Thorn Jack

Thorn Jack

Book - 2014
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Moving with her father to upstate New York after her older sister's suicide, Finn Sullivan, due to her curious nature, discovers that the town and its inhabitants wield a dangerous power, a tempting blend of good and evil, magic and mystery, that is shockingly linked to her sister's death.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, ©2014
ISBN: 9780062286734
Branch Call Number: HARBOUR
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 23 cm


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Sep 09, 2016

I had this on my wishlist (thanks, Jamie!) because it's a retelling of Tam Lin, one of my favorite Scottish folk tales/ballads/stories. And it's a cleverly done one- in fact, I wouldn't call it a retelling so much as a story on its own that touches on Tam Lin toward the end. And I loved it.

I love dark fairytales (clearly- I love Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, Juliet Marillier, and Laini Taylor), and this one was spot-on. It's got beautiful writing with an air of sinister mystery. It's also got romance, not the fluffy kind, a good family dynamic, an old New England town that I would absolutely live in, and some pretty great things to say about friendship. The characters are well developed and the pace is consistent throughout the book.

And honestly, one of my favorite things about it is the main character, Finn, reacts like a normal person to all the crazy stuff happening around her. She questions her sanity, she can't quite accept the supernatural as supernatural, and she may have narcolepsy (or it may be something more vicious- we never really know). She doesn't blithely stride through this dark underworld, she grapples with it. And her heroic qualities include her persistence and her unwillingness to become jaded.

I highly recommend this book to fellow fans of dark fairytales, especially if you're charmed by somewhat-creepy old towns, believably flawed characters, and a host of fey references that you may or may not get as you go along.

Jul 09, 2014

Pretty good, though it annoyed me a little just how many stupid things the protagonist did, even though she should have known better.

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