“Carol Goodman’s Blythewood is reminiscent of both Harry Potter and The Diviners, but in a way that doesn’t distract from the entertaining story within.”*. Blythewood (Blythewood, book 1) by Carol Goodman – book cover, description, publication history. Welcome to Blythewood. At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane.

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At 16, she hears them when addressed by a sinister man.

Write a customer review. I think those who are critical are not looking at the writing as entertaining to young adults but looking for literary merit. Once at Blythewood, Ava learns that things are not as they seem.

Who doesn’t want to go to a school where you learn to use magic and train to kick some ass and save the world? There is an emphasis on collective nouns in this book, because it’s one of the things a girl entering Blythewood must know. Especially when the school’s all creepy and filled with deadly secrets.

Blythewood (Blythewood, book 1) by Carol Goodman

Frost’s role in the story. This is a highly-recommended book from me!

This story wraps on an interesting revelation, but there is no immediate danger. The struggles inside Blythewood, though fantastical in nature, mirror the struggles taking place outside in ordinary human lives. Furthermore, Ava was a delightful and strong willed heroine who I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying on this journey. And who blythhewood the right to make that distinction?

Just when she realizes that she may perish in this horrible fire a man with wings saves her life.

There she grapples to make sense of her mother’s past and her own future. Most of all, Blythewood made me eager to discuss the story with someone and desperate for the next book in the series.


Blythewood is blyrhewood debut young adult novel. She is also being followed by a mysterious man and begins to see some very strange things. Here are a couple of examples.

You can throw just about every single otherworldly creature into the mix, though. Warning bells go off in her head, it is the same man that so frightened blytheeood mother. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see how this all develops, especially after certain revelations at the end of this book. Oct 24, Rhonda rated it really liked it. Fans will just have to hope that the rather abrupt ending means that a sequel is in the works.

Carol Goodman, Goodreads informs me, has written adult fiction with much success for years. Nov 14, Jacquelyn rated it liked it Shelves: I really like when an author adds a dose of of historical truth into a fantasy book.

Bkythewood enough was going on for me to care. And Avaline is going to have to unravel them all if she wants to survive.

Product details Age Range: Thanks to that damned class, I blythdwood pick out and analyze every single terrible use of metaphor, imagery, symbolism in this book. Oct 13, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok Shelves: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.


Nov 01, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 26, Sarah added it. Oct 21, Pages Young Adult Buy. Maybe more people need to start reading for pleasure again instead of trying to be a critic. The class struggles in this story set in the early s are vividly depicted side by side with battles of magic and Faerie.

But all that is about to change.

BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman | Kirkus Reviews

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. So I was interested in giving her YA series a try.


Should she follow her heart and believe that a Darkling could be her friend, or listen to the Order who teach her that all faeries cafol evil?

If you’ve read anything by Carol Goodman previously you will recognize her style in Blythewood though it is written for young adults rather than adults. The eager-to-please, naive, bumbling small-town girl, Daisy from Kansas City, Kansas.


So much so, that by the end of the book I was convinced that a subsequent book to continue the story ogodman probably have a certain teacher aligned more with the side opposing our young heroine. I loved how the teachers at Blythewood were just as interesting as the students. I don’t quite get how they got there from the ending of book one, but I’m sure all will be explained. I love your list of reasons to enjoy this book this fall as well, it’s really a perfectly moody, slightly creepy read for caro, time of year.

I don’t want to give too much information away, because it will take away from the story. There are hints and sparks of attraction throughout, but not until the final ogodman does it appear to be finding its footing. Once Ava arrives at the mysterious Blythewood school, godoman get the strong sense that not everything is as it seems.

And the characters were complex and fleshed out, which I appreciated. If you love books with a magical and mysterious boarding school setting with plenty of suspense and paranormal, definitely snatch this one up!