What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Flock by Wendy Delsol

Flock is the final in the Stork trilogy from Wendy Delsol. I've enjoyed this series so far, and was anxious to see how the story would end. Here are my reviews of books 1 (Stork) and 2 (Frost). There was a lot of suspense wrapped up in the second book, so I knew it was going to take a lot to resolve everything and end happily (not that we're ever guaranteed a happy ending!).

Here's the summary from Goodreads: After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen — and Marik has come to collect. What’s worse, Katla doesn’t dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla’s stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.

What I Liked: 1) Well, the first two books have focused a lot of their energies (or plotlines) on some of the Nordic legends, of which were all unknown to me. And I loved that about it. But this one focused more on how those legends were being rewoven into today's time period, and what effects they were having on Katla and her generation. I really love how Miz Delsol took her story a step beyond just retelling these somewhat obscure legends. 2) This is kind of an extension of the first thing I mentioned, but I like how well Flock brought Stork and Frost together. The story continues from where we left off in Frost, but instead of feeling linear, it felt more like....well, I don't know if I can accurately describe it, but this is how I see it in my head.

Instead of this (which I find most often with series):
It was this:

That may not make any sense to anyone, but it was as if she took the legend from book 1, and the legend from book 2, and brought them together to create a new story. I hope my visual aids depict that! (I'm quite the graphic artist, can't you tell? ;-)) 3) Complications. I enjoy fluff pieces of literature as much as the next person, especially when I don't want to think about anything. But I always appreciate complicated story lines with many twists and tangles, so I loved that part of this conclusion. Everyone's lives were all tangled around everyone else's, so the consequences of different actions were widespread. It wasn't just Katla and her decisions anymore. 4) The ending. It was a little bittersweet, which is always nice. Everything comes with a price, and Katla and Jack have to learn that. I'm glad for the ending that they received, it fit with the complexity of the story and felt very natural to the progression.

What I Didn't Like: There are a couple of things that I mentioned being a little disappointed in with the first two books, and I'm glad to see that all of those were cleared up with this final piece of the puzzle. As for this one, nothing sticks out at me that I just didn't like about the story.

Overall Thoughts: Flock is the perfect ending to this trilogy. I absolutely love that Miz Delsol was able to bring the conclusion to life in a way that didn't just follow a linear pattern. It's such a refreshing way to read a series. That was awesome. Katla and Jack are characters that I'll continue to root for the in the future, and will definitely take the time to go back and reread their story, because it was a lot of fun! If you have yet to get into this one, it's highly recommended!

My Rating: 5 shots

1 comment:

  1. I love the Christmas feel around the blog :) Very cute and fun.
    Onto Flock, honestly I have never read any part of this series, but was fortunate enough to get a copy at BEA12.
    I do think the cover model looks a lot like the original Victoria in Twilight.
    LOVE red hair.
    I am going to read your reviews of the other titles in this series.
    Hope your week is good!
    Bella's Bookshelf


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