Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review - Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

This was Sarah Addison Allen's first book, and many of her readers' favorites. Earlier in 2011 I read The Sugar Queen (my review here) and really enjoyed it, so I decided to read everything else by Allen. Magical realism became a new favorite genre for me.

I read this back in September, and now 4 months later, I hardly remember the plot but I remember it was a cute, sweet but predictable story. I could see its appeal to readers given its magical aspect, though it was magic without a feasible explanation (yes I am weird about that, it's hard for me to just believe in magic without some logic. In fact, have you read the article about Santa Clause from an engineering's perspective?  No I am not an engineer, but my mind works kinda like that.)

Anyway I digress.

None of the characters really stood out (apart from the apple tree!) and I remembered some of them were a bit stereotypical. I did enjoy Allen's writing though. My favorite part of the book was reading about the unusual pairing of exotic favors in cakes or other dishes - they sounded magical (hehe - see, there is a plausible explanation for this type of food magic!) 

At that time, I gave this book a 3.5. But now I think I'll lower it to 3 since it didn't have much staying power for me, unlike The Sugar Queen.

3 / 5 .

Note - borrowed from the library.

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  1. I've had a really hard time with her books (I've read two). I think I'm in the camp of the no logical reason for the magic bothers me LOL.

  2. This does seem like the one everyone loves, interesting. I'm not sure about the magical realism yet.

  3. @Jenny - glad to hear I'm not the only one lol.

    @Marce - I am definitely picky about what type of magical realism I like...

  4. I read this one and gave it a 3.25/5 - right in-between your thoughts. :) I'm happy to see that you liked The Sugar Queen more because that gives me hope that I will too!

  5. @Thoughts of Joy - I liked the Sugar Queen more because it had a more plausible explanation for me lol. Would love to hear what you think!

  6. Great honest review.
    I enjoyed Sugar Queen but now as much as I loved The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

  7. @Juju - I didn't like Moon as much, but maybe because I like Candy so Sugar Queen is right up my alley :)

  8. This was my first and favorite, so far. I really want that tree!

  9. @stacybuckeye - I definitely thought the tree was the most memorable character! :)