Thursday, April 8, 2010

Review: The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

First of all, I have to say this new Amazon feature is really neat.  Now when I write a book review or talk about a book, you don't have to go somewhere else to read more about it or see what it costs, it's RIGHT THERE and you can just click!  If you Blogspot peeps haven't seen it yet, check it out.  It's under the Monetize tab on your dashboard and if people end up buying from clicking on your blog, you actually get a little bit of cash money.  Seriously, neat.  Love it. 

Now for the review at hand!
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Description from Goodreads:

Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? Why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life.

Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.
Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth and in the hope of bringing back the love she fears she’s lost forever. In Julia, Emily may have found a link to her mother’s past. But why is everyone trying to discourage Emily’s growing relationship with the handsome and mysterious son of Mullaby’s most prominent family? Emily came to Mullaby to get answers, but all she’s found so far are more questions.

Is there really a ghost dancing in her backyard? Can a cake really bring back a lost love? In this town of lovable misfits, maybe the right answer is the one that just feels…different.

My thoughts:

My regular blog followers know that I'm a HUGE fan of Allen's second book, The Sugar Queen.  Absolutely ADORE it.  Allen opened my eyes to the wonder that is magical realism, and I'm hooked.  
This book was good, but for me, not AS good as TSQ.  I enjoy her writing style.  I don't find it too over the top as some reviewers seem to.  I think it matches the tone of the storyline perfectly.  It's a very sweet story, and the magical realism bits wound in here and there add interest and mystery.  Things that should be impossible are normal... and anything "normal" would just seem boring.  I mean, wallpaper that changes itself?  How sweet would that be? 

It's almost hard to read a regular fiction after one of Allen's books because I keep expecting extraordinary things to happen and I end up disappointed.  Her writing is just so creative (sweet, at times sappy, and always happy endings, but creative nonetheless) that I get pulled into all the possibilities.  Allen is the reason one of my WIPs is magical realism.  I'm in love with it.

If you're looking for a light, sweet read with a creative storyline, pick up one of Allen's books.  

*4/5 - Really Liked It


  1. Thanks for the fun review, Kristin! :-)

  2. Great review! Looks like you're making a dent in your book pile, huh? :)

  3. oh yes I am! :) I had to pay a 10 cent late fee for this one too. lol.

  4. Ooh, I can't wait to check this one out. And cool new Amazon feature! We'll definitely have to check that out for our book reviews!

  5. Sounds interesting. I love the title!

  6. Hey, found you through Saturday Network! Love your blog, and as an author I can't wait to find out about your work!

  7. Hello, I'm here from the Saturday Network! I've been seeing this book everywhere recently have have been wanting to read it. Glad you liked it!

    from Une Parole

    P.S. I'm a follower now, too!

  8. Amen. I so agree. Magical realism is by far my favorite type of book in the world. I want my wallpaper to reflect my moods :)