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Can love last beyond the grave?

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment an...more
Hardcover, 518 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
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Bry
Overall 4.5 stars!

The Splendor Falls centers around Sylvie, a retired principal ballerina. A career that means she is an extremely skinny person much to the chagrin of her Southern relatives who want to feed her mercilessly. She even claims at one point that another character Clara "feeds her like [she's:] and underweight turkey in September"! LOL! Now that her career is over due to an injury she is in a funk as she is having to replan her once determined future. Her mother has also just married...more
Jean
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I usually try to list the positive aspects to a novel in my review
However, in this case it was hard to do.

Splendor Falls is really a Novella encased in a longer story of Gigi, the pet Chihuahua dog.

I think that the Author should go back to the 'Drawing Board' or in this case,
the Writing Board.

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina that has had an accident and who's career has ended.
With her father’s death and mother’s remarriage, Sylvie goes to spend the summer with
her father’s cousin in A...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)

Firstly, I will say that I did enjoy The Splendour Falls. It is an interesting and intriguing read, with paranormal and romance elements combined with a little mystery. One of the things I liked most was Sylvie, the main protagonist.

Sylvie's character is great. She is quite a refreshing change to the many young girls who fall at the feet of male suiters. Sylvie is a very mature seventeen year old and I really liked the way she went about things for a girl her age. Being smitten with two guys did...more
CLM
Oct 25, 2009 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Laurie, Elizabeth
Shelves: ya, 21st-century
Devastated by an injury that broke her leg and destroyed her career as a ballerina, 17 year old Sylvie Davis reluctantly goes to visit a cousin in Alabama. There, for the first time, she sees the imposing family home, now being turned into a B&B by Cousin Paula, and Sylvie begins to wonder why her recently deceased father never returned or even mentioned Bluestone Hill. While investigating secrets of the past and present that threaten her life and possibly her sanity, Sylvie is also faced wi...more
Amy
After a devastatingly embarrassing and crippling accident onstage that handicaps her leg and permanently throws her plans of being a prima ballerina astray (who's ever heard of a one-legged ballerina, anyways?), Sylvie Davis is at a loss in regards to what to make of the rest of her life. When she accidentally gets drunk at a wedding (her mindset being: what the heck, I'm crippled and my life sucks so why not drink a bit and oopsies-) and sees things that shouldn't be there (which, by the way, w...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
I picked up this book because the back said there was a romance that would take my breath away. I'm all about the romance.

This story starts out slow, and goes slow the whole way through. There is nothing wrong with that, it is very detailed and you get a sense of living in Alabama. Yet, I had a question mark over my mind the whole book. What was really happening? There weren't many clues. I felt in the dark for the first 450 pages. I still read the book in 2 sittings, so I obviously thought it w...more
Serena
This book was a disappointment. The beginning was very well done, it was easy to getg swept up in Sylvie's bitter teenage angst about losing her ballerina career and being forced to live with a distant relative in the boondocks. The mystery part had a horror-story element, leading to the combination of fascination and disgust that makes the franchise popular.

But after Chapter Twenty-Six the book became a car wreck. And by car wreck, it was like watching an out of control car with no breaks crash...more
Margaret Stohl
I truly, deeply, madly love this book.
Sarah Marie
The Splendor Fall by Rosemary Clement-Moore

2.5 stars

Sylvie Davis was a rising-star ballerina, but now she can’t dance because of an accident that ended her career and left her with a limp. After her mother marries a psychologist and they ship her off to Alabama for their honeymoon. When Sylvie arrives she starts experiencing strange things, like cold spots and is sure she starts seeing ghosts. Not mention she is having trouble figuring out two complicated guys (Rhys and Shawn), who both seem to

...more
Miriam
After her father dies and her mother marries her therapist, former ballerina Sylvie is sent to stay with unknown relatives in a small town in the South, where she discovers that her family has an ancestral mansion and a long local history. Are some of their secrets supernatural?

If this storyline sounds familiar, that's because it is. Clement-Moore does some original things with it, but the strongest aspect is Sylvie's vivid voice. Without that I would have given up halfway through, as the many i...more
Kirsti
Now this book was a great read, considering 90% of the plot is made up of eating, walking, reading, gardening and looking after a dog. If you don't enjoy slow paced books, then this book probably isn't for you, fair warning. I however liked the slow plot, perhaps because I read this book while sitting curled up in front of the heater on my only day off this week?

Sylvie has only ever focused on one thing; becoming a first class ballerina. But when she breaks her leg in a horror accident she must...more
Courtney
Jul 08, 2009 Courtney rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Courtney by: Rosemary Clement-Moore
After a tragic accident, Sylvie finds herself shipped off to relatives in the South who happen to live in a haunted plantation house. As she uncovers clues to discover who the woman is that she sees running through the forest, she begins to question her sanity as well as her ability to trust those around her. She notices that she's not the only one with secrets and seeks to find out what no one will tell her.

For readers who enjoy descriptive writing, Clement-Moore does an excellent job of setti...more
Rachel
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of this book and ended up chucking my ToDo List for the day in order to finish it. The heroine is funny, snarky, and real. It is well written and the mystery kept me engaged.

Sylvie is a seventeen year old ex-superstar ballerina. She shattered her leg onstage and her mother has shipped her off to distant relatives in rural Alabama to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. Immediately odd things start happening: She feels this weird connection to a family...more
Shauna Tyndall
May 16, 2012 Shauna Tyndall rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shauna by: Michaela
Shelves: 2010, gothic, i-own-a-copy
The Splendor Falls has a lovely, dream-like quality to it, or nightmare quality if you are the main character, Sylvie. She is a star ballet dancer, but her world comes crashing down around her, literally when she breaks her leg and can't dance anymore.

After an incident with Vicodin and champagne in Central Park she is sent to stay with her cousin Paula in Alabama. That's when she starts seeing ghosts. And hears crying at night. And causes a bit of a stir with the menfolk. Namely Shawn, resident...more
Amber Skye

My overall reaction to this books was just okay. I picked it up with low expectations, so at least I wasn't really disappointed. I wouldn't say that I didn't like the book, but it wasn't one of my favorites.

The quality of the writing was very good. The author includes vivid descriptions, and the readers are really exposed to Sylvie's pain after what she titles "The Accident". As a former dancer, I can relate somewhat to Sylvie's love for dance. This was definitely something I enjoyed about the b...more
Emma
This was recommended if you liked paranormal romance etc.

I was very interested in the blurb on the back - your usualy good boy and bad boy and the different storyline with Sylvie the main character breaking her leg and destroying her ballet career.

I wanted to like this book so much, but I felt it was too long - situations were dragged out for much longer than necessary most notably Sylvie and Rhys and telling each other what was happening. A lot of the time I felt it plodded along, and it really...more
Rachmi
It took a lot of effort for me to finish The Splendor Falls. It was slow-paced, really slow makes me bored and almost didn't finish it. The whole mystery things apparently aren't that mystery except for Sylvie. But the most annoying thing with the book is the main character, Sylvie Davis who whine all the time, complain everything and rude to everyone.

I understand she couldn't dance anymore, something that she loves more than anything, but it doesn't mean that she have to be annoying and ungrat...more
rivka
Jul 19, 2009 rivka rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older teens, especially those who have had personal or family traumas
There is a balance that many suspense novels fail to achieve: keeping the setting realistically current, while also making the fantastic elements believably frightening. The Splendor Falls does an excellent job of walking that line.

That's not the only line it does an excellent job of walking. Sophie Davis, the protagonist, has gone through her parents' divorce, her father's fight with cancer and subsequent death, and then the broken leg that killed her just-starting career as a ballerina. Her mo...more
Sarah Erickson
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TinasBookReviews
A wonderful, Gothic southern tale of a small town full of secrets and old traditions about to meet its match.

Sylvie Davis has spent her seventeen years as a ballerina; her life is consumed with dancing until a devastating accident leaves her leg severely broken and the dream of dancing professional shattered. Sylvie is so overwhelmed with the loss, depression sets in and her mother not wanting to put a dent in her summer long honeymoon decides the best thing for Sylvie is not to be dealing with...more
Jacqueline
Although it was a tad bit on the long side, The Splendor Falls is a rather enjoyable novel. While there are definitely paranormal elements involved, it's not the typical sort with supernatural species. Magic, ghosts, history, love, loss and hate - those are themes that are threaded throughout Rosemary Clement-Moore's story.

Sylvie is an interesting character, made all the more so by her tragic ballet injury and her subsequent struggles. She exudes intelligence and strength as she endeavors to lea...more
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I found myself immersed in this story from the first page. I really enjoyed the character Sylvie and found myself connecting to her straight away. I really liked her voice - she came across as strong yet vulnerable and I loved the fact she questioned everything that happening, including her sanity! I also found myself really drawn to Rhys - I even missed him when he wasn't in the story And I completely adored her dog Gigi!

The story itself is an intriguing one. There was a lot of detail included...more
Emily
The Splendor Falls is definitely not a book that I would consider myself falling for, under most circumstances. I freely admit, the paranormal element (combined with some excellent reviews on other blogs) made me pick up the book in the first place. I am so glad that I did.

To classify The Splendor Falls as a paranormal book wouldn't be entirely accurate. Sure, those elements are definitely present and prominent throughout the story, but there isn't anything spookier than what you'd find in a Goo...more
Michelle Rebar
THE SPLENDOR FALLS is a gorgeously written Southern Gothic ghost story, rich in history and shrouded in mystery and magic. The atmosphere is hauntingly charming and fully imagined. I loved the book and I love Rosemary Clement-Moore. I was a fan of her previous books, and this one is completely diferent, but just as captivaing, if not more so. THE SPLENDOR FALLS is a departure form her usual supernatural humor (PROM DATES FROM HELL, HELL WEEK and HIGHWAY TO HELL) and is more on the spooky and ser...more
Andrea
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 come...more
Kate
The Splendor Falls was a suspenseful read but a let down. The story starts off slowly, I don't mind. But when I was more than 3/4 into the book and the plot was still slow, I begin to ask myself why I am bothering to read this book in the first place. I shall discuss the good points about The Splendor Falls first and elaborate more about the flaws later. The Splendor Falls is a combination of humor, history, romance, and paranormal. The setting is both beautiful and brooding, I was so intrigued...more
Yan
If you’ve read Beautiful Creatures and enjoyed yourself then you may also want to pick up The Splendor Falls. They both delve into a mysterious background with a touch of romance and a heavy sprinkle of magic. I found the book interesting enough to try to finish it in one day—that didn’t happen because it’s huge. There were times when things started to slow that pow something ignited my attention and forced me to carry on. And then there were chapters where I just didn’t want it to end.

There’s...more
Allison
Sylvie Davis is a ballet prodigy who is forced to retire at age 17 by a horrible injury. She struggles with losing her dream and her future, and after months of recovery and depression gets sent to her deceased fathers family home in rural Alabama. She struggles to adapt to the southern way of life (Meat! Desserts! Pickup trucks! Y'all!), but she discovers a connection to her dad in the place he spent his childhood summers, and also comes face to face with things she always thought were myth. Al...more
Kayla P
The Slendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore is about a girl named Sylvie. Sylvie wanted to hate Alabama, but when she got there, it wasn't that bad. The worst part of it all was the fact that her dad died, and that she had to deal with her moms new fiance. She loved to dance, and was a ballerina. She broke her leg, and it itched her a lot and made her very sad when she had to look down at her leg and remember the fact that she may never be able to dance again. If that was to happen, she didn't k...more
Kara
In the mood for some Southern Gothic? Romances, tragedies, mysteries, magic and ghosts abound in this YA paranormal mystery set in the Old South.

Sylvie Davis was a soloist for the American Ballet Company, a prima ballerina at age 17. Then ‘The Accident’ leaves her with a limp and a dead career. Sylvie’s post-surgical attitude is 1/3 extreme teenage angst, and 2/3’s Dr. House’s my-leg-hurts-so-I-will-hurt-everyone-else-verbally. It’s painful to read the opening as the first person POV details bo...more
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