The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (September 8th 2009—Delacorte)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “Can love last beyond the grave?
Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance. A broken leg ended her career, but Sylvie’s pain runs deeper. What broke her heart was her father’s death, and what’s breaking her spirit is her mother’s remarriage—a union that’s only driven an even deeper wedge into their already tenuous relationship.
Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady. As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about. Shawn Maddox, the resident golden boy, seems to be perfect in every way. But Rhys—a handsome, mysterious foreign guest of her cousin’s—has a hold on her that she doesn’t quite understand.
Then she starts seeing things. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?”
Review: If you’ve read Beautiful Creatures and enjoyed yourself then you may also want to pick up The Splendor Falls. They both delve into a mysterious background with a touch of romance and a heavy sprinkle of magic. I found the book interesting enough to try to finish it in one day—that didn’t happen because it’s huge. There were times when things started to slow that pow something ignited my attention and forced me to carry on. And then there were chapters where I just didn’t want it to end.
There’s a lot of background information that while served its purpose of filling gaps, found it enthralling. I loved how all the pieces came together at one point or another. I found the characters also equally good. While they were the one-dimensional characters Sylvie came alive. The Reverend and Clara popped out to me much more than I expected so while Shawn and Rhys I had hoped delivered more.
My biggest complaint would have to be the length. I love a good hardy book worth my money but when most of it is fluff that serves no substantial purpose it becomes dragging. I love Gigi’s (Sylvie’s dog) antics but sometimes I just want to say enough is enough, can we please get on with it. There were the really slow scenes then the super fast ones. The pacing was hard for me as the author set a nice speed in the beginning, dragged it in the middle, and did a marathon towards the end. More of this (magic, explanations, character appearances), less of that (dog walking, dog petting, dog snuggling). But I do have to point out that at times where I was reading scenes from the book I was thinking to myself why did the author include this when it comes back full circle later on in an ohhhhhhhh that’s smart and nicely done.
I also have a teensy weensy issue with the epilogue. It was just too happy happy for me. Like everything was too perfect with the bad guy working in a diner.
Overall: I definitely think fans of Beautiful Creature should try this book out. It isn’t completely same there are some similar characteristics.
*shrugs* I'm trying to figure out what the rose and blood symbolize.