Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Chrysalis by Heather Terrell

Read the Reader's Advance copy of this last week. This one has a lot of buzz going for it. Fortunately, the buzz doesn't entirely rely on the Da Vinci-Codeness of the book. While it has the same art-as-clue premise, the action takes place in 1600s Holland, Nazi Germany, and the present day. The search for the provenance of The Chrysalis, a painting, has fun twists and turns. The historical viewpoint of 1600s Holland and the difficulties of being a Catholic at that time is nicely presented as is the Nazi lust for artwork and its consequences.

A tidy little piece and pretty darn good for a first-time author. Worthy of all the buzz and advertising? meh...it'll do.

It's a great read for young adults and for those adults who want a beach read or something beyond Da Vinci. And that isn't a bad thing at all. It is accessible to the average Joe or Jill and that can only be a good thing if you're encouraging reading. It is also a nice little romp for those more accustomed to heavier fare.

Publisher's Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist find it to be perfectly suited to public library collections and I agree. The June 2007 Romantic Times gave it 4.5 stars - their highest rating. If you're looking for a bit of fun, I say read it.

What I'm listening to this week: Prior Bad Acts by Tami Hoag

What I'm reading this week: Reader's Advance Copy of Pesthouse by Jim Crace. I'm about half way through it and let me just say it is magnificent. No wonder Mr. Crace keeps getting those awards.


Anonymous said...

Ooh, I'm so glad you're liking the new Jim Crace. I've heard good things about it from other people as well and am getting very excited to read it!

Booktender said...

It has been a long, long time since a book has reached out and grabbed me like this one did. I'll be interested to see what other popular readers say.