I decided to take a step out of my comfort zone and read something new and exciting. I chose Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary. I was, at first, drawn to this novel because it was about something that I have very little experience with: a boy who has a fortune teller as a mother and is growing up in Hollywood. There was even a hint of mystery with Carson’s alleged power of healing. Upon receiving the book, I already had high hopes and expectations. I’m here to say that I wasn’t let down.
I was first impressed with Sary’s writing style. I liked her use of brief description. I could tell that this woman was a real story teller. This was apparent by her use of wonderful chapter breaks. Each chapter, while a part of the whole novel, also told its own little story. One chapter would be about the time the main character, a young boy named Carson Calley, met a man at a tattoo shop. Then the next chapter would tell about a time he went skateboarding with his friends. Each chapter offered something new and interesting.
By the middle of the book, I found myself invested in the characters. Would Carson’s mom, an alcoholic fortune teller named Juliette Bravo, find sobriety? Will Carson find out which of his mom’s stories were lies and which were true? The more I read, the more questions I had. This wasn’t a bad thing because Sary did a very good job answering almost all of my inquiries by the novel’s end.
My only real complaint is that the book seemed a little short – either that or I read exceptionally fast. Clocking in at 162 pages, I found myself wanting more. Even though all my questions had been answered, I still wanted to know more about Carson and his unlikely friends and family. I will say this, however: by the end of the story, I found myself a little teary-eyed. This wasn’t because the novel had a particularly sad ending but because I had found myself so attached to the characters.
Black Crow White Lie is definitely a book I would recommend to any who’s had a rough life and always wondered if there was any magic left in this world. Be prepared to fall in love with Carson and want to know why Juliette acts the way she does. This was a rare gem that I will probably re-read many times. Enjoy the ride that Sary has created. I sure did.
Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Candi Sary. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.