27 April 2011

Review: The splendour falls - Rosemary Clement-Moore

The splendour falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
September 2009
young adult, bought my copy

Since breaking her leg a few months ago while dancing ballet, seventeen year old Sylvie Davis doesn't know how to move on with her life. Dancing ballet professionally was Sylvie's joy and she feels lost because she can't do it any longer. When Sylvie drinks to much at her mother's wedding, she is sent to her aunt's home to spend a few weeks there and think about her life.
But Sylvie doesn't get the rest she needs. Right after arriving at her ancestral home she begins to have weird experiences. She sees people that aren't there and begins to feel even more anxious than before.
And then there are two young men that are both fascinating and mysterious. Sylvie doesn't know whom she can trust but soon realizes that something is very wrong in her father's old hometown.  Will Sylvie be able to solve the mystery that's going on and will she be able to move on and start a new chapter of her life?

I bought "The splendour falls" after seeing the fantastic cover of "Texas Gothic", the upcoming book by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I wanted to know more about the author and wow, reading "The splendour falls" made me an instant fan of her work.

The author's writing style was enthralling and at times it felt like magic. The characters, especially Sylvie, were fascinating and I loved reading about them. Sylvie's journey and her changes thoughout the book were mesmerizing. At first she was broken, inside and outside, but with every page she got stronger and more sure of herself. Even at the times when she felt like she was going crazy, she grew more self-confident. Her family's history came as a suprise for me but it in the end it worked perfetcly. As did the paranormal elements (ghosts and witchcraft) that that were part of the story. The way they were interwoven in the story and in the history of Sylvie's family was amazing and felt effortless.

The story line between Sylvie, Rhys and Shawn was interesting and I enjoyed that it wasn't the main part of the book. For me it was clear who fit to Sylvie and with whom she would end up. But still it was interesting to watch the relationships between the three develop and to read how Sylvie learned to trust her own decisions and feelings.

At first I was a bit sceptical about the setting of the book because in the first scenes the little town in Alabama felt like it was from another time (old-fashioned and a restrictive). But throughout the book I learned to apreciate the setting and got to like Sylvie's aunt who at first was a bit harsh. I also enjoyed that Sylvie stayed true to herself and didn't change things that were important to her. I even liked reading about Sylvie's chihuahua even though I normally dislike these kind of dogs.

All in all this book was superb and I can't wait to read more by Rosemary Clement-Moore. 

I like it even though I would have liked to see something more thrilling and haunting on the cover. 

final appraisal
"The splendour falls" is a powerful and entertaining books that grabbed my interest completly once I started with reading it. Every page of this book was intense and fascinating.
I can't wait to read more by this fantastic author and would recommend this book to every reader (adults and young adults)  interested in powerful stories with paranormal elements.


  1. Never heard of the author or the book but I'm going to check this one out. Great review!

  2. @ Linda: Thanks.
    Before I saw the cover of "Texas Gothic" about 2 months ago I also had never heard about Rosemary Clement-Moore and now I'm so happy that I gave her book a chance.

  3. Oh this does look like a great one. I'm going to have to check it out. I love the purple rose

  4. I've had this book on my wish list for the longest time. I really must get around to reading it soon. Thanks for the great review. I love the cover of Texas Gothic too! :)

  5. I'm so glad you really liked The Splendor Falls! I keep seeing it at the store, but I wasn't sure. I will definitely have to give it a try. :)

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  6. @Jennifer: Yes, give it a try. I so hope that you will love it.




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