Review: The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

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Review: The Springsweet by Saundra MitchellThe Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell
Series: The Vespertine #2
Published by Harcourt Children's Books
Pub Date: April 17th 2012
Pages: 275
Format: ARC | Source: Borrowed
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a “springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land. Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.

The Vespertine was one of my favorite books last year, and with that ending, of course I was dying for a sequel! It completely stole my heart…and trampled it. I was incredibly heartbroken! In The Springsweet, Saundra Mitchell has redeemed my heart by mending our Zora’s.

The most stand-out quality I’ve come to love about Saundra Mitchell’s writing is the vividly realized atmospheres. In The Vespertine, I could see myself sitting around with the girls, getting ready for the ball and talking about the boys they would dance with in Baltimore. In The Springsweet, I could feel the hot winds of Oklahoma blowing on my face!! I could see the sparse, dry countryside for miles on end. I was there, next to Zora, seeing and feeling everything she was, so vividly. I absolutely love that. If any book can transport me like that, it’s a winner in my book.

We first meet Zora in The Vespertine. She is Amelia’s cousin and gets her heart shredded in that book. I mean, absolutely destroyed! Blown to pieces. Her whole world crashes down. So you can imagine how this book in no way starts with the best of tones. It’s rather depressing at first, and many times I wanted to curl up with it and cry because it made me so sad for her. It isn’t until and unfortunate 3rd meeting with the very handsome and rich Mr. Theo de la Croix that things start to turn around. Then she gets sent to Oklahoma…where she meets the rugged, sexy Emerson Birch and things really start to get interesting! Ms. Zora Stewart now has to make a choice between the two, but I think there’s never really a contest.

Zora’s ability was unique and I can see now how all the elements — earth, water, fire, air — come into play in this series. I just can’t imagine how it will all come into play in the final book, Aetherborne, but I’m extremely excited to find out.

 

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13 Responses to “Review: The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell”

  1. Howardgirls2003

    I loved the Vespertine! I just realized there was a sequel, so now I’m so excited to get my hands on it! The covers are so pretty, aren’t they?

  2. forloveandbooks

    I had been on the fence about this series, but I think I’m going to snag Vespertine and give it a try! (I have six days without internet next week, so that’d be a great time!) 

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  3. Heidi

    Oooh, I honestly had completely missed this series (and totally read this whole review despite potential spoilers), but it sounds like a wonderful historical fiction/fantasy series.  I love this type of thing!  I also love when series focus on tangential characters, or at least have different main characters than other books.  I’ll certainly be checking out both The Vespertine and Sweetspring, thanks!

  4. Lauren

    Oh I’m glad to see a review about this book! I read the Vespertine. And while I thought it was well written and I enjoyed it overall, I had some problems with the story. Mostly in terms of how the people with supernatural abilities fit into the world around them. I wanted more mythology/world building surrounding the supernatural part of the novel. Why do these people have these abilities? What about them made them born that way? Does that make any sense at all? I’m having trouble formulating my thoughts. But I guess I’m used to paranormal worlds that have more rules to them.

    Anyway, I may still pick up this one. I really wanted Zora to get a story as well. Is book 3 about her too? Love triangles make me nervous, so I’m glad to hear that you didn’t think there was much of a contest with the right guy.

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