May 15, 2011

Winterborne by Augusta Blythe

Augusta Blythe's does a fabulous job, taking on YA Fantasy in her first novel, Winterborne.  The book follows main character, Loie Bryce as she deals with the same teenage dramas every Junior is going through... boys, school, college acceptance... only she's got a few extra to tackle as well, such as losing her parents at the mere age of 5, and her best friend, Mia's impending metamorphosis into a super human on their next birthday.  Yes, you read right.

Loie and Mia aren't exactly sure what to expect when they turn 17.  All Mia knows is that her father, Mr. Winterborne, had some extraordinary powers and she's due to inherit them as well.  Unfortunately, the pair run into trouble when creatures from another realm attempt to intercept her, knowing that she'll be very powerful in just a few short months.  Their run ins with leprechauns, pixies, and hell hounds give them a taste of what life will soon become.

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I read it in 2 days and found it irresistible.  Reading YA is always fun... but when you add the fantastical element, it becomes great fun!  This book kept me guessing throughout.  I knew things were not as they seemed, but was still surprised when the big reveal came.  The writing was quick moving, with lots of dialogue and very witty and funny.  These are smart girls!

Although the real action did not begin until mid point, I was still entertained and anxious throughout.  This whole book felt like a prequel, though.  I'm sure the true adventures will be in the coming books.  I'm looking forward to reading more Super Girl, kick ass stories from Blythe!

4 Stars.

*This book is currently only available in e-book format*

I was given a free copy of this book to review. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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