Friday, April 9, 2010

The Clearing by Heather Davis

Summary from Barnes and Noble:
In this bittersweet romance, two teens living decades apart form a bond that will change their lives forever.
Amy is drawn to the misty, mysterious clearing behind her Aunt Mae's place because it looks like the perfect place to hide from life. A place to block out the pain of her last relationship, to avoid the kids in her new town, to stop dwelling on what her future holds after high school.
Then, she meets a boy lurking in the mist - Henry. Henry is different from any other guy Amy has ever known. And after several meetings in the clearing, she's starting to fall for him.
But Amy is stunned when she finds out just how different Henry really is. Because on his side of the clearing, it's still 1944. By some miracle, Henry and his family are stuck in the past, staving off the tragedy that will strike them in the future. Amy's crossing over to Henry's side brings him more happiness than he's ever known - but her presence also threatens to destroy his safe existence.
In The Clearing, author Heather Davis crafts a tender and poignant tale about falling in love, finding strength, and having the courage to make your own destiny - a perfect book to slip into and hide away for awhile.
After Heather's lackluster of a first novel, I wasn't sure too sure of what to except from The Clearing. Luckily, it turned out to be a big step up from the disaster that was Never Cry Werewolf. Simply because The Clearing was everything that Never Cry Werewolf wasn't. What was that? Well a beautifully told and heart-wrenching (slightly paranormal) love story between two teens that will leave you absolutely breathless by the end and pondering what exactly happens next to these two characters that you can't help but love. 
The Clearing is told in the point of view of not only Amy, but Henry too, leaving you to see both feelings, desires, and wants from life. Amy is a character whose been hurt a lot in her short time on Earth because from her abusive, jerk of an ex-boyfriend to untrustworthy friends she's defiantly had her share of tears, but all this changes when she meet the marvelous Henry who has also seen his share of heartbreak. Together, they begin to make sense of the lives they have been given and help lift and see each other in a way that they can't do themselves. I absolutely loved their relationship with each other because of the fact of how real it felt. Since at first they start out as friends, but in the end  they became so much more of then what they excepted, leaving such a strong and innocent love to bloom, and in all showing you that true love can exist and come to you when you least except it.
The plot while basic, never managed to have me the least bit bored because of how caught up I was in Henry and Amy's lives. And while the writing could have been better and the story more developed, I overlooked it's flawed ways instead seeing The Clearing as what it was meant to be; a story that gives you hope that when facing huge problems you can be strong and overcome them, becoming a person you're proud to be becasue of it.
And the ending, oh my, was something I wasn't excepting in the least, and while it did have it's faults, I went along with it and hoped that somehow everything in these character's lives ended up being the way it was supposed to be: magical.
In all, I highly suggest that no matter who you are, you give this novel a try because I promise you that you won't be the least bit disappointed in this tale.
Grade: A-
The Clearing is now out!
Source: Publicist. Thanks J!


  1. Wow, a big step up!!! I haven't read the other one, but I'm glad you enjoyed this one more. Great review!!

  2. It looks like this is an emotionally stirring book! Great review, I'll have to check this out.

  3. Awesome! Good to hear you feel it is much better than her first. :)

  4. It reminds me a little bit of Somewhere in Time. I must hunt down this book!

  5. I finished this one last night. I absolutely loved it. I haven’t read her werewolf book though so I can’t compare the two.

  6. I've been waiting for a review on this book :D I'll definitely read this book, thanks for the awesome review!


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