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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Review: Hope by Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser

Title: Hope (Faerieground #2)
Author: Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser
Illustrator: Odessa Sawyer
Publication: September 2 2013
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Source: Author/Publisher
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Audience: 9+


Synopsis: Back in Faerieground, Soli must lead her kingdom to safety. But Lucy becomes ill, and her wellbeing is her best friend's first priority, even if it means sacrificing the crown.

My Thoughts: The adventure continues for Soli and Lucy in this second faerieground installment. Now that Soli has dethroned her mother she must lead her kingdom out of the ruins of war. While in Faerieground Lucy and Soli learn much about their mothers. Soli must make major decisions and decide who she can trust. Friendship continues to be tested as Soli tries to save her kingdom and her best friend. 

I read this with my daughter. She has been in love with this series since we read the first book. My daughter was intrigued with the story and is anxious for the next installment. This is a quick and easy read, great for young readers and adults alike. Odessa Sawyer's artwork is beautifully done and brings life to the story and makes it easy for young readers to verbalize and visualize what is taking place. 

Author Bio:
Beth Bracken is a children's book editor. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their son, Sam. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea. 

Kay Fraser is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North Dakota—basically the exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her daughters to their dance lessons.

About the Illustrator:
Odessa Sawyer is an illustrator from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works mainly in digital mixed media, utilizing digital painting, photography, and traditional pen and ink. Odessa's work has graced book covers from many top publishing houses, and she has also done work for various film and television projects, posters, and album covers. Highly influenced by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion, and classic horror, Odessa's work celebrates a whimsical, dreamy, and vibrant quality.

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