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.
About the Book
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.
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.
About the Author: 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
My blog/website: TongaTime.com
Blog Tour Giveaway