Blythewood by Carol Goodman

November 15th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Book Spotlight, Giveaway, Guest Post 46 Comments

15th Nov

Today I am excited to be a part of the Blythewood tour and to share a guest post from author Carol Goodman. Blythewood is an excited new young adult paranormal that I am looking forward to reading. Be sure and enter giveaway for your chance to win a copy.


Blythewood Blythewood
by Carol Goodman
Publisher: Penguin
Published : October 28, 2013
Genre: Paranormal YA
Purchase: Amazon|Barnes and Noble|Book Depository

Welcome to Blythewood.

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.

But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all

Doesn’t the synopsis sound fantastic. I am a sucker for academy or elite school settings, especially those with a little magic and mystery. Read on as Carol Goodman Helen from Blythewood.

Guest Post

While I loved writing Ava, I think the most fun character to write in BLYTHEWOOD was Helen van Beek. Helen belongs to the New York “four hundred,” the privileged upper class of Manhattan Society that Edith Wharton wrote about. She comes from an old Dutch family who have a brownstone on Washington Square, an estate in Hyde Park (near the Vanderbilts and Roosevelts to whom they are no doubt related), and a summer “cottage” in Newport. Edith Wharton might have been speaking of Helen when she said, “We are expected to be pretty and well-dressed till we drop …” and Helen comes to Blythewood annoyed that going to school will take her away from the New York “season” and interfere with her plans to find a marriageable man. But although Helen might seem a bit shallow and materialistic, Ava soon learns that she is a loyal and steadfast friend and stronger and more resilient than she appears. She’ll have to be. By the end of BLYTHEWOOD Helen’s world has changed completely. Helen has changed, too, but she still has a smart quip on her lips and an unerring sense of fashion. I hope my readers enjoy her as much as I have!

About the Author

Carol GoodmanCarol Goodman is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Fairwick Chronicles, Watchtower Trilogy (with husband Lee Slonimsky), and the forthcoming young adult Blythewood series. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latt, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University. Goodman currently teaches writing at SUNY New Paltz and lives with her family in the Hudson Valley.


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46 Responses to “Blythewood by Carol Goodman”

  1. Franny

    Wow, that seems like a really good story! Lots of things to unravel, but that’s what makes a book intriguing, doesn’t it?
    Helen van Beek looks like a very interesting character, I’ll definitely have to keep an eye on this series!
    Too bad I can’t join the giveaway, though.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I wish it were international, but the publishers have rules 🙂 I hope you get to read it.

  2. Kathy Geiser

    This book sounds amazing. I like it when the underdog just keeps on fighting to reach their goal. Also love the magic, supernatural stories. Can’t wait to read. Thanks for the Chance to win.

  3. Hillary R.

    I have no idea what the character might uncover at the boarding school, but I do know that I love stories that center around boarding schools. For some reason those have always interested me 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

  4. Veronica Vasquez

    I have no clue what secrets will be uncovered, but I got the feeling they are going to be very interesting, and I would love to find out! This is going on my must-read list! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I actually thought of you when I posted this, since I know you love the setting 🙂

  5. Vivien

    I keep reading excellent reviews for this book. I absolutely love the Gothic genre so my eye has been on this one for some time. It sounds UTTERLY fantastic!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I tend to be a cover whore too draws me in and the synopsis confirms the sale..LOL

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