Review – Four and Twenty Blackbirds
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  • September 26, 2010



Cherie Priest’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds should have had me at hello. However, it failed me at about page 185. I just lost interest. What went wrong?

Eden is an orphan adopted by her Aunt Lulu. She is bi-racial in the South, which offers all sorts of interesting scenarios, mostly from her estranged family. When she’s a teenager she is shot at by a gunman. She also sees ghosts quite frequently. That much I’m sure about the plot.

At one point Eden grows up and becomes a bit of a beat. At this time the man who tried to shoot her attempts it once again, taking out a girl at a poetry slam believing it to be Eden. It’s around this time that Eden begins to wonder at her parentage, demanding questions from her family that no one will answer. She goes on a quest… there’s more ghosts… the gunman keeps chasing her… and I grew weary.

This should have really done something for me. It had all the elements; Southern Gothic atmosphere, a headstrong heroine, the ghosts, the family pathos… Yet I was bored, and only half paid attention, and didn’t care when I got to any kind of interest. I wanted it to be different, I wanted it to be better than it was. I feel bad, because I want to adore Cherie Priest. Still, not what I was expecting.

2 out of 5 stars. I wish I could have enjoyed this.

– BP

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