I really love this series. It’s a favorite when I need something engaging and entertaining and soothing all at once, and these books always fit the bill. And as always, the settings are fantastic! I love all the odd places we go in these books, and I really like that we get so much history of all the haunted places. We get so many interesting types of ghosts, too. This one had some fascinating oddities in the settings, and I could just picture all the old and intricately carved woodwork.
This was light and fun. A great book when you’re really busy and need something that gives you a fun story without pressure and angst. My one complaint is that many of the characters sounded the same, so it was hard to tell them apart from their dialogue. But I still enjoyed it.
Warning: this is a Charles de Lint book, so I am wildly biased because I love everything he does. But you should read this.
I found myself weepy in the early pages of this book because I was so happy to be back in Newford. Later, I was a little uncertain. It was Newford, but it was focused on new people and new locations. Then I remembered that places and people change and grow, and this has happened in Newford. And I got a delightful check-in with old friends and found some new ones. Oh, and the story? So good! Really full of adventure and excitement. I’m hoping to see more of Juniper Wiles at some point.
This was a terrible choice to read right when I’m starting a three-week intensive grad school class and really don’t have time to stay up late reading and sit on the couch reading instead of doing homework. But I did it anyway, and I’m not sorry! This was so good. It kept giving me more questions to try to figure out so I had to keep reading to see if my suspicions were right. And sometimes they were, but sometimes they weren’t, and that made it even better, because it was not predictable. This was definitely worth losing sleep over.
I like the idea of this story. The actual story suffered from a lot of descriptions that were trying to hard to be unique. Twice someone “hushed” a sentence. I think he meant “whispered.” Someone was described as “plate eyed.” I think that was supposed to mean their eyes were wide with surprise. There were so many instances of this kind of language throughout the book. I also didn’t find the characters very sympathetic at all. I didn’t connect with any of them. On top of that, the book ended in the middle of the story. This is not a complete story.
In reading other reviews, I see that this book is part of the third book in the series which might have the complete story. So in case you decide you want to read it, you might want to start there.
This was a fun story. There were parts where it moved very slowly, though. I’d really give it 3.5 stars. It’s a great premise. There was a lot of side information and scenes that slowed down the main plot even though they were interesting, and that’s why I didn’t give it a higher rating.
This was really fun! I gave it four stars rather than five although I was in between the two just because I felt it ran too long in some spots. But the characters were wonderful and engaging and the story had lots of twists and turns and thrills. I will definitely read a sequel if there is one.
I enjoyed parts of this book. It’s very visual and reminds me of a classic horror movie. There were many areas where it was too slow, so I found myself setting it down more than I normally would. But I did enjoy the movie playing in my head while I read it–I really could see this as a movie.
As always, this had great locations and a really great backstory about how the place became haunted. I love those glimpses into the history of all the places these stories happen in. I really liked how this one tied into completely modern events, too.
As always I am completely charmed by Elly Griffiths’ settings and characters. This story had the added bonus of being about writers! It was a little slow moving but in an enjoyable way, a good story spinning out longer. And the tying up loose ends at the end was a lot of fun. But now I feel like these characters are my friends, and I am going to be wondering what they’re doing all the time. I love coming away from a story feeling like I’ve met new, real people.