Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Shadow of the Bear by Regina Doman RE-REVIEW

I'm sorry...I will try to stop re-reviewing books. It's just that I feel that my first few reviews on this blog weren't very good, so I want to try again. :)

Here is the original review I did for this book.

Blanche and Rose live with their mother in New York City. One day, their mother gets involved in an accident right outside their house. She isn't hurt, but a young man helps her in. The driver, who knocked Mrs. Brier down, drives away without apologizing. The young man calls himself Bear. Rose and Mrs. Brier make friends with Bear, and he comes to their house often. Blanche has seen Bear before on the school grounds, with some drug dealers.

But as Blanche learns to trust Bear and finds out that her suspicions about him weren't correct, she and Rose also find out that Bear is in a lot of trouble - and only they can help.

I really, really loved this book. Now that I think about it, I may even prefer it to the JP2 High books because I love the overall sense of romantic adventure in it (note to self: NEED TO READ CHESTERTON).

The book is totally Catholic (note to non-Catholics: JUST LIKE LOTR!) and completely appropriate.

To non-Catholics, here is a quote from a review by a Tim Baldwin on Goodreads: "In addition, while this story is told from a very Catholic perspective, it can be enjoyed by those who are non-Christian, or even atheistic, for at the heart of the story lies a universal theme, relatable to readers of all backgrounds."

I would not recommend this book to anyone under...erm....let's say teen years because it really depends on the person. This is because some of the issues raised in this book. For example (this shall be a spoiler, so don't say I didn't warn you):

- The guy Rose has a crush on and goes to the prom with lures her into his parent's bedroom. He tries to kiss Rose and she pretends that she thinks that it's really sweet and romantic of him so that he will let her go to the bathroom. Rose escapes out of the bathroom window and gets a ride home with a policeman.

The characters are believable and so lovable. Rose is a high-strung redhead, who is daring and lives life to the fullest. Her sister, Blanche, who is more careful and prefers to let life pass by then get in danger. Bear is protective and sweet. His brother, Fish, has a sarcastic sense of humour and can get out of many a tight spot.

The best news is that there are so far four more books in this series, each one even better than the last. So not only this book, but this entire series, gets a stamp of approval!

Alyianna's rating: 11 out 10

Note: Make sure you read the 2002 version, not the 1997 version because there are some changes.

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