AUTHOR: T.M. Wallace
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 212 pages
PUBLISHED: Brownridge Publishing, 2011
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review and Blog Tour
GOODREADS: If you are longing for adventure and your family moves next-door to a beautiful garden full of lush plants and ancient stone, wouldn't you steal over to have a look at it – even if it was owned by the neighborhood witch? For Addy Marten the answer is obvious: It is only a matter of time before Addy sets out to explore the garden's winding paths and especially, the rows of mysterious stone statues that she has glimpsed through her bedroom window. Instead of the enticing hideaway she has imagined, however, she finds herself in a chaotic and dangerous place.
MY TAKE: This was a delightful story that I think will appeal to older middle grade readers and up. T.M. Wallace has created a story chock full of characters that kids can relate to. They are well written and quite believable in their actions and dialogue. I enjoyed the fact that the author's fae were based on the darker, more malevolent beings from myth and legend. The lighter "sparkly" fairies tend to get the majority of the attention so this was a refreshing change. Fairies weren't the only supernatural beings inhabiting the garden and this book. We were introduced to elves, lizard men, sages and other interesting players.
While I know next to nothing about the game of chess, I am an avid gardener. The careful research obviously undertaken by Ms. Wallace is much appreciated. Her descriptions of certain plants and flowers were quite accurate. The garden was well thought out.
I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this lovely tale. Thank you to the author T.M. Wallace and the lovely ladies at Pump Up Your Book for including me on the tour. If you'd like to read the first chapter, you can visit Literarily Speaking.
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