I’m not really sure how to review this book. Although I did finish it the story felt very flat and weird. It made me feel like I was dropping into a fully formed world where it is normal to find a girl in the basement after ten years. That it’s normal that after these ten years that she would still have the personality of a normal 17 year old. And that magic is just part of this world. There was no building, no telling or anything. It’s just there.
I tried to love the characters. But they felt flat and half formed as well. They also seemed more middle school age vs. teen. And although it is only 341 pages it felt like it was well over 700. It was very bogged down with things like letting animals free on a whim, going fishing, etc. Things that didn’t seem to fit right in that situation.
Go Into This One Knowing
It’s slow. The beginning is REALLY good but then the story goes way out there around chapter 5 or so. Which is in the first 100 pages.
Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.
Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.
Age Range: 12 and up / Grade Level: 7 and up