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The Splendor Falls

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  5,425 ratings  ·  614 reviews
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can't dance. A broken leg ended her career--but Sylvie's pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father's death, and what's breaking her spirit is her mother's remarriage.

Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother's solution for Sylvie's unhappiness. Her father's cousin is restoring a family
Paperback, 513 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published September 8th 2009)
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Overall 4.5 stars!

The Splendor Falls centers around Sylvie, a retired principal ballerina. A career that means she is an extremely skinny person much to the chagrin of her Southern relatives who want to feed her mercilessly. She even claims at one point that another character Clara "feeds her like [she's:] and underweight turkey in September"! LOL! Now that her career is over due to an injury she is in a funk as she is having to replan her once determined future. Her mother has also just marrie
Feb 04, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
- - Spoilers - -

I usually try to list the positive aspects to a novel in my review
However, in this case it was hard to do.

Splendor Falls is really a Novella encased in a longer story of Gigi, the pet Chihuahua dog.

I think that the Author should go back to the 'Drawing Board' or in this case,
the Writing Board.

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina that has had an accident and who's career has ended.
With her father’s death and mother’s remarriage, Sylvie goes to spend the summer with
her father’s cousin in A
Can love last beyond the grave?

3.5 stars I like the cover of this book and even though I'm not exactly sure why it's called The Splendor Falls, I like the title too. Both the title and the cover just sort of beckoned me to read it, promising a lot of good gothic mystery.

The book is about Sylvie, a girl who lives in Manhattan, and who is recuperating from a tragic and freak accident which has left her unable to continue with her ballet career, a career that meant everything to her. Sylvie has
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laurie, Elizabeth
Shelves: ya, 21st-century
Devastated by an injury that broke her leg and destroyed her career as a ballerina, 17 year old Sylvie Davis reluctantly goes to visit a cousin in Alabama. There, for the first time, she sees the imposing family home, now being turned into a B&B by Cousin Paula, and Sylvie begins to wonder why her recently deceased father never returned or even mentioned Bluestone Hill. While investigating secrets of the past and present that threaten her life and possibly her sanity, Sylvie is also faced with t ...more
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book was a disappointment. The beginning was very well done, it was easy to getg swept up in Sylvie's bitter teenage angst about losing her ballerina career and being forced to live with a distant relative in the boondocks. The mystery part had a horror-story element, leading to the combination of fascination and disgust that makes the franchise popular.

But after Chapter Twenty-Six the book became a car wreck. And by car wreck, it was like watching an out of control car with no breaks crash
After a devastatingly embarrassing and crippling accident onstage that handicaps her leg and permanently throws her plans of being a prima ballerina astray (who's ever heard of a one-legged ballerina, anyways?), Sylvie Davis is at a loss in regards to what to make of the rest of her life. When she accidentally gets drunk at a wedding (her mindset being: what the heck, I'm crippled and my life sucks so why not drink a bit and oopsies-) and sees things that shouldn't be there (which, by the way, w ...more
Carolyn  Storer
Firstly, I will say that I did enjoy The Splendour Falls. It is an interesting and intriguing read, with paranormal and romance elements combined with a little mystery. One of the things I liked most was Sylvie, the main protagonist.

Sylvie's character is great. She is quite a refreshing change to the many young girls who fall at the feet of male suiters. Sylvie is a very mature seventeen year old and I really liked the way she went about things for a girl her age. Being smitten with two guys did
The Sweet Bookshelf
I picked up this book because the back said there was a romance that would take my breath away. I'm all about the romance.

This story starts out slow, and goes slow the whole way through. There is nothing wrong with that, it is very detailed and you get a sense of living in Alabama. Yet, I had a question mark over my mind the whole book. What was really happening? There weren't many clues. I felt in the dark for the first 450 pages. I still read the book in 2 sittings, so I obviously thought it w
Sarah Marie
The Splendor Fall by Rosemary Clement-Moore

2 stars

Sylvie Davis was a rising-star ballerina, but now she can’t dance because of an accident that ended her career and left her with a limp. After her mother marries a psychologist and they ship her off to Alabama for their honeymoon. When Sylvie arrives she starts experiencing strange things, like cold spots and is sure she starts seeing ghosts. Not mention she is having trouble figuring out two complicated guys (Rhys and Shawn), who both seem to ha

Lynn Spencer
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ghost
If you were the sort of teenager prone to flouncing and melodramatic sighs, this book might be right up your alley. When I was 15 or 16, I probably would have eaten this up. However, now I'm a tad more demanding of my books and I found myself rolling my eyes too much for true enjoyment.

Sylvie Davis is a young ballet dancer, but a freak injury at her solo debut ends her dancer career. Left adrift, she gets packed off to spend the summer with a cousin at her father's family home in Alabama. While
Margaret Stohl
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly, deeply, madly love this book.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
It took a lot of effort for me to finish The Splendor Falls. It was slow-paced, really slow makes me bored and almost didn't finish it. The whole mystery things apparently aren't that mystery except for Sylvie. But the most annoying thing with the book is the main character, Sylvie Davis who whine all the time, complain everything and rude to everyone.

I understand she couldn't dance anymore, something that she loves more than anything, but it doesn't mean that she have to be annoying and ungrat
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
After her father dies and her mother marries her therapist, former ballerina Sylvie is sent to stay with unknown relatives in a small town in the South, where she discovers that her family has an ancestral mansion and a long local history. Are some of their secrets supernatural?

If this storyline sounds familiar, that's because it is. Clement-Moore does some original things with it, but the strongest aspect is Sylvie's vivid voice. Without that I would have given up halfway through, as the many i
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I'm so glad I picked this book up. I thought it was well written, well played and well done. Loved it.

Update--June 12th 2015--I feel like reading this again actually...

Feb 26th 2021, reread. I had forgotten how well Clement-Moore blends the story of the past with the present, and the presence of magic - the kind that involves nature and ley lines. I quite enjoyed revisiting this old favourite.
✨ Livia ✨
**2.5 stars rounded up**

I was originally going to give this 3 stars, but the last two chapters just did it in for me.

This story is about a prima ballerina who got sent off to Alabama after breaking her leg and never being able to dance anymore. She starts to see the paranormal. I picked this up at the library book sale, for about $0.25 CAD. I thought it would be a nice, fun read. But it appears that this case is one where the blurb is more interesting than the actual book.

Sylvie, our ballerin
Reread as part of my ongoing shelf audit. Verdict: Better than a lot of paranormal YA of its era, but that's not a high bar, and not enough for me to keep a copy.

It's... decent. I get the feeling that there's more heart in this book than there was in some of its contemporaries; Clement-Moore's afterward, talking about her experiences visiting the real area of Old Cahawba, makes it clear that place is the driving factor behind the story, and I think that grounds it (pun intended) quite well. The
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, read-in-2016
Source: I own this book.
Cost: Free Gift

Title: The Splendour Falls
Author: Rosemary Clement-Moore
Genre: YA, paranormal
Overall Rating: 3.7 stars

Her leg broke her career.

Her father's death broke her heart.

Her mother's marriage broke her spirit.

And then to top it all off, she's now seeing spirits.

When Sylvie's career as a dancer comes to end, she moves to a town full of her family history into an old house that is haunted with restless spirits, and as much as it's brought up, Sylvie kno
Not bad!
Rebecca Daniels
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inventory, own
I absolutely loved every second of this book!
Leah Bosward
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-book-ever
Ahhh i really enjoyed re-reading this book it really took me back. It's definitely the same amazing book I remember from years ago I would definitely give it 5 stars all over again. It's a ya fantasy which mixes in the civil war and ghosts and history repeating itself with magic thrown into the mix. The romance is one of my favourite ya romances and I would highly recommend you read this amazing standalone ( I would definitely read a second book if there was one ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now, I’m not the world’s biggest fan of paranormal books. But this book looked interesting and I thought it’d be good. Ghosts, a haunted family past, an ex-ballerina, it all sounded very interesting.

Unfortunately, I was left with a rather boring book.

At 513 pages, this book is pretty long, especially for a YA book. The book dragged on and on. There wasn’t enough of a story to warrant five hundred pages. There was major filler in this book. At least 150 pages could have been trimmed out of this b
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Now this book was a great read, considering 90% of the plot is made up of eating, walking, reading, gardening and looking after a dog. If you don't enjoy slow paced books, then this book probably isn't for you, fair warning. I however liked the slow plot, perhaps because I read this book while sitting curled up in front of the heater on my only day off this week?

Sylvie has only ever focused on one thing; becoming a first class ballerina. But when she breaks her leg in a horror accident she must
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended if you liked paranormal romance etc.

I was very interested in the blurb on the back - your usualy good boy and bad boy and the different storyline with Sylvie the main character breaking her leg and destroying her ballet career.

I wanted to like this book so much, but I felt it was too long - situations were dragged out for much longer than necessary most notably Sylvie and Rhys and telling each other what was happening. A lot of the time I felt it plodded along, and it really
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict

My overall reaction to this books was just okay. I picked it up with low expectations, so at least I wasn't really disappointed. I wouldn't say that I didn't like the book, but it wasn't one of my favorites.

The quality of the writing was very good. The author includes vivid descriptions, and the readers are really exposed to Sylvie's pain after what she titles "The Accident". As a former dancer, I can relate somewhat to Sylvie's love for dance. This was definitely something I enjoyed about the b
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older teens, especially those who have had personal or family traumas
There is a balance that many suspense novels fail to achieve: keeping the setting realistically current, while also making the fantastic elements believably frightening. The Splendor Falls does an excellent job of walking that line.

That's not the only line it does an excellent job of walking. Sophie Davis, the protagonist, has gone through her parents' divorce, her father's fight with cancer and subsequent death, and then the broken leg that killed her just-starting career as a ballerina. Her mo
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey of this book and ended up chucking my ToDo List for the day in order to finish it. The heroine is funny, snarky, and real. It is well written and the mystery kept me engaged.

Sylvie is a seventeen year old ex-superstar ballerina. She shattered her leg onstage and her mother has shipped her off to distant relatives in rural Alabama to figure out what to do with the rest of her life. Immediately odd things start happening: She feels this weird connection to a family
Jun 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Courtney by: Rosemary Clement-Moore
After a tragic accident, Sylvie finds herself shipped off to relatives in the South who happen to live in a haunted plantation house. As she uncovers clues to discover who the woman is that she sees running through the forest, she begins to question her sanity as well as her ability to trust those around her. She notices that she's not the only one with secrets and seeks to find out what no one will tell her.

For readers who enjoy descriptive writing, Clement-Moore does an excellent job of setti
I liked the main characters, Sylvie and Rhys, and I thought Rosemary Clement-Moore did an excellent job with the setting. She did a good job of capturing what I imagine parts of rural Alabama can be like in terms of the town and especially how everyone knew everyone else.

What I didn't like about this book was how overly long it was and why it was so long. If Rhys and Sylvie had an actual conversation about what was going on, so many things would have been resolved sooner. But instead, there were
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favorites
The Splendor Falls was a favorite I read frequently in high school but it's easily been six years since I last reread it. I wish a had a review from back then (all I have is a rating) since it would be interesting to see what first drew me to the story.

This is a delightful, escapist read. The setting of Bluestone Hill was so evocative and Clement-Moore did a great job portraying the south in a way that was critical but not ruthless. I love Sylvie as an understandably frustrated main character tr
April Sarah
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
I absolutely fell in love with this book. Everything in it really. Rosemary Clement-Moore is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

It is true that this story follows a lot of the standard YA supernatural trops, but, in part, that is why I loved it. Place a girl in an old time-y setting with supernatural stuff going on, and you have won my heart.

It even managed to make me completely frustrated and tear up. I count that as a win.
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