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The Radiant Road de Katherine Catmull
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The Radiant Road (edição: 2016)

de Katherine Catmull (Autor)

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After nine years Clare Macleod and her father are finally returning to their old home in Ireland, a house by the sea, with a yew tree growing inside it, a tree with its roots in both the human and fairy world--and soon Clare, who has always been able to sense the "Strange," meets the boy Finn, and discovers that she must battle against the forces of evil in to restore order to both worlds.… (mais)
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Título:The Radiant Road
Autores:Katherine Catmull (Autor)
Informação:Dutton Books for Young Readers (2016), 368 pages
Coleções:Not on shelf, Unread, First Editions, Sua biblioteca
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The Radiant Road de Katherine Catmull

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Interesting story and ideas, but I felt like trudging to finish it. ( )
  Jen-the-Librarian | Jun 17, 2017 |
This book was really beautifully written. The second half dragged significantly—much of the urgency of the plot went away, in the dreamy unreality of it all—but some of the sentences in this book were among the most beautiful and evocative I've ever read. ( )
  bibliovermis | Mar 8, 2017 |
I have mixed feelings about this book. Young adult fantasy with a fairies? I was ready to love it and I thought it started out really strong but everything started to fizzle out for me as the book progressed. I liked the overall story but I had a lot of trouble connecting with the writing style. I really wanted to see where things were going in the story but I found that I kept checking how much I had left to read like I was eager for it to be over.

Clare and her father return to their home in Ireland after spending the past several years in the United States. Clare was born in the house as were her ancestors on her mother's side of the family. The house is unique with open windows, dirt floors, and a huge yew tree growing in the center of the home. Clare's mother died before they left the country originally so it is just her and her father. She soon starts to rediscover all of the things that her mother had taught her about the strange and finds herself pulled into the world of the fae.

I was really sucked into the story as Clare started to piece everything together but as the plot really got moving I found that the writing style overpowered the story. There were some elements of the story that could have used a little more definition such as the totem and the balance between the human and fairy worlds. I found that I was often reading passages a second time trying to figure out what I had missed. I would have liked to dig a little deeper into the world of faerie to learn about their world and get to know some of the characters better. Some very interesting characters were introduced but then were quickly gone such as the beast and the girl from the yew tree.

I did really like the underlying connection between Clare and the yew tree. Clare did seem to accept her new reality very quickly and was more than willing to try to make things better. I never developed any kind of connection with Clare and never felt truly invested in the story. I was actually quite thrilled that this story did not have a focus on romance. The conclusion to the story was well done and I felt like everything was really wrapped up quite nicely.

I would recommend this book to fantasy fans looking for a book written in more poetic style. This is the first book by Katherine Catmull that I have had a chance to read but I would definitely be open to other works by this author.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Dutton Books for Young Readers via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.

This review was also post at Carole's Random Life. http://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/ ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Jan 4, 2016 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A melodic, lush story overflowing with Irish folklore.

Opening Sentence: Clare was a strange girl, solitary and shy.

The Review:

Clare Macledod is not an ordinary girl. She grew up in a home within an immense yew tree, only one of the generations of girls to be born into the legacy. After the death of her mother, she and her father has traveled the globe, not putting down roots, not staying anywhere too long. But it’s time for them to return. Clare’s visions of the Strange, unexplainable fairy magic-makings, cannot be pushed aside any longer, and she must discover her heritage to defeat a dark foe that threatens more than her world.

This novel was written in a way that I almost can’t describe. I found the prose to be melodic, musical, absolutely gorgeous. I could compare it to Lainey Taylor’s style – an odd, haunting diction. I hadn’t read any of Catmull’s previous works before starting this novel, so I was altogether a blank slate, but I was impressed by how unique her writing style was. It weaves together all the elements of your regular YA fantasy, but somehow makes them more rich and lush than one could expect. The setting, the characters, the symbols, all were eclectic and odd and beautiful.

Clare was the main character of this novel, and I adored her from the ways she differed from the cookie-cutter YA heroine. Despite the magic and the fae that crowded the pages of this novel, Clare and her companions seemed incredibly realistic and altogether relatable. She has doubts, she has flaws, she makes mistakes – some much worse than others. But she picks up, she moves on, she grows. Watching her develop was a lot of fun. After all, she started by trying to reject the Strange, but by the end of the story she has embraced and used it.

To be honest, I thought that Clare’s development and the characters overshadowed the main plotline at times, which I actually wasn’t bothered by. The antagonist, Balor, was introduced pretty much off the bat, and as terrifying as he was written to seem, I often got lost in Clare’s learning of the fae world and forgot what was really at stake. It was sometimes hard to truly grasp certain concepts of this story – the totem, the making, the beasts – but you learn to just roll with it. If you don’t think about it too hard than everything makes perfect sense.

Altogether, I think this novel was breathtaking and a lot of fun to read. Every time I read a book, I will mark pages that I think have particularly meaningful or well-done passages for the “notable scene” in the review. Usually I end up with one or two at most, but this novel was so crowded with bookmarks that in the end I just chose one at random. I liked how the romance of this book didn’t overcome the plot or the development: truth be told, it was a very minor part of the story. My only minor complaint was I thought Balor could have been given couple more sides to his character, or more attention to his backstory. Nevertheless, all the characters were interesting and complex, and the plotline itself was entirely its own, which can be hard to find in novels these days. Lovers of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I encourage you to give this one a try.

Notable Scene:

As she slept, the rain swirled protectively around this gate, and the stones cradled her close to the earth. She never knew that the portentous wind had said “your enemy comes” or that the rushing rain had saved her. She never knew how less than a thousand yards away, Balor had stood in a muddy field, rain pouring down the back of his neck, cursing; how he had turned back. Clare was pursued, but the world bent itself to foil her pursuer.

FTC Advisory: Dutton Books for Young Readers/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Radiant Road. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Jan 2, 2016 |
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After nine years Clare Macleod and her father are finally returning to their old home in Ireland, a house by the sea, with a yew tree growing inside it, a tree with its roots in both the human and fairy world--and soon Clare, who has always been able to sense the "Strange," meets the boy Finn, and discovers that she must battle against the forces of evil in to restore order to both worlds.

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