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Light Beneath Ferns

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  335 ratings  ·  58 reviews

I have this strange sense that my silence is preparing me for something I can't name . . .

Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. Trying to escape the shadow of her gambler father, Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery. All her mother wants is for t

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Published September 1st 2010 by Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD. (first published February 1st 2010)
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This is a ghost story. An awesome, awesome ghost story. I can't really say what it is that I loved about this book so much. Maybe because it was a ghost story unlike anything I've ever read. It wasn't scary but at the same time it was kind of creepy. They're not ghosts that haunt and torment but remind and maybe love. It was just so unique that I honestly want to read it again just to soak it in even more.

Elizah is a loner by nature, which some people just can't grasp the concept of. People thin
Elizah has family issues as everyone does growing up. However Elizah turned a crazy life into a negative personality. I personally understood her and why she seemed bitter in life. Alot of people don't know how to deal with their emotions so they turn to sarcasm and snardy comments. Elizah was creepy and wonderously strange. I loved how the book started No expectations. The book is what it is. No more no less. So many people read so much into why this happened or why this didn't happen. They for ...more
Light Beneath Ferns was not at all what I expected. The summary didn't give anything about the book away so I was super surprised by the content. That being said, I'm not going to give away what it's about either. It made the book better for me. =]

Elizah Rayne is not happy about the move to Wenspaugh. She is especially not happy about the changes her mom is making. Elizah liked their quiet life when they were alone and now her mom is forcing her to make friends and go to parties. All Elizah want
This teen novel is part ghost story and part mystery.

The writing is quite poetic and full of arrestingly visual images. That is the best part of the novel. The plot proceeds at a leisurely pace, losing some tension in the process. Not so great when you are trying to write a ghostly mystery.

I think the major flaw here is a combination of characterization and plot development. The main character is portrayed as a very bright, very observant teen girl, yet the fact that she is obviously interacting
Heavy topics, which weigh on your heart, and play games with your mind. Beautifully written, yet I still feel like I don't 100% "get" the story, it's one of those that, I know my mind will be "chewing" on for days and maybe even weeks to come. I will never look at the world and those little things we often "miss" if were not looking closely enough for them, again - or at the very least I will try harder not to. It's tough to say much about Light Beneath Ferns, but it's one that I am glad I did n ...more
Kelly Hager
I think this is one of those books that would be really awesome if you were in the target age group, but is a little obvious if you are not.

Still, her writing style is appealing* and the story is a little creepy.

Elizah and her mom have just moved to a small New England town (her father is on the run after embezzling some money because of a gambling addiction). Elizah is antisocial (antisocial to the point of making me look like someone who loves to be around people--seriously, she hates people w
This was an amazing read! I won this book and I'm so glad I did. I think its a young person's read - middle school to high school but its a book that will weave its spell around everyone!

I received this book free in a giveaway and I'm so glad of this introduction to Anne Spollen's work.
This is my first ghost story and I had zero expectation with it, at all. But it's funny to think how me and the main character, Eliza, clicked that instant. I mean, she is totally a relatable character. I can see myself through her eyes. Like she's my girl version, in some way.

Everyone thinks Eliza is, I hate to put it this way, not "normal" just because she doesn't act stuff like what usually "normal" people do. She hates the company of others that she prefers to be alone and not talking to the
Terrific book. read it in 2 hours.
Ras the Exhorter
I think it takes a special kind of person to like this story. It's bizarre, and mysterious, and kind of confusing at times, but I think it's pulled together well. Elizah's experience as an outsider is relatable on more levels than one, and the way her journey uncoils in front of you is intricate and spellbinding; the story itself is a lovely, if not creepy, little read to incorporate into your fall/winter routine.

It has:
1. A kick ass protagonist. 2. Plot twists. 3. A little over 200 pages--a qui
Saruuh Kelsey
((2.5 stars))

I read this book in one sitting and I'm pretty glad I did because I would not have liked to waste another day on it. Light Beneath Ferns was an alright book. I'd been excited for it, though, so I'm kinda disappointed. I thought it might have been amazing, but it was just pretty okay.

The main character is unique as far as YA protagonists go, but she is a complete special snowflake. She seems to think she's better than other girls because she doesn't like going to parties, because she
Amel Armeliana
Finally, finished reading this book. I'm so relieved when I had finished it. Lega banget rasanya setelah membalik halaman terakhir. Padahal buku ini tipis, coba kalau tebal? Tapi mungkin juga justru karena bukunya tipis ceritanya jadi kurang tergali. Selesai membaca cuma bisa bilang, "gini doank? terus?" Sebenarnya ide ceritanya cukup menarik, tentang legenda suku Indian Lenape yang diselipkan unsur Kristen di dalamnya.

Elizah pindah ke Wenspaugh, kota kelahiran Ibunya berdua dengan Ibunya setel
Anna Motteler
I immediately liked this book when I opened it and saw how the "first chapter" wasn't even really the first chapter, as it clearly states "not the first chapter." It's more like an introduction. One of my favorite parts is when the girl narrator says "Everything happens more like a rainstorm with wind and lightning and confusion all happening at once, and none of it is divided into sections. "

But as the book went on.. It didn't really live up to the expectations from what the prologue said. I w

Copyright 2010 by Anne Spollen
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Cetakan I : November 2012 ; 504 hlm
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“Legenda Wenspaugh adalah perpaduan antara mitologi Indian Lenape dengan Legenda Appalachia, dengan sedikit unsur Kristen. Barangsiapa menemukan atau menyimpan tulang yang merupakan bagian tubuh manusia yang telah tiada, roh mereka akan
Casey (A Passion for Books)
I'm still unsure of what to think about this novel. There were parts of the story that I enjoyed reading and other parts that made me dislike the novel. I must say that Light Beneath Ferns is beautifully and uniquely written. Spollen's descriptive language set a creepy feel to the book, which is one of the things I enjoyed most.

I do feel that the language could either make or break Light Beneath Ferns. Considering the story revolves mostly around the setting and not so much the characters, ther
Kathleen Houlihan
I'm about halfway through Light Beneath Ferns, which follows the story of Elizah, who has just moved with her mother to a new town in the hopes of starting a new life. All the adults around Elizah seem convinced that she must be traumatized in some way due to the dissappearance of her father, after he was charged with theft due to his gambling problem. But Elizah is convinced that she's just fine. She doesn't want to form bonds with her classmates, and is surly with her mother (but in an unbelie ...more
Misty Baker
The paranormal world is one of ups and downs…For example, you can read 6 or 7 fantastic books in a row and then BLAH you run into a swamp. You would think that over the years my love of reading and my somewhat educated mind would learn that anticipation is a horrendous habit, yet there I was 12:30am Monday morning, hopped up on caffeine and waiting not so patiently for the Kindle faeries to bring me a prize.

“Light Beneath Ferns” was supposed to be a smash, I didn’t just decide this for myself, i
Steph Su
LIGHT BENEATH FERNS is a beautifully written book that will chill you to your bones. If you appreciate poetic language and want to be spooked, this book is the one for you.

The strongest part of this book is its language. Anne Spollen strings words and descriptive language together in chains that I would never have thought possible—until I read it from her. The dreamy language transports you into half-mystical Wenspaugh and sets you right in the middle of Elizah’s tiny high school, the graveyard,
Sierra Louiza
Buku misteri paling menyebalkan yang pernah kubaca. Elizah berkepribadian sangat dangkal. Dibuku di jelaskan kalau Elizah sangat pendiam sehingga tidak banyak bicara namun kenyataannya dia sangat cerewet, very annoying and not so mature. Perilaku Elizah sedikit mengingatkanku pada Bella di Twilight yang hanya tahan kubaca beberapa bab saja.

Elizah hampir mirip Bella dibeberapa adegan saat dia mencoba untuk menghindari segala kontak fisik dengan orang lain terutama kepada teman-teman barunya di s
Light Beneath Ferns ( Anne Spollen)
This book was about a fourteen year old named Elizah who was a very quiet girl. Basically, she likes it better to stay more to herself rather than to speak to other people about her feelings and concerns. Elizah and her mother lived in a graveyard for lack of money to get better housing or shelter. Also, her mother works as kind of the guard of the graveyard. Elizah has interests in mainly bones of birds and jum st bones of any type. SHe likes things that seem
I'd really like to give this book one and a half stars with an "it was weird". Elizah and her mother move to a new town where her mother has taken on the job of cemetary caretaker. This is a good thing for Elizah because she loves bones and ends up finding a human jawbone along the river bank. Thus begins a story of weird wives tales that turn out to be true and a strange boy that Elizah meets along the river. The story was even more convoluted by the author's attempts at a side-story about Eliz ...more
This book was interesting. I found myself not wanting to put it down, even though it was pretty strange. I think it would take a certain kind of person to read this and enjoy it. It is very artfully written, and I'm not sure that I have ever read a ghost story where the ghosts are quite so complacent. I did enjoy it, however, and would recommend it if you like ghost stories.
Olivia Cashew
I've read this odd little book twice now. My only issue with it is that the romance aspect seemed kind of wooden, but maybe that's just because the author was trying so hard to make it mysterious and surreal, something she mostly succeeded with. Other than that, I just love this book. Elizah makes a fascinating narrator, and to me she was both believable and relatable. I like how the whole thing was just... different. I like how Spollen interwove the real-life issues with a ghost story, too, and ...more
The first two pages of this book totally won me over and I loved the writing style and the voice. However, the rest of the book didn't quite live up to the strength of "Not the First Chapter." The book is written in a way that allows the reader to know important factors of the story long before the main character, to the point that it seems a little trying that she doesn't see it as well. There is a lot of dialogue in the book and yet very little is actually said. A frustrating amount of informa ...more
Gemma Foo
I came across this book at my school's local library drive 5 years ago and was immediately hooked! After reading this, and fast forward 4 years, I had forgotten the title of the book but had remembered most of the story and Googled it.

I then purchased this book online and I do not regret it! This book is wonderful with its mystery and prose. One of the best books I've read. Elizah really is an interesting protagonist with her strangeness, which furthermore make her more unique.

As the book prog
Elizah moves with her mother to the edge of a cematery, where her mother is keeper. She isn't thrilled with the move, especially because her father is on the run for gambling and theft. Elizah's response is to act out--she's quiet in school and sarcastic when she has to talk. Her mother forces her to see the school therapist, go to a party, and socialize, but Elizah would rather spend time in the woods with her mysterious new friend Nathaniel. But Nathaniel isn't what he seems and Elizah's time ...more
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I bought this book because i loved the cover art. I related to Elizah in this story. She had a rotten father and she enjoyed being by herself and being quiet. Her comment about equating people and clutter was spot on for me. I also liked her comment to the counselor that we think there is something wrong with the loner or introvert when maybe it is the extrovert who doesn't respect personal boundaries.

I liked the combination of science and supernatural, and I thought the dialogue was realistic.
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