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in a celandine world Paperback – June 3, 2011
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The book is told from Willow's point of view, allowing the reader to get closer to Willow and understand her. Willow is caring, inquisitive, and somewhat demanding. She really draws the reader into the story. The author describes Willow as well as Willow's thoughts and actions very well, the reader can imagine Willow perfectly. The author also details the scenery and plot, making it very easy to picture. However, at times, there is almost too much detail.
The plot is unique, the author includes fairly controversial subjects-especially religion, bringing up the question "Are religious leaders followed too blindly?" The author makes a strong case for this though, without being too forceful. The love scenes were, once again, detailed and believable. They were the perfect blend of romance and steam. The reader can tell the characters really love each other, this can be a rarity in romance novels. The concept of a "Boogeyman" in a novel with romance may appear a little strange, but it worked perfectly. The Boogeyman represented the unknown rather than the scary guy in your closet.
The ending was perfect for the novel, the reader will be satisfied. The author writes very fluidly, the only complaint a reader could make would be that there could have been slightly less detail. This book was very enjoyable and adults/young adults will enjoy this novel.
*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
I went into the book thinking it was one thing and it turns out to be a completely different experience then expected. And I have to say, it just wasn't for me. The book blurb leads you to believe this novel to be a paranormal type mystery when instead, I found it to be more of a book based on the inner ramblings in the POV of the main character, Willow, about beliefs, the contemplation of her sanity, reality and the possibility of magic and fairy folk. There was a story hidden in there as well but Willow spends the majority of the book wondering if the events around her are actually in her head and what this could mean for her own sanity and reality. The authors use of flowery imagery kept me reading. She has a poetic way with words for sure, but the story itself was confusing, leaving me stumbling over chapters trying to decipher what I had just read and where this story could possibly be going. It wasn't until the end that you understand the reason for everything and by that point I just didn't care. I wish there had been better, more discernible clues hidden in the mystery of the book. The characters were just as mysterious and confusing as the story and I didn't understand their point until the end.
This just wasn't my typical type of read so I may be judging to harshly, but I just couldn't get into the story. I assume by the ending of this novel there will be a second book but I probably wont pick it up.
NOTE: I read this as a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! at Goodreads! A special thank you to the mods and the author for allowing me to participate.
Author Catherine Thorpe conveys that dislocation of a foreigner abroad very well, though the meticulously rendered Wiltshire dialect is sometimes hard to read or hear in the mind. I found myself puzzling through a world of estates and multiple manors, but soon the magical aspects of the story take over--statues, obelisks, sunshine and flowers. Is the celandine a poppy, and are we drugged to sleep?
Willow's mystery man reveals himself through dreams, introspection and visions. The story stretches in enchanted sun till it encompasses history, symbol, myth and ancient manuscripts. Willow's rejection of established faith is finally brought to fruit in a whole new world-view with some surprising mystic revelations. And the concept of name being less than self is very nicely drawn.
Not a novel for those who prefer more established documents of faith, science and history, In a Celandine World presents a fascinating search for an intriguingly powerful love, with shades of Alice's rabbit-hole guiding the path.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I thought the synopsis of this story was way off base, so here is what I think it's about. This is a faith based book, not faith in the traditional sense, God and Hell, but faith nonetheless. Willow is the main character and ever since she was a child she has felt a presence with her, her parents said it was the bogeyman when she was a child and then thought she was crazy with keeping an imaginary friend as she grew up. Willow is now 22 and has moved from Chicago to England and a small cottage so that she can pursue Boon (her childhood boogeyman, though he was never scary and always loving, so not really the boogeyman). Once there she meets Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby and Hugh, these people eventually show her what Truth is and what the Truth is behind her love for Boon and the Truth about mankind.
--The reason for the 3 star rating, objectively: the writing flowed well, was crazy descriptive and you knew EXACTLY what to picture, the author had a point and plot that was explained and understandable
--Hugh, as soon as he was introduced into the book I wanted to read all of the parts with him in it.
--The old Victorian way that Hugh spoke.
These are all personal reasons:
--The synopsis was completely misleading or at least I took it wrong, I thought there was going to bee a fight for love and truth and blah blah, some paranormal aspect going on, Urban Fantasy, excitement. NO...no excitement what-so-ever...none. This was a book about a girl and her faith in herself and mankind. It was paranormal/urban fantasy in the way God and Jesus are.Read more ›
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I would like to thank Read 2 Review for allowing me to read this book for a review. It's quite interesting. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Maghon Thomas
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