The Black Isle

The Black Isle

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Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts. Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man. Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 472 p. : map ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780446563925
0446563927
Branch Call Number: TanS

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Dec 09, 2016

I was in a toss up whether to read or not based on reviews--especially because I found this book looking for another book based on proximity. I went ahead. Mmmmm....it was hard to put down and I read it pretty quickly--I loved the cover--but the writing was lacking...Great opening, but...weak storyline and weak development. I guess I kept reading because I wanted to know if it would get any better or if it would get better...it did not...I was hopeful.

TrishThompson Mar 28, 2013

Wow. I couldn't put it down. Grisly and thought-provoking. I was interested to read the historical details in the story about what life was like in Japan-occupied China during WWII. The living people in this book are at least as scary as the ghosts, if not more so.

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maven
Aug 08, 2012

I don't usually read books with supernatural or horror themes, but the historical aspect of this book drew my interest. It had a fairly strong start, and the writing seemed pretty good at first, with great attention to detail and vivid imagery. However, that strong start and writing style didn't continue, and it soon started to lack something.

The writing seemed to drop a lot of the fine detail and quality, and the plot started jumping ahead very quickly, without explaining a lot of the jumps or what had happened in between. Eventually, the storyline devolved into what felt like a V.C. Andrews novel or a really trashy soap opera, complete with incest and unexplained plot developments.

Some of the characters weren't really well-explained or well-developed, and there were a lot of inconsistencies in some of the things they did or said. Some of what went on just felt strange and unrealistic -- besides the ghosts, that is -- and I just felt like the author was struggling to keep things going.

I just had to quit reading eventually, and I wish I hadn't wasted my time on what I did read.

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