By Lindsay Roseberry, Reference Librarian
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe, is an urban fantasy set in rural Eastern Tennessee. The mysterious community of Tufa is about to be in the spotlight now that wild child Bronwyn has returned home on leave to recuperate from captivity and war wounds. She has to deal with the strained relations with her parents, the town and her siblings. She has to find her music again, so essential for all Tufa. Her ex-boyfriend wants to pick up where they left off , then there’s the haint that is trying to get her attention… All this while being hounded by the media and keeping her secretive community private. It’s just too much for one person to handle.
I picked up this book for the East Tennessee location, but was drawn into Bronwyn’s world. An unusual story by the author of the Eddie LaCrosse novels and the Firefly Witch series, The Hum and the Shiver quietly involves you. When you finish you will start looking for a sequel (there are two so far) and wondering if there are Tufa in remote forests in the Eastern U.S.