Thursday, June 12, 2014

"Gus high-fived him. “Look who’s all grown up and going on dates with aliens. I’m so proud.”"

 The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis

 Posy comes from a broken family. Her parents are always fighting, and Posy fears they are going to divorce. One night, during one of their arguments, Posy leaves the house and escapes to the library, where she is pulled into a book. She is now thrust into a plot that is being changed by the king, and she meets his son - Kyran - who is determined to save the Plot, his world, and find his sister. Posy joins him on his quest, little knowing she is going on her own at the same time.

 I really don't know what to say about this book. You know how you read a book so good and unexpected, and you love it more than you thought you would, and you have trouble putting it into words? Well, that is what happened with this book.

 I knew I would like it. A girl who gets pulled into a book and gets to hang out with a dashing character. What better idea for a book could there be? There was just so much more to this book then I thought there would be. It blew all of my expectations.

 First off there is Posy, the girl who is pulled into the book. As I have mentioned before, I am kind of tired of girls who think they are better than boys and hate them for no reason. There are few things that make me lose interest in a book faster than that. Posy was delightful new and unexpected.
 One thing I really liked is how scared she was. I know, that probably shouldn't be high on my like list, but she felt more real. She was a modern girl who had never even thought of being in battles or fighting monsters, and all of the sudden she was surrounded by battles.I think anyone in her place would have been scared. (She was also brave, doing what she could to help even though she was scared.)

 Kyran, I loved him. He was everything one wants in a book hero. Brave, kind, and reckless. (We all like reckless book heroes. Or at least most readers I have talked to..)

 The owls. Really, how many people can make owls the bad guys and have it convincing?

 It reminded me of Narnia, the world mostly. I don't know what it is about it, but the whole time I was reading I felt like I was back in Narnia. In a good way. I felt like I had been there before and fit right in, it was fun.

 The romance. It was sweet. I like a sweet romance.

 The ending. It was a nice ending, a happy one, but there were still things left open. Not in a bad way - I felt like I wanted to laugh and cry all at once though. It was the kind of ending where you knew not everything had been solved but everything was not meant to, because in life, we are not left with a well wrapped up ending.

 The whole idea of the story. I don't even know if I can explain it enough to do it justice. I am just going to tell everyone to read it. The way the characters doubted the Author and felt abandoned by him and felt they had to fix everything on their own....that is a sorry summary of it. I really don't know how to put it into words. It was just amazing. It was a whole new look at God and the doubt we face when we go through struggles and wonder if God is with us.

 I really cannot recommend this book enough. Also, Ashlee Willis is one of those fun Authors who has a great blog everyone should read - which can be found HERE!!!!

 I was sent this book to read and give an honest review.

 Quote is from a book of short Cinderella stories.




  1. I love books that surprise you! This sounds really good. I might have to check it out.

  2. I've been following this book for a while, and it's certainly on my to be read (and soon) list.

    However, there's one thing I've wanted to know. The idea of it strikes me with an Ankulen vibe. Not a direct connection, but sort of on the other things, after the book's been published. Since you're the first one I've seen read it who's also read my book, I'd like to know what you think.

    (Not that I'd mind if it is similar. I'm more amused by such things than anything else.)

  3. This sounds like a really good book!
    Is the quote from "Five Glass Slippers"? I'd really like to read that book, as Becca and I are going to try and enter this year's contest by that publishing company.

  4. Can't wait to read this one. I love meta-fiction... it is a sadly ignored and undeveloped genre (but I actually like that, because the genres that get too popular end up popular for all the wrong reasons... dystopian fiction, anyone?)

    Meta-fiction is staying safely in the "doing well, but not ridiculously bloated" category. :)

  5. Who doesn't want to return to Narnia?

  6. Great review Jack! I felt Narnia too. Kind of like you described it...

    Ashlee kept me guessing about many of the things she was saying about our story (and God's) until the end was nearing. The cool thing is that there are still some things I am trying to place in the overall symbolism. That's how a book should be.

    It makes for deep themes out of which one can continue to mine nuggets, or possibly, like Tom Bombadil, to become a tantalizing enigma forever.

  7. Thanks for this great review! I've been thinking of getting that book and now I'm more certain that I will. :)

  8. I like books that make you so happy they're hard to review justly. And I like sweet romances. And the characters sound cool. But I still want your book Jim. WHERE IS YOUR BOOK???

  9. Great review - it makes me want to read the book! Though I do feel bad for owls :-)


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