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Blog Tour: Flock by Wendy Delsol

Some series steal your heart and just don’t let go. It can begin with that very first book that you devour like literary candy. The one that starts the craving with an introduction to a new world full of characters that you fall for and a story line that keeps you on your toes. The question or uncertainty of the story and its continuation can almost haunt you until you get that release date for the next installation. And then another book, this one taking you deeper and acting as further invitation. And while some series may have many volumes to mesmerize between beginning and end, others may only have that one to bridge the bittersweet distance. The last book eventually acting as the conclusion of your journey.
And so it was with Wendy Delsol’s Stork series for me. Stork, an introduction. Frost, an invitation. And last but not least Flock a masterfully worthy conclusion. 
When I learned that this trilogy would be wrapping up, I immediately set out to re-read the first two books so I could re-live the entire tale in full glory. And while familial duties and illness delayed me in the last couple of weeks eventually making me have to put off my review date for this blog tour, I stubbornly stuck to my resolve to enjoy all three books back to back. In the effort of saving time I could  have simply read the final book and remembered what I could as I read and review on that level (which I rarely do…I almost always re-read a series before reviewing books that belong within a set as I think it’s important to review with the entire series in mind) but somehow I simply could not. I wanted too badly to return to Katla, Jack and the wonders of Norse Falls and all its Icelandic folkish allure. So while I apologize for this review being late…I don’t apologize for stepping into this story one last time before it’s end and savoring every word because I found only in reading the books back to back in such quick succession did I truly appreciate how well-written, consistent and enchanting they are.
Beyond that how stunning are the covers when all displayed together? I genuinely love this type of thought and consistency in a well-developed series. It’s everything from the writing style, the characters, the humor to the very covers themselves..there must be a flow and yet a kind of sameness at the same time. So is this series for you? If you think it could be don’t read the summary of the last book below. Please start at the beginning fresh. I promise you won’t regret it. If you’ve read the first two books then you no doubt will be dying to continue on to learn more about the final volume in the Stork trilogy.
“After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen — and Marik has come to collect. What’s worse, Katla doesn’t dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla’s stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.”
Interested? Of course you are. You can also check out my feature of Stork  in 2010  and my “Book Birthday” review of Frost  from 2011. And please make sure to check out the other stops on this tour at The Mod Podge Bookshelf where you can enter a giveaway and possibly win the entire trilogy! Also make sure to enter the giveaway at I’m Am a Reader, Not a Writer where you could win your very own copy of Flock. But hurry both giveaways end after October 14, 2012. And last but certainly not least remember to visit the talented author Wendy Delsol. You can also follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook. Either way…you’ll find her as truly delightful as her books. Enjoy and Happy Reading!
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Book Birthday: Frost by Wendy Delsol

Happy Book Birthday to Frost by Wendy Delsol!

Katla LeBlanc is no stranger to the extraordinary. In fact her everyday life has begun in many ways to mimic that of a somewhat mixed up modern day fairy tale.  While on the outside it may seem that she lives a relatively normal teenage existence in the small remote town of Norse Falls, Minnesota-deep down there’s a part of Kat’s life even she herself can hardly believe exists.

 You see Kat is a stork, a secret member of an ancient society charged with the gift and duty of placing the souls of unborn babies with the appropriate “vessel” or mother.  A legacy passed down from her Icelandic ancestors, this gift of both prophecy and power is still new to Kat as she learns the ways and beliefs of those who have come before her.

 And as unbelievable as that may seem, it’s not the end of the uniqueness that is Katla LeBlanc. The newfound love of Kat’s life is also a mythical being brought into reality. Jack, the gorgeous boy who not only controls Kat’s heart but on occasion the weather itself is none other than a direct descendant of the legendary Jack Frost. Their relationship has quickly become that of legend as well as they find that they seem to be linked by an almost cosmic-like power.  However the powers that bind them seem to also be charged with danger as enemies emerge.

 As readers of the first novel in the series will recall being involved in a romance of magical proportions has its advantages but can Kat and Jack withstand forces beyond their knowledge? As both the Storks and Jack’s somewhat unpredictable ability come upon hard times, a new unexpected enemy may threaten not just their love but also the world, as they know it. When a un-earthly new visitor comes to town Kat must learn to trust her instincts and be ready for the fight of her life as all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

 In her sequel to Stork Wendy Delsol has once again beautifully woven modern day life with ancient legends and fantastic fairy tales creating a story of adventure, romance and undeniable readability.  Frost proves to be not only be a worthy addition to the series but may even surpass its predecessor in its precision of both the everyday world and the magic that lies beyond.

 Once again the characters of Delsol’s creation shine in this newest book and the world, which they inhabit, only becomes more and more real to its readers as the story continues.  A fast placed and expertly written plot will keep readers enthralled until the very last page of Frost and hopefully will open doors to another installment in this unique series.

Book Giveaway

Thanks to the always generous Wendy Delsol one lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own signed copy of Frost. Giveaway ends midnight EST October 25, 2011. US and Canada address only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply leave a comment below letting my know what “Book Birthday” you are looking forward to in the near future. What new release are you eagerly anticipating? Any pre-order worthy books coming up for you?

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Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop with Stiletto Storytime. This giveaway hop I decided to do something special and work with one of my favorite authors to help bring you a copy of her latest book that will release in August 2011…a great read just in time for late summer. So who is that author and what book do you have a chance to win for your library? Well…

Wendy DelSol is the author of the fantastic young adult novel Stork and the soon to come sequel Frost which will release on October 11, 2011. Keep a watch for a review of Frost soon to come on Stiletto Storytime! In the meantime the ever busy Wendy is releasing another book The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls and she has been generous enough to offer one Stiletto Storytime reader their very own signed copy! The winner will have a choice of an ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) now or a trade copy after publication in August.

Just leave a comment to enter and check back on Saturday, June 25th when I will announce the winner and feature a full review of the book. Giveaway ends midnight EST June 24, 2011. US and Canada addresses only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address as well. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

Want extra entries? You can get an extra entry by doing any of the following:

Be/Become a Follower of Stiletto Storytime

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Be/Become a Follower of Author Wendy DelSol on Twitter

The McCloud Home for Wayward Girls, once a haven for unwed mothers, is now a bed-and-breakfast that houses three generations of women-and their many secrets…

In the early 1960s, Ruby, a spunky unwed teen mother was wooed and won over by the founder of the McCloud Home. Now, forty years later, the historic property has been converted into an inn that Ruby runs with one of her daughters, Jill. When Jill’s fourteen-year-old daughter begins to search for the identity of her father, she sets in motion events that will test the bonds that bind mothers, daughters, and sisters.

Jill unwittingly aids the forces of upheaval when she agrees to host the wake of the town matriarch. As the guests-including the matriarch’s handsome nephew and Jill’s vivacious, irresponsible sister Jocelyn-return to the small town, the convergence of people and memories uncovers rivalries, sparks romance, recalls heartbreak, and reveals a shocking family secret, one that could separate the McCloud women forever or lead them to the renewal of their powerful, enduring connection. “

*And don’t forget…it’s a Giveaway Hop so hop over to all the other great blogs here*

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Holiday Read-A-Thon & Mini-Challenge

It’s here…the Holiday Read-a-Thon sponsored by Liza at WhoRUBlog. I have really been looking forward to this event. I need a reason to sit back and relax with a stack of books just before the madness of the holiday season fully hits. I am browsing through some holiday reading selections and planning my reading time. And what better reason than reading to help others? For this read-a-thon I am pledging to donate a book to the local children’s home for every book I read.  A book for a book. Four days of reading to make your own schedule and go at your own pace. There are mini-challenges and giveaways with lots of great literary prizes and a wonderful opportunity to make a positive difference in the world in any way that you choose.

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Also join us for the Holiday Read-a-Thon Twitter Party:

Sunday, December 5th night at 9PM EST & “Tweet” about your Read-A-Thon experience (#readathon)

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Holiday Read-A-Thon Mini-Challenge

One lucky participant will win their own copy of Stork from author Wendy DelSol.

Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.
“Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated. With a nod to Hans Christian Andersen and inspired by Norse lore, Wendy Delsol’s debut novel introduces a hip and witty heroine who finds herself tail-feathers deep in small-town life.”

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I am hosting a mini-challenge here at Stiletto Storytime in cooperation with the amazing Wendy DelSol. That’s right! And there is a special  Stork twist for this challenge. DelSol’s book is deeply connected to fables and myths.

(I won’t elaborate any further for “spoiler” reasons.)

Your mission if you choose to accept it: Make a traditional fable, myth or cultural tale part of your read-a-thon reading. It doesn’t have to be long and you can even read it online if needed. It may be a story you think you already know but have never read, a holiday tale cherished since childhood or a fable that has always sparked your interest but never been sought out. Then comment below and let everyone know what you chose to read and why. It’s that simple. With any luck many of us will get some great new ideas on traditional fables and cultural myths we may have never otherwise been exposed to and be able to add to our reading totals for this read-a-thon.

Remember to leave your e-mail address along with your comment. Mini-Challenge ends at midnight on December 5th. Winner will be notified by e-mail and announced here on Stiletto Storytime. Your fabulous copy of Stork will arrive from none other than the generous author herself. Thanks again Wendy for being a part of the Holiday Read-a-Thon! US and Canada addresses only please.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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My Holiday Read-A-Thon Progress

Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows

The Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor

Atlantis and Other Places by Harry Turtledove (in progress)

A Short Guide to Classical Mythology by G.M. Kirkwood (in progress)

Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King

Total Books Read : 3

 

 

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New Young Adult Books

https://i2.wp.com/photo.goodreads.com/books/1272990811l/7638313.jpgKatla Gudrun LeBlanc is stuck in Minnesota. Far from her California home, the white blonde teenage fashionista is dealing not only with her parent’s recent divorce but also trying to survive a dramatic change in setting. Outdated, old fashioned and at times just plain odd, her new home has yet to become anything close to what she considers acceptable, especially the climate. The cold is the one thing Kat hates the most and everyone knows the mid-west is not know for warmth as fall sets in. When odd happenings escalate and whispers about her past in this town reach her ears, things take an even weirder turn than ever imagined. Is Kat destined for something out of this world or is she finally just cracking up from all the oddity and stress of being a new student at Norse Falls High?

A modern day fairy tale woven from old legends thought dead, Stork is a book full of originality, humor and edge of your seat suspense.  Wendy Delsol has pitch perfect characterization in her sassy protagonist and mystical setting creation, bringing to life an original story that is both freshly real and yet magical at the same time.  Filled with present day pop culture references such as the latest fashions and brand name coffee, the book also fuses together ancient Icelandic myths and customs for the perfect blend of old and new. This combination makes for a whole new layer of depth to the saga of Kat and her destiny.  Throw in a love interest that will make any heart pound and a few death-defying scenes and you have one of the best young adult books of the year.

Stork is nearly impossible to stop reading and will take readers on an amazing journey of tradition and modern day fun. Twists and turns abound but it will all end in a revelation readers will never see coming.

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It’s a decade of abandon, decadence and freedom and it’s coming to an exquisite end. New York City in 1929 is full of dark speakeasies and brave young girls enjoying the latest styles and an exciting new way of life. Social constraints are out the window, hemlines and hair are shorter than ever and the path to luxury and stardom await in the city that never sleeps.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped to the Big Apple in search of more than their small town Ohio lives could offer. Once in the city of their dreams they wind up with more than either could ever imagine and more often than not more than they can handle.

Meanwhile the beautiful socialite Astrid Donal thought she knew it all but might find out otherwise as the summer goes by and the roaring twenties come to an end. From the lush estates of Long Island to the stages of Broadway, New York shines as bright as the young girls in Bright Young Things. Three young lives delicately interwoven with three unpredictable fates begin the start of an alluring and addictive new series.

In Anna Godbersen’s newest book since the end of the beloved Luxe series, she astounds with another young adult period novel about the history of New York and the girls who called it home. Creating the old New York of the 1920’s with dazzling description and authentic detail, once again Godbersen makes the past come alive. In a tale just as exciting as her former works, readers will fall head over heels for this story of glamour and mystique. Bright Young Things will leave readers enchanted by Godbersen’s beautiful rhythms, astounded by another fantastic cover choice and wanting more. With beautiful historical nuances and delicately scripted characters Bright Young Things doesn’t just glitter; it shines.

As before with the Luxe series, there is a great interactive website for Bright Young Things.

 

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