on Feb. 6, 2013 :
Caspar's Run tells the story of two families and two curses intertwined throughout the ages, focusing on the youngest heirs to those curses.
This is fast paced reading. The dialog is snappy and appropriate to the time period (1929) and the age of the characters, which is truly refreshing. A twelve year old girl should be a whiny brat and a 14 year old boy should be cocky and self-centered. Karen Michaud gets it right, even if, like real kids, the words make you cringe at times.
I love the plot of this somewhat macabre story, too. Prophecy, witches, death curses... good stuff here. I did, admittedly, feel like Farideh needed slapped a few times, (but this is a good thing! it means the author has done her job well). In contrast, I delighted in every scene with cold, ruthless Caspar. He's so blasé about fulfilling the terms of the curse, but through it, I could tell he wants out of it as much as his uncle, (Caspar's surrogate witness). Knowing his family history, Caspar carries a real fervor to live, which softens his cruel disposition a time or two.
The Graces are by far the stars of this novel, as the title suggests. Even so, greedy reader that I am, I wanted more of them. There's not a whole lot of inner monologue, so we don't really know exactly what they're thinking or feeling all the time; however their personalities are still loud and quite clear.
The more I think on it, there are many layers that are begging to be teased out. Clues to the family dropped here and there that I'm looking forward to discovering in the sequels. The next book can't come out soon enough; I need to know what happens next. Caspar's Run is one of those novels that keeps you wondering and keeps the pages turning until before you know it, you hit a white page and realize it's finished all too soon.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)