Oct 08, Minutes Young Adult Buy. Oct 08, Minutes Young Adult. But the school is not all that it appears. And who has the right to make that distinction? At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Blythewood by Carol Goodman. Welcome to Blythewood. At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do.
And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes. Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.
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Sort order. Start your review of Blythewood Blythewood, 1. Dec 08, Dschaper54 rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm sorry but I feel that the people who are reading YA literature are too harsh. I am a librarian in a middle school and the students would love this book.. I think those who are critical are not looking at the writing as entertaining to young adults but looking for literary merit.
Not every book has to be written like a classic. Maybe more people need to start reading for pleasure again instead of trying to be a critic. Just saying. View all 5 comments. Oct 13, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: angels , boring-main-character , fairies , magic , romance , ya , siblings , mental-illness , mythology , paranormal. I appreciate the use of imagery, but the key to using it as a literary device is subtlety.
In this book, imagery doesn't gently tap you on the shoulders from behind, it doesn't touch you with a gentle lover's caress. The imagery within this book comes running at you in a Pennywise mask wielding a chainsaw while screaming bloody murder. The writing is overwrought, leaning heavily towards purple prose. It tries too hard to be "gothic. Yo I appreciate the use of imagery, but the key to using it as a literary device is subtlety. You could play a drinking game while reading this book.
Take two imagery. There is an emphasis on collective nouns in this book, because it's one of the things a girl entering Blythewood must know. You have to know terms like a teal of magpies. A murder of crows. An exaltation of larks. A cete of badgers. I would like to take this opportunity to create my own collective noun to describe the writing in this book: a fuckload of frivolity. Yes, I deliberately used some terribly imagery and alliteration myself in describing the terribleness of this book.
It's fine, I'm not an author, and the readers of this review are only subject to my atrocious writing for the length of an overly verbose review, not for all something freaking pages of a book.
This is one of those times when I reflect back to 11th grade AP English Literature and mentally shake my fist at my old teacher. Thanks to that damned class, I can pick out and analyze every single terrible use of metaphor, imagery, symbolism in this book. This book wasn't terrible, but it was generic. The characters are recycled, the romance is chock full of tropes and comes complete with insta-love and a love triangle , the atmosphere and paranormal premise is interesting, but it doesn't make up for the fact that I cannot get over the writing.
This is, of course, my opinion. I understand perfectly if some people reading this book find the writing beautiful, evocative. Not me. Again, I blame the many analytical essays I had to write in high school for my aggravating reading experience.
That is a bad thing, and a real thing that actually happened. I won't go into the details because it is largely irrelevant to the story, but in short, nearly people died, and Avaline was almost one of them, but she was one of the lucky ones who were rescued. It is a tragedy, yes, but in the middle of a fire, I would be screaming my ass off and running around like a chicken with its neck cut off and probably die a horrible, fiery death , but I sure as fucking hell would not be having thoughts along these lines, looking at girls who are jumping out of a building to their deaths because there is literally no other way of escape.
Avaline's backstory is kind of a mess. We learn that she's the daughter of a woman who was formerly wealthy but who ran away from home and works as a hat trimmer instead. Contrary to popular beliefs, the most dangerous occupation isn't that of a bomb squad technician, a soldier, a police officer, a firemen.
The most dangerous occupation in the world is being the mother or a close blood relative of an YA heroine. Her mother commits suicide due to laudanum poisoning, and Avaline is forced to work for her own support. She ends up at the Factory as a curiously incompetent seamstress, despite her skills at making hats. She keeps hearing weird bells inside her head that warns her of imminent danger.
She keeps seeing the same strange man in an Inverness cape everywhere. My whole body shuddered like a bell that had been struck.
My hand, which looked small in his, was trembling. For a moment the din of the factory—the whirr of the sewing machines, the shouts of the foreman to hurry up, the street noise from the open windows—all receded. I felt as though the two of us were standing alone in a green glade starred with wildflowers, the only sound the wind soughing through the encircling forest After being involved in the fire, Ava rants and raves like a lunatic because a weird boy with wings rescued her, and surprise, surprise, is actually committed to a mental hospital for 5 months.
She is then rescued by her grandmother, and sent on an interview to Blythewood. Blythewood is the very prestigious girl's finishing school that her mother attended before her disgrace. Ava has harbored hopes of attending it, due to her mother's stories, and true to the tradition of cutting off your nose to spite your face , Ava acts like an absolute contrary bitch when she actually gets the chance to attend the school of her dreams. Wah wah wah. Boo fucking hoo. No, I don't want to attend a private school where my mother and I have always wanted me to attend.
No, I don't want the protection of my wealthy grandmother. I just want to be a seamstress again so I can toil away my life without prospects.
Shut the fuck up and enjoy your good fortune. Blythewood is Really, really weird. The interview itself was freaky enough, the people are strange, and curiously, nobody questions anything until they're confronted with the truth of the place.
There is one eligible boy in residence.
Blythewood (Blythewood Series #1)
But Blythewood is no ordinary prep school— as Avaline Hall finds out, its students are training to defend the world from the looming threat of powerful dark magic. Bookended between the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of and the events of World War I, the Blythewood novels by bestselling author Carol Goodman weave together history, mystery, romance, and magic. Sign me up to get more news about Young Adult books. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt.
Added by 4 of our members. Welcome to Blythewood. At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she's on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York's mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended - and was expelled from. Though she's afraid her high society classmates won't accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family's murky past, discover the identity of the father she's never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother's abrupt suicide. She's also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire.