Monday, June 8, 2015

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley [Review]

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

Series: Flavia de Luce Mystery #7
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery
Release: January 6, 2015
Hardcover: 392 Pages
Publisher: Delacourte Press
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from her home at Buckshaw and shipped across the ocean to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Toronto, her mother’s alma mater, there to be inducted into a mysterious organization known as the Nide.

No sooner does she arrive, however, than a body comes crashing down out of the chimney and into her room, setting off a series of investigations into mysterious disappearances of girls from the school.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
This 7th book marks a departure from the rest of the series.  Flavia is sent abroad to Toronto for finishing school.  This is the first time the series has been set anywhere else but Buckshaw, Flavia's ancestral home.  Flavia's also grown up a bit and has dealt with the discovery and death of her mother, who had previously gone missing.  The feeling is a little more somber and a little more mature, but I loved the direction this series is going.  Even more remarkable is this seventh book feels just as fresh and interesting as the first.  That is truly an accomplishment on Alan Bradley's part.

Here is what I liked:
**I loved the change in scenery!  It was a lot of fun to meet a whole new cast of characters and to see Flavia navigate her way through new friendships, new relationships and new surroundings.  Flavia is used to be the smartest one in the room, but she meets her match on more than one occasion.  I also liked that it gave Flavia a lot of perspective about her family at home.  She does not get along with her sisters, but she finds that she misses them a lot and that they have left an huge impression on her.  She refers back to things Daffy says often to help her understand a situation.

**I love Flavia.  She is so smart and so precocious.  She is a firecracker.  But there is also something a little naive and lonely about her.  She knows so much, but she doesn't always understand the context.  And she is dealt a huge blow in the last book with the discovery of her mother's body.  This makes her lose a bit of her childhood innocence and her grief is still very raw.  I enjoyed watching Flavia mature in this book.  She still has a long way to go (she is only 12), but I love that the series is growing with her.

Here is what I didn't like:
**There is not much I didn't like about this book, but the mysteries were very secondary to the rest of the story for me.  As for the missing girls, I guess that one right away.  It seemed a little obvious.  For the body in the chimney, I was actually a little confused by it.  It was very convoluted.

**It seems Flavia's time at Bodycote's is to be short.  I was a little sad about that.


This is such a fun series!  I feel like this could easily be a BBC production.  Do you hear me BBC?  Let's go on that.

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Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. When I said this book looked interesting on one of your other posts I didn't realize it was part of a series. It looks really good and sounds like something my sister would definitely eat up. :D



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