Review: ‘Mercury’ by Hope Larson

by Kim on December 15, 2011 · 10 comments

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Title: Mercury
Author: Hope Larson
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2010
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★½☆

Review: Set in French Hill, Nova Scotia, Mercury by Hope Larson is a story about family and history with a healthy dose of magic thrown in. Back in 1859, a mysterious stranger arrives on a family farm. The daughter, Josey, is enamored with the stranger and with the promise of gold he brings to her struggling family. But not is all as it appears. In the present, Tara, Josey’s descendant, is dealing with her own problems as she begins to discover what happened to her family years ago.

That description of this book is terrible, which is too bad because Mercury was a delightful little book. I finished reading it in a single afternoon and while I wasn’t blown away I was definitely satisfied with the reading experience. The story flips back and forth in time effectively, doesn’t give the big reveal too soon or too easily, and the illustrations are charming. I wouldn’t rush to buy this one, but if you run across it on your library shelves I’d suggest picking it up. I’m going to be looking for more of Hope Larson’s books.

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If you have reviewed this book, please leave a link to the review in the comments and I will add your review to the main post. All I ask is for you to do the same to mine — thanks!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Care December 15, 2011 at 8:12 am

I just want to read a book set in Nova Scotia. On my wish-list of places to see someday.


Kim December 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

I’ve never thought about going to Nova Scotia, but it does sound beautiful!


bermudaonion (Kathy) December 15, 2011 at 8:18 am

You’ve piqued my interest!


Lu December 15, 2011 at 8:25 am

I thought this one was pretty good. It wasn’t my favorite comic I’ve read, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Did you know Hope Larsen is drawing the comic adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time? I’m super excited about it!

I added your review to my list!


Kim December 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

Yeah, that’s about how I felt about it too. And I did not know that — exciting news!


Kailana December 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

I read this book because it was set in Nova Scotia… I enjoyed it, though, so it was worth it!


Kim December 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

Definitely. I don’t think I’ve read many books set in Nova Scotia.


softdrink December 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Illustrations?? I’m even more intrigued. The story sounded a wee bit like Sarah Addison Allen’s The Peach Keeper.


Kim December 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

Oh yeah, this is a graphic novel… I totally forgot to put that in the review! I’ve never read The Peach Kepper, but now I’m curious.


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