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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: The Revenant by Sonia Gensler

THE REVENANT by Sonia Gensler
Pub. Date: June 2011
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover , 336pp
Age Range: 12
Source: Publisher (ARC)
When Willie arrives in Indian Territory, she knows only one thing: no one can find out who she really is. To escape a home she doesn't belong in anymore, she assumes the name of a former classmate and accepts a teaching job at the Cherokee Female Seminary.

Nothing prepares her for what she finds there. Her pupils are the daughters of the Cherokee elite—educated and more wealthy than she, and the school is cloaked in mystery. A student drowned in the river last year, and the girls whisper that she was killed by a jealous lover. Willie's room is the very room the dead girl slept in. The students say her spirit haunts it.

Willie doesn't believe in ghosts, but when strange things start happening at the school, she isn't sure anymore. She's also not sure what to make of a boy from the nearby boys' school who has taken an interest in her—his past is cloaked in secrets. Soon, even she has to admit that the
revenant may be trying to tell her something. . . .

Based on Indian Territory during the late 1800's, THE REVENANT brings mystery and ghostly suspense to the forefront. The setting is unique but has the familiar school setting of clique's and local gossip. The strange incidents shrouded in mystery kept me turning the pages to see what dark secrets would be uncovered behind the walls of the Seminary.

Willie, although brash and full of misconceptions at times, is finding out all about the Cherokee culture first hand. Their belief in spirits or ghosts is shrugged off by Willie as idiocy. Soon, Willie has no choice to rethink the tales surrounding the death of a student whom maybe haunting the school - especially after constant sleepless nights consisting of strange sounds and violent incidents involving students. There were quite a few things I enjoyed about this book. First, Willie's defiance to start a new life under the pretense of lies was enough to keep me wondering if her scam would be exposed. Her fondness for Eli Sevenstar also provided a spark of forbidden romance that kept me wanting more. Finally, the secrets surrounding the haunting death of a student was enough to keep me turning the pages.

THE REVENANT is spooky and entertaining read! This book is another ghostly page turner that you can sink your teeth into. With its lush setting and historical intrigue, I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction who wouldn’t mind a dose of paranormal on the side.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars



  1. This looks like a really great book! I'm always in the mood for spooky books. Thanks for reviewing this!

  2. Willie sounds like an interesting character. Can't wait to read this one! Fab review!

  3. As my main draw to this book is the historical Native American aspect, I'm glad to hear that it incorporates Cherokee history and culture into the story, too.

  4. I am not much of a historical reader, but I am really looking forward to The Revenant! I had pre-ordered my copy and it isn't in yet :( I am looking forward to reading it and to meeting Sonia this weekend!! Great review!


  5. Thanks for the review. You have me intrigued about this book and this genre that I'm not as familiar with.
    Great blog!

  6. Ahhh I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the review! :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  7. Thanks for your review. I've been wanting more information on this one. The characters sounds great!

  8. I enjoyed your review and I'm interested in reading a book featuring the Cherokee culture and ghosts, it sounds fantastic.

  9. Great review! I love anything spooky.

  10. This sounds like a perfect spooky read for before bedtime.

    Romance + ghosts + false pretenses = awesome!

  11. Great review! I love spooky reads!

  12. I have only read 1 book about ghosts and I really enjoyed it so I am really hyped for this book.

  13. Historical and paranormal, I do like the sound of that! Great review!

  14. I love Indian history! My family is Cherokee and we have heard story upon story but I love it when an author is brave enough to write a twist to it.

    I am looking forward to reading this book :)

  15. History, ghosts, mystery and romance?! What else could you possibly want? :) Sounds fascinating and I can't wait to read it!

    thanks for a wonderful and detailed review :)

  16. I love aboriginal/native stories. There is so much mysticism and culture to them.

  17. This one sounds really good! Love ghost stories and you know... romance :)

  18. A spooky and entertaining read :) Sounds like my kind of novel!!
    Great review


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