Ok. I admit it. There are some authors that I find, and I can't wait until they release their next book. There are so many different reasons to enjoy authors - some are pure escape and almost a guilty pleasure (like Nora Roberts), some are well crafted novels of a different genre (crime novelists like Peter Robinson and Michael Connelly), some chick lit (like SAA), some fantasy, some YA, some big "L" literary novels that help keep me sharp. A good book transports us somewhere, teaches us something, makes us laugh, cry, release emotion, rethink or have a new thought.
Ever since I read Garden Spells, I have really enjoyed SAA books. A little bit of magical realism, some great characters, some quirkiness. They are quick reads, and after I turn the last page, I always seem to have a whimsical smile on my face. This latest book was no different. Of course, now that I have read it, I have no idea how long I will need to wait until she releases her next novel. Oddly enough, my favourite authors also have their own lives to lead, and not just to entertain their fans.
This was a good book - this continued the story of the Waverly sisters (from Garden Spells) and we catch up with them several years after the first book… in the weeks leading up to the 'first frost'. For the sisters and their kin, this is a time of transition - from summer to fall, harvest, waiting for things to happen, waiting for Halloween and then next phases. It is a time of anticipation, and heightened senses and tensions, and a time for confrontations that hopefully lead to communication. Very quick read, perfect for Spring Break. The biggest problem of taking popular books out from the library is the quick turnaround time… American Gods has been bumped for a week.
One quote really struck me from this novel - that moment in your life where there is a "before" and where there is "after". In this novel, part of that happens when the first frost happens. I would need to leaf through the book to find the exact quote (which I may add later on, no promises though since I loaned the book to my mom on a quick turnaround promise before it is due).