Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review- Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

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Let's take a look at Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick. This book is actually seven short stories that tie together.

The Story-
 Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.

An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts-
First off, I would not classify this book as YA. The main characters are mostly adults, and only a couple of the stories have children. That being said, I don't know what I'd call it, cross-over maybe.

Next, the story line is really bizarre. When you start the book, and the first short story, things are very confusing. As the reader you can tell that there is so much of the tale that you are not being told. As the short stories continue, each one adds a new bit of information to the puzzle. You keep reading because the mystery is deep and enticing. But, when I got to the last story and the conclusion, I couldn't help but wonder about the entire plot line. The final gory revelation is just weird.

This is a hard book to review. I enjoyed each of the short stories and the mysteries they unraveled, but as a whole I didn't like the theme that tied them together. There is a love story present, but it is so odd. The whole book seems transcendental. I think you will either find it sublime or not like it. It definitely took a creative mind to write it.

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