Oh how I love this book. This is probably due in large part to the fact that I read this while working at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, and the book is set in 19th century Ontario. It was like walking around in a book. This novel is based on the historical account of Grace Marks a servant who was accused of murdering her employer and his housekeeper. There were many, however who believed that she was innocent. This all happened during the early days of psychoanalysis and the height of spiritualism. This is a perfect example of an unreliable narrator. You know that she’s playing the other characters in the story, but is she playing you too? Or does she really have a split personality?So cool. So creepy. I just love it.
I’m not actually sure I like this series. Like may not be the right word. I’m interested in it though. I take issue with young adult novels (and any novel for that matter) whose plots seem to revolve around a clumsy and helpless heroine who requires constant saving by males with superpowers.I mean, she falls down all the time and faints when she sees blood, and what’s with everybody deciding she must be picked up and carried around like a baby? The girl is seventeen in the first book!I also take issue with phrases like “impossibly beautiful” in reference to a male character. It’s just… so icky and over the top. And really… sparkly skin? Come on! I think I might start ranting. Maybe I don’t like these books at all, and yet I’m strangely compelled by its darkly impossible beauty. Ugh! So see for yourself. Here’s the author’s website, which quite frankly reads like a melodramatic myspace page. Pretty covers though.
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