Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Changelings by Christina Soontornvat

Izzy is just a regular kid who is unhappy with where they have moved.  It's a house her father inherited and she wishes he hadn't.  It's in the woods, they have no neighbors to speak of and it doesn't even have many stores.  What fun is that?

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 6th.

The man at the convenience store tells them they are living next door to a witch.  Izzy wants to know more but hasn't got time to find much out.  She decides to sneak over and watch her to see if she acts like a witch.  Unfortunately, her little sister follows her.  The woman hears them and invites them in.  They spook and run.  Staying away would be a good thing but curiosity gets to Henrietta.  She's heading back through the woods when she hears a tune and follows it.  Izzy follows her but loses her.  She asks the potential witch for help.  She tells her to stay there and heads out in the woods.  Izzy follows, of course.  And that's how she found the entry way to fairy world...

When she follows the woman down, she finds it's almost a mirror to the woods above but it's a lot older and has other developments.  They visit a house and get attacked by cobwebs.  Izzie escapes, the woman doesn't.

As she wanders on the trail and wonders where to go and what to do, she finds a mossy rock that seems to be crying.  She soon finds out that it's a changeling.  It's caught by a silver snare and Izzy finally gets it loose.  Just as she does the bad ones are arriving and they have to run!

The story is fast paced, flows well and has very interesting characters.  Besides fairies, there are changelings that can shapeshift, wyverns, goblins and more.  Izzy won't give up on finding her little sister and has to face several fearful things and situations to gain her.  It looked like she wouldn't live through it but she has a secret, too.

I really enjoyed reading this one.  If someone in your house likes fantasy, this is an excellent choice. 

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