Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Review of Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein

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Synopsis: "Shooting ghost bears? Twelve-year-old Trina Bell has finally had enough. Why should she spend another dull summer watching Great-Aunt Roswinda play lawn bowling, while her father has all the fun? This year, she won't let him get away with the usual excuses. To her surprise, she succeeds. Her dad, the famous wildlife photographer, agrees to take her to the Canadian rainforest, on a quest for the elusive Kermode bear. Trina's triumph is short-lived, however; soon she finds herself in a city on Vancouver Island, dumped in a strange apartment building that may not be what it seems. But when she befriends Moss, the three-legged dog living across the street, and becomes involved in a mysterious case of vanishing hummingbirds, events take an astonishing turn..."

My Review:  It took me quite some time to read this book. It has a slow pace to it until about the last 50 pages or so. To make up for the pacing and lack of excitement there is a lot of beautiful imagery and creative fantasy. I really enjoyed the depth of characters, and the uniqueness of the animal characters. I was happy with the way the story developed with the characters, nothing felt forced in a particular direction (again possibly the reason for the slow pacing). It may not be enjoyable for all readers, particularly younger readers, but it is still a very lovely book (and I now really want to get a hummingbird feeder and travel to see the British Columbia setting myself).
My Rating: This was a beautifully crafted book, though it might not appeal to all readers due to the slow pacing. It does have a wealth of imagery, fantasy, creativity and emotional growth of the characters, as well as a little mystery.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can find out more about Silke Stein and her work on her Goodreads Page or her Website. 
You can also obtain your own copy of Trina Bell's Humming Summer in digital or print format from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

1 comment:

  1. Honestly, I don't mind slower reads once in a while. Sounds like a beautiful book.