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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Orchardist - Amanda Coplin

Rating: 4.5 of 5


Superb debut novel. The descriptions of the orchard are unforgettable, as is Talmadge, one of the best "good guys" I've ever read - from the opening paragraph he was a person, not a mere character; in fact, all of the characters were equally alive and distinct, memorable. Overall, an excellent story.


Disclaimer: The Orchardist contains unconventional dialogue (there were no quotation marks and it was often mixed in with a character's thoughts) so if you can't abide such devices then you may not be able to enjoy the story as much. Also, this is not a story for those looking to experience shock-and-awe at every turn.