The Splendor Falls

The Splendor Falls

Book - 2009
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Dark secrets linking two Alabama families and their Welsh ancestors slowly come to light when seventeen-year-old Sylvie, whose promising ballet career has come to a sudden end, spends a month with a cousin she barely knows in her father's ancestral home
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385906357
0385906358
9780385736909
0385736908
Branch Call Number: YF Cle
Characteristics: 517 p.

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Kereesa Dec 15, 2014

Bravo little book, bravo.

So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picked it up put it down and then settled it lovingly in my arms along with whatever else I was adopting that day.

And I'm really glad I did.

This book was like a cross between Beautiful Creatures, The Raven Boys, and Unspoken, but with the setting of Creatures (which is why you know I dug this book), a touch of Raven, and the atmosphere of Unspoken. Plus add some Revolution in there for spice (view spoiler). It also, strangely, reminded me of Charles de Lint's urban fiction in that the fantasy elements of The Splendor Falls were never as obvious to the real world as some of the titles above; which was something I really liked because it tied up things nicely, but also created a sensation of realism to a plot in which a teenage girl can fix/stop this dangerous thing, while preserving the feeling of isolation (a theme that resounds on every page of this book) we inevitably associate with the town Sylvia lives in during the course of the novel.

Basically, this novel actually felt realistic. It wasn't a fantasy with redemption/uncovering-the-past-and-therefore-yourself elements, but a story centered on Sylvie, her faults, courage, and heart with fantasy elements that help her change and accept herself.

While there were some parts of the book I didn't care for, (the ending was a bit rushed, I wish we could have gotten more answers about Sylvie's dad, and what was that epilogue???), I really did enjoy this little gem. It may not make it into my top 5, but I don't think it will be leaving my mind anytime soon. And I hope that is praise enough. 4-4.5/5

P.S. OMG I can't believe I forgot Gigi in my review. I loved Gigi. I'm seriously thinking of making a bookshelf just for awesome dogs because of her (similar to my sassy feline one). Of course only her and the Disreputable Dog would be on it.

jeanner222 Apr 02, 2013

Let me begin by telling you how I found this book. It represents Alabama in the United States of YA:

http://www.epicreads.com/blog/the-uni....

I thought that it would be fun to see how many states I could read from this map of young adult fiction.

Our story begins with Sylvie Davis, a ballerina whose career has just ended. And she’s only seventeen years old! Anyway, a broken leg ended career, her dad died, and her mother has just gotten remarried. The stress would be enough for any teen. So, Sylvie is sent to stay with her father’s relatives for a month.

With her Chihuahua in tow, Sylvie arrives in Alabama with an attitude. Luckily, her father’s cousin, Paula, is prepared to deal with the ‘tude. Paula lives in the family’s ancestral home, Bluestone Hill, and is in the process of renovating the place and turning it into a bed & breakfast. At this point, everything is fairly normal.

Then Sylvie meets the teens in town and the other residents. It’s all very weird. The residents are unusually interested in the member of the Davis family. A young man even wants to date her just because their families have been linked for years. Strange!

And then there are the ghosts! Seriously!

This was a very strange book for me. The plot seemed to spiral out of control and become completely ludicrous. And, of course, it made the South look as strange as we, as Yankees, think it is.

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golden13
Jun 28, 2012

Good book ! But i felt some parts didn't really have to be put in the book as they weren't that important and made the book drag on more.

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filsanmissan
Jan 10, 2012

Great book... 500 pages but it went by so quickly was done in 2 days with a busy schedule! Love the romance, mystery and relationships between characters. If your looking for an addictive book I suggest you read it! (:

xo

-fm

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helenka
Aug 07, 2011

great book. i liked the whole base of the story. Though i disliked the ending

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Books_Luv
Feb 05, 2011

The Splendor Falls is an interesting, ghost-invovled novel. Even though it is about 500 pages long, it didn't take me long to finish reading.
Sylvie Davis was an infamous prima ballerina. She was making her debut as a top-of-the-line dancer, until she fell and broke her leg. Her mother had recently married "Dr. Shrink" (as Sylvie calls him). She went a "little" over board after drinking glasses of champagne. Against her will Sylvie is sent to her distant cousin in Alabama to "recover" and avoid the attention of the media.
Unfortunately, Sylvie knows almost nothing about her father's background. She doesn't know that he had lived in a grand estate known as Bluestone Hill. Her cousin, Paula, is hoping to transform the mansion into an inn. But there are still a few people already living in the house.
The seventeen-year-old ballerina meets two handsome young men. There is Rhys, a handsome, smart, somewhat annoying and secretive twenty-year-old man helping his father with his research. And then there's Shawn; he is the opposite of Rhys. He's charming, optimistic and a little too close for comfort (in my opinion). While Rhys tries to avoid Sylvie, Shawn comes up and tries to have a conversation.
Being stuck in an isolated estate is least of Sylvie's problems. She starts to see ghosts. There is the wailing sound of a crying baby in the distant wind. The woman near the river. The man who haunts Bluestone known as the Colonel, Sylvie's ancestor. Sylvie realizes that there has to be a link between the ghosts and Bluestone Hill or maybe her coming to the estate.
There must be something else. Something in the earth; something that is stirring. Rhys is hiding a something, and Shawn is not exactly who he seems to be. Who should she trust?
This is the first book that I have ever read by the author. And so far I am quite pleased. The Splendor Falls is suspenseful, a little eccentric, heartbreaking, but contentful.

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bookie101
Jun 27, 2010

This book was great!!! Splendor Falls should be Splendid Falls!!
:)

Jess_library Jun 07, 2010

This was a 500 page book that read like 300 pages. It's a fast paced mystery with a ghostly twist. I love how the everyday aspects of dog ownership are acknowledged - it made the book feel very real.

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dassawassa
Aug 14, 2013

this book is about a ballerina who brakes her leg and is forced to give up dancing. her mother sends her to her cousin whom she never meet. She believes that she is going crazy when she starts seeing ghost but is it her or is there really ghosts?

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