Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Word Changers Book Review

Are you ready for a sneak peak into this new allegory? Keep reading to hear (or see I guess:) a little about and my opinions on "The Word Changers." 
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A little about the book:
      "Her parents' marriage is falling apart. Fifteen-year-old Posy feels her life is falling apart with it. Retreating to an old library down the street, she selects a mysterious book in a secluded corner and is magically drawn into it's story... Posy finds herself in a kingdom ruled by a cruel and manipulative kind and queen who have attempted to usurp the role that belongs only to the Author of their story. The princess has fled and the kingdom is teetering toward rebellion. Posy is joined by the Prince Kyran as they fight with the characters of the story against their slavery to the plot."

What I enjoyed:
     Ashlee Willis is a skilled writer. I could easily see exactly what was happening in vivid, sometimes sweet, sometimes frightening, sometimes hilarious images. The scenes were well thought out and just when I thought I might know what was about to happen I was surprised. Some things were predictable though, such as Kyran and Posy falling in love but others parts caught me by surprise, such as the attack by the beast in the forest. Ashlee kept me interested the entire time I was reading. In fact as I was reading the ebook outside, I decided I'd take a dip in our pool to cool off, but I was so enthralled I had to take the computer to the side of the pool with me! I wish I had a picture to share with you all. ;)
     I enjoyed seeing the characters as they drew me into the story. I wanted to see more of them, how they would act in different situations and what their role would be in the book. Kyran's character was very charming. He was funny, annoying and a little cocky. He was strong and yet kind. I really liked how he had such deep love for his sister, and once set on the mission was purposed to find her. I could really relate to the other main character Posy. My parents divorced and I can remember the long fights and me trying to butt in with my opinion or defend my mom. Although her situation was quite different than mine I recognized the emotions she had. I also really liked how Kyran and Posy were able to relate to one another through the love of their sisters.

What I didn't like as much:
     I didn't appreciate the romance, but could tolerate it in the beginning as it was simply hinted at. Later in the book though, when they began intimately kissing I stopped reading. I also didn't like the overuse of magic. I like the idea of a girl being brought into a book she is reading and I see how that might have to be a little mysterious but the whole going into practically a underground haunted house was not my thing. Also from a Christian perspective God strictly forbids magic and I don't enjoy reading about it.

Who I'd recommend this book to:
     For those who don't mind magic or romance this book is very well written and enjoyable. I'd recommend it to such readers. I don't like to put age limits on things because everyone matures differently and at different ages. The characters are intriguing and I think a variety of ages would find this book very interesting.
     
A bit about the Author:
     The author of "The Word Changers", Ashlee Willis, can be found writing, reading and homeschooling as well as walking barefoot in the grass, playing the piano, taking pictures, laughing, daydreaming and discovering eternal things! Among some of the the things she loves are tree climbing, British comedy, chocolate, her friends, her family and her God. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband and young son. Visit her on her Facebook Author Page, her Blog-Finding the True Fairy Tale, her Google Plus Account, and even her Twitter!

You can also see this review on Amazon and Goodreads.
(Since I was unable to finish the book I was also unable to post this review on Future Homeschool Authors. That is why I am posting it here:)