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I'm always iffy when it comes to books about witches. So often they end up being a poor version of The Craft or try to imitate Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Thankfully The Grove doesn't fall into either of these categories. The Grove started out a little slow for me, making it hard to get into,,,, at first. I think it was because of the switching from one characters POV to another. As I read I became more interested in what was going on with Dayla, Oliver, Jonah and Sam. Plus I absolutely loved the garden gnomes, Willow and Howard! Dayla is starry-eyed and little bit of a mess but with a good heart as she tries to protect Sitka's Quay and it's people from the evil that resides in the Grove. Oliver is just straight up annoying right from the start, he's very condescending toward his wife and kind of stuck up. Jonah, along with Sam, wants to end all war and violence no matter who they have to kill to do it. The world building for Sitka's Quay is well done. You get a realistic place full of people that you will recognize if you've ever lived in a small town. The action doesn't really start until the later parts of this book. Some of the events are horrifying but it doesn't get exciting until the end. That being said, the ending is fantastic. A full on battle full of blood, fire, as Dayla tries to stop Jonah and Sam from waking the Old Gods. This is a charming and quirky story that morphs into horror. Overall a good book, just not really one that scared me. A solid 3.5 stars.
I’m tempted to say that “The Grove” is Guizzetti’s best work so far. Yet I hesitate to make this proclamation because I do not want to deter anyone from reading her first two novels, which were spectacular reads in their own right. (If you haven’t read her previous novels, what are you waiting for? Seriously, put them on your to-read list right away.) “The Grove” is a departure from what I had come to except from Guizzetti and that was another reason for my initial surprise, which was closely followed by awe for her ability to tell such a gripping story.
“The Grove” is a fantasy thriller but it made me contemplate some very real questions. How many sacrifices would I be willing to make if I were in Dayla’s shoes? What lengths would I go to in order to protect a loved one? If no one believed what I knew to be true, how hard would I fight to be heard? Basically, this story propelled me to take a hard look at myself and ponder the very nature of human nature. How often can you say that about a work of fiction? Not very often!
Bottom line: I loved this book. One of the very best things about it is that you’ll be too busy keeping up with the story to try to figure out what comes next. If you’re a fan of well-written, fast-paced, fantasy thrillers that trot into the neighborhood of horror, you’ll love it too.
Dayla Fisher is a Keeper, her job is to protect the centuries old Grove where three sleeping Gods call home. She lives with her husband Oliver, her cat and two garden gnome roommates. Her life is going along just fine until Jonah Liefson comes to town.
Jonah thinks waking up the Gods will save the world. With his powers of suggestion and mind reading he wins over most of the small town to help him, even Oliver succumbs to Jonah.
With children starting to dissappear and Dayla doubting her own sanity, she sets out to stop Jonah. How far is Dayla willing to go to stop him? What will she have to do to keep the Gods sleeping?
This book rocks, there's child sacrifice, murder, magic and smart ass garden gnomes. The horror abounds in this fast paced threat to the end of the world novel. I couldn't put it down, I read it in one sitting. I love the fact that Dayla has to keep her magic under control or she will slip into madness and if she slips the Gods can be awoken and end the world.
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Then Jonah Leifson shows up with his flashy, expensive clothing and car. Everyone is drawn to him and he has this idea of waking up the old gods. When children start disappearing and Jonah winning over everyone, people don’t believe Dayla and she starts to doubt her abilities. But she is the only one who can stop the awakening.
I loved this book. Dayla seems like such a strong person but she is full of doubt, but I think she was a great hero. She has a lot of bad stuff to work with and she is not able to save everyone and she does her best. Jonah is the perfect bad guy. He makes everyone love him from his car to his clothes. I have to say that although he is the bad guy you can also understand that he is trying in his own way to make the world better.
This is a great story and one that I would recommend people check out. This is the first book of Elizabeth Guizzetti’s that I have read. I will definitely be watching for other books from her.
I received The Grove from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours free of charge.
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