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Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
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Jun 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: sunshy-read, random-house
Read from June 18 to 20, 2011 — I own a copy

Early review! Release date: 7th July 2011 (Book received from publisher)

When sisters Amy (short for Amaryllis) and Phin (short for Delphinium) Goodnight show up to ranch-sit for their Aunt Hyacinth, they don't realise quite how much the experience will change their lives. Phin is so wrapped up in her scientific studies (with a paranormal twist) that she rarely notices anything that doesn't fall directly into her sphere of interest, and Amy? Well, Amy wants nothing to do with the para side of normal - in fact, she has made it her life's work to act as a buffer between her family, who are ... eccentric at best, and the rest of civilisation.

Texas Gothic uses an ingenious recipe of part archaelogical dig, part Scooby-Doo-esque mystery, and part love story with the added spices of romance, magic, and cowboys. Well, actually, it's mainly subtle hints of cowboys, but there is a hunky Texan guy who first appears on horseback - so I'm definitely counting him in the cowboy column.

I'm always almost unhealthily glad when bones appear in books (don't judge me, I'm about to start a degree in Medieval History and I've always had a fascination with the Black Death), so their appearance teamed with the added aspects of magical heritage and teenage soul-searching really kept the pages turning for me. The first line of the book is "The goat was in the tree again." - which gives you some idea of the intriguing information that you may learn in amongst the plot (do goats climb trees? Please don't disillusion me unless you know for sure!), as well as the tone of the novel. I loved Amy's voice, she's definitely going down as one of my favourite unlikely heroines!

Recommendation: If you like your normal with added para, your natural with more than a hint of super, then take a walk with Amy and see if anything will make her agree with you. Did I mention there was magic and a (sort of) cowboy? Come on!

Fair warning: I'm all for appropriate swearing in the YA genre, and so are the characters in Texas Gothic.
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Rosemary Clement-Moore Yes, goats do climb trees. Photographic evidence:

Thank you for this lovely review. :-) I don't usually comment, but I had to reassure you on the goat thing.


Beth You have no idea how happy this makes me (the comment AND the goat confirmation!)!

I'm definitely adding that photo to my blog :)

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