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Thursday, February 10, 2011

the Magic Warble: A Book Review

When Victoria Simcox sent me an email asking if I would review her book, The Magic Warble, on my blog, I have to admit, I reacted lukewarmly.  I had never heard of her, didn't know how she got my name, and her book was "young adult fantasy fiction." 

A "young adult" I'm not.  The last fantasy fiction I read was The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy, years and years ago. ( Most of my fantasy these days involves Boston Celtics like Kendrick Perkins and Paul Pierce, and whipped cream, but that's a whole other story!)

After some thought, I decided, albeit reluctantly, to read her book and do a review.  I realized if I had published a book, I'd appreciate people reading it and giving it reviews, too.

The reluctance left me very quickly!  By the end of the first chapter, I was intrigued by this tale of the self-proclaimed "misfit," twelve-year-old Kristina, and her pet rat Raymond.   The story is so well-written, I found myself sympathetic and curious about this child and the adventure she was about to experience.  Once I get into a story, I had trouble leaving it, and I finished the book in one day.  It wasn't that I was under pressure to complete the book review.   Ms. Simcox told me to take whatever time I needed and just let her know what day the review would be posted.  No, it was the tale itself that kept me enthralled enough to want to see it through to the end quickly. 

The author has fashioned some interesting characters like Davina, the 14 and 1/2 year-old baby-sitter with the coke-bottle glasses,  Hester Crumefel and Graham Kepler, the classmates who torment Kristina in her real life.   Then there's a whole assortment of characters Kristina meets when she finds herself in the land of Bernovem; talking animals, fairies, gnomes, dwarfs, a teenage prince, and an evil queen and her ugly "zeblocs."

The Magic Warble is a gift Kristina has been given, and she learns that the she is the "chosen one" who can break the evil witch's spell that has hung over the land of Bernovem for years.  All she has to do is return the Warble to it's resting place...on the other side of the forest and on the top of a snow covered mountain.  The teenage Prince Werrien travels with her on the journey.  They encounter terror and treachery, the danknes of dungeons, and freezing cold along the way.  

Even though this book is geared to young adults, I found I wasn't too old to be taken with the tale myself!  Kristina's strength and resolve stand out.  In Bernovem, talking animals and tiny, flying fairies all seem plausible!  It was a fun read and I plan to pass it on to my grandson.

Victoria Simcox has graciously agreed to give a complimentary copy of The Magic Warble to one of my readers.   If you would like to be chosen by random drawing to receive it, please leave a comment where it says "spectator shouts" below with your email address, so I can contact the winner.  Or, if you can't wait to read the book, you can click on the Amazon ad at the beginning of this post and order your own copy now!

For an extra entry, visit Victoria's websites:  http://www.themagicwarble.com/  or   www.victoriasimcox.blogspot.com  and leave a comment.  Then let me know that you did.  You have until 2/15/11 to enter!  The winner fo the drawing will be annouced 2?16/11.


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14 comments:

Lazarus said...

You are a Renaissance Woman Eva: restaurant reviews, book reviews, etc. But when I think of "Young Adult Fantasy" I don't think about kids books.... Anyway, always a pleasure to stop in at your blog...

Facing50Blog.com said...

Is there no end to your talents Eva? I shall have to ask you to review my book when/if it launches.
Actually this book sounds rather good. I remember reading some of my son's books when he was younger and enjoying them...you're never too old for a decent story.

Brian Miller said...

nice review...what age would you say it is geared toward? always looking for new stuff for L...he eats books...reads so much...

yeah toss my name in...

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I'd love to win this book. I love young adult fantasy as my daughter is always giving me her books to read. Good luck to me. And thanks for the review Eva.

Pearl said...

Have you done this before? I've not noticed, before, that you are a book reviewer as well, and yet you've done a great job and now I want to read this book!

Pearl

glnroz said...

folks trust you honesty,,,goofy honesty sometimes, but i suspect seriousness most of the time.

Susie said...

Wonderful review!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments! I hope to see you back there soon:-)

Out of My Mind said...

You did one heck of a job, Eva. I remember one year (in college) in a literature class, I had to read 20 children's and young adult's novels. I did enjoy them thoroughly. To keep young people they have to be packed full of interesting characters, fast action, and situations in which they can identify. It sounds as if this author did all of this and more,

Good review! I think she will be pleased. kt

tsonodablog said...

Hi Eva. Sounds like a fun read. I would love a copy if my name is drawn. If not, I'll check it out on amazon. My grandson is an avid reader, and if you are planning to pass it on to your grandson, that's good enough for me.

Terri.sonoda@cox.net

Eva Gallant said...

Glenn: you know me well!

Outofmymind: Thank you very much.
Did you want to be in the drawing?

Terri: You are in! My grandson is 10 next week; the reading might be a little difficult for him, but I know he will love the story.

injaynesworld said...

Now see how I am. When you said "young adult fantasy," I immediately thought of porn.

Good job, Eva.

If I win, donate the book to your local library.

tattytiara said...

Good writing can always transcend it's target audience, can't it?

She Writes said...

There is no one in my life for this book, but how sweet of you to review and her to give!Love the blogosphere.

Date Girl said...

I'm not a young adult (well, I'm in my twenties so I'm young, just not teenage young!) but I love young adult books. I always check them out at the library, despite my librarian's frowns of disapproval. I love getting lost in a fantasy book. I'm definitely going to have to check out the Magic Warble!