I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Tundra Books on April 10th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade, Mystery, Supernatural
Source: publisher unsolicited
Teenaged O – never call her Ophelia – is about to spend the summer with her aunt Emily. Emily is a poet and the owner of an antiquarian book store, The Green Man.
A proud, independent woman, Emily’s been made frail by a heart attack. O will be a help to her. Just how crucial that help will be unfolds as O first tackles Emily’s badly neglected home, then the chaotic shop.
But soon she discovers that there are mysteries and long-buried dark forces that she cannot sweep away, though they threaten to awaken once more.
At once an exploration of poetry, a story of family relationships, and an intriguing mystery, The Green Man is Michael Bedard at his finest.
Ophelia who is also known as O is shipped to Caledon to stay with her aunt Emily, while her father goes off to work in Italy. During the summer, she finds her aunt to be a tad eccentric in her ways and thinks of her as mentally unstable, when she talks of literary authors presiding in her bookstore called The Green Man. She loves poetry and seems to be inspired at random times so she keeps a journal by her side.
Reading the brief but mysterious description, The Green Man promised a bigger premise than what it entailed. I was sadly mistaken. The book had wonderful fantasy elements thrown in, and evil presided with the magic show dreams that Emily had, but that was it. It felt flat, and uninspiring. Poetry isn’t something I enjoy. Maybe it’s my lack of understanding. You have to read between the lines between each poem, and I’d rather have information appear in its entirety. What I couldn’t understand was who was this magician, and why was he doing these cruel things? I couldn’t fathom why. Michael Bedard has a great writing style that any reader is quick to devour. I just wish there was a meaning behind the entire thing.
This was a sequel to a previous novel, and I felt like I was missing something. Maybe if I picked up the first novel, my questions would be answered.