Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Walking and Listening to "The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse"

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
5 hours 2 minutes
Recorded Books
2016
Narrator: Ann Marie Gideon

Being 12 years old isn't easy for anyone. But throw on top of that the fact that your mother is dying and you will soon become the queen and you have what Jeniah is facing. Jeniah has a lot to learn about ruling the Monarchy and as part of her lessons her mother reminds her not enter Dreadwillow Carse or the Monarchy will fall. Jeniah is inexplicably drawn to Carse. Deciding to go against her mother's warning, she heads to the forest and meets Aon, who too is drawn to the Carse. The two girls strike a deal. Aon will go into the Carse and share with Jeniah everything that she learns and in return Jeniah will find Aon's father who have been taken by the Crimson Hoods. With each visit to the Carse, Aon learns more about how it works, but each visit takes more and more out of her leaving her in a deep depression. Not wanting Aon to put herself in anymore danger, Jeniah asks her stop, but Aon just can't. She is learning a great deal and finds comfort in what she learns. 

We have had this book in the library for quite sometime now and for some reason or other I just hadn't picked it up. I wish I had read this book rather than listen to it. I really hate to say this, but Ann Marie's Gideon's narration of this story didn't hold my attention. I thought that the main characters voices were too similar and that they lacked emotion. Maybe that was intentional, the Monarchy is a place where happy is the only emotion felt, but I didn't even get the feeling of joy and happiness in the characters voices. I would suggest skipping  the audio version of this book and go with the reading of the physical book.

I loved the shadow this bird created. Such a big shadow for a smaller bird.



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