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Jana here, I’m baack. Miss me? I took a little blogging hiatus for some life things that have been happening, but, it’s time to get back to reviewing. This time, I’ve teamed up with Parlaiment House again for yet another Takeover Blog Tour of the Stolen Series by Marlena Frank. Below, you’ll find a copy of both the amazing book cover, as well as a synopsis and a link to purchase yourself a copy!
Stolen by Marlena Frank
The Stolen Series (Book 1)
Release Date: January 22, 2019
GoodReads Synopsis: “It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.
In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…”
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5)
Buy the book here
So, without further adieu, let’s dive on in to my review.
So, let’s start this off by saying I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but I was surprised to say the least. When I first met Shaleigh, our MC, I wasn’t entirely sold. Something about her irked me, but as I continued on, she grew on me, despite the fact that I truly found some of her reactions lacking – she could use a bit more enthusiasm. It was, however, a wonderful point to watch her come into herself as she tries to figure out this unique world she’s been sent to.
This book gave me all the 80s fantasy vibes – think Alice in Wonderland meets The Wizard of Oz meets Labyrinth type vibes. I loved the introduction of flying bicycles, stone lions, and evil Queens, dark faeries and all the unexpected character additions. It definitely created a world of its own, which I found captivating and inviting, definitely a world I could find myself exploring for hours on end just to find all the hidden corners that my mind wandered to.
Though the world building was in a league of its own, I had a hard time getting into the storyline. I have no idea what had me feeling as if the book was dragging on, despite so many highs and a world I certainly couldn’t get enough of. I am unsure if this had to do with trying to get a large amount of information to the reader as it is the first in the series, or if it truly was a slow reading book. I was just hoping for more, with each page turn, I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to see happen next, and unfortunately it fell flat for me. There definitely were some amazing moments and some times within this book that I couldn’t get enough and just needed to see where the story went next, so with that in mind I most definitely will be continuing on in the series as I truly want to know what happens to Shaleigh and see what type of adventure she gets on next.
I loved the fact that our main character was told from the view of a PoC. There aren’t many books I’ve read recently that are told from the view of a PoC and I do really enjoy them. I also love the addition of the mental health aspect of the book, it’s amazing to see a book include something I am so passionate about spreading awareness about.
All in all, despite having a miniscule amount of issues (for lack of a better word) with it, I really did enjoy the novel. The writing was well done, and had the power to transport me to another world I truly am excited to go explore more.
I am excited to revisit these characters and this world and see how much deeper I can connect with it. I would definitely suggest this book to fans of fantasy works like Alice and Wonderland, Pan’s Labrynthe, and Wizard of Oz, and will 100% be continuing on with the series, if only to transport myself back to the magical garden world Marlena created.
I am thrilled I was chosen among some other amazing bloggers to be a part of the Parliament House blog tour, and I cannot wait to participate in the next tour. I am truly blessed to be part of such an amazing review team for such an amazing publisher.
As always, may your coffee be strong, and your books transport you somewhere magical.
And remember, stay wild moon child, and creep it real, witches!