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Welcome to Blinney Lane, a historical Salem shopping district controlled by a witch's curse. Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop. But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets a Welcome to Blinney Lane, a historical Salem shopping district controlled by a witch's curse. Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop. But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets are off. Now Sarah must keep Ricky from discovering the curse of Blinney Lane and awakening its full power. Will Ricky heed Sarah’s warnings? Or will he accidentally awaken the magical weeping books and send Sarah back to a land she swore to forget? Get ready for a modern fairy tale that will sweep you away to lands beyond your imagination.


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Welcome to Blinney Lane, a historical Salem shopping district controlled by a witch's curse. Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop. But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets a Welcome to Blinney Lane, a historical Salem shopping district controlled by a witch's curse. Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop. But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets are off. Now Sarah must keep Ricky from discovering the curse of Blinney Lane and awakening its full power. Will Ricky heed Sarah’s warnings? Or will he accidentally awaken the magical weeping books and send Sarah back to a land she swore to forget? Get ready for a modern fairy tale that will sweep you away to lands beyond your imagination.

30 review for The Weeping Books Of Blinney Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    John Winston

    Wow! This is the kind of story that makes me want to go back and change some of the fives I’ve given to fours, but for the sake of argument The Weeping Books Of Blinney Lane is at least a 5.5 and counting. I could go on and on about this book. Drea Damara has created an awesome fantasy and second-to-none, heartfelt love story in a fictional little place in Salem called Blinney Lane and a far-out fantasy world known as Farwin Wood. When the real world meets a fantasy world in fiction, it’s always Wow! This is the kind of story that makes me want to go back and change some of the fives I’ve given to fours, but for the sake of argument The Weeping Books Of Blinney Lane is at least a 5.5 and counting. I could go on and on about this book. Drea Damara has created an awesome fantasy and second-to-none, heartfelt love story in a fictional little place in Salem called Blinney Lane and a far-out fantasy world known as Farwin Wood. When the real world meets a fantasy world in fiction, it’s always interesting to see how the author handles character reactions to this often abrupt transition. Damara is clearly up to the challenge. In this perfectly-paced tale, you don’t know where your going when you start, which is half the fun of the thrill ride, but before you know it, you are taken away along with the characters where two worlds collide, all bets are off, and anything can happen. I absolutely love an unpredictable, well-crafted story with an engaging plot, and well-developed characters that are placed in life-altering predicaments. TWBOBL is such a story. Flawed characters, Sarah, Shelby, Ricky, and Henry are whisked away from Blinney Lane to the world of Farwin Wood where they tangle with giant lords of the land, tame creatures unheard of, and sample treats known only to this hidden world. To find out what happens when they get there … you have to read the book. It is important to me as a reader that I see these characters as if they are on the big screen as the words strung together without this end in mind mean nothing. Damara achieves this effect with masterful descriptions that are woven into the text along with action never bogging down the narrative. The following passage featuring Ranthrop, is a wonderful example. “Ranthrop Groslivo, Lord of the Southland Swamps and Groslivo Stronghold, let out a low growling moan as he slung his bare feet off the fur covered bed and set them on the cool stone floor of his room. His brains felt as though they were swirling inside of his skull underneath his mop of long light brown curls. He rubbed one of his mighty hands across his massive bare chest and scratched at the thin layer of hair that dusted his pectoral muscles.” Here’s one more for good measure, “A light breeze rustled the vibrant green leaves of the many trees that towered over them and blew a strand of her auburn hair into her young face,” as Damara describes the beautiful world of Farwin Wood and a younger Sarah, the heroine of our story. If you were, or are a fan of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Avatar, TWBOBL will surely stoke your imagination and set the child heart that still lives inside you ablaze once more as it incorporates that dual world and dream-like elements. In fact I think a James Cameron could bring to life a mini series adaptation of this wonderfully magical story. Author Drea Damara has quite an imagination.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Drea Damara

    REVIEWED BY JACK MAGNUS FOR READERS' FAVORITE The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a fantasy written by Drea Damara. Sarah Allister runs the family bookshop on Blinney Lane in Salem, Mass. It’s her whole life, literally, as she can never leave the small cobble-stoned street due to an ancient curse. When young Agatha Blinney was tortured and burned hundreds of years ago as a witch, she cursed the townspeople. One family member from each generation bears scars like those she suffered, scars which c REVIEWED BY JACK MAGNUS FOR READERS' FAVORITE The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a fantasy written by Drea Damara. Sarah Allister runs the family bookshop on Blinney Lane in Salem, Mass. It’s her whole life, literally, as she can never leave the small cobble-stoned street due to an ancient curse. When young Agatha Blinney was tortured and burned hundreds of years ago as a witch, she cursed the townspeople. One family member from each generation bears scars like those she suffered, scars which cause unbearable pain if they leave the street. Sarah’s upset when she gets word from her brother Richard that her nephew Ricky would be spending the summer with her. Would he be the next Allister to fall under the Blinney curse? And how would she keep him unaware of the very peculiar place where he would be staying? Drea Damara’s literary fantasy, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane, is exciting and very enjoyable. The Allister family has access to a marvelous world, Farwin Woods, complete with amazing animals and lush foliage; a far cry from the small and claustrophobic street where the curse keeps one of them imprisoned for life. Damara paints a vivid other-world both as it appears at the time of Ricky’s visit to Blinney Lane, and as it was when last Sarah and her brother Richard visited on their summer vacation years before. Damara’s characters are real and complex, from the hunky Henry to the dowdy Mary with her colonial dresses. While this is a fantasy, it’s also a marvelous coming of age story as Ricky transforms from an insulated and self-centered kid into a self-sacrificing and compassionate young man. I’m hoping that Damara has more fantasy adventures planned in the Lands of Farwin Wood as I’m looking forward to visiting there again soon. The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Arc graciously provided by Author for an honest review! " The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane" , is a delightful fantasy revolving around the Allister family and the families of Blinney Lane a historic street in Salem Massachusetts . Sarah Allister, cursed owner and proprietress of Allister books is bound to Blinney Lane and a three block radius . Being the only family member fromm her generation cursed, her older brother Richard was able to escape Blinney Lane and have a life outside of it, however Arc graciously provided by Author for an honest review! " The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane" , is a delightful fantasy revolving around the Allister family and the families of Blinney Lane a historic street in Salem Massachusetts . Sarah Allister, cursed owner and proprietress of Allister books is bound to Blinney Lane and a three block radius . Being the only family member fromm her generation cursed, her older brother Richard was able to escape Blinney Lane and have a life outside of it, however Richard being a single parent is faced with having to send his son Ricky to Sarah for the summer since he has to travel for several months in Europe for work. Sarah over the years has become accustomed to her restrictions, knows what she can and can not do writhin the limitations of the curse and though Ricky has been to visit before it has never been for this long, she is now worried that her young nephew could become afflicted by the curse being on Blinney Lane for so long. Ricky remembers his aunt Sarah as telling him fantastic stories of a far away land and the adventures his father and her woud have there, but the aunt he has come to stay with is not the fun aunt he remembers, just another uptight adult . Sarah calls upon her friends on Blinney Lane to help protect her nephew from the curse and her worry for him has made her short tempered, easily noticed by her nephew and one of her routine customers and store helper hong Shelby. The stories Ricky remembers Sarah reading to him was of Farwin wood a book written by one of the family ancestors which he does not understand why she keeps it locked up. Ricky has no idea of the curse and Sarah wishes to keep it that way, and the book of the Farwin wood is cursed if you fall asleep near the book with it open you will be pulled into the story, years ago her and her brother Richard would go purposely to vacation and interact with the people in the story, but what happened on their last visit almost twenty years ago makes that impossible to do now. However Ricky's naïveté over the family curse and how some of the stores books can pull you in, in his eagerness to try and make points to the pretty Shelby he gives her the Farwin wood to read not knowing the consequences. Shelby is forced the next day to reveal the family curse to Ricky since Shelby fell asleep with it and now is in a coma In this world, the adventure is on! The fantasy world of Farwin wood is far more exiting than Blinney Lane and their are many family secrets revealed, Sarah's first love, Ricky's fathers first love, and Sarah's realizations of. Her true feelings for someone back on Blinney Lane . Can they rescue Shelby and get back home? Will Ricky avoid being struck by the curse ? Will Sarah try to have more of a life back on Blinney Lane ? Such a wonderfully written and detailed fantasy with some romantic overtones , well described imagery that you can visualize in your minds eye the Farwin wood and all of its characters !

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    The book had me so excited to begin with. I loved knowing about Blinney Lane and its residents who were cursed. The story had Sarah liking the delivery man Henry, and her usual routine life of managing the book store, but unable to leave Blinney Lane. Enter her nephew Ricky and things change when Ricky opens the forbidden book case to give the Weeping book to Shelby. Lo and behold, the next day, she is coma. Sarah and Ricky then have to save Shelby by magical means. The story till this point was The book had me so excited to begin with. I loved knowing about Blinney Lane and its residents who were cursed. The story had Sarah liking the delivery man Henry, and her usual routine life of managing the book store, but unable to leave Blinney Lane. Enter her nephew Ricky and things change when Ricky opens the forbidden book case to give the Weeping book to Shelby. Lo and behold, the next day, she is coma. Sarah and Ricky then have to save Shelby by magical means. The story till this point was exciting and fun. I got to know both the past and the present events. Sarah, as the strict aunt, had her moments of seriousness and joviality. Ricky was insolent at times, I couldn’t force myself to care about him much. I guess he was a typical teenager. The other residents of Blinney Lane were more thrilling. I would have loved to know their stories, hopefully in the next few books. The story had a plot within a plot with both curse of Blinney Lane and the secret of Farwin Woods making its presence felt. My first book by author Drea Damara, I liked the way the entire town of Blinney Lane and Farwin Woods were described along with its people and creatures. I loved stroomphblutels. (What are they? You have to read the book to know that) Then came my niggles, the plot lost its way, the pace slowed down, the characters behaved weirdly. But the book still managed to hold my interest and I could finish it in a few hours. Overall an enjoyable read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    Title: The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane Author: Drea Damara Published: July, 2015 Genre/keywords: Fiction, adult fiction, fantasy, fantasy adventure, fantasy romance, romance, curse, Salem, magic. Read: November, 2015 Format: ebook via Samsung Galaxy Tab4, Kindle app. My GoodReads rating 0-5 scale): 4.5 I'm sad it's over stars! Brief remarks: My friends! I kid you not, this was an absolutely DELIGHTFUL read! I kinda feel like it was a fairy tale for adults. Enchanting, enchanted, loveable characters, n Title: The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane Author: Drea Damara Published: July, 2015 Genre/keywords: Fiction, adult fiction, fantasy, fantasy adventure, fantasy romance, romance, curse, Salem, magic. Read: November, 2015 Format: ebook via Samsung Galaxy Tab4, Kindle app. My GoodReads rating 0-5 scale): 4.5 I'm sad it's over stars! Brief remarks: My friends! I kid you not, this was an absolutely DELIGHTFUL read! I kinda feel like it was a fairy tale for adults. Enchanting, enchanted, loveable characters, neat backstory and very well written. I am very, very glad I read this and only regret letting it fall down a bit on my to-read list. I DEFINITELY wish I would have read it way back in July when I started to. Side note:I only knocked off the 0.5 stars for editing/typographical errors. I wouldn't let that take away from the story though! How refreshing in a way; this was a "clean" read, very light swearing, some romance, yet still passionate and powerful. I'm pretty sure I was fortunate enough to receive this book as a gift from Ms. Damara a while back, in exchange for an honest review. I TOTALLY forgot that detail until I was updating my "shelf" for this title, which is an impressive feat in of itself! Typically, when I'm reading to review, I take some notes, highlights, etc., and kind of read with that future review in mind. I sincerely hope I've not let our author down by simply becoming totally engrossed in this novel and forgetting about the review. Lol, I hope that makes sense and helps emphasize how much I really enjoyed getting to know Blinney.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lili Marcus

    3.5 stars... I'm part of a blog tour for this book, review on my site, Lili's Blissful Pages A book about books... And a curse. Seriously, that is enough to make me read this book and I couldn't deny how excited I was. Though I must say, I had no idea about that at first. I mean the title says books in it. And I think Shalini, this blog tour's host, mentioned it to me before. Still it wasn't enough to get me hyped until I begun reading. What I'm trying to say is that the title and the descriptions 3.5 stars... I'm part of a blog tour for this book, review on my site, Lili's Blissful Pages A book about books... And a curse. Seriously, that is enough to make me read this book and I couldn't deny how excited I was. Though I must say, I had no idea about that at first. I mean the title says books in it. And I think Shalini, this blog tour's host, mentioned it to me before. Still it wasn't enough to get me hyped until I begun reading. What I'm trying to say is that the title and the descriptions on Goodreads (stated above) didn't give much justice to what's this book really about. You think the blurb's magical? Wait till you read the book. It's more magical than I expected. And that's a good thing, you guys. Really I wasn't expecting I'd meet fantastical creatures such as stroomphblutels. I mean, I can't even pronounce it. Intriguing, right? This book's premise is very promising. It started with the introduction of Blinney Lane and it was obvious, it's cursed. And then there are the books. They took the center stage when Sarah's nephew, Ricky, arrived. Suddenly there's another element in the plot that seemed irrelevant to the curse which almost made it like I'm reading another book.  I guess that's one of my problems. I was lost. There were like two huge plots combined and though the author managed to make them work, still, they're not as fleshed out as I wanted them to be. In fact, the storytelling can be a bit tedious at times. But as I said at the top of this post, this is a perfect start of a series. It sure have a huge potential and I really wish that in the next books, the author give me more about Blinney Lane and the worlds inside the Weeping books. Obviously, the world building are lacking too. The characters are just okay. Sarah is a good protagonist and I can see a hint of complexity in her but she just turned out to be plain not-too-old aunt who just happened to have a secret. Ricky acts like all other teenagers in contemporary books. The romance with Henry, the delivery man, is also just fine. Overall, 3.5 stars. I want more of the curse of Blinney Lane and the Weeping books. I want more of the romance. I want more of the fantasy land. In other words, I was left with unsatisfied feeling but that's not necessarily a bad thing coz it means I'm invested enough to the story and characters to want more of them. And I'm expecting that the writing would be more engaging in the next books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patty Wilderman

    Sarah Allister runs a quaint little book shop on Blinney Lane in Salem.  She doesn't just run the shop, she lives above it, never to venture further than a few blocks.  Why you may ask?  It is simple.  Blinney Lane and it's peculiar shop owners are cursed.  They can not leave, until Blinney Lane marks the next ancestor to take ones place.  And so this begins our story. The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a magical tale of witches, curses, love and faraway lands.  It is a steady paced fantasy, th Sarah Allister runs a quaint little book shop on Blinney Lane in Salem.  She doesn't just run the shop, she lives above it, never to venture further than a few blocks.  Why you may ask?  It is simple.  Blinney Lane and it's peculiar shop owners are cursed.  They can not leave, until Blinney Lane marks the next ancestor to take ones place.  And so this begins our story. The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a magical tale of witches, curses, love and faraway lands.  It is a steady paced fantasy, that is so unique it draws you in, piques your interest with tales of curses, traveling books, magic, love and stroomphblutels.  The creatures in Farwin Woods are nothing you have ever read about before.  Each one scary and beautiful in its own way.  Even those who live on Blinney Lane cursed to never leave, are wonderful and magical in their own ways.  Harry Potter meets Percy Jackson,  with its unique and magical characters you are sure to fall in love.  When I first started reading this book, I was not sure what to expect.  I surprised at being blown away.  What a beautiful fantasy world Drea Damara has created.  Simply wonderful and unique.  I immediately fell in love with the characters of Blinney Lane and Farwin Wood.  This story was so magical and special.  A tale of old love and new.  A tale of curses and faraway lands.  If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.   You are sure to enjoy this amazing magical book.  You will find all of its inhabitants interesting and exciting.  Do you want to just escape and lose yourself?  If you love fantasy and make-believe, then this book is perfect for you.  So give it a go, I am sure it will not disappoint.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darque Dreamer

    The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane was wondrous and magical. It reminded me of The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story with the nostalgia it made me feel. It was enchanting and entertaining, and such an easy read! I loved how drawn in to the story I was. I loved that it felt like a story within a story. And, I loved how everything just flowed and made me feel like I was in a dream. This book honestly fit the definition of fantasy. It had a little realism to it, but the rest was pure imaginatio The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane was wondrous and magical. It reminded me of The Princess Bride and The Neverending Story with the nostalgia it made me feel. It was enchanting and entertaining, and such an easy read! I loved how drawn in to the story I was. I loved that it felt like a story within a story. And, I loved how everything just flowed and made me feel like I was in a dream. This book honestly fit the definition of fantasy. It had a little realism to it, but the rest was pure imagination and creativity. It was spellbinding and vivid and felt like a faerie tale! I enjoyed the history of the witch’s curse in the story. I loved the uniqueness behind the story of the weeping books, and the magic involved in being sent to the story lands within them. And I enjoyed all the humor and charm sprinkled throughout. Damara did a beautiful job with blending the real with the make believe. She put so much detail in to the world of Blinney Lane, and Farwin Woods. Both worlds came to life right on the pages. She also did an incredible job with creating entertaining, realistically flawed characters that drove the story home. This one was such a delightful read. I don’t even feel that my review has done it justice. I couldn’t put it down. Books like this one are the reason I read. I truly became lost in the story and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you to Shalini at Digital Reads and the author for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the tour.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amber Littleton

    It is rare that I will put a book down and never finish it. It bothers me to leave something incomplete, and I have powered through many a terrible novel just to be done with it. However, I just couldn't get through this. I was really excited to read this. The premise seemed unique and although there were only 8 reviews, they were all glowing and positive. After putting in a fair effort to start the book, it became clear to me that although the premise might be unique and solid, the writing qual It is rare that I will put a book down and never finish it. It bothers me to leave something incomplete, and I have powered through many a terrible novel just to be done with it. However, I just couldn't get through this. I was really excited to read this. The premise seemed unique and although there were only 8 reviews, they were all glowing and positive. After putting in a fair effort to start the book, it became clear to me that although the premise might be unique and solid, the writing quality is simply too poor for me to stomach for the estimated 8 hours it would take to finish. For starters, the book is written in third person with an omniscient narrator, which isn't problematic on its own, but the narrator jumps around describing the thoughts of every character so much that it becomes almost dizzying and makes it hard to get grounded in the story. The characters also all seem to be simultaneously sullen teenagers and corny adults as if the personalities are all getting mixed together as the narrator jumps around. One thing that just really icked me out (there's truly no other way to describe it) is the borderline sexual way that Sarah is described from the perspective of her nephew. He even refers to her as a MILF or a cougar. Just...gross. Seriously. There is also description given to the way a 16 year old girl's breasts (excuse me, "mounds") move under her shirt as she swivels in a chair. Why? What does that possibly add except creepiness? The final straw for me was the grammar. I managed to get past the incorrect usage of "you're" only to stumble onto this gem: "Ricky leaned onto the stack of boxes. He pressed his ribcage up against the sides of his triceps so the bulges there would be forced to protrude out in an effort to further emasculate his appearance." ... ... When neither writer nor editor seem to know what the word "emasculate" means, I know that I won't be able to finish a book. It's too painful. I'm really glad other people enjoyed the story, but I just couldn't do it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was magical and a delightful depature from the everyday. I think this would appeal greatly to fans of The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and even the Outlander series. There are elements of the Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy and Women's Fiction genres that anchor this fast paced modern fairy tale. You'll fall in love with the characters and want the story to continue to find out more about Salem, Farwin Wood and all the mysteries behind the curse of Agatha Blinney.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Rachow

    The Weeping Bppks of Binney Lane is an awesome fantasy, that had me hooked from the beginning. I love the pacing of this novel. You aren’t sure where you are headed in the beginning, but before you know it, you’re transported. The plot is engaging, and I had a lot of fun reading this. I love our characters in this novel. They are intriguing and flawed, and I could tell them a part. Each character stood on his/her own, and I was never confusing the two. I love the world building. Blinney Lane to Fa The Weeping Bppks of Binney Lane is an awesome fantasy, that had me hooked from the beginning. I love the pacing of this novel. You aren’t sure where you are headed in the beginning, but before you know it, you’re transported. The plot is engaging, and I had a lot of fun reading this. I love our characters in this novel. They are intriguing and flawed, and I could tell them a part. Each character stood on his/her own, and I was never confusing the two. I love the world building. Blinney Lane to Farwin Wood…the creatures too. Everything I look for in a fantasy novel. Drea Damara clearly has a talent for creating other worlds, and I couldn’t get enough. I highly recommend checking this one out if you are a fancy of beautiful world building and fun, relatable characters! *I received this book as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Minor

    Set in Salem, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane opens with “of all the comforting objects in this world, few things are as reassuring and accepting as books.” What a lovely way to begin a story. To further readers’ interest, Sarah Allister owns and operates a bookstore. As she walks through the store, she thinks, “Living alone wasn’t lonely when you were surrounded by that much history.” Quickly, readers learn of Agatha Blinney’s curse on the area and the power of that curse. Sarah receives a let Set in Salem, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane opens with “of all the comforting objects in this world, few things are as reassuring and accepting as books.” What a lovely way to begin a story. To further readers’ interest, Sarah Allister owns and operates a bookstore. As she walks through the store, she thinks, “Living alone wasn’t lonely when you were surrounded by that much history.” Quickly, readers learn of Agatha Blinney’s curse on the area and the power of that curse. Sarah receives a letter from her brother Richard who says he is sending his son Ricky to spend the summer with Sarah. Both Sarah and her friend Franci who runs the herb shop across the street from Sarah’s bookstore know that Ricky cannot stay that long. They also recognize that Richard should know that as well. Agatha Blinney’s curse centers on one family member of each of the shopkeepers on Blinney Lane. One family member will be imprisoned on the lane forever, running the family shop. Therefore, Richard escaped, leaving Sarah with the curse. Now a single father who must travel in Europe for three months, Richard is sending his son Ricky to live with Sarah. Sarah worries the curse will extend to Ricky, but she and Franci plot to do all they can to save Ricky. Ricky has also gotten into trouble, stealing cars for joyrides, so the court has mandated supervision and community service. Most likely, Ricky is acting out because his mother has left the family. Ricky will arrive at Sarah’s with a huge chip on his shoulder; he looks upon staying with her in Salem as if he is going to a nursing home. How will Sarah keep Ricky safe over the whole summer? Is it possible that Ricky can awaken the curse and thus bring down chaos on all of Blinney Lane? The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is called “a modern-day fairy tale.” I would agree. I rarely read fantasy or science fiction, but The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane captured my attention from the first line. I like books about books, booksellers, bookstores, and libraries, so the book had a head start with my attention. I can recommend The Weeping books of Blinney Lane as an engaging read. Drea Damara grew up in Illinois, one of five siblings. Damara enjoyed reading from an early age and would often wander on the fifty-acre wooded farm reading. At first, she wrote and published poetry. She joined the Army and spent time in the Middle East both in the Army and later as a civilian. In addition to The Blinney Lane series, she has also written the Trinity Missions series which features a female intelligence operative. Discover more at this Web site: http://www.dreadamara.com/. https://parkdalear.wordpress.com/2018...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Proesch

    This enchanting book is a good readable story with a mystery and a fantasy and good healthy doses of relationships and everyday life – even everyday life on Blinney Lane which is not your ordinary neighborhood. The author weaves an interesting tale and metes out just enough clues in the beginning chapters to draw the reader into the book. The characters get drawn into the book as well, but you need to read the story to understand that! Drea Damara is a very good storyteller and I look forward to This enchanting book is a good readable story with a mystery and a fantasy and good healthy doses of relationships and everyday life – even everyday life on Blinney Lane which is not your ordinary neighborhood. The author weaves an interesting tale and metes out just enough clues in the beginning chapters to draw the reader into the book. The characters get drawn into the book as well, but you need to read the story to understand that! Drea Damara is a very good storyteller and I look forward to reading more from her. I particularly liked the way the characters and the story developed and I enjoyed becoming involved with the tale as it progressed. Kudos to the author!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    What a wonderful blend of storybook fairy tales and curses. What if a innocent woman is tortured and hung as a witch, leaving behind a curse upon the descendants of the town who killed her? Since the curse only involved the people on a certain street, other townsmen are never aware of the danger or limitations upon entering and leaving this place? Each family has a member that will be stricken with the signs of the injuries inflicted upon the innocent women. Unfortunately they are then bound to What a wonderful blend of storybook fairy tales and curses. What if a innocent woman is tortured and hung as a witch, leaving behind a curse upon the descendants of the town who killed her? Since the curse only involved the people on a certain street, other townsmen are never aware of the danger or limitations upon entering and leaving this place? Each family has a member that will be stricken with the signs of the injuries inflicted upon the innocent women. Unfortunately they are then bound to forever stay within it's limits. The Alistair's are one of these familied and they own a bookshop with a dark history and locked shelves with weeping books! Stories become real if you read them but difficult to return to the real world. Enter a reckless unhappy son whose father escaped the curse and sends his only child to his sister cursed to stay there and the trouble begins! Can anything erase the curse and what must be sacrificed to rescue a loved one. Very quirky characters that I found quite enjoyable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Williams

    I received this book in 2015 from the author to review (this review was originally posted on my blog and old GoodReads account). The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a fantasy written by Drea Damara. Sarah Allister runs the family bookshop on Blinney Lane in Salem. The book store is her entire life, due because she cannot leave her street due to an ancient curse. Sarah hears that her nephew Ricky would be spending the summer with her. Could he be the next Allister to fall under this curse? I found I received this book in 2015 from the author to review (this review was originally posted on my blog and old GoodReads account). The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a fantasy written by Drea Damara. Sarah Allister runs the family bookshop on Blinney Lane in Salem. The book store is her entire life, due because she cannot leave her street due to an ancient curse. Sarah hears that her nephew Ricky would be spending the summer with her. Could he be the next Allister to fall under this curse? I found Damara’s fantasy, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane, exciting and very enjoyable to read. It felt like it was fresh, which I found quite rare with fantasies nowadays, because they've all started to sound the same, don't you think? The family has access to a wonderful world. Farwin Woods is complete with amazing animals and lush foliage (with a few minor "errors" and whatnot, but it didn't really spoil the story for me), and I must admit, I was dying to be able to go somewhere like it myself. Damara's writing is fresh, and I found that her contrast between the reality and the abnormality was wonderful. I love character development, and I thought that Ricky's transformation from a selfish-arrogant boy to a compassionate young man was beautiful to say the least, to be honest, I think I have a soft spot for him. I would highly recommend this book, and I am hoping with every part of me that we will be invited us back to Farwin Woods for another adventure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    What a wonderful debut book this was! Actually, its a great book for an experienced author :) I enjoyed reading it so much, mostly because of its fresh storyline. The characters were well fleshed out, to the very important point that I was attached to them; I wanted something good for them all (even the big bad guy!). Good pacing and delivery, and all fantasy concepts were backed by solid thinking of how they should realistically work. I highly recommend this novel! But, I do have a complaint and What a wonderful debut book this was! Actually, its a great book for an experienced author :) I enjoyed reading it so much, mostly because of its fresh storyline. The characters were well fleshed out, to the very important point that I was attached to them; I wanted something good for them all (even the big bad guy!). Good pacing and delivery, and all fantasy concepts were backed by solid thinking of how they should realistically work. I highly recommend this novel! But, I do have a complaint and its enough that it cost one star: At about 70% I started finding lots of proofing errors. Like someone ran a spell-check but didn't actually read the final product because quite often the wrong word was used (but spelled correctly) or the punctuation was way off. This occurred enough that it threw me out of the magic of the story in that critical final climax. Why don't the editors actually read their final editions?!? This, and only this, tells me the writer is an indie author. What a shame, as I don't even WANT to give a 5 star rating very often but this book, this charming story, would have deserved one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Mariampillai

    This was a great read. The story was really interesting to me. This book is a great blend of fantasy and romance. I really liked the writing style. Also, I really liked the characters, especially Ricky. I thought his character was unique. I want to know more about Ricky and his relationship with Shelby. The ending was great, and I want to know what happens next. Can't wait to read Book 2. Overall, an enjoyable read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    siobhan Quinlan

    There will be a youtube video to go with this review. I was given this book in exchange for a honest review. I loved it i was hooked from page one. This is another must read for 2015 and you do not want to miss out on this wonderful adventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP7qI... my youtube video

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Hill

    This is such a fun and fast moving book to read. I have fallen in love with all the characters and the critters that seem to just jump off the pages. That old saying "you can go anywhere when you read a book" takes on a whole new meaning when you read the Weeping Books. I hope there will be more books to follow this one because I will certainly be the first to buy them. Thank you Drea!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marquette

    I really liked this story. It reminded me of The Chronicles of Narnia but more serious. I really love all the characters especially Ricky. I imagine him to be really hot. I hear theres going to be a part two. I would definitely read it. I hope the story focuses more on Ricky and Shelby this time. I recommend the book to anyone who likes fantasy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    InD'tale Magazine

    “The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane” is a fantasy novel with a nice dose of romance. Read full review in the 2016 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    “Books keep and reciprocate our secrets, dreams, regrets, and hopes better than any friend in the world.” Books ABOUT books, yes! The Weeping Books of blinney Lane is huge on the atmospheric tone of modern-day technology and the medieval era, ruling kingdom, lord and lady titles, and all, jumping in between. Which I totally liked, Salem, Blinney Lane and Farwin Wood. It was created lyrically magical. It was enchanting both present and modern day. And the presented modern day was with a dilemma “Books keep and reciprocate our secrets, dreams, regrets, and hopes better than any friend in the world.” Books ABOUT books, yes! The Weeping Books of blinney Lane is huge on the atmospheric tone of modern-day technology and the medieval era, ruling kingdom, lord and lady titles, and all, jumping in between. Which I totally liked, Salem, Blinney Lane and Farwin Wood. It was created lyrically magical. It was enchanting both present and modern day. And the presented modern day was with a dilemma of the curse in Blinney Lane, the curse Agatha Blinney who said to have claim descendants of the people that wrongfully judged her way back in 1692. The presence of the novel was really intriguing not only as a fantasy book but also appealed as a thrilling read. With the world building and exciting adventure of not knowing, I am obsessed. But with the plot and characters, I felt that it was wrapped-up poorly. It turned out as a read that had left me with questions. Said questions: here are some of the things that I felt excluded from the wrapping up process. SPOILERY; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! (view spoiler)[ - Why was it mentioned that Shelby looked like Deronda? - Was there suppose to be a family history that should have been told or did I missed a page? - It seemed that this character was claimed how was it never addresses in the end? That mark is so huge to be forgotten, right? - Why was there no further mention of the other shop owners, neighbors, friends that were with them in Blinney Lane? - There was a map at the beginning of the book why were these other shop owners not given more limelight. Why? (hide spoiler)] It sailed smoothly in the beginning. Everything was okay, bind in the spell of its world and this strong anticipation of what comes next. With all the mention of the magical and mythological creatures about the book in this book, of course! I am always a curious cat that needs answers. Then took a direction that I find messed up the build-up that had happened earlier. The plot was all over the place, it landed like puzzles fitting neatly with each other, it was convenient, it’s messy. There were loose ends that aren’t addressed. Same goes for the characters, there were things that had transpired that made me wonder what will these people’s endgame be. Most of the characters, by most Sarah, Ricky, and Henry their development was greatly appreciated in my eyes. As I said it was completely different than what I thought it would be. There are more characters mentioned, one I was looking forward to meeting Franci and Mary. She was with Sarah in literally the beginning she soon fades into the background somehow. I genuinely liked her she seemed that type of friend that would make you smile in the most vexing situations in life. There were mentioned meetings and these people weren’t introduced they were all mentioned like names that hung up in the air waiting to be told. Writing. I enjoyed the flow of writing, there is a storytelling talent in there. I love how it had the flashbacks and weaving into the present-day type of thing. It usually is a hit or miss with this type with me and cleary it is a hit. And the lyrical disposition of each world description is simply I lovingly adore.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maya Bhat

    I have only three words for this book. ‘JUST LOVED IT’. Of all the books I read in 2018, this is the first book that stood up to my expectation from the very beginning till the end. It was a wonderful read. The simplicity in Damara’s language is very captive. The story has a strong plot and perfectly developed characters. It was an entertaining as well as a thought provoking read. When I finished, I badly wanted to visit the Blinney Lane and Farwin Wood, and meet all the characters over there. Su I have only three words for this book. ‘JUST LOVED IT’. Of all the books I read in 2018, this is the first book that stood up to my expectation from the very beginning till the end. It was a wonderful read. The simplicity in Damara’s language is very captive. The story has a strong plot and perfectly developed characters. It was an entertaining as well as a thought provoking read. When I finished, I badly wanted to visit the Blinney Lane and Farwin Wood, and meet all the characters over there. Such beautiful impression they left in my mind. This is one of such books that can be re-read once in a while.The book has a huge scope for continuing series. I appreciate the beautiful imagination of the Author. Dear Drea Damara, please write more books. Wish you all the best.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hauntedbybooks

    This was such a fun and enchanting fantasy! It was well written and I enjoyed getting to know all the characters! The fact that it is about a curse and a bookstore was just icing on the cake! I really enjoyed this book so much!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Betsi Bjoraker

    I'll say this much for the book: it has good bones. Unfortunately, the flesh leaves something to be desired. The concept--and really the whole plot outline--is really very good. The world construction requires a little extra suspension of disbelief, but it holds together well enough to suit the purpose. The characters are barely two dimensional and all permanent teenagers, apparently, but they serve (except for Ricky. Ricky is a turd). The elements are in place for a memorable, enjoyable book. Al I'll say this much for the book: it has good bones. Unfortunately, the flesh leaves something to be desired. The concept--and really the whole plot outline--is really very good. The world construction requires a little extra suspension of disbelief, but it holds together well enough to suit the purpose. The characters are barely two dimensional and all permanent teenagers, apparently, but they serve (except for Ricky. Ricky is a turd). The elements are in place for a memorable, enjoyable book. All it needed was some good, stiff editing, and lots of it. Lots. There were so many plot or background elements introduced and never touched again. The curse, the impetus behind everything that happens on Blinney Lane, comes and goes on a whim. It affects people for life...until it inexplicably doesn't. Why would the curse of an angry dying woman include the creation of crying sleepy magic travel books, anyway? There are other weeping books. What are the other two? Does nobody care? Seriously? Nobody is writing more books? A lifetime chained to a building, and all you need is some homemade ink to create your own personal holodeck and...nobody does? Who are you people? How does the blacksmith make a perfect custom sword in about twenty minutes? Twice, even? Does somebody sell toilet paper within three blocks of Blinney Lane? Because that's a crisis waiting to happen. Wait, no, of course somebody does. Probably in the little convenience store next to the Our Lady of Deus Ex Machina Hospital that pops up late in the story, not three blocks away. Lucky deal! And the words...oh, the words. I don't mean the awkward made up ones. I read a lot of fantasy. Whatever. I'm talking about the completely wrong words used over and over in otherwise clean text. It happened on almost every page in some chapters, and it was really sort of jarring every time. Look: nobody has "chords" of muscle. "Elusive" and "illusive" are not the same word. And if you try to sneak a peek by letting your head "careen" around a corner, you probably don't have a head anymore. I really would have just given a two star rating and skipped the written review if it wasn't for the fact that, in spite of my complaints, I really do feel like this book has a good heart. I wish it had been as good as it could have been, but I'm still glad I read it. Seriously, though. Ricky. Ugh.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    At first glance Allister’s Books on Blinney Lane feels like any other bookstore: lovingly tended by a proprietor who has affection for books and satisfied customers alike, it's the epitome of an antique bookstore filled with readers and old gems. But as is common with many stores selling old things, Allister's holds something different: in this case, not a mystery but the lure of other worlds literally held in books; a feature only unlocked when Sarah's nephew comes to stay with her and inadverte At first glance Allister’s Books on Blinney Lane feels like any other bookstore: lovingly tended by a proprietor who has affection for books and satisfied customers alike, it's the epitome of an antique bookstore filled with readers and old gems. But as is common with many stores selling old things, Allister's holds something different: in this case, not a mystery but the lure of other worlds literally held in books; a feature only unlocked when Sarah's nephew comes to stay with her and inadvertently finds the key to one special book which can literally suck its reader into its world. It's not as though her bookstore's special properties are unknown to Sarah: she and a book group have been tracking the phenomenon of weeping books, worried about what is to come; but a long-time curse may be nothing against the awakening powers of a teenager. The curse is most powerful when the book awakens, changing those who evoke it, and it's up to Sarah to save her nephew and guide him through the world he's inadvertently entered - and deal with his reactions as he comes to understand the reason why the shop owners never seem to leave their jobs. From the vengeance of two men whose actions alter history to the introduction of a 'wild card' in the form of a teen outsider, The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a draw from page one, and readers will find young Ricky isn't the only one compelled beyond the ordinary and unable to leave a book world. Dialogue is solid, action and events not only believable but riveting, and there's just the right juxtaposition of the anticipated with the unexpected to keep readers involved. From stormy family relationships and history to guilt and change, there are plenty of motivators to keep readers immersed. More so than most fantasy reads, Weeping Books holds the rare ability to reach widely outside of its genre: young adults, mystery readers, and those who love novels about antiques and bookstores will find it equally compelling and inviting.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tarina Deaton

    ***Received a free copy from the San Francisco Book Review for an honest review*** Sarah Allister carries the burden of her family’s 300-year old curse. Her well ordered, if slightly unusual, life is disrupted with the arrival of her teenage nephew, Ricky. Ricky unknowingly triggers the curse forcing Sarah to travel to a fantastical world she swore to leave in the past. Can Sarah save Ricky and herself? Or will she be forced to remain in The Weeping Books? I really enjoyed this book. Sarah's nephe ***Received a free copy from the San Francisco Book Review for an honest review*** Sarah Allister carries the burden of her family’s 300-year old curse. Her well ordered, if slightly unusual, life is disrupted with the arrival of her teenage nephew, Ricky. Ricky unknowingly triggers the curse forcing Sarah to travel to a fantastical world she swore to leave in the past. Can Sarah save Ricky and herself? Or will she be forced to remain in The Weeping Books? I really enjoyed this book. Sarah's nephew, Ricky, is sent to her for the summer after he gets in trouble with the law. It's fairly evident he's going to do something to trigger the family curse. He lends one of the Weeping Books, where the land of Farwin Wood is set, to a young girl who is drawn in by the magic of the book. Sarah is forced to return to Farwin Wood in order to rescue the young girl. While there she must face her first love and the tragic results of the last time she was there. Drea Damara introduces the fantasy world of Farwin Wood, used for centuries by the Allister family as an escape from their curse, through flashbacks of the last summer Sarah and her older brother Richard spent there. The story unfolds in segments, leaving the reader of the edge of their seat, waiting to find out what happened on that fateful summer while also waiting anxiously to discover what will happen in the real world. The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a fantastical adventure encompassing witch craft, alternate worlds, romance, family, and honor full of rich characters and worlds.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julian

    I did quite like the plot and the characters, but there were still some points that irked me -the editing: there were lots of typos, misuse of your/you're, wrong tenses..lie/lay.. (which makes me wonder what really happens in editing/beta reading) -the curse (view spoiler)[ after the gang first finds out about Rickys marks the curse is never really mentioned again..no conclusion at all and it didnt add much to the story in the first place. It would have totally worked without it, it did add some ang I did quite like the plot and the characters, but there were still some points that irked me -the editing: there were lots of typos, misuse of your/you're, wrong tenses..lie/lay.. (which makes me wonder what really happens in editing/beta reading) -the curse (view spoiler)[ after the gang first finds out about Rickys marks the curse is never really mentioned again..no conclusion at all and it didnt add much to the story in the first place. It would have totally worked without it, it did add some angst and motivation for Sarah, but in the end it really felt unneeded or at least not used enough (hide spoiler)] -the ring (view spoiler)[the part about "you have to take everything you brought into the book out with you when you leave" felt a bit too convenient when it was introduced that late in the book. Earlier in the book Sarah and Richard spent weeks in the book, he left it when followed by knights and she was a prisoner and only got a chance to leave when she was used to torment Vasimus, but they both conveniently had all their "travel gear" with them at those times? (hide spoiler)] -the story hinted at so much stuff but never really explored it any further (the relationship between Sarah and the Shoeseller guy, THE CURSE, SHELBY, why does she look like Deronda? Whats up with her family?, whats up with Rickys mom?) It feels like a lot of the story was left untold.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Márcia

    (I won this book on a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.) This is the perfect read for people who like books about books and don't mind going on an epic adventure without leaving their home. That is basically what happens to the main character Sarah Allister when she falls asleep next to a cursed book written by one of her ancestors many years ago. She is a bookseller in Blinney Lane, Salem and along with the other shopkeepers she can't leave the small town because of an ancient curse. This idea is (I won this book on a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.) This is the perfect read for people who like books about books and don't mind going on an epic adventure without leaving their home. That is basically what happens to the main character Sarah Allister when she falls asleep next to a cursed book written by one of her ancestors many years ago. She is a bookseller in Blinney Lane, Salem and along with the other shopkeepers she can't leave the small town because of an ancient curse. This idea is great and made me keep turning pages to know what would happen next. The story got a lot more interesting when Sarah's seventeen-year-old nephew Ricky came to stay with her for the Summer. Reading the interactions between he and his aunt and also bookworm Shelby was a lot of fun. ;) As more characters were introduced and the action unfolded I felt as if I was with them in their adventures in Farwin Wood (the land of the cursed book). Nearing the end, I didn't want to finish the book, not because it was bad, but because I felt bad for leaving Sarah, Ricky, Shelby, Henry, Vasimus (and even Ranthrop) and the whole lot... Overall, I loved this book and I wish there was another! :)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elise Manion

    Is First Love your True Love or is New Love a Lasting Love? This story left me pondering the complexities of true love. Sarah Allister is cursed to live on Blinney Lane and must run her family's bookstore that has been passed down from generation to generation. She is also in possession of a book that can literally pull you into its story. Henry Teague is her deliveryman who has been crushing on Sarah for years. Little does Henry know that Sarah's first love, Lord Vasimus, lives in Farwin Wood, a Is First Love your True Love or is New Love a Lasting Love? This story left me pondering the complexities of true love. Sarah Allister is cursed to live on Blinney Lane and must run her family's bookstore that has been passed down from generation to generation. She is also in possession of a book that can literally pull you into its story. Henry Teague is her deliveryman who has been crushing on Sarah for years. Little does Henry know that Sarah's first love, Lord Vasimus, lives in Farwin Wood, a place that she hasn't seen in eighteen years, and can only be found in a locked cabinet in the back of her bookstore. The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane is a story of love, honor and family. It brought more than a tear to my eyes and a smile to my face. I love this story so much. I will be reading it again and again.

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