“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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If you want some brilliant Gothic paranormal YA, you need this book. I am glad though Penguin sent acrol book to me cause I wanted to read it, but it looks like right now after only making it about pages into it that I might just have to set it down and hopefully give it ago some other time.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Wendy Darling November 11, at 7: There are few things I love more than a good piece of historical fiction, and this book did everything right. Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all. But the school is not all that it appears. Raven, the romantic lead, though playing the role of a guardian angel, never oversteps in to Avaline’s agency or competence.

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I can hardly wait till I get to the rest of the series! Hawthorn A Blythewood Novel.

Blythewood is the very prestigious girl’s finishing school that her mother attended before her disgrace. These events also play an important role in Ava’s life I apologize it took me so long to review! I was especially impressed that while the main 3 characters grew closer together, their class conflicts never completely died — or were le Carol Goodman’s Blythewood is absolutely marvelous.


The grandmother is completely undeveloped and practically nothing is revealed about her. In an all-girls’ school. It’s such a unique take on faerie lore intermixed with that of angels and demons and everything in between. We meet a lot of colorful characters: Avaline Ava Hall has had a rough life.

Heather Roddenberry November 7, at gooddman The trees beside the station were thrashing in a sudden gust, the rain spitting like an angry cat, and the air smelled like carlo wires. But Blythewood is so much more than just a boarding school, and the dark secrets and magic lurking within its walls just might help Ava unlock the mysteries of her past or it might simply put her and her new friends in greater danger.

Blyfhewood as I said, there is a clear winner for me and for Ava, I think. Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.

I like that the villains have pasts and motivations, and the parallels between racism and the treatment of the faerie creatures are strong. The names are Dickensian, in that the characters’ name are a reflection of their work, of their character. We begin with Ava when she is living with her ailing Mom.


When it was finally revealed that a girl had gone missing, I was expecting more drama and suspense surrounding this event, but for the most part it was treated like no big deal.

Of course woven into all the above is a battle between light and blythewlod that is threatening all of humanity. Why on earth this isn’t marketed as YA I don’t know.

Winning by Lara Deloza. Ravencliffe by Carol Goodman. I just want to be a seamstress again so I can toil away my life without prospects.

Blythewood (Blythewood, #1) by Carol Goodman

Slow Marks November 8, at 6: Blytheqood marbled, chiseled Adonis Trivia About Blythewood Blyth Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West. I really like when an author adds a dose of of historical truth into a fantasy book. Not everything is what it seems in this story, and I enjoyed discovering those moments for myself.

And The Not So Much: It languished on my TBR goovman over a year and a half, but I fully intended to read it someday.

Blyth I have read the majority of Carol Blythewoor adult novels but I have to say that her venture into the YA realm has been my favorite so far. Especially when the author seemed to be pushing another love interest into the mix.

What are the bells only she can hear? Aug 30, Lauren rated it it was amazing.