The Violet Hour: October 16, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review – LADYBIRD, LADYBIRD by Abra Ebner

Hardcover, 225 pages

Published June 1st 2011 by Crimson Oak Publishing

ISBN 139781456577100

Abra Ebner’s website 

“Samantha was born on a full moon to a mother already dead.

Revived by doctors and given to her unloving father, Samantha was raised a cursed child, her only friend the ghost of her mother who speaks to her through keys. From the inside out, Sam burned with life, a fire so vivid it kept her peers at a distance, all except one. Leith, a quiet farm boy with a broken heart and demons of his own, enjoys the seclusion his classmates grant him, but the seclusion is all too familiar to Sam.

When their worlds collide… fires burn.”

One of the things I love most about author Abra Ebner is that she isn’t afraid of thinking outside the box. I love that she creates fresh, original stories, and just when you think you know where it’s heading she has an unthinkable twist waiting. This is just one reason that she is on my favorite authors list. LADYBIRD drew me in and refused to let go until I had read every page. That only took one sitting.

This story begins with a terrible curse: the women in Samantha’s family carry their female child to term, but die as the child is born. Pretty heavy stuff. Though her own mother is gone, somehow she is still about to communicate with Samantha. The idea behind this was really fascinating. Samantha had such a hard time with her awful excuse for a father that it was so sweet when she finally meets someone who accepts her. The story takes on an almost ethereal quality, and the ‘rules’ of our world do not apply. It was easy to flow with things as the scenes unfolded.

The plot twist and ending were totally heartbreaking. I had to put the book down once or twice because of what was happening. I loved it! Abra Ebner crafted an engrossing and romantic tale that you will fall head over heels in love with.

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