Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood

Silver Hollow
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Amie Wentworth writes paranormal romances, not because she is looking for a degree in ectoplasm, but because she’s got bills to pay. Ever since her parents’ car crash, she has been led a reclusive life and trusted books more than people. Not even a letter from her long-lost uncle, begging her to visit, gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire – until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a mysterious stranger.

After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane.

To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.

But when she comes face to face with the ugly truth, will she too be sucked into her father’s madness? Or will she discover that madness is just another name for honesty?

Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Silver Hollow(Source: I won a copy of this book. Thanks to author Jennifer Silverwood.)
27-year-old Aime is an author, and has only 3 weeks to get the draft of her next book to her agent. A random mugging, during which she is stabbed through the chest, and then magically healed leaves her reeling though, and she decides to finally accept her uncles offer of a visit to his house in England.

Once in Silver Hollow things are not as they seem. Her uncle lives in some sort of castle, with all sorts of servants, he gives her odd books to read about not offending gnomes, and he is also surprisingly cagey about the ‘family business’ in which he wants to train her.
What is really going on in Silver Hollow? What is Amie legacy to? And what the hell is a flobbergidit?

This book is a fantasy story, seriously let down by the slow pace, and weird-ass words used. There was also far too much included that was totally irrelevant to the story, and only served to dilute the story and slow the pace some more.

I have to say that this book drove me crackers. Amie was a bit of recluse, and didn’t have a whole lot of friends. To say that flying from America to England to visit her uncle who hadn’t even bothered to attend her father’s funeral was out of character for her, would be a vast understatement – it was totally something that she would never have done before.
What surprised me most though was how few questions Amie actually asked. Although she asked a few questions, mainly of the servants at the beginning of the story, she seemed to give up asking questions quite quickly, and accepted the most bizarre occurrences that would have had me shouting and screaming. Why didn’t she question her uncle when he talked of gnomes? Why didn’t she question the existence of fairies? Why didn’t she question how they could possibly make things grow in the garden without the use of any seeds? Do flowers springing up magically under your fingers not warrant the odd enquiry as to what the hell is going on? Why didn’t she ask more about this mysterious family business that she was supposedly being trained for? Why didn’t she ask what exactly she was being trained for? Etc.

Anyway, this book was just too slowly paced for me. I got really frustrated at how often the story went off on a tangent, and we had to sit through all this dull stuff that didn’t add anything to the overall story. I also felt like we were constantly waiting for answers. All these odd things kept happening, with no explanations, and I just felt more and more confused, and more and more disheartened with the story. At several points I really wanted to give up on this one totally, as perpetually having to force myself to keep reading became painful.

The multiple bizarre words drove me nuts too, as I felt like half of what I was reading wasn’t even English. The odd word is fair enough, but the sheer number in this book was mind boggling. We had: dishwakling, krumplekined, epperchips, wright’s eye, flobbergidits, frazzleging, dickleweeds, filsh buckets, pussywillows, foshimminey just to name a few – I mean this is serious Harry Potter realm made-up words, with no explanation as to what any of them mean!
There did then turn out to be a glossary at the end of the story, but how was I supposed to know that as I was struggling through the book?! This should have probably been at the front of the book (like the glossary in the black dagger brotherhood books).

When the mystery of what Aime actually was was revealed, it wasn’t surprising in the least – we had had so many clues it was ridiculous! The actual reveal didn’t come until half-way through the book though, at which point I was getting seriously annoyed about the lack of explanations. After the revelation we had a whole heap of other beings coming out of the woodwork too, from dragons to unicorns, and the whole thing was just unbelievable, and unentertaining.
Having fought my way through this, I can say that the ending was at least an ending. No cliff-hangers here thankfully. It was such a fight to make it through this book that all I really felt at the end was relief though – that it was finally over.
Overall; a rambling and irritating fantasy story.
4 out of 10.

1 comment: