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Four Rubbings (The Stone Witch Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 26, 2013
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"Hotes masterfully brings her characters to life, both the living and the dead, each of whom is vivid and involving. The supernatural is present but it's as subtle as a shadow on the moon." -Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Raised across the river from a nuclear reactor, Jennifer thought two-headed animals at the county fair were normal until she moved to the big city. Jennifer has been looking at the world through a cracked kaleidoscope since she was born and has been writing since her parents pushed her crib against a blank wall. You can find the writer/illustrator most days in her loft, sketching for the Inventor-in-Training series, or jotting down random thoughts. Fortunate enough to marry her best friend, she and her husband currently reside in the Seattle area with their two daughters, two cats and one unruly puppy. Jennifer is a board member for Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation and chairs the organization’s largest fundraiser, the annual luncheon. She loves supporting this group of social workers, nurses and chaplains as they walk with families through the hardest path life offers.
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Top customer reviews
The author clearly has spent a lot of time "raising" these characters, through the development from the beginning to the end of the story. This book gave me much needed reason to relax and enjoy the last few days of summer, and I look forward to the next book in the series, as there were several story lines that left me wanting to discover more. Any chance it will be ready by Halloween so I can curl up with some apple cider on a blustery, wet, Northwest day?
As the four teens learn about their dead, the reader learns about the teens and the challenges they face. Each of the graves relates specifically to its teen. Seth has a difficult relationship with his father— his dead person has an unknown son. Casey feels invisible in her over-achieving household—her grave houses a dearly loved child. Blaze tries to understand his growing spirituality—a religious patriarch lies in his grave. Josie wants to connect with her long-deceased mother—and she does in atmospheric passages that made goose bumps erupt on this reader’s skin.
Teenagers will recognize themselves and their friends in this novel’s characters. Older readers will remember the insecurity of adolescence and the importance of a few loyal friends. Mrs. Hotes clearly understands the self-doubt, need to belong, and drive for independence inherent in teenagers. Her four teens are believable, likable, and wonderfully flawed.
Four Rubbings may initially sound like a creepy YA novel. One of the storylines does deliver the requisite tingling of spine and raising of hair. But this novel is much more than that. At its core, Four Rubbings is a story of the bumpy transition from childhood to adulthood, the dysfunction in every family, and the utter necessity of friends to get us through.
I lost my biological mother at a very early age and the book instilled a genuine excitement in me to go to her grave and do a rubbing! I can't wait to see if somehow she will work HER magic from the grave and reassure me that she has gone to a better place where she waits patiently for me - her little girl.
As a final comment - my Book Club is in the Seattle area which is also home to the author. We invited her to our meeting last week where we discussed her book. Jennifer brought the book to life for us. She showed us her research materials and her sketches, which helped us to understand the symbolism. The session was nothing short of magical! It was one meeting that none of us will soon forget. And, as the piece de resistance, Jennifer is going to join us as we venture to an old cemetery near here where we hope that individual tombstones will reach out to each of us to capture their engravings in our own "rubs" and then perhaps motivate us to learn the stories of the person who lies beneath our stone. Perhaps our experiences will be a real-life inspiration to this wonderful new author as she develops her series.
Likes: I really liked the way the author handled the ethnicity of the characters. Many times I could not tell heritage, skin color or religion from one character to the next. That is how it should be. None of those traits had anything to do with the story line. If we could all live that way, it would be a better world.
Dislike (?): First person point of view when there was more than one character in a scene. Many times it took work on my part to figure out who was speaking and I was half way through the scene before it came clear to me. For a 'dislike' that is the best I can come up with. For a style of writing, it is the first book I have read with a first person point of view" it did not make me think, even for a second, that I wouldn't read another.
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