The Black Isle
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.Ghosts that no one can see.No one...except Cassandra.Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of... show more
There are ghosts on the Black Isle.Ghosts that no one can see.No one...except Cassandra.Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . . Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.
Publish date: August 7th 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
, Magical Realism
Let's just call a spade a spade. The Black Isle is pretty much Singapore transmogrified into something unrecognizable, but still familiar. it is unfortunate but thic book comes across as a mish-mash of historic, fantasy and magic realism, with altered realism winning out in the end.As a resident of...
I've been trying to decide, for about a week now, whether or not I wanted to set this book down. Usually if I make it past the halfway point I stubbornly push on to the end. It becomes a matter of stubbornness. While the writing is good, and I'm sure fans of historical fiction would appreciate the a...
I don't usually read books with supernatural or horror themes, but the historical aspect of this book drew my interest. It had a fairly strong start, and the writing seemed pretty good at first, with great attention to detail and vivid imagery. However, that strong start and writing style didn't con...
While The Black Isle is absolutely beautifully written, some of the content is just not for me. The story is intriguing, it's a dark and dramatic tale of a woman haunted by the dead. The pacing is great, it moves gracefully. The characters are all interesting and well written.My problem is the sexu...
#note: i'm quite surprised that people actually read my midnight review that was riddled with grammatical errors.. lol. Even I can't make sense of what I wrote. Truth to be told. This 90th book of my reading challenge that made the most lasting impact in all my days of 2012's reading. First of all, ...