Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Release Date: October 8th, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 496 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Why We Read It:
The gorgeous cover got our attention!

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Welcome to Blythewood.

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.   

But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.   

Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

This is the first book in awhile that I have spent a good portion of the beginning not knowing what was truly going on. I feel like this book was filled with so many twists & turns and secrets that it constantly kept me on my toes! I thought that all of the girls were great & each one added their own unique personality to the story.  Ava was the perfect lead character, she was smart, strong, and determined to find out the true about her mother's time at Blythewood & who her father was. I absolutely love Raven, the Darkling who keeps saving her & I liked Nathan at first, but towards the end I really wasn't a fan. 

Goodman does a truly phenomenal job weaving a complex story filled with dark secrets & misconceptions. I loved almost everything about this book & can't wait to read more from her! 

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it.

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