Monday, November 21, 2011

Mini-Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon






The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Magical Realism
Pages: 180 (Ereader)
Source: eLibrary

Description:
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. Such as, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? And why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life: Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.


My Rating:
Quick Thoughts: Magical.  Sweet.  Spell-binding. Forgiveness.
I read The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen earlier this summer and have had my eye on this book ever since.  Ms. Allen really knows how to tell a story that grips the reader from the beginning, introducing characters who are unique and sweet.  Strangely, I didn't feel like I was reading at all.  I was just "in" the book and was completely unaware of anything around me.  This sweet read was too short for me. I felt a bit left out of Julia's ending.  Sure I can imagine what happens but I wanted to hear and savor all the sweet goodness of the moments.  I've come to realize that Ms. Allen's books have a "vibe" that I can't wait to feel again.



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40 comments:

  1. I like this review and will look the book up and put it on my TBR list. Thank you :)

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  2. Ah, I loved this one too!I can't see what I'm typin (the comment thing isn't showing it, so I hope this makes sense). anyway, I love all of Sarah Addison Allen's books, this one especially. Glad you liked it too! :)

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  3. I can't wait to read more. Everyone seems to like her. How am I just discovering her? If it weren't for book blogging...

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  4. It really is. I think you'll enjoy it quite a bit. The Peach Keeper is a gem as well.

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  5. Fab mini-review! You managed to intrigue me, I'm so adding this to my TBR! I've been wanting to read the Peach Keeper for a while now, and this sounds like yet another great book by this author! :)

    Evie

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  6. Sarah's books are just gorgeous and magical. My absoulte fav or hers is Garden Spells. I was forever a fan after that. I tried to ready Sugar Queen but couldn't get into it. Peach Keeper and this book are next on my list.

    xo,
    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

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  7. I haven't heard of Sugar Queen but people have been commenting about Garden Spells. I'm going to read that one for sure.

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  8. Thanks! I actually didn't have any cake but I had brownie and ice cream :)

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  9. Thanks. Everyone is mentioning Garden Spell. I need to pick it up soon.

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  10. Yeah it is good but it is my one critique as well. It is hard to say goodbye to a good book but it is even harder when you can see that there is more to tell. I like to know what happens.

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  11. It's almost shocking when it ends. I'm disoriented. It's my favorite part of the reading experience.

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  12. I had no idea. Well I'll keep her in my prayers. In the meantime, I'll seek out some of her other books.

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  13. It really did feel like a comfort read but it wasn't predictable. It is truly a beautiful cover.

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  14. Someone else mentioned it above. I am definitely adding it to my list.

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  15. I think you'll like it if you liked The Peach Keeper.

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  16. I loved this book! It isn’t my favorite of hers, but I love it nonetheless. I have read them all and I think The Sugar Queen was the one I enjoyed the most although I had several issues with it. As you said, her books have a special vibe to them that make them almost magical, very enjoyable. Happy B-Day, BTW! Don't eat too much cake, save some space for tomorrow!

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  17. Sounds good! and I do love me some good southern story.
    Thanks for the review.

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  18. I would read The Peach Keeper first. It's not that's better but it's longer and in Ms. Allen's case, longer is better.

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  19. Thanks for the review. It sounds like a book I would enjoy. I will be reading this book next year.

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  20. Megan@Storybook Love AffairJanuary 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    I've wanted to read this book for ages! And I also want to read The Peach Keeper too.

    Great review, thanks for sharing.

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

    http://storybookloveaffair.blogspot.com

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  21. I've only read one book by this author. Garden Spell. It was really magical and I enjoyed it. I read a sample of TGCTM and thought it seemed interesting. Nice mini review!

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  22. Oh, I love that feeling of being 'in' the book. It helps to totally carry you away!

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  23. the cover is gorgeous, I just love it. It sounds like a nice book , I'm glad you get into the story like that.

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  24. Sounds like a charming book filled with magical elements. I don't know how I'd feel about wallpaper changing to fit my mood, might make me try to have happier thoughts I suppose. It's good that it was so good, you wanted it to be longer. That's always a great quality.

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  25. I'm glad you like S.A.A. , she's an awesome author. Her books are such easy, magical reads - almost like the ultimate comfort reads. I hope she has a new one in the works, although she's been battling breast cancer so I doubt she'll have a new one anytime soon.

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  26. I call books like that comfort books. I really to love authors who can invoke that feeling in me while I'm reading their book. I love that cover, it' quite beautiful. Love this review, I'll have to make sure to write this author down and try her books soon.

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  27. I loved Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. If you haven't read it yet, you should. It's wonderful.

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  28. I read The Peach Keeper this summer too and have been wanting to try another one of Allen's books. Will definitely add this one to the list. Thanks!

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  29. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.comJanuary 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    I adored this one too. Sucked me right in. Great review.

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  30. I read both Peach Keeper and Girl who chase the Moon, loved them both!
    Have you read Garden Spells yet? You should!

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  31. ahh lovely, this is on my tbr added recently, loved the cover and the premise too.
    Great review! x

    ♥Ficbookreviews♥

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  32. I am very interesting in trying her books, they sound magical, so i really must se which one I want the most

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  33. I actually have read all of her books and find Sugar Queen to be her best. While all of her books have this beautiful way of turning the simplest elements of ordinary life magical - I found the Sugar Queen was slightly more complex in regards to characters. I also was a bit surprised by the ending, and that's something that doesn't happen too often with novels these days. So, that really made the book appeal to me. All of her books have touched my heart in some way though.

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