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Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate Blog Tour

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Mami Tales, in collaboration with BeachBoundbooks, is pleased to be part of the Review Tour for the middle grade fantasy Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate by J.L. McCreedy, which will run from April 20 to May 12, 2016.

Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate Blog Tour


About the Book

LIberty Frye and the Sails of Fate
Title: Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate (Book 2)
Author: J.L. McCreedy
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Number of Pages: 260
Synopsis: When Liberty Frye wakes up on her eleventh birthday, nothing about it feels particularly celebratory. As if being a witch in training isn’t confusing enough, her mother’s mysterious illness has grown worse overnight and her best-friend-turned-foster-sister Ginny is driving her crazy.

Then there’s the matter of Uncle Frank’s new invention that he has brought to her surprise party. When Libby’s freaky powers accidentally activate it, she and her unsuspecting birthday party guests are transported into an ocean of darkness. Literally. Soon, they’re running – or rather, sailing – for their lives, chasing after clues while dodging angry islanders and makeshift spells gone awry.
To save herself and everyone she cares about, Libby knows she must confront the dark forces bent on determining their fate. But what she doesn’t know is … how?

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My Review

With great power comes great responsibility.  That pretty much sums up the theme of this coming-of-age tween novel. Right after finding out she is a witch, last in line of one of the most powerful covens in Germany, Libby is thrust in yet another unexpected journey where she’s left to her own devices. She now knows she can tap into a wealth of magical power, but she has no way (nor guidance) to control it. The book is a clear continuation on Libby’s journey started in the previous book, with now an extra layer of complications – both zany and surreal, and profoundly entertaining. I had not read the first book before reading this one, but the author clearly stated all that had happened in the book before so that the story could be understood. However, if I had read the first book first, I think all the reminders and back story told in the second book would be a little much.

In this new adventure Libby and Ginny, along with crazy-steampunk-scientist Uncle Frank and his sidekick Sal, embark into an odyssey out of this world and time… quite literally. Through trial and error, Libby gets to put her new powers to use, with some backfires along the way. Her voyage turns into an inner journey too, where she discovers sides and aspects of her personality that she needs to maneuver or altogether keep away from. 

Full of adventure, this fantasy tween novel is a page-turner. All characters are fun, endearing and have a well-defined three-dimensional aspect to them. Once I finished the book I went back and read the first one of the series, as I enjoyed the world and the prose of Ms. McCreedy quite a bit. I immediately got my daughter (she’s about to turn 8) to read Witches of Hessen too, as she also is a huge fan of Harry Potter and fantasy literature. She’s been glued to the book ever since, and I can’t want to hear her thoughts for both books once she’s done reading. For my part, I enjoyed both books very much, and would recommend them to anyone who loves fantasy literature. It does have some scary parts, so I’d be cautious with younger tweens. But again, if your kid can read the Harry Potter or Inkheart series, they are perfectly fine to read Liberty Frye.

NOTE: I received a free copy of Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate to facilitate this review, in exchange for my honest opinion.


 Liberty Frye and the Witches of HessenLiberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen (Book 1)

 The average 10-year-old girl seldom travels far from home. She doesn’t worry about being kidnapped by witches or imprisoned in medieval castles where children are ensnared to meet their unspeakable demise. She rarely gives thought to curses, potions and magic. She certainly isn’t concerned about risking life and limb to decipher ancient rites and lost treasures…
But Liberty Frye is about to discover that she is not just your average girl.
When a cryptic note from long-lost relatives arrives, the news it brings flips Libby’s small-town existence upside down. Soon, she finds herself lured to a foreign land where retired witches, talking bats and geriatric World War II pilots await. It’s up to Libby to unravel the sinister plot that brought her there in the first place, but in so doing, she’ll uncover a shocking secret that will change her life forever … if she survives the challenge.
**Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is free through Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author: J.L. McCreedy

JL McCreedy
J.L. McCreedy first learned a love of writing (and developed an incurable condition of wanderlust) while growing up in Southeast Asia as the child of missionaries. She holds a B.A. in English and a law degree, freelances as a writer and consultant for charitable organizations and, whenever possible, drags her splendid husband across the globe on ill-planned, shoestring adventures.
Books by J.L. McCreedy:
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen (Book 1)
Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate (Book 2)
The Orphan of Torundi
Links to book and author websites:
Book website: www.libertyfrye.com
Author website: TongaTime.com

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: May 12, 2016, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author J.L. McCreedy and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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  1. Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

    I thought this was a great adventure for tweens too. Like you, I didn’t read the first book before reading Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate, but never felt lost. Loved Libby’s crazy Uncle Frank! Thank you for sharing your review.

    • Thank you for introducing me to Ms. McCreedy! This really is a wonderful strong lead character for young girls. And I’m a big fan of the genre too!

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