There is some part of me that can't let a decent book go completely unreviewed, even if it's already been going unreviewed for quite some time. Instead I let the half decent books accumulate dust on my desk while they glower at me in a completely guilt-causing way. Every time I finally decide I'm going to just bypass the books that I waited too long to review, and send them on their way to new happy homes, that tiny voice in the back of my head pipes up, "Maybe just some reviewlettes! You can do it, Megan!" So I'm going to try, and if it doesn't work, I'll pass them on into the world. Well, I'll pass them on either way, but if it works I'll much less guilty about it.
continues to burn. The two towns in the book, Centrereach and Barrendale, are about as thinly disguised versions of the real towns as you might imagine given their names. The bleak settings of these two communities on fire serves to accentuate young Brigid's story, as she moves away from the dangers of Centrereach only to find another coal fire steadily advancing upon her grandparents' house in Barrendale. The towns, the families who are broken and sickened by lives in the mines, and the superstitions of Brigid's Irish family which believes itself under a curse from a priest are all realistically and atmospherically rendered. Brigid is a sympathetic character, just a kid, upon whose shoulders is falling the responsibility to keep her family together and the one who holds the secret that could tear it apart. I'll definitely be looking forward to whatever Harnett comes up with next. (Review copy provided by the publicist.)
There they are - I did it! My desk and my self are both breathing sighs of relief! Do you have any books that you waited too long to review dogging you?