Friday, April 23, 2010

Fantasy Friday: The Splendor Falls

The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement Moore

Publisher: Delacourte Press
Pages: 513
Reading Level: 14 and up
Enjoyment Level: High

I wasn’t looking for this particular book when I was book shopping, but I read the cover and it piqued my interest enough to buy it. I read it right away and finished it the same day I got it.

Can love last beyond the grave?

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—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship. 

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 home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady.

As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand. 

Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

I liked that the main characters were flawed. They weren’t in any way perfect, but they overcame what had happened before and they became better. Sylvie lost her dreams and future as a ballerina and she took her despair with her to Alabama. She was real and I appreciate that. The author let her be upset and she let her grow enough to realize that she could have more than one dream. I hate when people gloss over pain, but this author let Sylvie figure it out. I loved the love story in the book; Rhys was a well-rounded character that I fell in love with, too.

The only part that I was a little confused about was that she could see ghosts. I didn’t really feel that that was explained well enough. Other than that I loved this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves magic, mystery and love!

: Thyra :

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