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Amy Lignor

Reviewer Amy Lignor: Amy is the author of a historical fiction novel entitled The Heart of a Legend, and Mind Made, a work of science fiction. Presently, she is writing an adventure series set in the New York Public Library, as well as a teen fiction series, The Angel Chronicles.  She is an avid traveler and has been fortunate to have journeyed across the USA, where she has met the most amazing people, who truly bring life and soul to her books.  She lives in the Land of Enchantment (for now) with her gorgeous daughter, Shelby, her wonderful Mom, Mary, and the greatest friend and critic in the entire world - her dog, Reuben

 
By Amy Lignor
Published on September 29, 2010
 
Author:  Jennifer Donnelly
ISBN:  978-0-385-73763-0

Between Andi and Alexandrine, I was so immersed in this novel that I most assuredly have to add this book to my Top Ten of 2010


 

Author:  Jennifer Donnelly
ISBN:  978-0-385-73763-0

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Although written for the young adult/teen crowd, this fantastic book is a must read for ALL ages!  This book, literally, left me awestruck.  The way this wonderful author combined contemporary Brooklyn, New York with the eerie brutality and pain that was felt during the Revolution in Paris, kept me so unbelievably engrossed that I simply could not put this book down until I came to the conclusion.
 
We begin our story with Andi.  Andi is a young woman in her senior year of high school.  She attends the most prestigious school in NYC, and among her friends are movie star's children as well as trust fund babes.  When we first meet Andi, she's in a large apartment of one of these friends getting a "buzz" before going to school.  No…it isn’t one of those books.  Andi needs that “substance-fueled force field” in order to make it through the real world.  Why?  Because not too long ago Andi was a straight-A student who played the guitar like Mozart played the piano; she was looking forward to what the rest of her life had to offer.  But in one split second of time – the minute her young brother passed away on a city street – everything in her world fell apart.  After her brother died a tragic death, her mother went insane, as most mothers would.  Unfortunately, Andi's father was off in his own world, as well.  He’s a well-known scientist who'd just come upon a major breakthrough in the field of DNA and genome work.  He had such a breakthrough that he took home the Nobel Prize and then disappeared into the bright limelight leaving his wife and children at home.  One day he reappears and sees what has happened to his wife's mind.  Checking her into a psychiatric hospital, he takes his daughter by the arm and leads her to Paris, where a friend of his has asked for help.  Andi doesn’t want to go…but has no choice.
 
When they reach Paris, they stay with one of her father's old college friends; a man who is starting a museum dedicated to the Revolution.  He has everything in his warehouse from guillotines to the well-known coats of arms of various families from the 15th century.  What he also has is a strange box that seems to call out to Andi to open it.  Much to her surprise, the small silver key that her brother had found before he died, and the key that Andi had been wearing as a sort of testament of her love for her lost brother, opens this mysterious treasure box, and inside is an old leather-bound diary that'd been kept by Alexandrine Paradis during the Revolution. 
 
Here's the funny part:  Andi's father has come to Paris to run DNA tests on a heart that was found in a glass jar that people truly believe belongs to Louis-Charles, who was the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.  This young man was the one who was kept in a cell - a dark and lonely place - after his parents had lost their heads.  Little Louis also appears in the diary of Alexandrine who, it turns out, was a young lady who cared for Louis with all her heart.  Soon, as Andi reads the words, she becomes embroiled in a mystery of mammoth proportions.  Not only does she learn about the Revolution and Alexandrine's life, but she also solves the riddle of The Green Man.
 
It would take thousands of review words to tell you the story that is told within the pages of this remarkable novel, and there’s nothing I hate more than ruining a perfect story by giving too much away.  What I can tell you is that the points of this story are endless.  The way the author describes music and how it has evolved from people like Bach to genres such as jazz and rock n' roll, is laid out so wonderfully that the author's point really hits home.  Not only that, but the horrific feelings that poor Andi and her family have to go through to deal with the death of someone they've loved so much, leads readers into a world of honesty, brutality, and a look at how suicidal thoughts and fears can be squashed under the soles of love and fate.  And, above all, the historical facts and creativity make the Revolution practically jump off the page and pulls the reader into a world where people did anything they could to survive and stand up for the ones they loved.
 
Between Andi and Alexandrine, I was so immersed in this novel that I most assuredly have to add this book to my Top Ten of 2010.  This book’s first printing is going to be 250,000 copies; I have to say, they’ll probably need to go back to press more than a few times with this one.  I offer a huge "Bravo!" to this fantastic author, and can honestly say I can’t wait for her to reveal her next creative journey.
 
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