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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Magic Warble: Book Review & Giveaway


Just in time for Christmas gift giving, I'm excited to bring you this book review and a giveaway.  I haven't done a lot of book-related posts on this blog, but when Victoria Simcox, author of The Magic Warble, contacted me about reviewing her book, I was thrilled!

Being a huge fan of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and other fantasy books, I knew this book would be right up my alley.  And it did not disappoint!  My husband and I both read and loved the story.  In fact, after my husband (and in-house fantasy expert) read the book he said, "This is the closest thing to C.S. Lewis that I've ever read!"  This is a HUGE compliment coming from him because not only is C.S. Lewis one of his favorite authors, but as I said, he's an expert of mythology and fantasy.  We're actually both English majors, but I have to confess that he's read exponentially more books than me, especially in the genre of fantasy!

Synopsis:

"Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Magic 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 magically 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 “Magic Warble” in its final 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."

Victoria Simcox weaves a wonderful fantasty tapestry. She takes a girl (Kristina), who's an unpopular outcast in our world and transports her to Bernovem, where she's popular and well liked.  She also takes a group of popular wealthy brats and by transporting them to a magical world where they're wealth means nothing, she shows their lack of character. 

Written on two levels, the exterior storyline's  plot and characters create emotions that will make the reader feel the fear and embrace the joy that is contained within the book's pages.  While the interior storyline (the one that is developing in the reader's mind), is a good depiction of the rewards and punishments that should be associated with good and evil behavior.

The classic struggle between good and evil, combined with a world inhabited by mythological creatures, and an unlikely "chosen" hero, will make you want to read into the wee hours of the morning and is sure to be loved by children and adult fantasy lovers alike!

Buy a Copy:  Just in time for the holidays you can order your copy directly from the author  or at Amazon.

Connect: Check out The Magic Warble on Facebook
Follow Victoria' Simcox's Blog


Win it!  One Simply Sweet Home reader will win a copy of The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox.

Giveaway Closed. Congrats to Larissa!


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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the Magic Warble to review. The opinions are mine.

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