Amy (Amaryllis) Goodnight has always accepted that the world is not always what it seems. She comes from a very “eccentric” family of potion-brewers, crystal-gazers, psychics, and more. Amy has always defended and protected her family by being the “buffer” between her good-magic-practicing family members and the “real” world. However, while ranch sitting for her Aunt Hyacinth in the scorching Texas summer, Amy will have to confront her own fears and doubts about the supernatural and uncover the secrets of a murder most foul in the San Saba Mine hundreds of years ago.
From La Llorona to Sonic cherry limeades, this novel does an excellent job at encapsulating the Texas experience while delivering a fun, spooky, things-go-bump-in-the-night atmosphere that readers who are fans of paranormal adventure and romance will enjoy.
Texas Gothic was a fantastically fun read. I definitely recommend it for late-night summer reading (and if you are able to make some microwave s’mores to go with it–so much the better!). And it goes without saying that I am BEYOND excited that Rosemary Clement-Moore will be attending TLA this year!!!!!!
Although I am a native Southerner from Texas, I am often reluctant to read any books (fiction or non-fiction), that have to do with the South. From the Civil War to the days of the Cowboys, I usually avoid topics that have to do with Southern history and its inhabitants. However, I have discovered one YA author who has changed my interest in reading about the South–Rosemary Clement-Moore. I have so far read two of her novels, The Splendor Falls as well as Highway to Hell (third book in the Maggie Quinn vs. Evil) that have to do with the South and am halfway through Texas Gothic (and enjoying it very much!). I loved them. I just couldn’t get enough of them. Not only is the setting so richly described (from the geographical details of Alabama to the intense heat of South Texas), but the stories were so well researched and so steeped in history and local legend and lore. From the Chupacabra (a legend I personally grew up with) to the cruel-eyed ghosts of Civil War generals past, there is not one aspect of Clement-Moore’s stories that I didn’t enjoy and that also didn’t teach me something about Southern history. For fun, well-written, and thoroughly researched YA reads about the South as well as some hauntingly spooky fun, I doubly recommend Rosemary Clement-Moore!