BLACK SPRING has a really good writing style, although it is a tad heavy handed with the adjectives, it almost feels like a classic, which is different for a YA book. It is written from multiple view points, which are, thank goodness, easy to tell apart and clearly labeled. Most of the story is told by Anna, who is actually telling the story to one of the other narrators, Hammel. Hammel also had a couple brief sections at the beginning and end; but he seemed superfluous. He wasn’t important to the story and just wasn’t very likeable and ended the book on a down note. Personally I would have been perfectly happy without the guy. Anna, on the other hand, sounded just like what a woman who had led her life and gone through what she had gone through should. Besides that, she was likeable and natural, she’s got some spunk and didn’t get too caught up in simply ‘telling a story’.
As to the actual plot of the story, it was a tragic romancey sort of job. The magical parts felt more like a ghost story than a fairly tale, which made it seem so much more possible. The magic in BLACK SPRING was done exceptionally well all round. It’s never actually stated how it works or anything, as though it’s just not worth explaining, which seems like how it would actually be dealt with in real life.
There was one bit towards the middle that gets on the nerves, which can’t be pointed out clearly without spoiling anything, but it does clear up and makes sense after a while. So just stick with it, all comes clear with time, grasshopper. The supporting characters, although there are few of them, were great, they worked and felt like they should feel.
Over all BLACK SPRING is just a good, somewhat dark book. There were sweet bits, disturbing bits, and bits that just made you sit and wonder.