Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review #1530 The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

Review: #1530
Book: The Springsweet
Author: Saundra Mitchell
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Apr. 17, 2012
Pages: 275
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Source: ALA 2012

I liked the lyrical quality of this book. It felt different from a lot of stories I had been reading lately. Maybe it’s because I’ve been on a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian kick and this was historical fiction, but it really did feel like a breath of fresh air. When I was younger, I was obsessed with historical fiction and read pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I’m not sure why that died over time and I’ve progressed more towards fantasy, but I still love a good historical fiction novel – I just don’t actively seek them out like I used to.

I didn’t realize this book was a sequel, but I don’t think reading them out of order will hinder your enjoyment of the story. And while it was sweet, I wasn’t overly a fan of The Springsweet There were parts of it that kind of annoyed me – like how obvious it was a love story. I mean, I’m pretty sure I should have seen that coming into the novel and the book synopsis certainly hinted at that as well. There was no guesswork on the romance. Which had its perks, but was also a little bit of a letdown – it was obvious to me how things would end romantically, but it was interesting to see HOW the author put them together. I enjoyed the novel.

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