I decided to try something different, and start a series where I talk about books or authors that I enjoyed, and the impact it had on my life. This first series I want to dive into is the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan.
I got into reading the Sweep series, I want to say when I was around thirteen years old, and it all started off with my families frequent trips to Borders (yep, it was long ago when Borders was still around). I read the synopsis on the back which was:
Something is happening to me that
I don’t understand
I see things, feel things in a new way
I can do things normal people can’t do
Powerful things. Magickal things.
It scares me
I never chose to learn witchcraft
But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft
Is choosing me.
It was enough to interest me, so I picked the book up, and immediately after finishing it, I kept going back for more. The poetic synopsis on the back of the books is a staple to all the books in the series, and I loved it when I was younger. As a thirteen year old, I thought it was very mysterious and intriguing, giving you just enough to have an idea what the book was about, but still leaving you wanting more (at least for me anyways).
Side note: I believe it was one of the first times I bought books on Amazon. That may not seem significant to you guys, but for me, just thinking about it is a little crazy.
Sweep is the series I was obsessed with throughout high school; as before this, my series obsession was the Daughters of the Moon. Overall, I believe I re-read the Sweep series about four or five times (the books are pretty short, making it a lot easier to re-read that many times), and even though each time I re-read them I spotted mistakes, it still didn’t take away from the joy I experienced reading this series.
As a pre-teen heading into their teenage years, Morgan was one of those characters I felt I related to both on a personal level, as I was awkward, shy, and just generally not the coolest person. I also liked reading about a character who was not extremely beautiful, and just average looking with brown hair and brown eyes (although one of the discrepancies in the book was that she was described as having three or four different eyes colors). It was one of those where if Sweep had ever been made into a TV series or a movie, I would imagine myself starring as Morgan in the series (Yeah I know, that sounds really cringey, but hey, a girl could dream😂).
Even then, I would go on YouTube to watch fan made trailers for the books, and dream casts for the series if it ever hit the big screen. I think it might have been how I was introduced to the BookTube community also, because during my senior year of high school (I would say during the second half of 2011), I wanted to hear other people’s opinions of the book, so I looked up reviews on YouTube, and found the Chapter Chicks channel. I frequently went on to websites that detailed the family trees in the books, discussed fan theories, and also pointed out inconsistencies, unanswered questions and other plot holes from throughout the series. Sweep was one of the first series where I learned where despite the fact that I loved the books, doesn’t mean they are flawless or above criticism. It was the first time I looked at a series I loved and even though it was flawed, it’s okay for me to love it anyways.
Now I want to say thank you, Cate Tiernan for writing a series that I loved so much while I was growing up. 😄
On that note, I’m going to sign off here, and maybe indulge myself in another re-read 🤣
Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and I will see you in the next one!
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