Book Reviews: Twelfth Sun & The Graveyard Book+Six Train Giveaway

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Ms. Clair has a knack for creating characters you enjoy hanging out with in Twelfth Sun. You find yourself giggling, laughing and groaning at their shenanigans.

Cassidy and Elijah are not just gifted with amazing names and the looks to match. They are interesting characters and their chemistry is undeniable from page one. Well except for Cassidy. She’s happy to deny it for a while. And it adds to their sexual tension.

Ms. Clair makes the setting come to life. I felt like I was on the beach in this quaint New England town. And slurping grape soda at the Soda Shack.

This fun, fast read is a nice blend of romance and treasure hunt with a dash of mystery.

The riddles of the treasure hunt were well crafted. And I wasn’t able to unlock them on my own.

The romance and the treasure hunt move along at a good pace and I kept coming back to the story, finishing the book in 3 days.

Great work Ms. Clair! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your next book.

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Neil Gaiman is an undeniable genius. He never has to explain why or what. He tells you and you believe. Sight unseen. You follow him through ghoul gates or meet the Sleer.

Given that I tend to read lots of plot-driven books, The Graveyard Book was not my ordinary read. It feels more like vignettes from a life. The setting is the same and the cast of characters remain, but each chapter is a slice of the boy ‘s journey to adulthood.

There are many lines that are so beautiful I stopped to reread and highlight.

“His knife was in his pocket, safe and dry inside its sheath, protected from the misery of the elements.”

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”

My Kindle tells me hundreds of other readers highlighted these same lines. Probably because they resonated so much and felt like something we wanted to carry from the book and into our own lives.

Gaiman’s writing is an absolute pleasure to read. Smooth and elegant. Moving and evocative. You feel you are in the hands of a master craftsman.

I almost didn’t care where the story took me as long as he kept telling it.

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Lastly, this week I am giving away 5 free signed copies of Six Train over on Free Book Friday. Please make sure you stop by before Thursday to enter to win.

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16 Responses to Book Reviews: Twelfth Sun & The Graveyard Book+Six Train Giveaway

  1. Great reviews, Kourtney! I’ve wondered why certain lines from books I read on my Kindle are highlighted. I knew it wasn’t me. So it shows when others do? Interesting…I didn’t know that. 🙂

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”—I love that. Now I have to go figure out what I’m going to dare to do today…

    • Gaiman crafts sentences that are so simple yet so intensely thought provoking. I love books where you walk away wanting to quote them to people. LOL. Oh let me know what you dare to do. 🙂

  3. Mae Clair says:

    Thanks for reviewing Twelfth Sun, Kourtney. I’m glad you enjoyed it! As for Mr. Gaiman, I’m halfway through American Gods right now and already know I’ll be looking up more of his stories.I love the unusual!

    • Sorry it took me so long! December is the month I finally get to read again. 🙂 It was a very fun read. You did a terrific job melding the romance and the treasure hunt together. That’s been on my TBR list for a while. He creates things that stay with you.

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    Great reviews, Kourtney! And those are great lines that you highlighted. There’s nothing quite like the feeling when words resonate with the soul.

    • Thanks JM! It’s really awesome to get some reading done for a change. 🙂 Gaiman has so many great lines. It was tough picking which ones to mention in the review. Exactly. I like a book that makes me feel and think. That changes me in some way. 🙂

  5. I just love Mae’s writing. She’s one of my favorite people. Neil Gaiman is so interesting as well… I’ll need to add his book to my TBR pile.

  6. EllaDee says:

    I’ve put my TBR list on hold but these would make worthwhile additions. Love the Neil Gaiman passages 🙂

    • I’ve had to do that for a bit too. These are books that have been on the list for a while now. Trying to knock out the reading when I can since December is a quieter month. Gaiman has been on my TBR list for several years. My crit partner finally motivated me to move this one up and I’m glad I did. 🙂

  7. Mayumi-H says:

    I like Gaiman’s comics work more than his prose, overall. But I have to admit he’s got a knack for beautiful turns of phrase, like you’ve highlighted here. Though, comparing notes on a Kindle sounds like sharing someone’s Cliff’s Notes from high school! 😀

    Thanks for the new read recommendations, Kourtney. I’m a terrible creature of habit in that I tend to re-read old favorites over the holidays, but I trust your judgment, so I’ll at least check out some preview pages.

    • I loved The Sandman. His novels are quite unique. Definitely worth checking out. LOL. It was odd to realize Kindle can track what everyone highlights. 🙂

      Oh I understand. I’m so excited to have some time to read that I’m trying to knock a few items off my TBR pile. I do the same thing sometimes, just go back to some oldies but goodies. 🙂

  8. 4amWriter says:

    Oh, I need to read Gaiman. I feel like such a non-writer because I have never read anything by him. I feel like that with other authors, too. Silly, I know. What an interesting tidbit about Kindle. I didn’t know that!

    • LOL. I felt like that too! There are so many great authors out there I haven’t read yet. He was on my list for a long time and my crit partner finally convinced me to read The Graveyard Book because its Gaiman and kid’s lit. 🙂 It was weird when I discovered it. They are highlighted in a faint broken line. 🙂

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