Thursday

Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein

Two years ago, Jenna Rosen’s son, Bobby, drowned while on vacation in Alaska. To her dismay, his body was never found and she had to return home with her loss and grief. While Robert, Jenna's husband has gotten over his grief, Jenna has found nothing that can help her get over or forget the loss of her son, putting strain on their marriage and making them act more like strangers than a husband and wife.

One night Jenna just can't take it anymore and decides she needs to leave, while in the middle of one of Robert's business parties, she just gets in the car and drives off. She eventually finds herself in Wrangell, Alaska, where her Native American grandmother lived - and just a few miles away from where Bobby drowned. There Jenna meets a shaman who tells her of the legends of the Tlingits and their beliefs as to a person's soul.

As a big fan of Garth Stein and, of course, Enzo's, when I was contacted to review Raven Stole the Moon, I was like.... "ooh, ooh, me!" And although it seems this is one of Mr. Stein's previous works (maybe even his first), I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this story. It is definitely nothing like The Art of Racing in the Rain, this is more of a thriller, and at more than one point, it even felt creepy along the lines of a horror story. As a mother, you can't help but to feel Jenna's pain. The overwhelming loss of a child - trying anything and everything to overcome that grief and to eventually find a path to healing... it really is heartbreaking. This is her journey to not only save herself but also to save her son's soul.

I really found it interesting to read of the Kushtakas (a/k/a shape-shifting soul stealers). I liked the mystery and even the fright that came with their myths and legends. Mr. Stein really has a way with words. I love the voice that he uses to narrate his stories. It was the same way with The Art of Racing in the Rain. I don't know if I can explain it right, but it's soft and soothing... even though there was a time or two where my hairs were standing on end... I found his writing calming.

This is a heartwrenching story about grief, loss and healing that it is expertly intertwined with Native American folklore making it a fascinating read. I truly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

This book was provided for review Terra Communications.

GIVEAWAY: I have 1 copy up for grabs - thanks to the lovely Sarah at Terra Communications.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for followers, Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, etc.) ; and for putting my spiffy little button on your blog. Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Winners will be drawn Saturday, March 27.

58 comments:

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Vanessa Book ♥ Soulmates said...

Que nice!

Good luck to all!

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Cleverly Inked said...

Wow, this sounds to painful to read..My worst fear!

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Hannah said...

sounds really good...

p.s. do you announce winners? I don't like to leave an email, so I depend on the blog author telling me who the winner is...then I can email them...is that ok?

Hannah said...

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Virginia C said...

Hi, Nely! Thank you for this giveaway. I am not sure that I could ever get over the loss of a child. It would be the worst pain that a parent could suffer. Your review makes me want to read this interesting account of a woman's journey through grief.

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christina said...

Oh my gosh, I would love to read this. I just finished a novel with my students on the Tlinglet tribe. What a quinky dink!

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Emidy said...

This sounds great! I love the mysterious and thrilling aspect of it. I should check this out!

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Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I would love to read this one.

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I've seen a few reviews about it recently, it sounds good.

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I want to read this one...:D

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Bekah said...

I love Enxo too. I would love to check out another book by Garth Stein. Thanks for offering this.

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Ryan G said...

I enjoyed this one despite the "chick lit" cover.

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Jackie said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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I am a follower

booklover0226 said...

This genre is different for me. The book sounds like an interesting and enjoyable read.

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Sue said...

I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain. Can't wait to read this!
Thank you for the giveaway!

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Karen H in NC said...

This book sounds really good. Count me in please.

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