The cover drew me in... this was in the young adult section but I could not resist a book about a girl and a tree and the crossing into Faery. It's noThe cover drew me in... this was in the young adult section but I could not resist a book about a girl and a tree and the crossing into Faery. It's not tooo YA and I loved it. Clare returns home to Ireland with her father to the house she was born in - a house that is built into a hill with a tree growing in it. Her mother always told her that it was built for the faeries to pass through, but as Clare got older she tried to resist talking about faeries as it got strange looks from people around her. But Clare was always atuned to the "strange" and the "makings" of the Fae. I really like the word "making" for creating works of art and the connection to the timeless world, the strange world and the faery world. Clare is a guardian and is called to defend her tree and the gate to faery and this is the story of that "battle". <3 ...more
Wow! What an epic opus of a book! I loved this and enjoyed every one of the 800 plus pages. It was daunting, until I read the first page and got suckeWow! What an epic opus of a book! I loved this and enjoyed every one of the 800 plus pages. It was daunting, until I read the first page and got sucked into Theo's story and could not put it down. Oh to read such a goooood book - it makes me so happy. It's a bit hard to describe without giving too much away.
Theo's story starts with an introduction to his mother and her death in an explosion in the art museum and the aftermath. Prior to the explosion Theo saw a girl with her grandfather. The girl stuck in his mind. The old man shared his dying words with Theo, gave him a ring and told him to go to an address in the village. In the concussed and confused state Theo wanders out of the museum with his mothers favorite painting - a very small, very unique important work of art. He didn't try to steal it - he was trying to save it. But before he knew it he was an orphan without a mother being swept up by social services who were trying to find his dead-beat dad or estranged grandparents who'd never been a part of his life. He ends up staying with childhood best friend's family. They were well to do connected people and he finds himself in an interesting situation. Theo makes it to the mysterious address the old man in the museum gave him and in an interesting twist of fate meets Hobie, the old man's business partner in antiques and finds the girl he saw at the museum - she's badly injured but still alive. Next thing he knows he's being picked up by his sketchy gambling drunk of a father and girlfriend and is whisked off to Vegas. You can feel that Theo's dad is trying to use his son for his own gain, but for the most part Theo is left to his own devices and that ends up with him and his best friend Boris doing lots of drugs and barely staying alive with deep life lessons along the way. The painting which he has hidden the piece of art in an unconscious act of avoidance, ends up being a kind of prized obsession that reminds him of his mother, but also a burden he can't quite get out from under. He never intended to keep it, but by the time he "came to" - it was already being sought after as a "stolen masterpiece" and he feared getting in trouble, or getting the nice people who were helping and housing him in trouble. Of course for a good long while I was so frustrated just wanting to scream "Just talk to someone" - but that is easier said that done.
Phew. Life adventures. Growing up. Adolescent drug use. Criminal underworld. Antiques and Art dealers. And a philosophical look on life and destiny. This is a masterpiece. Epic and wonderful. This may well have rocked into that "favorite book" spot. I couldn't put it down!...more
I fell into this book and couldn't put it down. It takes place in Coney Island NY in the early 1900's in the home museum of a professor who showcasesI fell into this book and couldn't put it down. It takes place in Coney Island NY in the early 1900's in the home museum of a professor who showcases oddities - both living and not. His daughter Coralie has webbed hands and he has trained her to be an excellent swimmer and tries to pass her off as part mermaid. When Dreamland, a larger version of the carnival sideshow opens across the pier, the professor is desperate to keep his museum in business. Meanwhile Coralie has stumbled upon a photographer in the woods after her swim in the Hudson. She is intrigued and mesmerized by him. The young man is a Russian immigrant who worked as a tailor along side his father in the lower east side sweatshops until the lose their jobs and Eddie things his father has given up on life. He turns his back on his father, and apprentices a photographer while becoming his own boy of the streets. Coralie and Eddie's stories are told alternately with a magical otherworldly quality reminiscent of Sarah Addison Allen while integrating political struggle and social upheaval with the Triangle factory fire. It's a a lot of awesome woven together. Perhaps a bit too much because in some ways this ends up being more of a love story and perhaps falling short of it's larger potential. But I loved it none the less....more
Dual story - a code breaker with aspergers goes to Paris to translate a jacobite exiles diary, meanwhile we read the story of Mary dundas the woman wrDual story - a code breaker with aspergers goes to Paris to translate a jacobite exiles diary, meanwhile we read the story of Mary dundas the woman writing the journal and her adventures with the Jacobites and a Scottish "bodyguard". Reminded me a bit of outlander .... And I enjoyed both takes ... Though heavy on the romance. But then it ended and I was like wait? What? I mean it's all clean and tidy but it felt like a chapter was missing tying it together.... So yes, I liked it but it was not the strongest or best. ...more