Goodreads: Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.
Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated.
So did this book measure up to what I thought it was going to be?
What I liked: 1) Katla. She was a great female heroine. Miz Delsol absolutely captured the kind of girl that I think makes a role model for other teens. Her spirit, and characteristics, the issues that she faces as a teen, even the way she talks were completely and 100% personable. 2) Norse legends. I love books that have their roots somewhere in cultural myths or legends. And this was a brand new one for me. It was obvious in reading that Miz Delsol did her research and knew how to morph this legend into a modern-day story. 3) The surprise ending. I'm always pleased when an author manages to surprise me, because let's face it, it doesn't happen very often. I think that when you read as much as I do, you start to recognize the patterns that books take (not in a bad way, but there are only so many outcomes books can have, right?) It's a little like the chaos theory, I think. Anyway, I was surprised at the decision that Katla ended up making as her first big Stork decision. So not what I expected, but I was very happy! 4) Hot farmer boys. I can see Jack now...wranglers, Stetson......*drools on keyboard* Wait...no, it's cold there! He's probably not wearing a Stetson. 5) The writing. I have to compliment Miz Delsol's style here. I read this book in the dead of summer, it's triple digit weather here in TX, but I was so completely immersed in the story that I had a blanket wrapped around me, and I swear I was surprised when I couldn't see little puffs of steam when I would breath. It was great.
What I didn't like: 1) Well, the whole hat/scratch your head thing was kind gross. I wonder if that's part of the legend? 2) I won't say I didn't like it, but the big secret that you find out about Jack felt kind of out of left field. I had to do a doubletake, and I was thinking, whoa...what just happened? But I'm sure it's going to make the next book very interesting!
Overall thoughts: Read this book! It was everything I wanted in a story and more. The plot was great, very interesting and was rooted in a Norse legend. The characters felt like real people, and the writing makes you feel as if you are living the story right alongside Katla and her friends! Make sure you get a chance to read Stork, and look for the sequel, Frost, coming out on October 11, 2011. That's one book I can't wait to get my hands on!
My rating: 5 shots
Cheers and happy reading!
P.S. I got a treat on the way to work this morning!