Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Book Review: The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty

I got this book a year ago at a book giveaway at the library. Not sure what happened when I tried to read it last year, but there was something about the way she structured her sentences on the first page.

"A moth touched its wing to the front porch light, and the apartment cleared its throat sharply"

She doesn't continue this way though, luckily. I was pleasantly surprised with the read!

Listen (Alissa) Taylor lives with her father, Nathaniel and his girlfriend, Marbie Zing. She finds a book plainly entitled "Spell Book" one day in Marbie's attic and begins to do the spells inside which often times require very silly instructions.


"Put a finger on your nose and say, "Golly!"


Alongside this story are a bunch of other ones that eventually intertwine. There's Cath Murphy the school teacher, Marbie's sister Fancy Zing and her husband Radcliffe and the elusive Zing Family Secret. The Zing Family meets every Friday to discuss the secret. There is some indication to what the secret is, but the final reveal isn't what you'd think! Cath Murphy is a school teacher whose troubles with men comes to full focus. Fancy Zing & Radcliffe's marital problems are how we are introduced to them as Fancy writes a list of irritating things her husband does.

I won't give away too much of the story but the author rarely mentions things that don't come into play later. This is one of the things I really liked about the book! And just in case you don't remember the seemingly small parts, Moriarty cleverly points those things out. In addition to being a well structured mini-saga, this book is hilarious!! I had so many laugh out loud moments that I've decided I might want to read some comedies before the summer's end!

It's considered Young Adult Fiction but there are definitely some not very young adult moments! I'll let you find those yourselves ;) You can enjoy this book at any age, especially on lazy summer days like these!

35 comments:

  1. I like reading a book that I can laugh out loud at. Thank you for the honest review and I am very interested in reading it.

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  2. This sounds like a fantastic book! I'm very intrigued and definitely want to read it now! Thanks for the review!
    XO ~ Amy Jo
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  3. I've actually never heard of this book before. Thanks for introducing me to a new book! Thanks for review.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  4. Hadn't heard of this one before now, but it sounds enjoyable.

    JHS
    Colloquium

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read- thanks for the heads up!

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  6. I hadn't heard of this one before but now you have me curious. Great review!

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  7. Never heard of this one, but it sounds so cool! I love books about magic and witches and such, so I think I'm gonna have to read this one!

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  8. This is not a book that I'd ever pick up on my own, but now that I've read the review, I'm very interested in reading it. Funny how that happen, huh?

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  9. Sounds interesting. Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

    ke7 yca at gmail dot com

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  10. this sounds awesome. I love a good laugh!

    thanks for the giveaway!

    katie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. This sounds fantastic...thank you for participating. I love finding new authors!

    Maria
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  12. Sounds like a great read. I'm gonna check it out.

    Jennifer
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  13. Well it sounds like the story lives up to its eye catching cover! I remember seeing it in store one day way back when and picking it up for a quick looksie. It has been on my Wish List ever since just with that little glimpse. Thanks for the more indepth look at the book...loving the fact that most things mentioned come into play (as you put it). Unnecessary introductions can clog up the story line sometimes. Thanks for sharing..and happy reading!

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  14. I'm not that familiar with YA fiction. It helps to see reviews so I know which ones I would enjoy reading.

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  15. Haven't heard of this one! Def going on my TBR list! :D
    CiNdY
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  16. This book sounds interesting, and I love the colours of the cover. Haven't heard of it before, but your review made me curious :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. Sounds likea fun read. I love to chuckle when reading a good book.

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  18. I like stories that seem to be seperate at first, but then ended up being all connected at the end. It makes you try to figure out how they are going to come together.

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  19. This one sounds intriguing!
    Thanks for a chance to win this giveaway!
    Best wishes,
    Chanticlear1atgmaildotcom

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  20. This is a new author for me. I think it would be very interesting to read.

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  21. The word "golly" made me laugh.
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  22. Sounds like a fun read, I'll have to check it out!

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  23. This sounds like an interesting book! I'll have to check it out for myself!

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  24. Thanks for your honest review!

    BellaMarie@tampabay.rr.com

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  25. Humor is one of my favorite things to look for in a book. Thanks for giving us a heads-up on this one.

    Jules
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  26. I haven't heard of this book before, but your review makes it sound great. And I really love the cover!

    texas_gal45(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  27. This cover is fantastic, and I can't believe I've never heard of this before. Thanks for the review!

    ~Alyssa
    archambo.alyssa(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. It sounds like an interesting read.

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  29. The book sounds interesting! I need those "laugh out loud moments" as well because I forgot when it happened to me the last time.
    elena.cacahuete(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Great review, another book to add to my TBR pile, oh my!

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  31. I LOVE books that make you LOL!!! I'll be adding this to my TBR list IF I don't win it here first. Thanks for participating in this blog hop and for the great giveaway!

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  32. I definitely understand being turned off by weird sentence structures. Sometimes that makes or breaks a book for me.

    But I'm glad you got through that, because the book sounds so cute!!
    Your review is very helpful!

    Eli

    http://www/elisquared.com

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  33. Interesting review, thanks!
    nicolesender@yahoo.com

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  34. Thanks. This one's a new discovery for me too, but it sounds quirky and funny, possibly one I'll read with my niece.

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