The Splendor Falls
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
For readers who enjoy descriptive writing, Clement-Moore does an excellent job of setti ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Cursed ballerina forced to move in with cousin. [s]||4||21||May 22, 2020 09:24PM|
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|a cookie and a book: whats your favorite part of splendor falls???||8||18||Dec 09, 2011 11:42AM|