22 August 2011

{Book Review} The Revenant

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 August 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | |


The Revenant
Author: Sonia Gensler
Pages: 336
Published: June 14, 2011 
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour
Rating: 5+ Birds

When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn't belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.
Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.
Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the revenant may be trying to tell her something. . .


We are the 8th stop on The Revenant Blog Tour Hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene.  Though we won’t be having a guest post from author Sonia Gensler, we would like to share our thoughts on the book with all of you!

Not knowing what kind of world I was getting myself into was an understatement when I started reading this book.  I’ve never taken well to period style pieces, so seeing that this was set in the 19th century was kind of one of those “omg what do I do” moments for me.

However, setting that part of me aside, I jumped into this book full force.  Sonia had a way of making me COMPLETELY forget that the book was set in anything but what felt like the present.  The only times I could recall ever knowing it was a period piece were when they talked so highly about propriety and clothing.

Willie was by far my absolute favorite in this book!  Never have I been so strongly swayed toward a young adult who sets out to do her own thing.  I felt it closely associated to my life and for that, I was more intrigued.  Setting off from a school to this seminary she has no clue about, Willie just grasps at everything a seventeen year old could possibly want!  Freedom!  When it comes down to it though, she’s really not as free as she feels she’s leading her life to become.

With the dark twists and turns along the way, I started to wonder which characters I could trust, and which I needed to keep my eye on.  I really liked the way Sonia brought each character about and gave small glimpses into their backstories too.  I think without them, I may have felt lost.  None of the characters are overly introduced without necessity.  It’s extremely beneficial to the story telling.

The whole ghost feeling behind the entirety of the story too is very graciously done.  Never is it overwhelming or overbearing.  It’s the perfect blend between reality and fiction.

Though most people would probably say “a period piece, I’ll pass” I strongly suggest that anyone with an affinity for ghosts, a strong female character, and mystery read this book.  I’m fully giving it 5+ birds because I loved it so much!

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  1. Great review. This is something that normally wouldn't have caught my eye, but I love a great ghost story especially if it has a great leading character.

  2. Although I thought there were times when this book moved a little slowly, I liked it, and definitely would consider this a ghost story, and recommend it to those who like these stories, regardless of the time period.

  3. OOoh! This sounds fun. I like that it is a ghost story. I became quite intrigued when you said that you didn't know which character to trust. I can't wait to find this one.

  4. I feel the same way about period pieces. I like historical fiction, but I tend to favor some timer periods over others.


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