17 March 2010

The Girl Who Chased the Moon Is Like Sweet Tea on a Hot Day

Like a glass of sweet tea on hot Southern day, The Girl Who Chased the Moon is refreshing, rich, and deliciously Southern. The day my book arrived I had reached a reader's plateau. Nothing seemed interesting. Then I arrived home to a tiny package. Immediately (within moments of opening the parcel) I knew this was the book that would reignite my vigor for reading. Sarah Addison Allen doesn't write. She paints beautiful images with her words. The kind of words you can almost taste. It's a a magically infused tale of mistakes, forgiveness, and making peace with your past.

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"It was like she was made of cake, light and pretty and decorated on the outside - with her sweet laugh and pink streak to her hair - but it was anyone's guess what was on the inside. Emily suspected it was something dark."

"It was one of life's great injustices, that you can move on and be accomplished and happy, but the moment you see someone from high school you immediately become the person you were then, not the person you are now."

68 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great story!

    pirate_pony2 at yahoo dot com

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  2. Great review! This one sounds so good, I've read everything else from this author and have loved them all. Glad this one sounds just as wonderful!

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  3. I have been wanting this one
    Cleverlyinked@yahoo.com

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  4. I've had this on my WL for awhile now. Maybe this will be the book that gets me back into reading.

    jjameli(at)cableone(dot)net

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  5. Excellent review! Someone I know is a great fan of her previous two books and I've been wanting to read them myself, but this sounds like a great read too and the cover's really pretty too! Too bad I can't enter the contest though, but good luck to all those who do!
    Glad to hear the author got you excited about reading again. I haven't reached a reading block myself - I have the urge to read read read, but sadly hardly any spare time to do so. :(

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  6. Great review! Would love to read this book. I am a new follower

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  7. Wow, I had no idea this was an Adult book! I always thought it was a Children's book, don't know what gave me that impression.

    But I thought you review was the best I have read, so now I want to win it.

    forevereading at gmail dot com

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  8. Loved your review. I'm on the tour Friday (so I'm not entering the giveaway).

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  9. Ohh I really want to read this one!! I loved Garden Spells by her and have The Sugar Queen on my TBR list.

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  10. What a great and enthusiastic review! Makes me want to read it even more so please enter me in!

    stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the fabulous review of Sarah's book. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Every reviewer has loved this book so far. Sounds like an author whose books I should be reading.

    Thanks again.

    Cheryl

    Pump Up Your Book

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  12. Great review. I was actually looking at this book the other day. Sounded very interesting and after reading this review, I am even more interested!

    LaisaC03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I'm definitely looking forward to reading this one! Nice review!

    ReadingOnARainyDay AT gmail DOT com

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  14. I love recipes! :) It sounds yummy!
    Great review for a I think it is a great book.

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  15. WOW! Now that's a review to grab my attention. I had seen this cover once or twice online but never read enough behind its beauty to see if I would enjoy the read....from the sound of it, I think I would!

    For me, my reading slump usually occurs when I read too much of one particular genre. Variety is the spice of life and a healthy does keeps anything interesting, fresh and new....even reading! So, there's not one particular author for me to answer...just a genre switch. =0)

    Definitely count me in on your contest and I'm off to add it to my wish list. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

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  16. Please enter me into your contest. The book sounds terrific.

    gd830 at hotmail dot com

    Thanks!

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  17. Very nice! I think I've read one other review of this book and am even more interested in it now. I'm definitely reading this ASAP!

    Emidy
    from Une Parole

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  18. Luckily I haven't had a slump lately, though now I opened my mouth one is sure to come.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

    I follow publicly.

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  19. Hey doll! I have an award for you! :)

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  20. I really want this book! Glad you enjoyed it & thanks for the great review!

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  21. Incarceron snapped me out of my last slump. The books before that were sad, and I just got tired of reading. Incarceron is full of mystery and action so it's the perfect antidote.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  22. Everything I have read about this one makes it sound like a great book.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  23. Wow 5 stars!! Sounds awesome! I'd love to enter the contest!!

    inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks!!

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  24. Love, love, love this post, Juju!
    I could actually taste the sweet tea reading your review - - excellent!
    I have had this book on my TBR list simply for the cover, it's absolutely gorgeous. But now I can bump it up knowing this is a MUST READ.
    And I love pound cake so the recipe thrills me to no end.

    I fall into a reading slump normally when I have too many outside stressors. A hot bubble bath, relaxing drink and good book will usually do the trick.

    ~ Lori

    Thanks for putting my button on your blogroll at the bottom!

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  25. I love how you format your reviews! I should comment on the cover more often!

    Guess what? I gave you an award. Check it Out

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  26. I agree with you about the enchanting cover.

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  27. Sounds good! I really enjoyed her other two books. Garden Spells is one of my favorite non-YA books that I've picked up in quite some time. I'm also going to have to try that recipe.

    I'm going to enter the contest, too.

    Cornucopiaofreviews@gmail.com

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  28. my book club was supposed to read this one this month until we realized it came out too late in the month....now i wish we had just changed the date of book club!!! I can't wait to read it!!! I've read her other books too!!!

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  29. I love books can lift you out of that slump. The latest one for me was Lumby Lines. Something I would not normally pick up but glad I did. Cute and easy.
    I would love to read this one so thanks for the contest.
    I follow (duh)
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  30. This sounds like a lovely book, I would love to read it.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  32. OH I totally agree with your review...It was an awesome book! You read my review so you know how I felt about it LOL!

    Oh and will send you an email tomm. about my broken button :)

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  33. Oh, I love the look and sound of this book! And the quotes you used just made it that much more intriguing of a read. Can't wait to add this to my list of books to pick up!

    As for a reading slump. I would have to say my most recent review, a book by a new author Rhonda Hayter, just did it for me. I've been dying to keep reading ever since.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win and for the fabulous review as always!
    the1stdaughter at gmail dot com

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  34. I would love to enter to win.

    michwerm@gmail.com

    I would say that I have been a bit of a slump these days and the author that is pulling me out is Adriana Triginai! I am reading Very Valentine and it is marvelous. Where your author is deliciously Southern, mine is deliciously New York Italian! love it!

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  35. Wow, this sounds amazing! Ooh, and a 5 out of 5! Count me in for the ARC :)

    justeena_25(at)yahoo(dot)Ca

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  36. This sounds like a great book! Please sign me up.

    Follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  37. Oh geez tonight I have doubled my to be read list by reading blogs. This one goes on the list to! Great Review lady!! :)

    geeb.bookblog@gmail.com

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  38. Alas, I'm in the UK so can't enter, but this book sounds really good that was a really interesting review - loved the quotes especially!

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  39. Oh my gosh, this sounds so great! I love your review of it, and that recipe made me so hungry haha :)

    mel(dot)helmers(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Wow, this sounds positively delicious. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Juju! I never would have picked up on it otherwise.

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  41. A huge thank you to everyone for your lovely comments!

    dkm: Thanks for stopping by! Your blog is beautiful. Sorry I can't afford international shipping yet ;)

    Geeb: You'll love this one!

    Nancye & Linda & Tabitha & Donna: Thanks for popping by :)

    Michelle(RHBC): I have been meaning to try her work for some time :) Her covers are always so pretty and inspire me to travel more.

    1stdaughter: I've never heard of her. I'm off to check her out.

    Jenny Girl & InaBox: Thanks for the recommendation :)

    Stacy: Welcome! I love your blog. I can't wait for you to read this book.

    Lizzy & Arielle: This was my first SAA :) Needless-to-say I am totally hooked. I need more.

    Callista & Lily: Thank you thank you :) And thanks for stopping by

    Lori: :D Ahhh thanks

    Melissa: So glad to see you around :) I hope things are getting better :)

    Wendy: You will love this one :)

    GMR: That happens to me too. Genres stump me. I have to keep changing it up too :)

    Gayle: I'm always so honored when you stop by :)

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  42. I'm so excited to get my hands on this book! I've heard nothing but great reviews.

    jamieallyn24 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  43. Oh, I love that quote where a girl is compared to a cake! It's so lovely. :)

    I want in on the contest! My email's on my profile page if that's okay. If not, I'll emailz you. <3

    YES, Maria V. Snyder is an amazing story teller and I advise that you start Poison Study IMMEDIATELY. I fell in love with that book and with the love interest ;)

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  44. Great review, my friend. I am a big fan of Sarah's and have been looking forward to this book for some time. Mine just came in the mail yesterday - eek! I think I'm going to have to crack it open tonight.

    No need to enter me in contest.

    ♥Nely

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  45. I gave you an award! Check it out here. :)

    Cara

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  46. I would so love to win this book!
    anovelsource@yahoo.com

    awesome review...i'm so envious =]

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  47. Sounds good....can I win???

    :D

    willowdust@gmail.com

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  48. Great review! This sounds so good; I received recently "Garden Spells" by the same author, but haven't read it yet.

    Thanks for the contest!

    infiniteshelf at gmail dot com

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  49. Great review! I would love to read this book--just what I need!

    rjleflar [at]gmail[dot]com

    Thank you!

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  50. Oh this sounds sooo good!! I love the cover, too! Wonderful review! I would love to be entered, as well!

    kristacole64@yahoo.com

    Thank you!

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  51. I have been wanting to read this one. I've just found your blog.

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

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  52. I love stopping by to see whats new. I hate being at the end of the commenting list. LOL it always takes forever to get to the bottom. Always so many comments. (not a bad thing)

    I need to read this!!

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  53. I just discovered your blog through Friday 56 and love the way you organize your reviews!

    I'm a new follower and would love to win this book - after that review, who wouldn't?

    Thanks for the entry

    gaby317nyc at gmail.com

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  54. I can't wait to read this! I loved Garden Spells. Thanks for visiting my blog (Fiction Fanatic), I'm going to follow yours now.

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  55. I enjoyed this book a lot, but Garden Spells is still my favorite.

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  56. I'd love it! I'm hearing such great things about this book. Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  57. Not entering your contest hence am not in the US. This sounds like a good read, not my genre though :(

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  58. wow sounds really good! enter me please :)

    oodlesofbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  59. This book sounds so good! Seems like a perfect summer read.

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  60. I liked the review style and the book sounds enchanting.
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  61. I too live in a small NC town. I loved Allen's book "Garden Spells" which also takes place in NC. Would love a chance to read another of her books.
    New follower
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  62. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    tabbylewis (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  63. Oh I just love Ms Sarah Addison Allen! I enjoyed her other works greatly and cannot wait to read this one!

    thebookbluff@gmail.com

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  64. Please enter me in this giveaway!

    I follow.

    familyhistree at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E

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  65. I'd love to read this book!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  66. Awesome review! I agree with absolutely everything...and it's so nicely put, too! This was a great book.

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  67. I think I like this cover a little better than that of the trade pb, but I do love the butterflies on the pb!

    I want wallpaper that changes!

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  68. ***Please note: This contest is closed. The winner was announced April 19, 2010 (http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2010/04/ta-da.html)***

    Penelope: Thank you darling :)

    Cat: Agreed! :) This cover suits the story better but the new one is pretty magical too. I want that wallpaper too. :)

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