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E to say the word “fairy” with the appropriate disbelief But after years of living in America Clare and her father are returning to Ireland to the house Clare was born in a house built into a hillside with an ancient tree for a wall For C. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A melodic lush story overflowing with Irish folkloreOpening Sentence Clare was a strange girl solitary and shyThe ReviewClare 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 than her worldThis 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 uniue her writing style was It weaves together all the elements of your regular YA fantasy but somehow makes them rich and lush than one could expect The setting the characters the symbols all were eclectic and odd and beautifulClare 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 itTo 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 senseAltogether 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 sides to his character or 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 tryNotable SceneAs 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 pursuerFTC Advisory Dutton Books for Young ReadersPenguin provided me with a copy of The Radiant Road No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged for my review Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 returning to Ireland to the house Clare was born in a house built into a hillside with an ancient tree for a wall For C. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A melodic lush story overflowing with Irish folkloreOpening Sentence Clare was a strange girl solitary and shyThe ReviewClare 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 Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 roots not staying anywhere too long But it s time for them to Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 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 than her worldThis 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 The Fatima Century read any of Catmull s previous works before starting this novel so I was altogether a blank slate but I was impressed by how uniue her writing style was It weaves together all the elements of your Leah Starrs Revenge regular YA fantasy but somehow makes them Pieces 8 (Pieces, rich and lush than one could expect The setting the characters the symbols all were eclectic and odd and beautifulClare 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 Time Flies and Other Short Plays realistic and altogether Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) 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 Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) reject the Strange but by the end of the story she has embraced and used itTo 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 Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra 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 Chinas Son roll with it If you don t think about it too hard than everything makes perfect senseAltogether I think this novel was breathtaking and a lot of fun to Welcome to the Desert of the Real read Every time I Dead End Bluff read a book I will mark pages that I think have particularly meaningful or well done passages for the notable scene in the King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers 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 Factory of Death 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 sides to his character or 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 tryNotable SceneAs she slept the Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, 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 Rapid Math Without A Calculator rushing Almost Late for School rain had saved her She never knew how less than a thousand yards away Balor had stood in a muddy field Seduced by My Doms (The Doms of Genesis, 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 pursuerFTC Advisory Dutton Books for Young ReadersPenguin provided me with a copy of The Radiant Road No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged for my The Certainty of Violet and Luke (Volume 5) review

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Clare Macleod has lived all her life with an awareness of the Strange tales of fairies and magic making told to her by her mother who died years ago No longer a child Clare has learned to suppress the magic that haunted the corners of her lif. It s just a bit muchI had a similar problem with the author s debut Summer and Bird though I hadn t at first realised they were by the same person So close to being interesting and whimsical and lovely but just crumbles into the bizarre and senseless instead Not to mention the prose so purple it s almost unreadable at timesFor example a very minor character is introduced namelessly and described in lines such asThose mountain lake eyes turned down in amusementfollowed two lines down byThe woman turned her ice threaded eyes to Clareand preceded on the previous page bylarge wide set eyes that were the dark blue of a mountain lake threaded with iceJust in case we didn t uite get a full pictureI would have been happy with The woman looked at Clare I think the ice threaded eyes were mentioned at least twice before the endIt all tries very much too hard and falls pretty flat as a result

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Lare the house is not only full of memories of her mother but of the Strange and a mysterious boy with raven dark hair and of dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic In this place magic both bright and dark will not sit uietly in a corne. Pages read 12One of the reasons I swiftly DNF books is if the writing style and I immediately clash and that s what happened here Catmull s going for a poetic sort of style and this one just isn t working for me I m very hit or miss and this was a swing and a miss Like I see what she s going for but it s just not working I m bored and generally stylistic issues like this don t get better


About the Author: Katherine Catmull

I'm a writer and actor in Austin TX I also sometimes write for the Austin Chronicle act on stage in various Austin venues and do voice work for games like DC Universe Online Oracle and Wizard 101 Myrella Windspar



10 thoughts on “The Radiant Road

  1. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI 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

  2. says:

    BlehOne extra star for the lyrical writing and snippets of pretty good poetry Otherwise totally not worth my timeI was drawn in by t

  3. says:

    It's just a bit muchI had a similar problem with the author's debut Summer and Bird though I hadn't at first realised they were by the same person So close to being interesting and whimsical and lovely but just crumbles into the bizarre and senseless instead Not to mention the prose so purple it's almost unread

  4. says:

    I loved this It's a gentle fable y daydream of a book with little bursts of nightmarishness for good measure and the writing is gorgeous Even the acknowledgements at the end are gorgeous There are tons of uotable passages Literally thumbing through the book at random will get you things like this Through the blac

  5. says:

    pure poetry

  6. says:

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A melodic lush story overflowing with Irish folkloreOpening Sentence Clare was a strange girl solitary and shyThe ReviewClare 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 Afte

  7. says:

    Pages read 12One of the reasons I swiftly DNF books is if the writing style and I immediately clash and that's what happened here Catmull's g

  8. says:

    Honestly I still can't tell you exactly how I felt about this book There were things I really liked about it particularly

  9. says:

    I have a fondness for stories that take place in Ireland It is a place that I wish to some day visit So until I can actually make it there I like visiting through booksThis book didn't disappoint me whatsoever While I read it I could imagine the beautiful scenery I wanted to live in Clare's underground one giant room house where on

  10. says:

    DNF This really makes me sad because I was so excited to love this one but I just couldn't get into the writing style It's extremely different for me and not something I ultimately enjoyed

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