Saturday, December 1, 2012

Review: Picture The Dead

Hello hello and happy Saturday my little Christmas Cuties!

No "Startdust Saturday" today because there wasn't that much going on last week! I'd hate to bore you with a bunch of chit chat about nothing and, of course, I'm crunched for time today. Going to do a bit of Christmas shopping after work *happily little Christmas dance*.

Anyway, let's get a goin' and I'll introduce you to a book that I really really enjoyed.

*"Picture The Dead"*
*Adele Griffin*
Title: Picture The Dead
Adele Griffin

  May 1, 2010

  A ghost will find his way home.

Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiance falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating

You know me and my happy little addiction to creepy kids fiction! Well, in all actuality this one really isn't middle-grade. The main character is a teenager and there's some spice in this love story. Personally I would have put it right on in there with the teen fiction but that's not my job, I can only shelve the books where that little sticker directs. *Salutes the Shelving Sticker* 

This little gem is about a young woman during the cival war whose fiance, and cousin, Will is killed in battle. His brother comes home in his stead presenting a whole new kind of trouble for Jennie... she's no longer wanted in the household and she has nowhere else to go. Not to mention the ghost of Will and her brother Tobe haunt her frequently. 
Will's spirit gets more and more hostile, especially as she becomes closer and closer to his brother. 

If all of that isn't just fine and dandy, Jennie is faced with the possibility that her beloved Will wasn't such a rosy, happy man after all. 

A great little twist ending will have most of you gasping, while other readers who figured it all out before the last chapter will just applaud the heroism of our young female lead. 

I was very impressed with this book. It would have been a treasure without all of the illustrations, but the pictures bring so much color to the world of Jennie Lovell. The reader will find themselves lost in a battle of the heart, the swarm of a will to survive coupled with a determination to love. There's a lesson of life here, of looking before you leap, and of guarding your heart against the careless plans of others, and of always knowing your facts. 

I would definitely recommend this to all of my readership, though perhaps not to ages any younger than 12. Like I said... spicy romance in this one.

Read On! 

Alright, that's it my dolls!

Until Next Blog, 

Read On!


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