by J Bryer



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ISBN-13: 9780983858317
Publisher: Pond Edge Books
Publication date: 08/12/2011
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 11 - 16 Years

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Cranwood 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AshleyiSee More than 1 year ago
Abby Hill and her mother have moved to England to help her grandmother run the inn she owns in Cranwood. However, Abby Hill isn’t a normal sixteen-year-old girl. No, no, no. She hears/sees dead people and tries to save the ones they warn her are in trouble! For example, David, the cute neighbour in the village. Though she struggles with her visions, Abby is desperate to help everyone she can. When a particular haunting spirit warns her of friend in trouble, Abby will have to figure out who to ask for help or if she can try to do it all on her own.  The harsh reality: Well, I don’t have anything nice to say about this book, it’s terrible and there’s noting Young Adult about it. The book is written in an elementary age range instead of fourteen+. I’m talking, ‘I’m having the best day ever!’ kind of sentences. There is a time and place for juvenile writing, and Young Adult fiction is not it.   For instance: Abby gets ‘mad’ that David hasn’t called her so she walks over to his house to see if he’s home. When he’s not, she pouts and hates her life until he finally calls which then the day suddenly becomes the best ever! I’m sorry, but nothing about that passage makes sense! How can a day be the best ever, when it clearly wasn’t?  Le sigh, the main problem is that the age range is all wrong for this book. If the author tweaked the characters age and made changes to the story that fit the writing range it might have a chance at working, but as is, it’s awful and I’m sorry for stating that. It’s not easy to hear but I grew so frustrated with the clunky language, thin plot and ignorant assumptions on people different from Americans. To top it off, Abby states how she’s been living in England for while, but her mother who must be English (because hello, the grandmother obviously is?), clearly only speaks like an American. It. Just. Doesn’t. Work.  And the cover? Beautiful, but honey there is no way that girl is sixteen. Try twelve and you’ve got yourself a better start. Make like a knitter and rip it up. Start over and either read a lot more R. L. Stine for appropriate age range or start reading constantly current YA fiction to learn how it’s written. The ideas are there, but there needs to be much more practice. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book i did not love it. I found myself lost at many parts of this book, but liked the story itself i just think that itbwas not fully developed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
J. Bryer's Cranwood is similar in style to a Christopher Pike or R.L. Stine story for me. Not really Horror, but more Supernatural. It felt at times like we spent a little too much time on small things that weren't important to the story. Without spoiling the ending for someone else, I would just like to say I would have liked to have seen some sort of foreshadowing from the beginning of the book leading up to the rather strange ending. It feels like we went from the "normal" world for the first 250 pages or so to some "strange reality" at the end. Overall, my interest was kept through the book in wanting to know how it ended. I would be interested in reading future efforts from this author. Not the best story I've read this year, but not the worst either.
becx More than 1 year ago
I received ¿Cranwood¿ for review from the author. The cover is beautiful. I really like the girl standing in the snow and the color contrasts are wonderful. I haven¿t read many communicating with ghosts/spirits stories so this sounded interesting. I was thinking it would be a good ¿Ghost Whisperer¿ for teens kind of book. The first three chapters went well; there was action and mystery which got my attention. After that it all went down hill. The story became sporadic and infuriating. Abby would be thinking something and then all of a sudden¿.wait let me describe another character. One character would be talking to another and would ask a question and ten sentences later¿.oh and by the way here¿s the answer to that question that was asked ten sentences ago. It didn¿t flow smoothly at all. There was also too much filler information that had nothing to do with the plot. How Abby¿s hair looks in the sunshine or describing the baked goods her family sells was just needless ramblings. The author needed to use more conjunctions instead of all the I am¿s and I have not¿s etc. The use of conjunctions would have made the conversations less stiff. I kept feeling like I was holding two Barbies and speaking for them. There were also more than enough misused words such as whole instead of hole and she and me instead of she and I. Now my grammar isn¿t perfect by any means but when I read books, bad grammar grabs my attention and drives me crazy. I wanted more ghost/spirit interactions and there was very little in the story. I personally believe when author¿s write a synopsis it should be what the bulk of their story is about. The last three chapters got better; they were at least on plot and flowed smoothly. An epilogue was included which wasn¿t necessary to the story and I thought was rather random. I give ¿Cranwood¿ 1/5 stars. This is a short story, only 218 pages, but it took me four days to finish. It could have been a good story had all the boring, needless, sporadic information been deleted but then it would have only been 6-7 chapters.
RajaM More than 1 year ago
Cranwood is a must read. The book captured my attention from the start and was able to keep me interested until the very last page. The characters are well developed and the plot is very creative. I hope to see a sequel to Cranwood in the near future.
CoolBooks More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Cranwood. It was very interesting and the characters were great! It kept me curious the entire time, and was so much fun to read. I definitely recommend it!