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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054760842X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547608426
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,157,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Springsweet:

"A lovely historical romance. . . . The author conjures a convincing picture of life on the Oklahoma prairie, painting an absorbing portrait of the landscape and of the people there. . . . A high-quality, absorbing drama."—Kirkus Reviews

"The Springsweet will steal your heart. Zora is a wounded heroine who had me cheering as she rediscovers the strength she thought she'd lost. Blend in a smoldering, yet refreshingly subtle hero, and add a twist of magic and you have a perfect romance in the Old West with another of Saundra Mitchell's signature rich and nuanced historic settings!"—Aprilynne Pike, New York Times bestselling author of Wings and Spells

"I didn't think YA historicals could get better than The Vespertine. The Springsweet proved me wrong. This is a gorgeous, unputdownable book that will stay with you long after it's through. Saundra Mitchell just gets better and better."—Sarah MacLean, NYT and USA Today bestselling Author of Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

"With Saundra Mitchell’s trademark evocative and gorgeous language, The Springsweet takes us across the plains, where the people thirst for love just as the land thirsts for water. I never wanted this book to end!"—Carrie Ryan, New York Times best-selling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

 

Praise for The Vespertine:

"[A] richly conceived historical romance. . . . Fans of Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty will find themselves enchanted by this atmospheric tale."—Bulletin

"Equal parts vivid period detail, gothic melodrama, and foreboding premonitions coming true . . . an absorbing tale."—Booklist

"Written in a passionate, inviting voice, The Vespertine is a rich, historical novel of otherworldly power, forbidden romance, and questionable motives."
—Aprilynne Pike, New York Times Bestselling Author of Wings and Spells

"Sheer pleasure from beginning to end."—TeenReads.com

"I savored every word of The Vespertine; I knew it was an amazing book from the first page and I was entranced until the very last."—Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

 

Praise for The Elementals:

"In The Elementals the worlds of The Vespertine and The Springsweet collide with glass-brittle hopes and devastating consequences. The children of the supernatural must learn what their parents have long known, that even the most innocent magic demands a cost. A sumptuous read, as bittersweet as it is beautiful."—Aprilynne Pike, New York Times bestselling author of Wings and Spells

"Saundra Mitchell pulls off a thrilling conclusion to a mesmerizing series! She just gets better and better!"—Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series

"Mitchell convincingly portrays the glittering, raucous L.A. of the burgeoning movie industry and the oppressive unease of looming war."—Booklist

About the Author

Saundra Mitchell is a screenwriter and author. Her companion novels The Vespertine, The Springsweet, and The Elementals have been praised for their rich historical settings, evocative language, and heart-pounding romance. Her debut novel, Shadowed Summer, was a 2010 Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and her two children. Visit her website at www.saundramitchell.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Silmarwen VINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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I did not realize that this book was the second in a series until I finished it so I can assure you that you can read this book out of sequence and still enjoy it just as much. The only thing that you will be a little bit in the dark about is stories from Zora's past as she mentions a beloved cousin and her deceased fiance, which are discussed in more depth in the first book. I felt like I should know these people, but I clearly understood what was going on so it was not a big deal to read this book first. The setting was lovely, but a bit peculiar. It was interesting to see how a society lady would react to living on the prairie, what was then the very edge of civilization, in the Oklahoma Territories. Zora struggled to perform everyday, ordinary tasks, such as drawing water and hoeing weeds, with her corset on. And yet Zora felt so vulnerable without the undergarments on that it required quite a bit of adjustment for her to try and adapt to life on the frontier. Zora was not at all ready for the life that she unknowingly chose, but she was a trooper and tried to help her aunt and her little niece as much as possible. It was interesting to read about what a normal day would be like in the 1800s as a new settler and how little surprises made such a difference in your day. Finding a nest of eggs means a hearty breakfast instead of a small bowl of porridge. Helping a neighbor raise a barn is a good excuse to visit and to do a different kind of work for a day. Settlers may turn a blind eye to local villains knowing that there is worse out there that could replace them. Old prejudices die hard, but there was some freedom for different races and colors in the new territories.

Zora Stewart was an interesting character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L VINE VOICE on August 17, 2012
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Wow. I don't know what I was expecting, but thank you Saundra Mitchell for The Springsweet! It is an incredibly lovely, satisfying read. The world she creates is extremely vivid and beautifully written.

Zora is a brilliant character. She is selfish and everything about her character felt right. I really felt like I knew her, and her actions/reactions weren't shocking, but stayed true to her character. She isn't the only brilliant character either, I really enjoyed Emerson and some of the other secondary characters as well.

Though The Springsweet is rather predictable, I found myself engrossed enough in the story to want to continue on. This book very much felt like filler- I am crossing my fingers for more action and conflict in the next installment.

I definitely recommend this book to those that read the first one, The Vespertine. It is very similar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha VINE VOICE on April 13, 2012
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Saundra Mitchell is a master of setting. All of her books have had a vivid and palpable feel to them, and this book is no exception. I could taste the dust of the road, smell the grass on the prairie, feel the water between my toes, etc. Whenever I want to feel like I'm in another world, I pick up one of Saundra's books.

Zora is a great character. Her grief is tangible and drives her to do selfish things because she can't see beyond it. That rang true to me. Desperation also drove her to find her inner strengths, which also rang true. And the guilt she felt from her attraction to Emerson was fantastic. I really liked Emerson, too. all his actions made sense according to his personality, and I had a good feel for who he is.

The shape of the story wasn't as effective as I was hoping. It was pretty even throughout, and I kept looking for more surprises. The foreshadowing of complications from the wells was natural and needed, but I was hoping for something on top of that--completely different, yet related. This story kind of seems a vessel to find the earth and water elements, and then the next book will have the actual conflict. Which is a bummer because I thought there were a few missed opportunities for conflict. For example, I wasn't sure of the point of the stage robbing, especially since we don't see Ellis again and the conflict with Royal doesn't really amount to anything. I am hoping it's not setup for the next book.

The ending, however, is superb. I loved how it ties the two books together while setting up for the third, which I will most definitely be reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
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After having read and liked the previous book in the series, The Vespertine, I was pretty happy to be able to get my hands on this book. Many of you coming into this book will be familiar with Mitchell's style, but for those of you who aren't I do have to warn you that the magic in this story will not be as heavily played up as it usually is in some of the other YA books out there. It's more of a secondary plot element than a major one, although it does feature heavily in the story.

First let me talk about what I liked about this book. I liked that Mitchell seems to have done her research about what life in the wilds of Oklahoma would be like during this time period, complete with sod houses and all. It's a touch of realism that serves the story well. I have to say that my favorite character in all of this had to have been Birdy. She's a tough, no-nonsense woman and at times I couldn't help but wish that the story had been centered around her more than Zora. Zora isn't an unlikable character, but she just seemed a little underdeveloped at times.

Now for what I felt was a bit lacking. I can't help but feel that the story and characters should have been a little more fleshed out. Everything happens so quickly that I didn't think that many of the romantic developments felt like they unfolded as naturally as they should have and I think that if there'd been more fleshing out of the characters, the story's fast pace wouldn't have been as bad otherwise. I liked Zora for the most part, but I just couldn't entirely buy her chemistry with a certain male character. There was definitely enough there to make it interesting, but not enough to give the whiz-bang feeling that I crave from romance in my stories.
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I'm the author of SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, THE ELEMENTALS and MISTWALKER. I'm also the editor of the YA anthology DEFY THE DARK.

WHILE YOU'RE AWAY is my first New Adult novel writing as Jessa Holbrook. On July 8, 2014, I'll debut my first YA novel writing as Alex Mallory- WILD from HarperTeen.

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