To say I loved this book from the first sentence would be a stretch. To be honest, I had issues with the first sentence. It took a few reads to get past it. But once I did, it was awesome!
From The Back Of The Book-
“When Vivian’s mother dies in a tragic accident, Vivian’s world is turned upside down. Her life, as she knows it, is over. A new life, full of her mother’s secrets, begins…
Sent away by her father to live with two eccentric aunts on the mysterious Tremaine Estate, Vivian comes to learn that a powerful curse lurks over her family – one that only she may have the power to break. With each day she spends in Misty Hills, Vivian uncovers more unsettling discoveries about the town, her reclusive family, and herself.
Can Vivian let go of every truth she’s ever believed and discover who she really is, before the dark secrets hidden within the supernatural town threaten to consume her and those she loves?”
This story starts after (I think a year after) Vivian’s mother dies. Her father is running out of ways to parent a teenage daughter and sends her to live with aunts that she never knew existed. As Vivian is getting to know the small town that she is living in, she learns more about her mother and the family she never knew she had.
The story of magic, curses, and small town rumors comes right to your front page. It starts slow and builds without you realizing it. Before you know it, you are up well past mid-night trying to finish the book. With as much as I loved this book, it was wonderful to see Tink get so involved in a book.
She is not a big reader. In fact getting her to read “for fun” is like pulling teeth. Actually, she would much rather go to the dentist and really get some teeth pulled then be forced to read a book. She just does not enjoy reading in any form. I got huge eye rolling and even a huff when I asked her to read this. She was not pleased with me, not even a little bit. Then she started it.
I caught her up well past bedtime, hiding in the closet, with a flashlight to finish this book. Then got the eye rolling and huffing when I told her she had to put the book down and go to bed. This happened more then once, or even twice. Until she was finished reading this was the nightly routine with her.
Then one night, while my husband and I were watching tv, we heard her yell from her room. Then a door slam. After racing down, and asking her what was going on, she informed us that she had just finished the book. She was not a fan of the ending, and even less of a fan of having to wait for the next one to come out. Please come out with Book 2 soon!!!
Do your kids like to read? What do you do to get your middle schooler to read more?