Review: Blythewood

Title: Blythewood
Author: Carol Goodman
Publisher: Viking Books
Published: October 21, 2014
Paperback, 512 pages
ISBN: 978-0-14-242251-9
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher

After narrowly escaping death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, seventeen-year-old Avaline Hall is sent to Blythewood Academy, the elite girls’ boarding school in New York’s Hudson Valley that her mother attended years before. Ava hopes to solve the mystery of her mother’s death and its connection to the students who keep disappearing from Blythewood. But the school is not all that it appears . . . and neither is the handsome young man who saved Ava from the fire. What’s the meaning of the extraordinary powers Ava possesses? Who’s good and who’s evil? And who has the right to make that distinction?

My Thoughts:
I could kick myself for waiting so long to read this book. I haven't enjoyed a book so much since Harry Potter. I was completely taken in by the Blythwood Academy and all its residents. Especially Avaline Hall.

Avaline Hall really isn't like the other girls. She's lived apart from most of the society girls, even though she's a legacy. Her mother attended the famous Blythwood Academy but was dismissed for mysterious reasons. After Avaline's mother dies, she's sent to her Grandmother, who immediately gets things underway for Avaline to follow in the Hall tradition. Once she gets to Blythwood things start to change, mysteries are revealed--including the mysterious boy who saved her from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Is he friend or foe?

After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked. Carol Goodman has created a world that will suck you into its pages. I don't want to give too much information away, because it will take away from the story. Suffice it to say, I was glad I had the second book, Ravencliffe on hand so I could continue the story. This is a highly-recommended book from me! Read it. You won't regret it.

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