Sunday, December 2, 2012

Flock by Wendy Delsol

Series: Stork (bk. 3)

Genera: Paranormal Romance

Subjects: Mythology, Norse mythology, storks, mermaids, magic, Minnesota, supernatural, fantasy

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 394 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $16.99

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Summary/ product description: “The climactic conclusion of a supernatural romantic trilogy starring a savvy, sharp-tongued heroine who taps into ancient Norse secrets.
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.”

My Rating: êêêêê

My Review: An epic finale to one of the more unique, creative paranormal romance series I’ve read. I’m gonna miss Kat, Jack, Penny, Jinky and even Marik. Not to mention Afi, with all the funny comebacks that you’d never expect from a grandpa. This series has been so fun. I want more Norse mythology in YA.

In this book, Katla’s trying to save her baby sister, deal with Jinky and Marik being exchange students, and a ton of other stuff. There’s a lot of action, some romance, and a ton of humor. Katla’s narration is funny as always. There’s also the design project. I can relate to the start-up business branding because I’m actually doing that in my Graphic Design 3 class. I think it’s cool how the author incorporates high school into the series. I wish I had this much fun in high school. There are some crazy natural disasters that happen in the book. Katla believes that Brigid may be the cause. There’s some really scary stuff. Katla escapes death multiple times, with the help of Jack.

I think Marik is ridiculous, but Penny’s crush on him is pretty cute. I wish he could go all merman in the book, but he was learning the culture of humans and trying to keep the deal with Katla. He loves everything and everyone loves him. He’s an awesome foreign exchange student, even if he’s not really off this world.

I want to mention the setting. I know the towns are made-up, not real. Walden, MN is not a college town. Norse Falls was made-up. But I love the setting of Minnesota. I’ve camped there multiple times in the summer. I think the setting is in Northern Minnesota, probably in between Minneapolis and Duluth, but more to the west. Or close to Iowa. Not sure. If you’re read the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, you’d remember that there’s a lot of forestry in MN. I really loved it up there.

How do you guys feel about this series being a movie or TV show? I feel like it would work better as a TV show. It had an episodic tone. Maybe the 2nd book felt more movie-ish.

If you love PNR or mythology in YA, and have not read this series, you are really missing out. Great series. I recommend you get all the books, clear out you schedule, or read all 3 during the holidays. Perfect series for Christmastime.  

Cover Art Review: I liked the cover for Frost better. This one has Penny on the cover. I wish the girl’s photo was higher quality. I’m not sure if I like the title being pink. I feel like there’s a color clash. I love the opalescent paper stock that the jacket’s printed on, though.


~Haley G

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