Author: Wendy Delsol
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Copy provided by: Book it Forward Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):
After her parents' divorce, Katla and her mother move from Los Angeles to Norse Falls, Minnesota, where Kat immediately alienates two boys at her high school and, improbably, discovers a kinship with a mysterious group of elderly women--the Icelandic Stork Society - who "deliver souls."
Why I read this: It's a debut novel and also, it's a new idea and one that I found intriguing.
Plot: The plot was unique - a society of Storks initiates young Katla into their society because she has the mark - an irritated spot on her head that starts itching when they needed to meet. Katla is soon to place her first soul and it comes to her in a dream and slowly, over the course of the book, shows Katla the potential mothers for this child.
Along with the main plot, there is Katla adjusting to life in Minnesota, where fashion really doesn't exist and she seems to be an outcast from the start. She gains some friends eventually and a small romance buds. There's a few twists in it that I didn't quite see coming - or at least - not that angle.
Overall, even though the plot was unique - it fell a bit short for me. I felt like the book stressed too much about her life and the main plot got pushed towards the back. Or maybe I really just wanted to see more and know more about this society of Storks.
Characters: Katla was really hard for me to like. She was a bit standoffish and I can understand because of her personality. It was hard to like her though and I think that took quite a bit away from the story. She's definitely not a girl I would entrust placing a soul with either.
Jack is an interesting male character, but he's got that horrible hot/cold aspect - I hate you, I love you. It really does get old after reading 10 books with the same variety of male character. He's definitely different in a paranormal aspect - but I'll let you discover that for yourself.
Relatability: I really couldn't relate much to be honest and that also drew me away from the book. I was hoping to discover more about the Storks and how that worked, but ended up with some other plot lines getting in the way.
Cover Commentary: Very pretty, definitely eye-catching and one of the reasons I wanted to read this book so badly.
Rating: 3/5 Roses
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