I skipped some pages near the end. I can read dark and twisted adult romance but I just couldn’t stand it. I could not read it without dissolving into tears. I JUST COULDN’T.

In spite of everything this is a luminous story. Mainly because it makes us realize that for every bad guy there are lots of good guys ready to help you like Adam’s great bunch of friends did.

The writing was effortless and Robin Roe has her own “signature”, writing in such a way that every word hits you in the chest be it to bring warmth or sadness.

What is the first work that you have read in 2019 that truly impressed you?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I can’t wait to read this book! Everybody gushes about the main friendship in it. And the best first work I read in 2019 would probably be The Fever King by Victoria Lee! I loved it so much, and I can’t believe that it’s a debut

  2. Every time I see this book, I think about how I want to read it. I know it’s very emotional, so I have to have time and be in the right head space for it.

  3. I’m pretty sure we’ve talked before about this one. I seriously loved it even though I wanted to just snatch up Julian, hug him to pieces, and promise he would be okay.