Monday, July 03, 2006


Waking, by Alyxandra Harvey-Fitzenhenry


Waking is beautiful. Reading this is like reading a painting. It is the story of Beauty, who, since her mother's death has been troubled by strange nightmares involving a Shadow Lady. Something of a Sleeping Beauty tale, the Beauty of this story is existing in a waking sleep until Luna, a new girl in school, and Poe, a dreamy boy, start to wake her up. With lot's of references to the pre-Raphaelites, Camelot, Ophelia, and Tennyson, I found myself wanting to grow my hair out long, dawn a Medieval gown, and recite poetry, all while resuming my long gone status as an angsty teen. This is the author's debut novel, and I hope we will see a lot more of her. For those wanting some sort of reference point for the style, I would say it is a sort of Francesca Lia Block, meets Sarah Dessen (circa Dreamland), meets something else I can't quite put my finger on that is like eating chocolate cake. It's excellent! Read it!


Maggie said...

Ooh, I'm telling Alyxandra about your review of 'Waking'! I'm sure she'll be very pleased! :D

Maureen Colgan said...

What a terrific review! So thoughtful and beautifully written. Thanks very much!

MadJenny said...

You're most welcome. Thank you and your company for publishing such a great book! I also have All Sleek and Skimming from your catalogue on my "to read" list which I am looking forward to. Lisa Heggum is kind of a goddess to youth services librarians.