Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Night Garden - Review
The Night Garden by Lisa Van Allen
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Pennywort gardens are famous for being wild and lush with rambling mazes a visitor could get lost in. Olivia Pennywort is the custodian of the garden and has lived her whole life in Green Valley. As she grew up she became more and more unreachable in every sense of the world.
Sam Van Winkle is as much of a part of Green Valley as Olivia but the Van Winkles are famous for being heroes. Afraid he was the only Van Winkle who couldn't live up to the name and heart broken over the loss of love he fled Green Valley as a young man only to come back looking to heal.
Why I Picked This Book: I loved the cover at first glance and was intrigued by the magical garden.
Pros: The writing was beautiful. The descriptions of the garden were lyrical and you could all but smell the flowers and feel the textures of all the plants. The entire town of Green Valley is well fleshed out and the magical elements really work. The characters have a lot of back story and a history together which adds a lot of depth to the developing relationship.
Cons; I never really felt like I connected with Olivia. I understand why she is standoffish to those around her but it felt like she was so detached that I never quite connected with her. I'm new to the magical realism aspect and I think I expected a warmer and overall happier book while this has a darker tone.
Overall: This was a well written very descriptive book with fleshed out characters. I didn't connect to it as well as I would've liked but I think some of the problem was due to my preconceptions going in.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, definitely!
Would I Recommend this Book?: I hesitate on this a bit. While I didn't love it I think a lot of my issues were personal and due to expectations going in. Maybe start with her first book? I've heard wonderful things about it.