Just a quick post today for celebratory purposes because The Year of Shadows recently got a fantastic review in Booklist! Reviews are nerve-wracking things, so it’s always encouraging to read a nice one like this:
Olivia has known the music hall where her father, the maestro, conducts the symphony her whole life. But she never dreamed of living there. Now, with her mother mysteriously gone, the symphony on the brink of ruin, and her father emotionally distant and probably losing his marbles, it’s the only place left where she and her family can stay, and with the sudden appearance of a gang of ghosts, it has become a real nightmare. Luckily, the four friendly phantoms just want some help finishing their unfinished business. Not so friendly, however, are the shades—harmful ghosts who have given up hope of ever finding closure—which are swarming the music hall and doing real damage. Meanwhile, Olivia has to learn how to accept the help of friends and have faith in her own future despite her difficult present. Legrand (The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, 2012) has created a horror-tinged tale of triumph over loss and the destructive nature of hopelessness, that is full of well-rounded characters, a spooky gothic mood, and eerie glimpses into the past lives of the ghosts.
The full text of the review is not available online yet for non-subscribers, but it is in the October 1 print issue!
And now, because apparently I know no other way to express myself these days, an appropriate My Little Pony gif: