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Monday, August 30

Review: The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett

Title: The Ghost's Child
By: Sonya Hartnett
Reading Level: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Candlewick Press
My Copy: Review Copy Provided by Publisher
My Rating:





Book Description:
The sky was pitch, and gashed by lightning; loutish waves rose and slumped heavily as mudslides. At a moment when she was filled with desperation, Maddy opened her mouth and yelled for Feather. And half-expected him to appear, because she wanted him so much.


Maddy yearns for life to be mystifying, to be as magical as a fairy story. And then one day, on the beach, she meets the strangest young man she has ever seen.

The Ghost's Child is an enchanting fable about the worth of life, and the power of love.
This was a very odd tale from the start. I began to question the book description after the first half of the book. I then fell into the actual tale, though it was a bit confusing and hard to follow. Matty is a very interesting character, but I did not feel as though I true knew her character in the story. It was just that, a story that I followed her throughout her journey. While this does not turn me away from the story I did not feel the emotion and heartfelt story that I believe this author had intended. I find the angel child to be a very unique turn to this story, and I think that this does restore the story in many ways. As a devoted reader I do not mind books with large vocabulary, but the word selection in this book did not feel like it necessary fit with the type of story that the author was trying to tell. I find the ending to be very intriguing and a wonderful fit to close. Even with some negative feelings toward the story I feel that this was a journey in reading.

2 comments:

Kris said...

Sorry it was what you were hoping for or thinking it would be. Great review though.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fascinating. I find my self wanting to know more.