I met Tiffany Trent, the author of this fantastic book, at the World Fantasy Convention last November She did a reading from the book at one of the sessions I attended, and I knew I d like it It was finally released this past Tuesday 8 28 , and I got a copy of it last night.
Wow I liked it even better than I had expected And trust me, that s saying a lot, because I had high expectations for the book Set in postbellum Washington D.
C and Virginia, Corrine s father is presumed dead after a battle She and her mother had gone to Washington where her mother was working as a nurse.
Corrine wakes up to learn that her beloved mother is dead, and the locket that bears her parents pictures is gone She is her uncle s home, from whom her mother had been estranged, and her whole world has turned on end She s still recoveri In the Serpent s Coils is a wonderful new fantasy book that I read just a little while ago It is filled with disaster, secret love letters, confusion, secret meetings, and the mysterious Fey.
At the beginning of the story, Corrine is sent to live with her uncle There, she finds out that her mother is dead, and she has her first encounter with the people under the hawthorn bush It seems like the hawthorn people are helping her, by curing her of her illness, but something isn t quite right.
By helping the hawthorn people, Corrine is sent away, although she isn t quite sure why Throughout the book, there are a lot of secrets held by the adults, which often lead to trouble There istrouble in the form of a boy names Rory Soon, Corrine doesn t know who to trust This leads to evendisaster.
I found this book int Can Be Downright Dangerous In The Serpent S Coils Marks The Debut Of Hallowmere, A Dark, Edgy Historical Fantasy Series That Teens Won T Be Able To Put Down Ever Since Her Parents Died In The Civil War, Corrine S Dreams Have Been Filled With Fairies Warning Her Of Impending Peril When She S Sent To Live At Falston Manor, Corrine Thinks She S Escaped The Danger Stalking Her Instead The Dreams Grow Stronger, Just As Girls Begin Disappearing From » In the Serpent's Coils (Hallowmere, Book 1) · Download by » Tiffany Trent School I ll admit right off the top that I m not one for vampire books I ve had bad experiences with them Either I hate them for the gore or I hate them because they are just terrible works of literature see the entire Twilight saga for details But I took an enjoyable class in college taught by the author of this series Tiffany Trent often used samples from her own work in our class and I was impressed by her style of writing So I went to a book signing after school and picked up one of her books It took me awhile to get around to reading it But now that I have I wish I had picked up the rest of the series while I was there I heard that the series was discontinued This is really disheartening news How can books like Fifty Shades become best sellers but little jewels like these be overlooked It s just a darn shame Anyway, obviously I enjoyed the book I liked the post civil In the Serpent s Coils is the first book of the Hallowmere series, my most recent forray into fantasy novels with truly cheesy cover art Although I read Tiffany Trent s debut in record time, I had the feeling throughout that I d somehow traveled this road before Maybe it s just that when you get stuck on a specific genre and I ll admit, I ve read quite a few books along this same vein lately , they all seem to run together But this book reminded me so strongly of Libba Bray s Gemma Doyle books, it was sometimes confusing.
In this introduction to the Hallowmere series, we meet the young heroine, Corrine The novel opens with Corrine awakening from the augue swamp fever in post Civil War Washington DC Her father never returned from serving the Union army, and her battlefield nurse mother has died of the same disease that sickened Corrine This is considered a teen historical fantasy novel, the first in a new series called Hallowmere I have to say it hooked me pretty hard Set in recent post civil war times, it concerns orphan Corrine who is sent to live at a rather strange girls reform school by a seemingly uncaring and harsh uncle The school is as grim as you might imagine, with a cold headmistress and an extremely unusual population with a whole lot of secrets Like girls that have gone missing who may have been sacrifices of some sort , strange, nearly vampiric Fey living in the bushes just outside the gates, voodoo dolls and strange rites in the middle of the night It s creepy, engrossing, and very well written The second book in the series, By Venom s Sweet Sting, comes out in December Book 3, Between Golden Jaws, is scheduled for April of 2008 Jackie B å In the Serpent's Coils (Hallowmere, Book 1) å The Civil War has just ended The country is on the mend Corrine Jameson awakes to discover everything she cares for is gone Her parents are dead and she herself barely escapes a severe illness With nowhere else to go, she is sent to Falston Manor, a boarding school run by a family friend On first arriving, Corrine learns of the harsh world she never experienced when living on her family farm She does make friends, but also must deal with strict teachers and cruel schoolmates On top of that, Corrine continues to have frightening dreams, and find ancient love letters all dealing with the fey While being unable to escape her frightening visions, she is also at a loss with whom to trust As girls from Falston disappear, The Civil War has just ended The country is on the mend Corrine Jameson awakes to discover everything she cares for is gone Her parents are dead and she herself barely escapes a severe illness With nowhere else to go, she is sent to Falston Manor, a boarding school run by a family friend On first arriving, Corrine learns of the harsh world she never experienced when living on her family farm She does make friends, but also must deal with strict teachers and cruel schoolmates On top of that, Corrine continues to have frightening dreams, and find ancient love letters all dealing with the fey While being unable to escape her frightening visions, she is also at a loss with whom to trust As girls from Falston disappear, Corrine must unearth the truth before it is too late The cover for this book piqued my interest I also love a good supernatural mystery and have been in need
CharactersThe characters weren t bad, they were justsuper bland None of them, even the main character, were developed in any way, and I just never connected with any of them The friendships between Corinne, Ilona, and Christina happened too fast and just because they were in the same club together That s it No similar hobbies or interests, it s just because they hang out after dark to rebel against being locked in their rooms What sort of idiotic teachers don t check the locks on the windows The romance between Corinne and Rory was not a real thing If anything, it was some sort of accidental manipulation It was so forced and fast it was simply unbelievable.
Corinne thinks Rory is in love with her, and she claims to know him but everybody else can see that he s hiding something He obviously has a thing for Christina, and even she stays away Corinne is so In the Serpent s Coils was a scary fairy story set in post Civil War America We meet the main character, Corinne, as she wakes up in her uncle s house with no idea how she got there Soon she is told her mother died of a fever that almost claimed her own life, leaving her an orphan since her father was lost in the battle at Petersburg Corinne s Uncle William is stern and after she defies his strict rules too many times he packs her off to Falston Manor, a girls reform school Falston is everything her life in Maryland with her parents was not The teachers are stict, the food is bad and the girls are locked into their rooms when they aren t in classes The book slows here for awhile, despite Corrine s numerous nightmares filled with fairies and witches and her discovery of love letters a monk sent to a nun in the 1300s But