Cuckoo Song

Cuckoo Song

Book - 2015
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In post-World War I England, eleven-year-old Triss nearly drowns in a millpond known as "The Grimmer" and emerges with memory gaps, aware that something's terribly wrong, and to try to set things right, she must meet a twisted architect who has designs on her family.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2015
ISBN: 9781419714801
1419714805
1613127561
9781613127568
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 22 cm

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sandette
Jun 23, 2016

I loved this book. It was deliciously creepy, the writing flowed beautifully, and the characters were genuine and likable. The only thing I had an issue with was the ending, which in my opinion didn't have to lag on as long as it did. Overall a wonderfully unique book that I highly recommend, despite it being aimed towards younger readers :)

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chelseasc
Apr 20, 2016

I am a Frances Hardinge evangelist, and I wish we could get every title she writes brought over to the US. "A Face Like Glass" was extraordinary, but I had to buy it for my Kindle because no American publisher picked it up. This new title is yet another masterful dark fantasy, perfect for a wide range of mature middle grade readers and teens. Hardinge's writing, as always, is evocative, atmospheric, and emotionally engaging. Many of these characters are unsympathetic on the surface, but they offer such complexity that readers will find themselves rooting for almost everyone in some way. The supernatural world is teasing, with just enough detail to draw readers in but Hardinge stops short of fully explaining everything, which is refreshing. The ending is satisfying but resists being too tidy. Really, there's something in this for most readers: a wonderful family and sibling story that's emotionally authentic for fans of realistic fiction, a well-wrought dark fairyland and a delicious villain for fantasy readers, and plenty of creepy details (including some terrifying dolls) for those who love a bit of horror. And all perfectly pitched to appeal to readers as young as 8 or 9 as well as older teens.

KarenE61 Dec 01, 2015

Hardinge has crafted a truly unique story that weaves in and out of an intriguing Otherworld. I hope there's a sequel in the works, as What Happens Next would certainly be an equally alluring tale in the hands of this gifted author.

If you want a change from the usual paranormal thriller/romances try this (or anything else by Frances Hardinge). It's deliciously twisted & horrific without being gory--you've never read anything like it. Contains extremely creepy Creepy Doll scenes (page 78!).

mvkramer Aug 10, 2015

Something is terribly wrong with Triss. Dolls talk to her and she leaves a trail of dead leaves. Everything seems familiar yet strange. What happened when she fell into the Grimmer? I loved how genuinely creepy this book was. The author creates some great atmosphere with the "Besiders" - basically the old-school, scary, kid-stealing type of fairies - and even the relatively mundane tragedies of the Crescent family take on ominous weight as poor, confused Triss tries to navigate her home life.

KateHillier Jun 10, 2015

Atmospheric dark fairy tale for the win. Triss wakes up one day and nothing seems quite right. Her sister hates her, scissors scare her, she is really really hungry, and there are bits about herself that she can't remember. There's another world involved here and dreaded bargains with various creatures that cause a lot of mess for everyone. It's an interesting story though, and one that works on a lot of levels.

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chelseasc
Apr 20, 2016

chelseasc thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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