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The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove
by Marta Acosta
- Main character is a strong young adult who has been through hell and survived and become better because of it -- she is NO victim. (Very different from most YA books)
- author is fantastic at setting the gothic mood of the story- Lots of thrills and chills!
- authors wit and sense of humor is wickedly apparent even though the storyline is more serious than her other works
- Could not put the damn thing down even though I should have been getting healthy dinner ready & ended up having to order Pizza (bad mother). It was just such an absorbing tale --trust me - you will feel the same
- Great friendships between the main character and her friends. Very realistic!
- Lovable and unusual secondary characters such as Mary Violet and her mother
- Very realistic portrayal of foster care and what often happens to older less cute children.
- Description of Birch Grove is so well done, it feels real. You close your eyes and you feel like you are there.
- Marta Acosta's brilliant take on vampires
Not so good stuff
- Negative portrayal of Librarian (Hey I am one so I am a little sensitive when they are portrayed badly)
- Introduces spectacular characters that you rarely hear of again (Wilde and Orneta)
- Wish it was made into 2 books so you could read more about the secondary characters mentioned in the point above
- I cannot buy a physical copy of the book (damn editors/publishers)
The poem written by Mary Violet
Ode to an Artistic Mother
"Your cupcakes are tender and quite delish,
But won't you grant your childrens wish?
A mother's love is what we cherish
So please no coconut as pubic harish,
Nor gummy worms as labial lips
Or any substance for a clitoris.
We firmly support your creative expressions
But vulva cupcakes will cause insurrection.
Who Should Read
- Young Adult Readers who enjoy paranormal story-lines
- Adult fans of paranormal fiction
- Anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned tale
- Anyone with a sense of humor and a love of Gothic type novels
- Those who have spent time in a foster care environment will really empathize with the heroines plight.
- Readers of Marta Acosta, Julie Kenner, Jennifer Estep, etc.