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The Magic Warble - Book Review with Giveaway

Monday, February 22, 2010 Posted by Rita A

Let me take you on a fantastic adventure. An adventure filled with fairies, gnomes, talking animals, a Prince and of course an Evil Queen. Come - be drawn in to the story, The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox.


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. And 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, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.


The story is geared towards young adults but I was hooked on The Magic Warble. From the very first chapter, I wanted to keep reading to see what happens next. The characters were well described in such detail, it was easy to picture exactly what they were like. From Kristina, a young girl feeling unpopular, to the Evil Queen with her viscious nature, combined with the strong fearless Prince, the story is filled with moments of wonder. Every adventure and location was written with perfect details. I felt like I was standing right with them. I loved the amount of colors used in the storyline. Victoria is an artist painting with words. The book is illustrated by Amanda Swanson which adds to the story at just the right moments. The Magic Warble reminded me of the Narnia series as well as the Never Ending Story. Young readers will enjoy the shortness of each chapter but will find themselves reading just one more. My favorite part of the story involved the talking animals. Kristina's best friend is a rat who talks. Along the way they encounter a talking horse who helps them on their journey to save Bernovem from the Evil Queen. Each page was a joy to read. I became transported to the land of Bernovem. It was not an easy journey for Kristina but with the help of her new friends, her spirit and her heart, she marched on to her destiny.

I have read many fantasy stories including the entire Harry Potter Series. If your book loving little ones or yourself enjoy magical lands of fantasy, The Magic Warble is a delight to read. It was exciting to read from cover to cover. In my mind, I did picture a slightly different ending. I wanted more. I wanted the story to continue. The author, Victoria Simcox lives with her husband and three children in Western Washington. In addition to writing, she spends her days as an elementary school art teacher. She has a lovely book in The Magic Warble. You can visit Victoria's blog for information of book signings.

You can purchase The Magic Warble direct from the author or it can be found on Amazon.

Here is your chance to win! Victoria is providing to one lucky reader a copy of The Magic Warble.

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--Tell me in a comment what your favorite fantasy story is and if you have someone who would love to read The Magic Warble.
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Giveaway ends on March 4th at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Open to US addresses only. No PO Boxes. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted. Rules.

Many thanks to Victoria for providing the review copy and giveaway product.

Disclosure: I received a gratis copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted for this post. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.


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  11. tessica said...

    My favorite fantasy series right now are The Warrior Heir series by Cinda Chima!
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    Rita...this sounds like an amazing read. Ya know I love my mystical beings ^_^.

    THe Never Ending Story is our favorite...so far. Chaz would love for The Magic Warble to be our new bedtime story.

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  20. Anonymous said...

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  92. Karrie said...

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    The Chronicles of Narnia is a great story and I would read this to my oldest daughter.

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  107. lilyk said...

    My favorite fantasy story is The Blue Sword. My friend would love to read The Magic Warble.