Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mary Ann's review of The Orphan and the Thief by M. L. LeGette

The Orphan and the Thief by M. L. LeGette

Book 1 (I hope she writes the sequel)
Genre: MG-YA
Content: High adventure fantasy with mild-moderate violence (no worse than HP)
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 250 (ebook)

Book Blurb:
Toad thought it'd be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn't the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he's in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.

All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn't very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she's determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don't carry Mr. Owl's ingredients. Luckily, Melena's willing to help, for a price. With Melena's pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad's enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?


           “Master Toad, Lady Melena, Hazel”—Hazel grunted in her sleep—“I have the great pleasure to introduce Miss Agatha,” said Joe, his voice at his lowest baritone.

            They stared at the spider. She swung upside down, her eight black eyes glinting in the late afternoon sunlight. Then, very suddenly, she lifted one leg and waved it in what was unmistakably half a handshake.

            Awkwardly, Toad and Melena waved back.

            “How d’you know her?” Toad asked Joe out of the corner of his mouth.

            “We met long ago,” said Joe with a reminiscent sigh. “I was so terribly lonely and Miss Agatha visited me to keep me company.”

            Without warning, Agatha slid down her thread toward Ol’ Joe, but she stopped short and took a few scuttles back up, creating a small loop. Without hesitation, as Toad and Melena watched, she slipped through the loop—and disappeared.

            Toad stared with his mouth open at the swaying noose, still dangling from the mirror’s frame. Agatha was gone! As if erased from sight. Erased from the air.

            “W-what happened?” Melena cried. “Where’d she go?”

            “Probably to the garden. Miss Agatha is so very fond of gardens.” Ol’ Joe caught the stunned looks on their faces and chuckled. “My apologies. I forget that her means of travel startles those who don’t expect it. Miss Agatha can do … tricks with her web, and slipping is one of them.”

            “Slippin’?” Toad repeated, his eyes very round. “She did that just now?”

            “Quite.” Joe nodded. But he narrowed his marble eyes and, glancing out the sun-soaked window, said rather shrewdly, “She shouldn’t startle people, though.”

What did I like about this book?
The characters are well developed and I learned something from each of them. Toad and Melena are likeable kids who share a huge adventure for different reasons. The story is split between each of their points of view.

I enjoyed Izzie, Agatha and Joe. I think there is a lot more to learn from and about Izzie, if the author decides to write a sequel. I like the underlying theme of the book which is (for me, at least) that characters come into our lives at different times and seasons to teach us something and we shouldn't take them for granted--from a magical spider to an enchanted mug, to the kid who lives in a den of thieves.

The action and adventure are paced well from beginning to end with edge-of-your-seat suspense and rest periods where I could catch  my breath and absorb new information.

The author did a good job with the world building. It reads like historical fiction.

There were some typos--probably just formatting issues, and a couple of scenes seemed a little contrived. It reminded me of a MG version of LOTR meets Harry Potter. I think my grandkids would really enjoy it. I know I did! Over all I'd give this book 4 stars****

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Bio:Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters--even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages.

She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.Praise:[LeGette is] able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Five stars ... The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading! -- Abigail / Goodreads ReviewM.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. This charming story is so good that it may very well become a classic. -- Karen Dowdall, Author of Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings

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1 comment:

  1. I love the premise of this book and I love anthropomorphic tales... New follower!


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