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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest

I don't know know how I picked this one out but it may have something to do with the fact that I am following the author, Cherie Priest, on twitter. What came first? The book, then follow the author? Or follow the author, find the book? Regardless, the book was quite delicious to read and I found another author who I will seek out novels from.

The beginning of this novel is the most tantalizing of all and although I enjoyed the book, the direction I "sensed" this would go - based on the first few chapters - is one that I was really excited about.

Eden Moore is the title character. We learn about Eden's ability to see ghosts while she is in Kindergarten. This is when I was soooo excited. Reading from a kindergartner's perspective, who is genius in the way she views the world. I thought this would be such a unique way to look at the world: a brilliant, "I see dead people" voice behind innocent, young big brown eyes. But this lasts only a chapter or two.

Then Eden grows up and one of the most frightful parts of the book is when she meets Cora at a summer camp in the mountains. Cora shares Eden's unique ability at seeing ghosts but when Cora senses these specters, she recites a 'chant' to ease her fear:

Sing a song of breath mints
Banana cream pie
Four and twenty blackbirds take to the sky
When the sky is filled up
With all the feathered wings
The birds will come protect me
For all those other things

I think it's creepy and the chapter is one of the best chapters of creepiness that I have read in a very long time. It was so good that I had to read it to my girls to creep them out with me.

The storyline adjusts a bit to Eden's genealogy and for me, I lost the buzz I got from the earlier chapters but Cherie Priest's writing is so fluid and titillating that I enjoyed it anyway. Eden Moore is an awesome character, along with Harry, the undercover priest, Eliza, a really bad grandmother, and Malachi, her coo-coo brother-cousin.

I noticed that this is the first of a trilogy with Eden Moore so I have two more to add to my list of books to read. And BTW, is Cherie Priest not one cool name???!!

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