Here's the review....
Case in point: Dwight K. Shrute can't resist discussions about the following:
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And I will be all over any book with
Maybe it's from my fourth grade obsession with The Secret Garden. Or my junior high love of Jane Eyre (which continues to this day, because let's face it: if you want a strong female first-person YA narrative: Jane Eyre. You can't top that chick.)
You got a creepy old English manor house on the dark, windswept moors and someone off his or her rocker? Giddy up, I am IN!
Did Sharon Cameron get up one morning and say, "I think I'll write a book just for Sarah"? Probably not. But she might as well have.
Things I love about this book:
*Katharine's personal development. She starts out not-entirely-likable. She's kind of a hard case, and it's understandable. She's an orphan, she lives with an uncaring aunt (oh, hey shades of Jane Eyre...just now saw you there!) She is tasked with the distasteful job of declaring her Uncle Tulman mentally incompetent. This would cause him to be placed in an asylum, but would also secure her future means of income.
*How you're never really sure if Katharine is losing her mind or not. I like a little, "Am I going crazy or is there something sinister happening here?" in a book . And I didn't figure out what was really going on until the big reveal.
*It's a "clean" book. No profanity. There's a romance, but it's very sweet and doesn't overtake the main storyline.
*Speaking of romance: I enjoyed the dark broodiness of Lane, although I would've liked just a wee bit more interaction between him and Katharine. However, I do appreciate that they weren't declaring eternal love for one another by the last page. Speaking of which...
*The end! Man, I was trying to figure out how in the world Katharine was going to get out of the situation she found herself in. I couldn't have predicted it. And just like all good Gothic novels, people make choices that have drastic and irreparable consequences. Oh, I am still sad!
*There's a nice setup for a sequel, although it's not exactly a cliffhanger ending. You get closure and the feeling the story is complete, but enough is left unfinished to jump start another book.
Five stars, people!
Here's the deal: The Dark Unwinding releases in paperback this month
There's a sequel!!!
A Spark Unseen...It comes out September 24.
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I'm going to be partcipating in a blog tour for A Spark Unseen, hosted by Hannah at The Book Vortex. It's gonna be fun, and if you want in go HERE
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