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{October 24, 2012}   {Review} The Morrow Secrets by Susan McNally (Tallitha Mouldson #1)

From Goodreads: The Morrow Secrets is a high-fantasy gothic adventure story written for children in the 10 to 14 year age group but also enjoyed by adults who love delving into the world of mystery, suspense, imagination, and make-believe. It is the first book in a series about Tallitha Mouldson, a headstrong girl caught up in the sinister web of her eccentric family, the powerful Morrow dynasty. This fantasy saga is set in an alternative world and begins in a strange, rambling house called Winderling Spires in the land of Wycham Elva. The Morrow Secrets is an epic tale of dark forces, with a beguiling mystery to be solved, an exciting yarn of deception with frightening twists and wicked turns. The story has weird, whimsical characters, some motivated by wicked intent. They lurk round corners… watching Tallitha and luring her further into the dreadful secret….

It is a story of the heroine’s fight against the evil forces that have shaped the past and still surround her present. Tallitha is determined to unearth the family secret and so begins her breath-taking adventure, exploring the forbidden floors of the bizarre old house and discovering a number of intriguing clues which lead her ever further into the heart of the mystery. During her quest, Tallitha discovers she has inherited strange paranormal powers, passed down the female line of the Morrow clan. With the help of her eccentric cousin Esmerelda, Tallitha escapes the clutches of her suffocating family and makes her way across the dangerous terrain of Wycham Elva into the wilderness and the dark world of Breedoor. Accompanied by her brother and cousins, she learns more about the mysterious past of the Morrow family, she forges new allegiances, endures terrifying challenges, and encounters the strange creatures of the underground kingdom. Eventually she reaches the haunting castle of Hellstone Tors and the awesome truth about her family is laid bare…


If you read the Goodreads “synopsis” above, I’d say that’s a pretty epic review of the novel itself… and I wish I had written it!  This gothic story is perfect for Halloween, and it’s creepy in all the right places, yet still a lighthearted mystery.  Tallitha’s life is very strange… her mother is crooked, her aunts are surreal and extremely strange, the servants are proportionately creepy… and as the novel unfolds, the reader is whisked away to a terrifying underground world where strange creatures await.  Full of mystery, suspense, magic, and betrayal, this is a novel MG and YA are sure to enjoy.  I also believe that fantasy lovers of all ages will love it—and though I’m not really a fantasy die hard, I really did enjoy the story and highly suggest checking it out if you’re in to creepy old houses, magical situations, terrifying creatures, and fantastical situations.  Three stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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