Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Fantastic New Series Not Unlike CS Lewis' Narnia

The Warble by Victoria Simcox

ISBN: 978-1494751418

Purchase the book: Kindle | Softcover

Blurb: Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship. Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Warble” in its resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

      The Warble was an interesting fantasy book. Though this is not my normal genre of reading, I found it to be an intriguing read. The story is clearly written for middle grade students but anyone can enjoy the book. I love how the author created the main character to be someone that many people can relate to. Though she isn't a popular kid, she learns to find the strength and power within herself. This is a powerful factor as it shows kids that no matter how bad things are in life, there is hope. You can persevere and get through anything. It encourages kids to feel better about themselves no matter what the world thinks of them. The book also deals with the topic of bullying, which is an important topic that needs to be addressed. Bullying is NOT okay!!!

     I enjoyed the story. The author is very descriptive and draws the reader into the story. I could really picture the things going on in the book. The characters are well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.

About the author:

     Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now resides in Western Washington. Besides being an author, Victoria is also an elementary school art teacher. Victoria enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking and good movies. Victoria is the author of The Warble and The Shard.

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