Light Beneath Ferns Review

Thursday, April 1, 2010

I was lucky enough (again) to participate in a blog tour of the novel Light Beneath Ferns by Anne Spollen, hosted by Liz from Cleverly Inked.

Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. Trying to escape the shadow of her gambler father, Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery. All her mother wants is for them to have "normal" lives. But that becomes impossible for Elizah when she finds a human jawbone by the river and meets Nathaniel, a strangely hypnotic and mysterious boy who draws Elizah into his world.

Only by forgetting everything she knows can Elizah understand the truth about Nathaniel—and discover an unimaginable secret.
Taken from GoodReads.

Light Beneath Ferns is a very beautifully written book. The author, Anne Spollen, has a definite way with words, stringing together a maze of lyrical, meaningful, and poignant words for a story with a deep and emphatic purpose. I'd have to say the language in this book is really the best part. It's easy to read, and it flows.

The protagonist, Elizah, was a bit unlikeable for me, though I'm sure it's different for everyone. She is extremely cynical, a tad depressing, and completely absorbed in her dark, uncomfortable thoughts. While I liked her sarcasm (probably because it's my forte), I often found her to be almost distasteful and rude. That said, she had a lot of witty, searing dialogue with Nathaniel that I found very entertaining to read. That said, often times, I felt as though the dialogue was strained between both Nathaniel and Elizah, and I'm not sure I saw a true character progression through the novel, which frustrated me.

Light Beneath Ferns is a cross-genre book, merging the paranormal with a tasteful YA story. That, plus the dialogue and the beautiful imagery Anne Spollen wove through the book made it a lovely read, albeit not my favourite. All in all, I think this was a strong book, though I'm not sure I would re-read it. I give it a strong 3.5 out of 5.

Please be sure to stay tuned for the next stop on Anne Spollen's book tour over at My Overstuffed Bookshelf!


  1. Seems a good read for April =)

  2. I personally LOVE cynical characters, so long as they don't stretch into "whiney". Great review.

  3. I'm still not sure about this book. I've only read so-so reviews about it.It seems like I'd get frustrated with the characters as well. Thanks for the review. I doubt I'll be reading this one.

  4. Hmm ... the way you described this cynical, depressing character piqued my interest. :-) I'll keep an eye out for this book.

  5. I've heard nothing but great things about this book. Plus, it has such a pretty cover! I wanna read it.

    from Une Parole

  6. I can't wait to read this one. I purchased it a little while ago but just haven't gotten around to it. Thanks for the review. This is the first one I've read on this novel! :)

  7. Good review. I think I might not like the character either.

  8. Btw, I'm baaack! :)

    I have an award I'd like to pass on to you:

  9. Great Review..I did however enjoy it a little more then you. Loved the honesty:)

  10. I've read reviews on this book at multiple blogs before, in which the reviewers didn't seem to enjoy this book at all. I'm glad that you pointed out several points that you like about this book. For someone who loves beautifully written book, perhaps this would work pretty well for me =) Thanks for the review.


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