Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway of The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

Title: The Magic Warble
Author: Victoria Simcox
Publisher: Two Harbors Press
Publication Date: February 1, 2009



From Goodreads: 
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. 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, and an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

As the mother of a 12-year-old daughter who loves to read, it can be quite difficult to find appropriate reading material for her. I can’t allow my “tween” to read all of the YA books that she would love to, due to content that is still too mature. So, I was thrilled when Victoria Simcox contacted me about reading and reviewing her book, The Magic Warble, a beautiful fantasy book geared toward middle-graders. I applaud Ms. Simcox for writing a book that contains no profanity, violence, or other inappropriate content. What it does contain is an enchanting story with positive messages and positive role models. This is a wonderful, wholesome book that is also exciting and fun for kids of all ages. My daughter says she would also have enjoyed it before she became a middle grader, so I believe it is quite appropriate for elementary age. Since I haven’t been a middle grader for, *clears throat* um, quite some time, who better to finish the review on this awesome book than my very own and most favorite middle-grader in the world? Here is what Katertot thought about The Magic Warble:

Katertot’s Review:

Kristina Kingsly, a twelve-year-old girl who receives a mysterious gift from her teacher before Christmas break, is awoken one night by a buzzing noise coming from somewhere in her bedroom. The gift she was given by her teacher, Miss Hensley, came in some sort of hatbox, and she had carelessly tossed it under her bed the day before when she couldn’t open it. But now, as the buzzing seems to be growing louder… and seems to be coming from underneath her bed… Kristina pulls out the box and opens it, only to find a tiny, silvery, tarnished ball. What kind of gift is that? Just as she is about to go back to sleep, she suddenly finds herself in a different place! Not like one of those times when you close your eyes and feel like you’re somewhere else… she literally appeared in a beautiful garden in a pile of leaves. Afterwards, she learns she is the “Chosen One,” brought to this land, Bernovem, to place the little tarnished ball… or the Magic Warble… in its resting place.

Currently, Bernovem is ruled by the tyrant Queen Sentiz. She knows Kristina is attempting to place the Magic Warble in its resting place and is bound and determined to kill Kristina and Werrien (the boy who is helping Kristina on her mission), take the Magic Warble, and destroy it, also destroying the only chance Bernovem has of being saved.

While this book was very exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat, it also really touched my heart, especially when dealing with certain matters near the end; however, I can’t say any more without giving away too much. I’ll be honest, I cried near the end, and I agree with my mom - she says, “You know you’ve read a great book when it brings out that kind of emotion in you.”

This book is absolutely wonderful - 5 stars! Victoria Simcox is incredibly talented. I enjoyed her writing thoroughly and adored all the characters! Fairies, gnomes, dwarfs, AND talking animals? I’m hooked! The cover also intrigued me… what a beautiful book! A spectacular read by a spectacular author, The Magic Warble is a new favorite of mine! I will most definitely be reading the sequel, The Black Shard, as soon as possible!

About the author:

Victoria Simcox resides in western Washington with her husband, children, and their pets. Aside from being an author, she is an elementary school art teacher and a home-schooling mother. Her hobbies include reading, painting watercolors, and hiking. To find out more about this lovely author, you can find her here:

Her blog:  Victoria Simcox
The Magic Warble on FB: The Magic Warble
Twitter:  Victoria Simcox

Victoria was also generous enough to give away a copy of The Magic Warble to one lucky winner. US residents will have the choice of hard copy or e-book.  For International readers, she is giving away an e-book. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and thank you so much for entering!

You can purchase an e-book of The Magic Warble here for only $2.99

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  1. Loved the review! (LOL'd at "what kind of gift is that?") The plot line kind of reminds me of the Polar Express, with the special Christmas bell...and since that bell gets me every time, I know this book would def. make me weepy. You've got me intrigued, girl! Love youuu!

    1. Thank you sooo much, Nyssa!! I'm so glad you liked it. I think you'd really enjoy this book - you're too sweet! <3 Love you, tooooo! :D

  2. I love little Katertots reviews, She is quite a talented young writer. I especially love her enthusiasm for books. It is nice that you two lovely ladies share all these great books for younger readers! Hope you are feeling better. Missing your happiness in the blogosphere! My blog especially misses your sweet comments! Feel better!

    1. Thank you so much, Ms. Heidi! That MADE my day!! Mom is feeling a bit better and appreciates the well wishes. She hopes to get caught up on everyone's blogs this weekend. I told her that I would read everyone's reviews to her - it would be like audio reviews, Narrated by Katertot... hehehe. Thank you for YOUR sweet comment *hugs*

  3. Anonymous2/23/2012

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    1. Thank you so much for entering! Good luck!

  4. Anonymous2/23/2012

    Sounds like a great book. I really love the cover art! Thanks for the giveaway. :)


  5. WOw awesome job Katertot :) Love the review and the book sounds great :) I'm all entered to win. I love how you are an aspiring blogger. SO cool you are getting posts in on your moms blog :) Can't wait to hear more from you and I'll have to think up some age appropriate material for you ;) Hard to think about because I never think about it when I'm reading! Have you read Evernight by Claudia Gray? I think that is appropriate... It's a vampire series :) I read the first two books a while ago and need to get caught up on the rest. I also met the author and she was awesome and super nice. I will try thinking up some more ;) Great job!

    1. Awww, thank you, Christie!!! You're so sweet <3 Thank you for entering!! She was so sweet to let me do these guest posts - it was so much fun! No, I don't believe I've read that one, but it sounds awesome! Thank you so much!! Love you! ;D

  6. Great review, Michele! I love discovering new books that definitely look like they are worth the time to read. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I love that it managed to draw emotion from you - that's always a great thing to hear about a book.


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