Friday, August 15, 2014

{{Book Review}} Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

*About the book*
Her parents’ marriage is falling apart. Fifteen-year-old Posy feels her life is falling apart with it. Posy retreats to an old library down the street, where she selects a mysterious book in a secluded corner and is magically drawn into its story. Posy finds herself in a kingdom ruled by a cruel and manipulative king and queen who have attempted to usurp the role that belongs only to the Author of their story. With the princess having fled and the kingdom teetering toward rebellion, Posy is joined by Prince Kyran as they fight against their slavery to the Plot.

*My Review*
When I saw this book available for review on the bookcrash website, I fell in love with it the min I was finished reading the blurb about it. This book was way better than I expected it to be. 

The book has a distinct "Narnia" feel to it. If you love the Narnia books, be sure to check this book out, also, if you like allegorical stories you DEFINITELY need to read it! 

The first thing I liked about the book is that we jump into the story quickly. I'm not really a reader, and I have a hard time finding books that grab and hold my attention past the first few pages. If I get off of the first chapter of a book, then it's usually a good book. As the story went on, we learned more about the main character, Posy. At first my head was spinning from everything happening so quickly. This was actually a good thing, because I was able to understand that this was exactly how Post was feeling.

The books starts out by her falling into a book. Just about every reader I know has wished they could fall into the book and live in their favorite story
at least once. 

Posy was taking the place of a Princess who disappeared, but she was most definitely NOT the Princess. I love a good mystery! 

 The exciting parts of the book were when Posy & the older brother of the Princess go on a quest to find her. There were evil owls, a cranky king, siniser mermaids and even an enchanted land called "Glooming"

This fantasy got pretty dark in the middle, when Prince Kyran & Posy were in the middle of Glooming. 

Here is what I thought of the characters;

Posy- She is nice. She cried quite a bit in the store, but she was also strong when she needed to be. She didn't really come across as the "go-getter", but rather a girl who was hurting and had a lot of growing to do.

Kyran- He was somewhat a generic character. He was the handsome prince who often shows up in so many stories. He is a guy that is determined and you can always tell from the look in his dark eyes and the set of his jaw.

King & Queen- They were interesting. I won't tell you exactly what I thought of them because I don't want to spoil the book, but I did like the characters. 

The Author- He was my favorite character. Though he wasn't in the story much, he was awesome. He was the one who made the store for me. It can't get much better than an author who enters his own story...right? It was very clear that he was meant to represent God in the allegory. There were some characters who believed in the Author & there were others who didn't. He didn't tell people the whole story, but rather he wanted his characters to believe in him because THEY wanted to and not because he told them to. It was very clever. 

The Merpeople were banished from the story plot at the command of the king. The owls & evil owls were pretty exciting. This was what reminded me of the whole "Narnia" feel. Even though the owls in this story are smaller than the ones in Narnia, the part(s) where they took Posy out of her bedroom at night did make me smile a bit. 

There was romance. I'm not really a sucker for romance stories, especially when it doesn't seem to fit the plot. I felt that the romance wasn't exactly necessary to the plot.  It seems as if it were there only for itself, and to be honest...there was way more kissing than necessary for my taste.

If you like romance mixed with fantasy, then this is a good book for you.
Aside from all the mushy romance, I really did like this book. I especially liked that the writing style.

I Definitely recommend this book! It was a great story.

I received this book from the publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash in exchange for my honest review. All opinions posted here are 100% my own. 

1 comment:

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