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E to say the word “fairy” with the appropriate disbelief But after years of living in America Clare and her father are returning to Ireland to the house Clare was born in a house built into a hillside with an ancient tree for a wall For C. I loved this It s a gentle fable y daydream of a book with little bursts of nightmarishness for good measure and the writing is gorgeous Even the acknowledgements at the end are gorgeous There are tons of uotable passages Literally thumbing through the book at random will get you things like this Through the blackness they flew Clare clinging hand and arm and leg watching the night roar past from between Asterion s horns They passed a flock of night geese whose bodies were one long bent muscle Hello birds she shouted a little crazily Isn t it weird isn t it so strange that one minute you re safe in your egg and the next minute you re flyingOr this She rounded the corner of a half fallen building and stopped A half block away stood a tall thin man in a tall black hat face obscured by the dusk In his cupped hands he held a red bird a cardinal As you can in dreams Clare saw the bird far away and close up at the same timeThere are like nineteen other uotes I marked but you get the picture And my very favorite part was of course the faeries and all the cool imagery that comes with them and the way they re incorporated into a modern day but still weirdly timeless Ireland Love

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Lare the house is not only full of memories of her mother but of the Strange and a mysterious boy with raven dark hair and of dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic In this place magic both bright and dark will not sit uietly in a corne. I have a fondness for stories that take place in Ireland It is a place that I wish to some day visit So until I can actually make it there I like visiting through booksThis book didn t disappoint me whatsoever While I read it I could imagine the beautiful scenery I wanted to live in Clare s underground one giant room house where one wall is comprised entirely of a giant ancient tree I could imagine myself standing in the rolling green fields watching the ocean waves crashing against the shoreIn short the imagery for The Radiant Road was very well doneThe Radiant Road is a fairytale It took me a while to realize that though At first I just thought that the narrative was a little strange to read Then at some point it clicked It is supposed to be reading as if there is a storyteller making reading the story will make that term make sense to you a story and sharing it with you Even though I was very used to the narrative by the time I came to this realization the realization increased my appreciation and understanding of this story I mean I don t know about you but for me a weird narrator can make it hard for me to really get into a bookSo you might be wondering at this point what The Radiant Road is actually about And my friends that is a difficult uestion to answer However in short it is about Clare MacLeod who is the protector of the tree a piece of the Strange as she calls it This is hard for her to swallow as she has been running from the Strange all her life It has made her different and an outcast as her father and her have moved aroundThere is a whole lot to the story but I really want you to read it to experience it how I got to I don t want to ruin the storytellers making by giving too much of it awayOverall I found this story beautiful It made me want to create and make It also made me wish I could travel to the land of FaerieThis review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest reviewFind of my reviews here

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Clare Macleod has lived all her life with an awareness of the Strange tales of fairies and magic making told to her by her mother who died years ago No longer a child Clare has learned to suppress the magic that haunted the corners of her lif. This review can also be found at Carole s Random LifeI have mixed feelings about this book Young adult fantasy with a fairies I was ready to love it and I thought it started out really strong but everything started to fizzle out for me as the book progressed I liked the overall story but I had a lot of trouble connecting with the writing style I really wanted to see where things were going in the story but I found that I kept checking how much I had left to read like I was eager for it to be over Clare and her father return to their home in Ireland after spending the past several years in the United States Clare was born in the house as were her ancestors on her mother s side of the family The house is uniue with open windows dirt floors and a huge yew tree growing in the center of the home Clare s mother died before they left the country originally so it is just her and her father She soon starts to rediscover all of the things that her mother had taught her about the strange and finds herself pulled into the world of the faeI was really sucked into the story as Clare started to piece everything together but as the plot really got moving I found that the writing style overpowered the story There were some elements of the story that could have used a little definition such as the totem and the balance between the human and fairy worlds I found that I was often reading passages a second time trying to figure out what I had missed I would have liked to dig a little deeper into the world of faerie to learn about their world and get to know some of the characters better Some very interesting characters were introduced but then were uickly gone such as the beast and the girl from the yew tree I did really like the underlying connection between Clare and the yew tree Clare did seem to accept her new reality very uickly and was than willing to try to make things better I never developed any kind of connection with Clare and never felt truly invested in the story I was actually uite thrilled that this story did not have a focus on romance The conclusion to the story was well done and I felt like everything was really wrapped up uite nicelyI would recommend this book to fantasy fans looking for a book written in poetic style This is the first book by Katherine Catmull that I have had a chance to read but I would definitely be open to other works by this author I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Dutton Books for Young Readers via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest reviewInitial ThoughtsMeh I didn t care for this book I came really close to not finishing it but stayed with it until the end


10 thoughts on “The Radiant Road

  1. says:

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random LifeI have mixed feelings about this book Young adult fantasy with a fairies? I was

  2. says:

    BlehOne extra star for the lyrical writing and snippets of pretty good poetry Otherwise totally not worth my timeI was drawn in by the first ch

  3. says:

    It's just a bit muchI had a similar problem with the author's debut Summer and Bird though I hadn't at first realised they were by the same person So close to being interesting and whimsical and lovely but just crumbles into the bizarre and sen

  4. says:

    I loved this It's a gentle fable y daydream of a book with little bursts of nightmarishness for good measure and the writi

  5. says:

    pure poetry

  6. says:

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A melodic lush story overflowing with Irish folkloreOpening Sentence Clare was a strange girl

  7. says:

    Pages read 12One of the reasons I swiftly DNF books is if the writing style and I immediately clash and that's what happened here Catmull's going for a poetic sort of style and this one just isn't working for me I'm very hit or miss

  8. says:

    Honestly I still can't tell you exactly how I felt about this book There were things I really liked about it particularly the poetry and imagery that went into describing the magical aspects of the story things that were alright the characters and things that I found a little off putting the pace It's definitely not a book for everyone though that's for sure It's the type of read meant for a specific sort of reader

  9. says:

    I have a fondness for stories that take place in Ireland It is a place that I wish to some day visit So until I can actually make it there I like visiting through booksThis book didn't disappoint me whatsoever While I read it I could imagine the beautiful scenery I wanted to live in Clare's underground one giant room house where o

  10. says:

    DNF This really makes me sad because I was so excited to love this one but I just couldn't get into the writing style It's extremely different for me and not something I ultimately enjoyed