Saturday, September 30, 2006

The China Garden

by Liz Berry (read September 2006) Rating: 3.75/5
When Claire's mother receives a cryptic summons from estranged relatives, she uproots her daughter from urban London to a remote estate in the English countryside. Ravensmere is immediately, disturbingly familiar, and Claire soon realizes that her psychic mother has kept huge secrets, beginning with Claire's own name. Worse, the people of Ravensmere seem to expect something of her, something having to do with Mark, leader of a local motorcycle gang. Though they have little in common, Claire and Mark fall helplessly in love, to the relief of the superstitious villagers who believe the two are destined to be the next Guardians, charged with protecting Ravensmere from destruction. Symbols of nature, healing, and rebirth are everywhere in the formal gardens, classical statues, and labyrinths of the Ravensmere grounds, and are clues to an ancient mystery. Like Persophone, Claire must descend into the bowels of the earth, face the terrors hidden underground, and then find her own way back to the surface.

This is book 5 for my RIP Challenge, however
, I'm enjoying my plunge into the eerie so I've started The Historian for a bonus read.


Bookfool said...

Congrats on officially finishing the RIP challenge!

Oh, sorry, it's Bookfool. I'm loading pictures on my other blog and keep forgetting I'm sort of incognito in the bookish rooms. :)

Marg said...

This sounds good!!

Joy said...

Hi Booklogged!

Congratulations on completing your RIP Challenge! How neat that you really enjoyed it and are continuing. :)

Lotus Reads said...

Congratulations, Booklogged, how wonderful that not only were you able to complete the challenge but that you're going on to tackle a tome like "The Historian"! I can't wait to hear what you think of it. I have had it sitting here on my shelf for a while now, but its size is sure intimidating! And wow,you are a fast reader - do you have any tips for a notoriously slow reader like me? I used to fly through books, but for some reason, I take ages to go through one now.

Carl V. Anderson said...

Awesome, you've finished the challenge! Great job. The cover of this book is fantastic! So rich and warm. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about The Historian, especially so soon after reading Dracula.

Anonymous said...

I might have already mentioned, but I really enjoyed The Historian. It was really hard to put down, and I think I reviewed it the following day on my site.
I'll be interested to read what you thought of it!