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Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: "Dispirited" by Luisa Perkins

When Luisa was looking for reviewers, I'd already heard such good things about her novel, "Dispirited", that I started waving my hand frantically in the air, despite the pile of stuff already on my "to do" list. And boy am I glad I did.

The Point of the Plot:
from zarahemlabooks.com "Cathy sees things that are invisible to everyone else. Her new stepbrother's bizarre behavior. A ghostly little boy. An abandoned house in the woods. But she doesn't see how they're all connected. And what she doesn't see might just kill her."

Basically Believable: ****1/2
Everything about this book said, "Well done, Luisa, well done." From the totally awesome, third-person, present-tense POV  juxtaposed with the traditional third-person past-tense to the intriguing, unique plot line.  The scenery is fantastic. I'm a detail-skipper (yup, I just admitted that). If the explanation is too long and too detailed, I skip over it or skim, and usually get confused later. Luisa did a great job of painting the scene with just the right amount of words. The beautiful woods, the picturesque small town, the hauntingly-beautiful mansion.  The pace ebbed and flowed for me a little--well, until I got about midway through, then the action carried me right to the end. My nick-picky self only deducted that half-point because the relationship between the main character, Cathy, and her best friend, Richard, seemed too fast and slightly underdeveloped.

Charismatic Characters: *****
From the moment I started the story, the characters jumped out at me. I don't recall any instance where I thought, well, why did they do that? The development of every character--even the peripheral ones of Cathy's little sisters--was three dimensional. They all worked well in the story.

Yay or Yuck, The Final Word: ****
Yay, absolutely. You guys know me, and if there are grammatical issues or content problems in my opinion, I air them here. I caught nothing. Seriously. So either it wasn't there, or the plot had me too involved--and either way is a win in my book. "Dispirited" is well written, unique, and intriguing. 

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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