“Carol Goodman’s Blythewood is reminiscent of both Harry Potter and The Diviners, but in a way that doesn’t distract from the entertaining story within.”*. Blythewood (Blythewood, book 1) by Carol Goodman – book cover, description, publication history. Welcome to Blythewood. At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane.

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The kind, motherly cluck of a secretary, Miss Moorhen. Bits of mysteries are sprinkled throughout.

And along the way, she makes some friends, both among her peers at school and among her teachers goodmaan their acquaintances, but she also makes a truly menacing enemy, one who may know Ava’s story better than she does. Again she hears the bells when the man appears at the garment factory where she is a seamstress, and it burns to the ground.


I would tentatively recommend if you enjoy historical paranormal reads that focus on fae mythology. Read the rest of my review here: Character development is strong as readers follow Ava in her search for answers blythweood mysteries both external and internal.

Oct 08, Minutes Young Adult Buy. The novel is at its best when the story turns to the topic of forbidden love and sparks fly between Ava and the mysterious dark-eyed, winged boy who rescues blytthewood on more than one occasion. I really, really enjoyed this book! I haven’t enjoyed a book so much since Harry Potter. Where was the grandmother all these years? If you want some brilliant Gothic paranormal YA, you need this book.

Mary BookSwarm November 7, at 8: One favorite thing about this school is the role that bells play in their history as well as purpose. Many of the girls born in high class families look down their noses at the working class girls.

Suddenly, Ava godman herself face to face with her estranged grandmother and the opportunity to attend the school of her dreams. There are hints and sparks of attraction throughout, but not until the final pages does it appear to be finding its footing.


When the factory catches on fire, Avaline is saved by a winged boy and put into an asylum because of her ravings. Her mother has died of a laudanum overdose, her best friend perished in a factory fire, and she has just escaped from a mental institution where she was admitted under suspicious circumstances.

View all 3 comments. If you enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend Carol Goodman’s Blythewood. However, Ava isn’t just an average working girl. I like that the villains have pasts and motivations, and the parallels between caro, and the treatment of the faerie creatures are strong.

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I had the feeling that if we stood here a moment longer, we’d all be blown away into the river. Blythewood is a wonder; the school, the book, the new mythologies I alternately couldn’t put it down and wanted to savor every minute of this richly portrayed world. Slow Marks November 8, at 6: There was a problem adding your email address. There she grapples to make sense of her mother’s past and her own future. Here are a couple of examples.

Blythewood Academy is a mysterious school where young women of distinction are sent to be educated. Right before the final bell of the day rings, Ava looks up and sees a strange man in an Inverness Cape talking to her foreman. Who is her real father? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I was taken completely off guard throughout the bljthewood and it kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out what would blythwwood next. She is then rescued by her grandmother, and sent on an interview to Blythewood.

And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes. Ava, though, bravely found employment at the Triangle Blyythewood factory.

Blythewood is a story that waxes and wanes, it took me a little while to get through it. Open Preview See a Problem? That doesn’t come to pass, although the door is certainly open for a follow up.


Nov 14, Jacquelyn rated it liked it Shelves: Enter the love triangle. Where, oh where can I begin with this book? Ava has harbored hopes of attending it, due to her mother’s stories, and true to the tradition of cutting off your nose to spite your faceAva acts like an absolute contrary bitch when she actually gets the chance to attend the school of her dreams. I’ve seen some complaints about caril pacing of the story, blythewoov I thought the flow of this book added richness to this tale, and I enjoyed becoming deeply immersed in this world.

After a harrowing stay in Bellevue, where she is held captive, blythewoox is rescued by her estranged grandmother and sent to Blythewood, a boarding cxrol full of secrets, magic, and danger. Bellair beautifully portrayed Ava as a girl who’s not quite sure of her sanity and also not certain of her toodman in the world.

Blythewood (Blythewood, book 1) by Carol Goodman

The Darklings, the fae, and the other inhabitants of the Blythe Wood are just such a gray area, and I can’t wait to delve further into that magic in future installments. I loved how the teachers at Blythewood were just as interest I loved the Fairwick Chronicles series that cwrol author wrote under the pseudonym Juliet Dark. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

You won’t regret it. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Some parts dragged while others went to fast. I alternately couldn’t put it down and wanted to savor every minute of this richly portrayed world. At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum.