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[REVIEW] The Clearing – Heather Davis

Heather Davis
The Clearing
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Graphia (US: 12th April 2010)
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Amy has moved to rural Rockville to stay with her great-aunt. There’s a mist separating their property from the next, and in the clearing Amy meets a guy her age. Henry Briggs doesn’t talk or dress like anyone contemporary – because where he lives, it’s 1944. And whilst Amy is more comfortable with Henry in his time, she knows their relationship can’t last but tries to enjoy it while she can.

There’s difficult subject matter here, namely domestic abuse. Amy moved from Seattle to get distance from reminders of an abusive relationship. She knows she shouldn’t have stayed with the guy for as long as she did, and she still kicks herself for it. But she also takes it out on her mother, who should’ve “protected” Amy, though I get the feeling she didn’t confide in her mother early on about the abuse. I think Amy, in hindsight, wanted to be rescued so she wouldn’t have to save herself, and that’s…sad, but understandable.

This is such a beautiful book. Normally romance in fiction doesn’t work for me because I don’t like the characters, or I don’t like their relationship, but Heather Davis has created an extraordinarily heartfelt story with two lead characters I adore together. It’s a special, memorable novel, and though impossible it’s ultimately charming. Minus the epilogue, which really didn’t work for me. And the students, who just aren’t appealing.

April 2010 Releases

Done with March 2010 Releases? Here are April 2010 Releases. To look into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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YA Releases – 2010 & Beyond

C. A. Moulton called out for a list of 2010 & 2011 YA fantasy fiction, but my list here contains other YA subgenres, too 😉 These are only the ones with known release dates – those without are on my Reading Wishlist. Release dates can and probably will change in the lead-up to the books’ publication. Some are re-releases, international editions, etc. Of course, I don’t list every single book – only the ones that I’ve heard of and am interested in.

ANN AGUIRRE – Razorland – Dec 2010
KELLEY ARMSTRONG – The Reckoning – 27 Apr 2010/6 May 2010
JENNIFER LYNN BARNES – Raised by Wolves – 8 Jun 2010
HOLLY BLACK – White Cat – 4 May 2010/17 Jun 2010/1 May 2011
S. A. BODEEN – The Gardener – 25 May 2010
RACHEL CAINE – Kiss of Death – 3 May 2010/4 May 2010
KRISTIN CAST et al – Kisses from Hell – 8 Aug 2010
CASSANDRA CLARE – The Clockwork Angel – 1 Sep 2010/14 Sep 2010
ANDREA CREMER – Nightshade – 14 Oct 2010
HEATHER DAVIS – The Clearing – 15 Mar 2010/12 Apr 2010
KAT FALLS – Dark Life – 29 Apr 2010/1 May 2010
CATHERINE FISHER – Incarceron – 26 Jan 2010
BECCA FITZPATRICK – Crescendo – 2010
AMY GARVEY – Cold Kiss – 2011
TERI HALL – The Line – 4 Mar 2010/9 Mar 2010
STACEY JAY – Undead Much? – 21 Jan 2010/26 Jan 2010
STACEY JAY – My So-Called Death – 1 Mar 2010/1 Apr 2010
CARRIE JONES – Captivate – 5 Jan 2010/5 Apr 2010
KELLY KEATON – Darkness Becomes Her – 2011
JACKIE MORSE KESSLER – Hunger – 11 Aug 2010
JACKIE MORSE KESSLER – Rage – 2011
KAREN KINCY – Other – 1 Jul 2010
GEMMA MALLEY – The Returners – 1 Feb 2010/2 Mar 2010
RICHELLE MEAD – Spirit Bound – 18 May 2010
JACKSON PEARCE – Sisters Red – 3 Jun 2010/7 Jun 2010
SUSAN BETH PFEFFER – This World We Live In – 4 Mar 2010/1 Apr 2010/3 May 2010
CARRIE RYAN – The Dead-Tossed Waves – 9 Mar 2010/8 Apr 2010/1 Mar 2011
JERI SMITH-READY – Shade – 4 May 2010/18 May 2010
MARIA V. SNYDER – Inside Out – 1 Apr 2010
LILI ST. CROW – Jealousy – 29 Jul 2010/3 Aug 2010
MAGGIE STIEFVATER – Linger – 20 Jul 2010
JESSICA VERDAY – The Haunted – 31 Aug 2010
ROBIN WASSERMAN – Wired – 14 Sep 2010

[COVER ART] Heather Davis’s THE CLEARING & Carrie Ryan’s THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH

Cover for Heather Davis’s The Clearing, and the US paperback cover for Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth (I really like the redesign!).