"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines In two straight lines they broke their bread And
"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines In two straight lines they broke their bread And brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine In two straight lines in rain or shine- The smallest one was Madeline."
Who doesn't remember the first lines from the classic childrens book Madeline!? As a young girl I adored this book. I used to check it out of the library repeatedly, until finally my mother gave in and bought me the books. I wanted to be Madeline. I think every young girl does. This book is one of my favorites from childhood. It's a classic that all children should get to enjoy (especially mischievous little girls).
"Good night, little girls! Thank the Lord that you are well! And now go to sleep!" said Miss Clavel. And she turned out the light- and closed the door- and that's all there is- there isn't any more."
Wow! Let me repeat, Wow!! In all honesty, I really wasn't expecting too much from this book. The only reason I picked it up in the first place was becWow! Let me repeat, Wow!! In all honesty, I really wasn't expecting too much from this book. The only reason I picked it up in the first place was because it had something to do with Edgar Allan Poe, who is a favorite author of mine. However, I was surprised and completely blown away with the originality of the story! It is so refreshing to see a young adult writer with something new to offer. It’s a world that could only come purely from Kelly Creagh's imagination, a world that I loved.
The main characters in the story are all extremely appealing and likeable, but also ironically, polar opposites of each other. The dark, gothic and mysterious, Varen Nethers, is someone you completely fall for right off. Even through his cold demeanor and sarcastic remarks, you want to learn more about him. He even eventually spikes Isobel Lanley's interest, the popular cheerleader with many friends. She gets partnered with him to do a project in English class and is less than enthueastic about it. At first they seem to somewhat clash, not quite understanding one another, coming from completely different ends of the high school social spectrum. Then they slowly form an understanding of one another and a friendship that is turning into something more. Thrown in the mix is my favorite character, the eccentric Gwen, who becomes Isobel's new friend after she is banished from her former gang of friends and Brad, her former jock boyfriend. Brad insists upon antagonizing Varen, who he blames for their breakup. Gwen is like a life raft for Isobel, after the world she is so used to is slowly unraveling before her.
The really great thing though is the way Kelly Creagh has incorporated Edgar Allan Poe into the book. First he is just an author that Varen picks for Isobel and him to do their English project on. Next, his life and works become central to the storyline. Varen is also a writer, being a huge fan of Poe. Through his writings and imagination, Varen has created a strange and frightening dream world which seems to become more solid and real. It also has many similarities with Poe and his writings. His dream world slowly begins to leak into Isobel's life, linking the two of them together in a struggle to eventually escape it. Then there comes Reynold's, a mysterious man who knows all about Varen and the strange things that keep happening. He seems to want to help Isobel, though his words are confusing and less than helpful to her. In the end, they face Varen's dream world, which seems to be becoming more solid and real.
When I finished this book I was almost angry. I felt like I HAD to continue the story! I had this terrible feeling of sadness when putting it down, like I wasn't yet ready to let go of the characters or the story. It ended on a note hinting at where the story was headed and that made me even more eager to go there. I simply cannot wait for the next book to be released! I haven’t been this excited about a series in quite some time. This book is an absolute 5/5!...more
I've been in love with this poem since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. The terrible fate of the two lovers, Bess and her Highwayman, isI've been in love with this poem since I first read it in my 7th grade English class. The terrible fate of the two lovers, Bess and her Highwayman, is so tragic. I love how the ending implies that their spirits still linger at the old Inn after death. It's a beautiful poem and a personal favorite of mine....more