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The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb
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bookshelves: 2009, fantasy, historical-fiction, russia, ghosts
Read in February, 2009

apparently there are spoilers in this review because someone is whining about them and making grumpy faces. i read this book four years ago so frankly i have no idea at this point but if you're a whiny person who is afraid of spoilers, don't read this review. thank you.

a fetch is a death escort- someone who shows up to guide the dying to heaven. calder's been doing this for several centuries, and it's time for him to pick an apprentice fetch, if you will, by giving his fetch key to a dying soul.

however, at the deathbed of a young alexis romanov, calder falls in love with alexandra, wife of the tsar. so distracted is he that alexi, who is ready and wishing to die, remains alive. calder ends up trading places with dying man (rasputin) and gives alexandra his spirit key, which she gives to alexis, who shares it with anastasia (THE anastasia.) thus, alexis and anastasia don't quite die during the family execution, but hover somewhere in between. complications abound in the spirit world, and calder must put everything right.

gorgeous writing, complicated plot. i had some trouble keeping up and suspending my disbelief. the connection to the romanovs was cool, but as book characters they just didn't wind up being that interesting. recommended for older teens with long attention spans.
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message 1: by Sarah (new) - added it

Sarah Seriously. This should have been marked as a spoiler.. :/


Kricket there. i fixed it.


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