Series: Stork #1
By: Wendy Delsol
hardcover, 355 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick
Series: Stork #2
By: Wendy Delsol
hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Candlewick Press
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up the first two books in this trilogy at my local library a few weeks ago. That doesn't really matter at this point because holy macaroni they rocked my socks!
I think the best part of these books in my opinion are that they are jam packed with Norse and Icelandic mythology, as well as the trilogy is based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. It's clear that a lot of thought and research went into these stories and that the characters are the pride and joy of the author. When you can feel the love that the author has for her characters, there is definitely going to be a good story told.
It's really difficult to write a review of these books because they are so good and there is so much going on in them. I am so stoked for the third book because I read both of these, back to back, in the span of a weekend. A lot of times I worry that as the series progresses that the books will be less entertaining but that isn't the case. When I read the summary for Frost my hopes weren't too high for it but the greatest part of it is that the summary doesn't give away anything that really takes place in the story.
There were a few hangups in the writing style as it seems choppy at times, or the author is trying to make the dialogue sound more like a teenager but it just comes off cheesy. This doesn't detract from the remainder of the story though. Each character is individualized and stands out, even though the cast of characters is slightly expansive. There are moments where the story line seems just a tad far fetched but mainly Delsol carries on each event with equals parts suspense, emotion, and entertainment.
If you like reading stories that are unique and unlike most others out there in the YA market now, I highly recommend this series.