The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen
As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose-petal lips and her entrancing glow. Th ...more
The ending of this book has been haunting me (no pun intended!) since I finished it. I have a lot of thoughts on what ultimately happened on the barge, and how it relates to the final version of Wes's film and Maddie's circumstances in the epilogue, but no conclusions. Ideas? (hide spoiler)]
From the moment I picked up The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen I knew I was going to have a difficult time putting it down. Howe's writing alone was wonderful as she wove a story of heartbreak, love, and tragedy in a haunting ghost story.
Wes is starting his summer term at NYU and when he finds himself roped in to help a fellow friend film a séance, he meets a mysterious girl that he later learns is named Annie. But Annie is not like anyone he has ever met before, there is something differen...more
This is a ghost story that never uses the word "ghost." It's also a love song to New York--both its past, its present, and its image through various movies. It was a real page-turner for me, and I read it quickly.
Wes and his friends were painted clearly, I thought, and felt authentic. Even if I didn't necessarily like Wes (too much of a "good guy"; he even calls his ex a bitch), he felt like a real, breathing person. I mention this because I think this is an improvem ...more
This will be the last book written by Katherine Howe that I will read. Her previous books, Conversion and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane both had excellent premises but the stories failed to deliver. The same can be said of The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen. Just by reading the inside flaps one would think this would be an enthralling and engaging story. One would be wrong.
The writing had a staccato beat to it that made for a choppy reading experience. The words never felt li ...more
I must have this. NOW .
I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
You know what pains me the most about doing non-spoiler reviews? The fact that I can't fully describe how I felt about a story.
Here's my problem. The Appearance Of Annie Van Sinderen was such a spectacular read, that I want to yell to the skies above about every moment, ev ...more
Told from two different points of view, one being from Wes, a college student in New York for a summer school film course, and the other being from Annie, the ghost who suddenly appears and turns Wes' world upside down.
I enjoyed the mystery of the book overall, and felt like it was paced nicely. The big pieces of the puzzle that made up Annie's death were revealed in a timely manner, and the best part was that I wasn't able to ...more
I really wanted to like this book, I like some aspects of it: the idea that this is a ghost story without using the word: ghost, the multiple timeline, and the portal of New York City. I was really expecting something creepy to get me geared up for fall, but I was kind of bored. This is definitely a historical fiction novel with a few comedic elements and it is very much geared towards teenage readers. I am a teenage reader, but still... I hate historical fiction and I thought this could have ...more
I don't know how Katherine Howe managed to combine these genres: historical fiction, romance, paranormal, and contemporary urban fant ...more
After reading this book I have already purchased another by her physically and have one on standby on my Kindle, The Penguin Book of Witches.
I really enjoyed the cast of characters in this story and their diversity. I mean you can't help but appreciate the diversity in this story and how at the end they a ...more
The book centers around Wes, young and girl dumb, aspiring filmmaker and new to big city life. At the beginning of the story he finds himself helping a friend with the sound for his film in a seance where he spies a variety of characters but there's a girl who stands out. He tries so hard to ...more
I didn't expect it to be a ghost story at all from reading the synopsis - I was expecting a dark contemporary novel - and even as I was reading it, I was thinking, time travel?, certainly not ghosts. Altogether a lovely story.
I really enjoyed the overall mystery and suspense the book held, yet it was a bit slow at the beginning, and took me awhile to actually get into it, yet when the two characters met, I couldn't put the book down. The res ...more
ARC provided by publisher.
I was prepared to set it down at this point, except there was something compelling about the rest of the story I picked up in those sentences, something that kept following me around until I finally broke down and actually read the book.
This book isn't creepy. I really don't get the impression that it ...more
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