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The Splendor Falls

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    If you like Beautiful Creatures...

    This book reminds me of Beautiful Creatures a bit, family secrets, southern charm and magic just with ghosts. Beautiful Creatures is hands down one of my new favorite's, I read and absolutely went crazy. This book draws you in after the first couple of chapters and keeps you until the very end. this book is definitely worth a re-read, partly because I had so much going on, and also for enjoyment.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    So cute!

    I loved this book. It was so cute and neat and nice and I didn't want it to end. Lucky for me, it's quite a long one, over 500 pages.

    I should mention first that this is probably not a book for those who love fast-paced, action-packed paranormal romances. The Splendour Falls is quite a slow one. Starting with a prologue explaining Sylvie's fatal injury, it does seem to be happening very fast at the beginning as she gets shipped off from Manhattan to Alabama, heart-broken and hurt, questioning her own common sense. But once she arrives in Alabama, the story takes on a nice, relaxed Southern laziness that I could clearly feel radiating from the pages.

    It's hard to say what's so compelling about this book. Surely it's not one to keep you at the edge of your seat, but I enjoyed reading it, and could barely put it down. Each chapter holds a surprise. It may not be an epic one, but it will have you spell-bound and anxious to find out what happens next. There is some magic woven into the story, toward the end the suspense grows but it's all dosed very carefully. Much more, it conveys an atmosphere of the healing power of nature and rediscovering the purpose of your life. The main question is, if you could use magic for your own gain, would you do it even if it means destruction and disharmony on the other side of the line? What are you willing to risk for your own happiness?

    Sylvie is a lovable character. Her pain, the emotional and physical alike, feels genuine. Her sarcastic remarks are funny; she is spontaneous and though shaken she is self-confident and knows to take her stand. Of course there is the inevitable love triangle, a confused girl, a mysterious guy and the Mr Perfect guy. I admit, I fell in love with Rhys. Deep sigh. How do you not fall for a guy with a charming Welsh accent? Generally speaking, there's an array of interesting and nicely crafted characters with strong and unique voices.

    My only complaint is that there is a lot of page-fillers. We follow Sylvie from the moment she wakes up in the morning to the moment she falls asleep. There's a nice lot that could have been cut out without damaging the story. It would gain some pace and the sudden outburst of events at the end wouldn't feel so abrupt. The ending was...well, let me just say, not so enjoyable. Everything that includes children being violated and murdered, no matter how effective it may be for the story...sorry, you lost me there. No complaints on the writing, either; the voice sounds perfectly in tone with the characters and the setting.

    If you have a green thumb and enjoy gardening, this is a book for you. Rosemary's garden descriptions are beautiful. She actually makes you smell the scent of grass, feel the cool of the morning dew, see the silver moonlight and hear the rush of the river. The ghostly atmosphere will send chilly spikes down your spine. Rosemary Clement-Moore wrote a nice, easy to read and enjoyable novel that works just fine without the pressure of having to be an adrenalin rush. More than once I thought about what a good movie it would make. If you're tired of vampires, zombies, werewolves and such, try this book.

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  • Posted December 3, 2009

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    Sylvie's world came crashing down the day she broke her leg on stage. She was the youngest ever principal ballerina for the American Ballet, and her dream career ended at the age of seventeen.

    But her world is also changed by her mother's remarriage, and since she has no reason to stay in New York, she's shipped off to Alabama to stay with her late father's cousin, Paula. Paula is restoring a family home that has been passed down through the generations of the Davis family. And with this home comes a history that is ghostly.

    Sylvie must figure out the mystery of why she can suddenly see ghosts and why there seems to be magic in the air. Add in two guys who are both interested in her, and she gets one summer that she will never forget.

    Although this book is really long - over five hundred pages (and I think that there was a lot of filler in the story and that it could definitely be shortened) - I enjoyed the plot. For the most part, it held my attention and I wanted to figure out what was going on. There were times that I became confused, however. How the past was relevant to the future, and the relationships between the characters, had me flipping back through the book at some points.

    I did like most of the main characters. I liked Sylvie - a ballerina as a main character (although I thought the ballet aspect is talked about too much) is new to me. And she had a great, feisty personality. I liked a lot of her retorts to the guys and to her cousin. I also really liked Rhys. He had an air of mystery surrounding him that was appealing and intriguing. I also liked Clara, the business partner of Paula. She had such a caring air about her. And I want a puppy like Gigi! I didn't particularly like Shawn or Addie, although I don't think I was supposed to. There was something eerie about Shawn and his ability to charm everyone. And Addie was just plain mean.

    I did like the ending - it seemed to wrap everything up nicely and all of the many details throughout the book came together. As long as you aren't looking for a speedy, easy read, I would recommend THE SPLENDOR FALLS.

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