Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary

Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary

by Pamela Dean


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A young astronomer and her sisters and friends confront magic moving into their neighborhood

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ISBN-13: 9781530011537
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
calmclam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As always, Dean writes the kind of prose that I want to curl up inside of on a cold night with a cup of cocoa. Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary is cozy; the narrator (Gentian, 13) is articulate, smart, and funny; her friends are the kind of friends I would have loved to have at her age; her interests are woven into the text without being tedious. The narration is chock full of allusions, references, and snatches of poetry.My two complaints about this book were, first, that I found it hard to believe it was set in the nineties; Gentian's friends and sisters seemed to spend too much time sewing clothes, mending things, and baking for girls who are only meant to be a decade older than I am.My second complaint was that the ending was too rushed and not nearly well enough explained--though I've read through it several times, I'm still not sure what was going on or what Dominic, the elusive boy next door, actually was doing. I found that frustrating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really made me think. It had some surprising twists in it that I wasn't expecting, yes, but what's fabulous is that I was still thinking about it 2 years later. I tend to read a lot, most of the books I read blend together, and I forget most of them. This one, with it's unique characters (including the heart-stopping Dominic and the spice-themed trio) and captivating plot, stuck out in my mind for 3 years. I just recently reread it, and found many more things in it I had missed the first time. You're going to get sucked right into the fold of this one, just as the girls find themselves sucked into something bigger than they could ever imagine....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, though well written and entertaining, proved to be too unrealistic for my tastes. The disappointing factors were the characters, all were inaptly termed as intellectuals and were highly advanced for their ages. The vocabulary and poetic usage of their language disturbed me bacause it's rare that even adults, let alone _8th graders_ speak like that and know all of those books. I also felt that the author was too much inclined to term them as intellectuals, a word much thrown out of focus today. Just because you're intelligent has nothing to do with intellectualism. All the girls were feminists as well. I found that to be extremely irritating. They failed to include their ideas on how women have their rights today and overuse them; expect too much from men. I found this author to be much too much like Madelaine L'Engle, the kind that predictably make the characters smart, thoughtful, and vaguely confused to add in some realism. The scientific parts were the same as well. The plot i found good, but everything else was extremely disappointing.