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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review : The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

Title : The Magic Warble
Author : Victoria Simcox
Publisher : Two Harbors Press
Genre : Young Adult Fantasy
ISBN : 978-1935097174
Series : Stand Alone
Release Date : January 1, 2009
Rating : 3/5 - Good

Description from Goodreads :

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.


Kristina Kingsley has never really fit in with all of the students in her school, and always happens to be the butt of every joke.  She looks forward to a day when everyone is nice to her for a change, and she's not judged by what she wears or how she looks.  When she receives a mysterious Christmas present, she finds herself magically dropped, literally, into a world full of creatures thought to be fictional.

In Bernovem, Kristina is known as the "chosen one", because she holds the key to their freedom.  Her mysterious Christmas present is none other than a magical item known as The Magic Warble.  Kristina is no longer made fun of, but is accepted for who and what she is, and is honored as the holder of The Magic Warble.  Using The Magic Warble, Kristina needs to find a way to release the people of Bernovem from the evil grip of their Queen Sentiz.  She will find help along the way from dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, and even talking animals.

I'm not going to say that I loved The Magic Warble, because unfortunately I didn't.  I thought it was an okay novel, especially since this was Victoria Simcox's debut.  It was a little juvenile for my opinion, but the story was quite interesting.  While this story didn't grip me the way I had hoped it would, it did hold my interest enough to finish the story, because I wanted to find out what would become of Kristina, and Bernovem.

The characters in The Magic Warble were very well described, and it was easy to picture the characters in my mind.  The description of Kristina alone makes me think of my time in school, and how the children that didn't have the coolest things were made fun of.  I liked seeing one of these unfortunate children step forward and be the center of attention, and prove that she was special in her own way.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of Victoria Simcox's work in the future, and curious to see how her writing develops further in her career.  

Where did I get this book? :

I received my copy from the author, after agreeing to participate in a Pump Up Your Books Promotion blog tour.  Unfortunately at that time I wasn't aware that I would have to shut down my blogging site and wait until March to re-open.  Thankfully I'm back, and am glad that I was able to give my opinion about this book.

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