Review: Light Beneath Ferns by Anne Spollen



Title: Light Beneath Ferns
Author: Anne Spollen
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: February 8th 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Format: Paperback, 206 pages


Elizah Rayne is nothing like other 14-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. When Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery, Elizah finds a human jawbone by the river and meets Nathaniel, a hypnotic and mysterious boy who draws her into his world.


This is my first ghost story and I had zero expectation with it, at all. But it’s funny to think how me and the main character, Eliza, clicked that instant. I mean, she is totally a relatable character. I can see myself through her eyes. Like she’s my girl version, in some way.

Everyone thinks Eliza is, I hate to put it this way, not “normal” just because she doesn’t act stuff like what usually “normal” people do. She hates the company of others that she prefers to be alone and not talking to them at all and has this not so weird fascination with bones. Not that I’m a loner or have no friends but all her monologues and her being herself, and all the stuff she’s trying to point out. The way she describes both her father and Nathaniel without trying to be too deep. They all made sense to me.

Reading the blurb, it’s pretty obvious what and who Nathaniel is in Eliza’s life. We know that the love interest would be with a ghost but it didn’t distract me from liking them together. It worked out, I think. And all the secondary characters has depth in themm and well played but I felt sorry for Kyle, though.

The only part which I didn’t come to like is when the story started with this long conversations that it felt like I’m reading a script in a play. But it didn’t entirely affect my reading experience because the banter between Eliza and her mother throughout the story became more ejoyable. Though the conclusion is satisfying and not a cliffhanger it still left me wanting to see more. As in MORE NATHANIEL.




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