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Cleaning House

(Appalachian Elementals #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Note: The ebook page length initially recorded by Amazon's upload system in 2018 was incorrect. This novel is 319 pages in length.

Centenary Rhodes is an old soul with a well-traveled name, but she doesn't know this yet.

Growing up in southern Appalachia wasn’t easy, so Cent left home as soon as she could, but the post-collegiate happiness she’d expected has never occurred.
Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Mountain Gap Books
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A.M. Leibowitz
Cleaning House is the book I didn’t know I needed until I read it. It’s a magic-hiding-in-plain-sight story, but it’s also a celebration: of life, of history, of culture, and of who we are meant to be.

This is a deeply spiritual story. Not in the sense that it preaches itself at readers but in the way it draws us to examine the interconnectedness of life. It’s there from beginning to end, from Centenary’s friends and family to the way the humans interact with the magical realm.

Cent, the central
Kari Trenten
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Centenary Rhodes finds herself drawn back from the city to her home in the southern Appalachian by her Aunt Tess’s need. Not only does she need Cent to come home, but to help in cleaning house, doing a much deeper job of cleansing the place. Cent isn’t just saving her family home from unscrupulous predators claiming to be doing God’s work, she’s battling supernatural forces with the help of age-old elemental allies, reclaiming an identity built throughout lifetimes, and rediscovering a long-lost ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bisexual, fantasy
Oh, this was delightful, a modern American queer fantasy about family, spirit, magic, and connections - complete with a wonderful non-binary character and absolutely perfect gender-neutral pronouns. I loved the contrast between the families into which we're born versus those we choose for ourselves, with the associated pain, obligations, and support.

The supernatural/mythological elements were very well done, drawing me in and making me want to know more about the ceremony and the spirituality. M
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Title: Cleaning House
Author: Jeanne G'Fellers
I have to say this was a very interesting read. It had heart and depth. It was an emotional, unbiased, look into the mixed the spiritual traditions of Appalachia. Not just spiritual but a look at gender norms and sexuality. And at the heart, love that transcends time and space. Romantic love, familial love, soul love, and love of self.

I guess the only issue I really had was that there is so much detail to create the
H.M. Gooden
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reader copy of this book. Honestly, it was nothing like I expected but I was completely drawn into the world the author created and felt as if she had the secrets of the world trapped within the pages. The use of pronouns was masterful, the glorious understanding that sexuality and life are to be accepted the way people are- everything about this story screamed of love and home and acceptance and magic. This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished readi ...more
Kit Tetmeyer
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this light read and stayed up late to finish it. It’s definitely a fun read, not high literature, so if you’re looking for perfectly-masterful writing, I recommend choosing a different book. But was I entertained? Yes. Was I a little sad when it was over? Yes. I really liked the magic and all the queer characters. It’s so fun to see LGBTQ+ characters in print! Looking forward to the sequels.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Super interesting premise, returning to a life one doesn't remember one has lived cyclically.

Ultimately, the plot itself was too cyclical for me, returning often to the same conversations, the same or similar past lives, and the same emotional notes.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very nice dose of magic, elementals, and Appalachian herbal/folklore. I enjoyed the characters and the plot.
Emily Wrayburn
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, fiction
Review to come
E.M. Hamill
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I finished this book, because it was very unique in its blend of Appalachian, Native American and Irish magic. I read in stops and starts, sometimes days passing before I picked it up again. It started slowly and I felt there was almost too much packed in to digest all at once...but so glad I kept with it. I loved Centenary and her Aunt Tess, and look forward to encountering them again. I was vaguely dissatisfied with how it ended (no spoilers), but it wouldn’t deter me from reading mor ...more
Anne Barwell
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ebook
This story is not a quick read, but is an interesting one. The characters are complex, and rich in history, as is the setting. I liked that about it, and how the author wove magic through the storyline. I liked the diversity of the characters and exploration of sexuality, gender, and multiple lives. The world building is very detailed as it not only explores the characters and their present, but their past through flashbacks which felt very real for the time period in which they were set. The ma ...more
Debbie McGowan
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant novel. Magic/fantasy is not usually my thing, but characters and relationships (which are my thing) play as big a part in Cleaning House as the magic; indeed, they are intrinsic. I love Cent - heck, I love all the characters (well, bar one or two whom we're not supposed to like), but especially Cent, Stowne and Rayne. I appreciate the seamless use of gender-neutral pronouns, the array of queer characters, the setting (the ceremony around the fire is my absoulte favourite scen ...more
A. Cook
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall rating is 2.5. At best, the story is too darn confusing but the idea of the story is good. Had high hopes for this one.
Anna Koetter
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything I love. An overarching theme of "family" and the history of what makes us who we are, a hint of romance, past lives, magic, history, and a wonderful plot that kept me riveted from the first page to the last. I became wholly vested in the authors well rounded characters and the places she depicted in the Appalachian area. If you love a well written book with diverse characters and themes that will thrill this is the book for you. I wholly recommend this book. This is an A ...more
Self-Professed Book Hoarders
Being a Southerner, I really liked the idea of this book - something that brings together folklore and beliefs that some people of the South (the Southern portion of the U.S.) grow up hearing. Unfortunately, Cleaning House became a book that was DNF'ed(did not finish) because the story was a bit too confusing. Centenary Rhodes (the heroine)is an interesting female lead who is dealing with the duality of her spirit/mind and past lives. The secondary characters presented are intriguing as well but ...more
Debbie Benson
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of an ARC review. I liked it a lot. I had a hard time to put it down long enough to get some sleep. Cent's story drew me in and I liked the overall feeling of family that was so much a part of the story. The magic, elementals and battle between good and evil just added to the story. The way Cent was reincarnated time after time until Stowne used the opportunity to allow Cent to stay all the time. The freedom to love who you love was a welcome message with the book. I ...more
Cool main characters, interesting setting, underlying message of acceptance – all things I like. And yet this story was a bit slow and repetitive for me. Let’s start with Cent. She’s struggling in the big city, working two part-time minimum wage jobs. She once had an awesome job but when she lost it, she found herself drowning in debt. Now her family needs her back home. Aunt Tess and her cousin Aubrey both ask her to return but it’s her neighbor who gives her the final push to get home.

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Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed

I received a free copy of this book via Hidden Gems Books and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

A very interesting paranormal book that jumps back and forth through time. It kind of confuses the reader as to what is happening and happened in the past. The relationship between Cent and Stowne over time leads one to wonder if it is evil or leads to evil things happening.
Becky Adams
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Just ok

This book was just ok. It was hard for me to finish this book because it was boring and not at all what i. expected.
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Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Science Fiction and Fantasy author Jeanne G’Fellers' early memories include watching the original Star Trek series with their father and reading the books their librarian mother brought home. Jeanne’s writing influences include Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, and Frank Herbert.

Jeanne lives in Northeast T

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