Monday, August 29, 2011

The MAGIC WARBLE (Is that a cool cover or what?)

                                                         The MAGIC WARBLE
                                                                             by Victoria Simcox
          
                                                                

Book Blurb:

Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

*Passes out the coffee and chocolate*
This book had us (that's me and my guest reviewer) captivated, as we  found ourselves transported into a world that we never wanted to leave. You'll see her review after mine. :-)
We found this book totally enjoyable. And it has the magic warble. And Kristina's pet rat, Raymond. Nuff said! :-)
Except I must say more.
Kristina is an amazing character. She views herself the way many teens do. Unpopular. *thinking about my high school days.* *sigh* Many kids will identify. That's the wonderful thing about books. Especially this book.
Excellent world building!  I was transported to Bernovem and walked with Kristina throughout the story. I was actually there with her! The illustrations are magnificent. Even one with a map of the world I was to travel through. Victoria has a flair for description. And she flavors her story with the right amount of action. The Magic Warble will definitely keep you riveted. Kristina is the chosen one and her journey leads her to some new friends. Really cool friends. Fairies, gnomes, and dwarfs.
These are the magical creatures who help her as she journeys to place the magic warble.Queen Sentiz is a super fantastic antagonist. EVIL, she is. Very evil. Mwa ha ha ha. I loved her character!
Throughout the story, Kristina stays the same. But one thing. She isn't perfect. She's normal. Just like the teens who will read the book. I don't think I should give anything away, so I'll just say that this is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. You have to read it! If you want to know more about Victoria Simcox (she homeschools) and her book and the books that are to come go here

Guest review by Ivy:
I loved Kristina and Werrien (he's the prince). Kristina is awesome (and my new friend) who saves a world and stays the same as she was before. She isn't some adult dressed in teen clothing. She's just like me. I was sad when the book was over, because I didn't want to leave this very cool world I was in. This is THE BEST BOOK EVER! If you loved The Chronicles of Narnia you will fall in love with The MAGIC WARBLE. And one of the best things about it were the short chapters. I love short chapters. The book held my interest all the way through and I could NOT put it down. There are drawings in it too. I can't wait for the next one. When I finished reading the book, I had to find out when the next book was going to be ready.She said she was 90% finished with it.

                                                  Giveaway
I will choose one random commenter to win an autographed copy of The MAGIC WARBLE (thanks, Victoria Simcox!).

Rules:
1. Be a follower of my blog and do one of these: follow Victoria Simcox at her blog (blog address above), like the Magic Warble on FB http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=577159739#%21/pages/The-Magic-Warble/118277634882514, or follow her on twitter http://twitter.com/VictoriaSimcox                                
2. Leave a comment on this post
3. Extra entries for spreading the word: FB, twitter, blog posts, sidebars. Let me know in the comments what you did. (one entry each)
Sorry, US only.

Good luck!                                                                  

                              

46 comments:

  1. It is MacNish! Utterly awesome! :-)

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  2. I enjoyed the reviews! Thanks to both!

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  3. Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing this! I will pass on the giveaway, since my kids are all grown. Enjoyed your review, amigo!

    Big hugs,
    Karen :D

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  4. Liza, don't forget to enter the giveaway. :-) It's a fun read, even for us big people.

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  5. Karen, you could give it to a friend's child. Need to enter amigo. I'm thinking autographed Christmas present here. :-)

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  6. Sounds fabulous, and I agree with you about the cover! Thanks for the review!

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  7. Sheri, Care to enter? The book is excellent. A great read for everyone.

    <3

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  8. It sounds great Robyn! Your description makes me think a little of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe!

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  9. It is wonderful. And you are spot on. It is like that. A wonderful fantasy with excellent characters, Susanna. :-)

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  10. Well, with recommendations like yours and Ivy's who would not want to have her name thrown in the hat. (I'm in!)

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  11. I love the hand drawn effect of the cover :)

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  12. The chocolate was good, wasn’t it, Mary? And guilt free.

    The book is wonderful.

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  13. It is, E.J.. And a lot of fun traveling with the MC. I love books like that. Where you just feel you're there with all the action.

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  14. Exactly, Bish! This book is excellent, girlfriend.

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  15. I agree, Kelley. And the illustrations inside the book are excellent too!

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  16. Great review. Thanks for the scoop. I'm not into fantasy but both of my girls enjoy it.

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  17. Michael, it is. The cover is awesome, isn't it?

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  18. Inluvwith, just think. You might win them this read. They'll love you for it! hehe

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  19. Yay, got here before midnight! I'm in and will go visit Victoria's blog and follow! Thanks for having the contest. Fun, fun, fun!

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  20. Great reviews Robyn and Ivy- I like short chapters too (but don't tell anyone). ;)

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  21. Sounds like a fun read and yes, the cover is amazing, the sort of thing I used to stare at for hours as a kid and make up my own stories. Thanks for the coffee, can I have a soft strawberry centre chocolate please? Thanks.

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  22. This book sounds awesome. Love the title and the cover.

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  24. Yes, cool cover! Good luck with the giveaway.

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  25. Hi karen, great post and lovely you blog you have. I am a new campaigner, hoping to get to know you during our time here. Will pop back again to take another look and read more. Nice to meet you.

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  26. hi miss robyn! cool review! im thinking this could be a neat book for my sister cause she 15. for me i dont much like girl heros but their ok if theres lots of neat characters. for sure i could like talking animals.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  27. I adored Chronicles of Narnia, so it sounds like this would be a perfect read for me. Thanks to both of you for the reviews!

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  28. Hello, fellow campaigner! I'm not in your group, but I still wanted to check out your blog and say, "HI!"

    I'm down for a signed copy of anything! :)

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  29. Robyn, I've left you a little something on my blog. :-)

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  30. Fellow Campaigner here. Sounds like a great book! I love this kind of stuff. :)

    Best of luck with your book, Victoria!

    And I look forward to getting to know you, Robyn, through the Campaign.

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  31. Thanks for the fun review! Sounds like a page-turner of a book. :)

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  32. Not entering the giveaway, but just popping in to say hi and hope WriteOnCon is going well. And, of course, hoping that Christopher is keeping very well.

    Sending hugs to all xoxoxo

    Judy, South Africa

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  33. Sounds great. I'm from the campaign and a new follower. :)

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  34. Hi Robyn, Thanks so much for stopping by Matthew's blog and giving such a lengthy feedback! Your insight is much appreciated. Have a great weekend!

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  35. Nice review! It sounds so exciting!

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  36. Enjoyed your review, AND Ivy's! I'm entering and you know I follow you wherever you go :) Now I'm following Victoria on her blog.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  37. Great review! It sounds like a good read. :-)

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  38. That really IS a fantastic cover! LOVE it! :-)

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  39. That sounds so similar to what I'm writing now, an ordinary girl goes on a magical adventure in a wood. I must read that, thanks Robyn!

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  40. Sounds like a great book--love the cover too!

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