The Tethered World by Heather FitzGerald

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(I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.)
This book was an absolute delight to read. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, battles, political intrigue, betrayal, friendships, danger, legendary creatures, dragons, fairies, gnomes and so much more!
I loved that it centers around an eccentric home school family, and, no, not a denim skirt wearing family, just a normal home school family. (NO offense if you wear jean skirts.) The Larcens are fun, relatable, and just a little crazy.
Describing this book is hard because it has so many elements that would normally turn me off from a book: it’s safe, it’s Christian fantasy, it’s safe. LOL. I don’t need to put any sort of warning on it. There is no language. The kids are smart and not rebellious. The romance is sweet, mild, and not acted upon by either party. It has a family that trust the Lord and loves each other. There is nothing here that isn’t good and wholesome. Most books that I can say this about are also boring, badly written, preachy, and trite.
Not The Tethered World.
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Map of the Tethered World.(Supplied by H. FitzGerald.)

 

When their parents disappear, the Larcen children have their lives turned upside down and the adventure begins.
The mythological creatures are handled perfectly: just different enough to be interesting and just familiar enough to tie them to other stories. The struggles faced by Sadie as she tackles a world she only wants to leave are real and relatable without being annoying. Sophie is my heart and I love her to death. She spends most of the adventure trying not to have too much fun. Brady grows into a man by fighting and sacrificing himself, and Brock finds his place. (Brock’s story is one of the great joys of this book.)
If you have a kid, boy or girl, who loved Narnia this is the next book for them. It’s written very much with Lewis’ world in mind and has much of the same feel. Danger and struggles are there, but not so detailed or dark that they overwhelm the story.
This is a great book to read to introduce the wide world of fantasy to adults and children alike.
So, I say this story is safe in the same way I would say The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is safe. It has moments of great darkness, but also great joy. It has moments that made me chuckle and laugh while I read, and moments that brought me to tears.
If you are tired of YA books that seem to have far more Adult and not enough Young, if you want a story about kids who aren’t so worried about boyfriends and girlfriends, but about taking care of their family, if you want faith that isn’t preachy, and if you want good fun adventure, check out The Tethered World.
On a personal note, I’ve worked with Heather for a couple years now on her writing and her on mine. She was one of the earliest members of the Manet Writing Group that I founded and a dear friend. The praise I’ve given her book isn’t something I take lightly and isn’t given because I actually know her. Her writing is wonderful and her world is magical. I plan on giving her book as a gift to my nieces this month and can’t wait to talk to them about it.
Join us for a FB Launch Party for the release of The Tethered World this evening! There will be some awesome door prizes given away including a Kindle and gift cards to Starbucks and Amazon. If you join us, make sure you say I sent you! 🙂
(If you follow the link above it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase The Tethered World which will give me a small kick-back. Thank you in advance!)

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Heather L.L. FitzGerald lives in Texas with four someones that call her mom and one special someone that calls her his wife. She homeschooled her children–one of whom is autistic–and teaches ballet at a fine arts school in Forth Worth. Heather is a member of the North Texas Christian Writers, and helps to facilitate the Manet writer’s group in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves drinking ice lattes, cloud watching, and getting lost in a good book.

 

You can connect with Heather on her website/blogFacebook, Pinterest: (Belongs to her main character, Sadie), Character blog: (Sadie’s mom has a blog about legendary creatures.), Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads.

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Peter and the Starcatchers and By Darkness Hid

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By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson

This book really surprised me.  Typically, when you say something is “Christian Fantasy” I expect a sever lack of creativity,  poor storytelling, and unconvincing and convenient conversions.  To my great joy,  this book was creative,  had a great story,  a little grit, and great fantasy.  I will admit to a few times struggling to keep up with the characters but it didn’t stop me from reading.  I will also admit to finding the girl Sparrow a bit unconvincing at the end. I felt like my chain was being a bit yanked by her. But, I was still very invested in all the characters. I wasn’t bored by the politics. I’m intrigued by the world and the hero is a real hero. Well done. I can’t wait to start book two!
Parental Warning: a few adult issues meaning she deals with such things as evil kings trying to take a mistress and the reality of being a girl dressed like a boy and needing to use the bathroom. Nothing inappropriate happens but they are dealt with…meaning I think most teens would be fine with this book. It’s clean, just honest. A nice combination.

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Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry
This brilliant, silly, moving, clever retelling of the story of Peter Pan needs to move to the top of your reading list. I laughed. I cried.
This is the story of how Peter became Peter Pan, Hook became Hook, the Lost Boys became the Lost Boys, and Tinker Bell Tinker Bell. I have always been slightly inamoured by the fairy tale of Peter Pan and this version only makes me love it more.
My only warning is that reading it can cause a strong case of adventure longing and possible excessive use of imagination. The audio version is delightful. This is a story that anyone of any age can enjoy and would be perfect for family reading time. I can’t suggest this story strongly enough. It was perfectly wonderful.