The Bird is a Fantasy book (with a little
bit of Romance, in my opinion) that was released February 19, 2013.
Age: 15 years and up
Terrebonne’s life is about to be changed forever by a bright red
cardinal. She soon finds herself being whisked away from all she’s ever
known to save an entire race of people known as Trobodytes. When she’s
presented to the Queen, Stormy learns how she’s expected to help: By
killing an evil wizard named Bordash Bladeslinger and stopping him from
cutting down the sacred trees that bind Trogon to Earth.
there are only two trees left. One of the trees presents a double dose
of jeopardy: It’s also tied to the renewed life of Stormy’s mother.
While Stormy learns more about the gifts she gained by becoming a
Trobodyte, someone manages to poison that all important tree.
a race against time as she faces a legion of fairy tale creatures she
never knew existed, learns to harness the power within herself to battle
Bordash Bladeslinger, and tries to find a way to heal the dying tree
before it collapses and takes her mother with it.
Review: 2.5 butterflies
I want to start this off my saying I really wanted to like this book.
But the writing style and voice just didn't work with me and annoyed me
It starts off with Stormy (also, that name is not my
favorite) sitting and drinking coffee. She then starts talking to it and
finds that the bird reacts differently then most birds. She ends up
following the bird and it turns into a gorgeous man.
We're totally fine so far, right? So then this guy—whose name is Michael, by the way—takes
her to a magical and mystical place and doesn't answer any of Stormy's
questions. Stormy just follows him anyway, without bothering to stop and
force him to answer any of his questions. I have a big problem with her
right there. I would not blindly follow this mystical dude who
transforms into a bird.
Later, she meets Michael's mother,
who turns out to be the queen. This queen tells her that they need her
to save their world, etc, etc. They also tell her that they will give
her something to make her dying mother turn thirteen again and will turn
Stormy into an immortal 18-year-old.
This woman, who by the way has children,
debates about it for like half an hour and then agrees. What? She
doesn't really think about what her children will do without her. I
mean, they do get financially supported by this strange race that she's
found, but she's their mother. They need her. But she's
just accepting of it. (Now, this gets clarified around the last third of
the book, where she explains that her children are grown.)
the book's not so bad apart from this. It's got a good premise, and the
setting is very original. But the way the author writes was not my
favorite, and I was hoping for a longer book so things aren't so
After Stormy wakes up with a
new body, she sees that her mother's gone. A few chapters in, we skip
from Stormy's mother's point of view—the thirteen-year-old's name is Valletta, by the way—to Stormy's point of view, which was a little confusing.
During the story, there are some things that aren't explained
and I had to guess, like when the queen is explaining about the wizards
and witches and then calls them the Ws. Nowhere before did she explain
that they called them the Ws, that was just sort of assumed.
then the attraction between Michael and Stormy. There's nothing and
then all of a sudden she's thinking about a possible relationship with
him (and it's obvious he likes her too). It felt too sudden—as if it was put there as a passing thought. After one kiss, they're calling each other “baby” and holding hands all the time. It felt too rushed.
Many times I felt that Stormy was impulsive—and
not in the good way. Some things that she does happen without any
inkling of what Stormy's thinking. We're supposed to be reading her
point of view, but we don't really get what she's thinking all the time.
about the last third of the book, when everything was explained and I
got used to the way of writing, it was much better. It's what redeemed
this book for me. The action was pretty good and things were flowing
much better. And I have to admit, the twist near the end was kind of
awesome. I was not expecting it whatsoever—and normally I'm really good at expecting twists.
Though the ending was good, it wasn't enough to redeem the book for me.
A free copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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