Monday, February 15, 2010

Mini Week With ~ Kate Forsyth; Puzzle Ring

This week we are having a mini week with Kate Forsyth, with review, interview and Scotland castles and Poetry.

From Kate Forsyth's site

Hannah Rose Brown was not quite thirteen years old when she discovered her family was cursed...It seemed a day like any other day. Yet for twelve year old Hannah Rose Brown, it is the day when her ordinary life is changed forever, a day when she discovers a past full of secrets and a future full of magic.
Hannah lives with her mother, Roz. Her father Robert disappeared soon after she was born, and she and her mother are all alone in the world. Or so Hannah has always believed. Yet one day a letter arrives, addressed to the Viscountess of Fairknowe. Hannah thinks it's a hilarious mistake but the letter upsets her mother who confesses that Hannah’s father was the Viscount of Fairknowe, and the heir to Wintersloe Castle in Scotland.
The letter is from Hannah’s great-grandmother – someone she never knew existed – begging Hannah and her mother to come to Scotland. At first Roz refuses – she had sworn never to return to Wintersloe Castle. But Hannah is determined to go, her curiosity aroused by the letter’s reference to a curse.
Wintersloe Castle is an old house, built near the ruins of a castle and overlooking the waters of Loch Lomond. On the northern wall is a strange gate, built through the hollow trunk of an ancient yew tree. Through the gate, Hannah can see the round hill that rises behind the house, crowned with a blackthorn tree. This is called Fairknowe on the maps, but the locals call it the fairy hill.
Strange things begin to happen. A toad coughs up a round stone with a hole worn through the middle. When Hannah looks through it, the world seems different. She hears a dog howling at night – yet there is no dog at Wintersloe Castle. Shadows seem to stalk her. One stormy day, the toad shows her the way to her father’s old tower room – and Hannah discovers the history of the curse of Wintersloe Castle, which has blighted the family and the house for centuries.
Hannah is determined to break the curse, but to do so she must go back in time to the last tumultuous days of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. She must face all sorts of dangers, including being hunted by the evil queen of the Otherworld and being accused of being a witch...

My Review
 Amazing! I was looking forward to this book and it did not let me down. Hannah is a spontaneous brave 13 yr old. Her long lost great grandmother sent a letter to Hannah and her mother Roz asking them to visit. As Hannah convinces her mother to travel to Scotland. She meets a few memorable friends, Max, Donavon and Scarlett.  All wonderful characters who bring life to the book. Hannah is set to break the curse cast upon her family and to try to find her father. You can't help but to feel you are learning life lessons while reading this, it doesn't bring the book down it enhances it. It shows courage of Hannah. It's truly beautiful written,   You feel as if you know all the characters. The book was packed with time travel, Witches, Fairies. I really enjoyed the feeling of another era. Makes you realize how great we have it.  In the end I was left with a few questions but not a cliff hanger, I can only hope for a sequel.  The action in the book is not overwhelming to where you can not keep up yet so much happens that you cant and don't want to put it down. I have a little boy who can't read yet, but after reading this I will be adding it to a box of books I hope he will one day read. (hehe this will be the first one in the box) This is a book worth passing along.

Special thanks to JUJU @ Tales of Whimsy for letting me join in on the Blog Tour of the Puzzle Ring.

Another Thank You to Kate Forsyth for taking the time to entertain our questions! It always is a treat when you get an amazing author with an amazing book!


Want to learn more check out Kate Forsyth's site.


ParaJunkee said...

This book sounds fantastic. Great review. I have a box of books for my 2 year old that is getting bigger and bigger. I hope she appreciates it.

Lily Child said...

I am just about done reading The Puzzle Ring and so far, it is fantastic! Lovely review Liz! :)

Juju at Tales of said...

Nice review. Thanks for the shout out :)

Violet said...

This book sounds excellent! I look forward to reading your interview with Kate Forsyth. :)

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Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Great review! I also loved this book! :D

Lily Child said...

OHMYGOSH! I just finished this book and it was AWESOME! :D