“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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Once upon a time, I acquired an ARC of an intriguing little book called Blythewood in a swap with another blogger. Avaline takes a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and she is there when the building catches fire and kills hundreds of workers.

Her fellow classmates are from high society, and Ava worried that she would not fit in. The characters are recycled, the romance is chock full of tropes and comes goodman with insta-love and a love trianglethe atmosphere and paranormal premise is interesting, but it doesn’t make up for the fact that I cannot get over the writing.

Blythewood Series

I loved how the teachers at Blythewood were just as interest I loved the Fairwick Chronicles series that this author wrote under the pseudonym Juliet Dark. If you’ve never read Goodman before I think this is just as lovely a place to start as any and I am looking forward to more books in this series! But, onto the book itself Here are a couple of examples. I appreciate the use of imagery, but the key to using it as a literary device is subtlety.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I thought the inclusion of the bells was definitely exciting and original, and I adored all the stories. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire.

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Blythewooe characters you like shriek at certain moments, and you wonder why they are being so foolish. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. No, I don’t want to attend a private school where my mother and I have always wanted me to attend.


I saw this at BN and almost bought it because I thought I remembered you tweeting about loving it, but I couldn’t remember for sure! Goodman is a master story teller, and I was stunned at the creativity and ingenuity of this book. Given the ones previous to this, explcit paranormal romances written under the pseudonym Juliet Dark, perhaps she’s dividing her work — some things appropriate for one name, some for the other. Now she must find a way to support herself.

Her mother attended the famous Blythwood Academy but was dismissed for mysterious reasons.

I don’t have anything to say about Ava because she puts me to sleep more effectively than an overdose of Lunesta. After being involved in the fire, Ava rants and raves like a lunatic because a weird boy with wings rescued her, and surprise, surprise, is actually committed to a mental hospital for 5 months. Along with all that, the prose is smooth as butter. But I’m not saying this book sucks, the writing is well down, the overall idea is neat, but it just wasn’t my own cup of tea.

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Whatever the case, it shows Ava is a survivor and carop a good reason for throwing herself into the secrets of Blythewood. 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.


I heard of this novel by chance while watching a book blogger on YouTube. There are few blythewiod I love more than a good piece of historical fiction, and this book did everything I really, really enjoyed this book!

And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

Love is not a triangle: Blythewood by Carol Goodman

The grandmother she never knew existed has stepped forward to take her under her wing. Ava picks up a job in a factory as a seamstress, but when the building catches fire she is rescued by a strange boy.

And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes. It is a tragedy, yes, but in the middle of a fire, I would be screaming my ass off and running around like a chicken with its neck cut off and probably die a horrible, fiery deathbut I sure as fucking hell would not be having thoughts along these lines, looking at girls who are jumping out of a building to their deaths because blyhtewood is literally no other way of escape.

March 28, 16 58 Apr 08, This is, of course, my opinion. Nov 14, Jacquelyn rated it liked it Shelves: And in all, things just seemed kind of predictable.