Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review: Auraria by by Tim Westover

In Auraria, we follow James Holtzclaw as he discovers the small town of Auraria, GA.  The town and the forests that surround it are full of magic like moon maidens, headless men, and talking ghosts.  When James tears down the old town to make room for a big resort hotel and a lake with dam, he realizes just how poweful the local spirits are. 

So this was a fun book to read, though it wasn't really what I was expecting.  I thought it was going to be more about Holtzclaw wandering around the wilderness coming across strange creatures and whatnot, but it was a lot of Holzclaw wandering around town and making plans for his resort hotel. 

There were some parts that were really slow for me, especially when he was building the hotel and the dam, but things did get interesting.  I loved it when really weird things started happening at the hotel, and I actually grew pretty fond of Holtzclaw.  He begins to realize that maybe keeping the area natural and filled with forest might be the right way to go.

All in all this was an entertaining read, and I did enjoy the author's writing style quite a bit.  The story itself is a lot of fun, even if there are some parts that drag.

Title: Auraria
Author: Tim Westover
Date of Publication: March 3, 2012
Number of Pages: 386
Genre: Fiction
Source: Review book from NetGalley

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