Book Review: The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement -Moore
Review by MaryAnne (Teen Guest Blogger)
Slyvie Davis is a ballerina who can't dance. A broken leg ended her career- but Slyvie'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 their Manhattan apartment and shipping her off to Alabama is her mother's solution for Slyvie's unhappiness. Her father's cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family's history. As it turns out, the Davies have a richer history than Slyvie ever imagined. More unnerving, though, are the two guys she can't stop thinking about. Shaun Maddox, the resident golden boy, and Rhys, a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin. Then Slyvie starts seeing things. A girl by the lake, a man peering from the window, and a graveyard with an oddly placed headstone.
Like every other book I read, there are things I liked and didn't like about the book. Slyvie's attitude at first, made me like and dislike her. She wasn't the typical city girl, but her whining made it difficult to stand her at times. She's sarcastic, witty, and doesn't mind the hard work. Several characters seem to undermine Slyvie and her intelligence, which made me angry, but pleased when Slyvie fought back. The book is well written, told from Slyvie's point of view. While It could have done without the constant interactions with Slyvie's dog Gigi, the story of magic and ghosts kept my interests peaked.