The Word Changers (Christian Fiction)

The Word Changers (Christian Fiction)

by Ashlee Willis

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BN ID: 2940149295630
Publisher: Dove Christian Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 956,462
File size: 558 KB

About the Author

When Ashlee is not writing, she's walking in the woods, reading fairytales, haunting old book stores, or searching for bugs and frogs with her young son. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband, son, and cat. She is already hard at work on her next book, also a fantasy for young adults. You can find Ashlee at , where she blogs about fantasies and fairytales, and where she also loves to hear ideas and opinions from all her readers. She can also be found on Twitter (@BookishAshlee) and Facebook.

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The Word Changers (Young Adult Fantasy) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is right up there with some of the top fantasy, and it's a must-read for anyone who has ever called himself a fan of Narnia. Posy hates her life, with her parents always bickering, always fighting. One night when her own temper gets the better of her, she flees to a nearby library, intending to get lost in a book to hide from her problems for a while. And boy, does she get lost IN a book. When she wakes up, she's surrounded by a whole bunch of people she doesn't know -- people who tell her that she is the Princess Evanthe. Even the owl in the corner treats her like the princess. Yet, she knows, just as they know, that she is not Evanthe. No, she is only Evanthe's replacement -- a girl called into a story so that the Plot would not be messed up. And what happened to Evanthe? Why, she ran away! It's going to take Posy's teaming up with the young Prince Kyran (a boy with whom she did not have a satisfactory first meeting) to go out beyond the Borders of the story to find the missing princess and bring her back. Of course, that's just the beginning of the story. If I were to give you more, I'd be sunk in spoilers. Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I love the idea of characters being alive, doing things, living between the times readers pull their story off a shelf. Have you ever wondered why bits of a story seem different the second time you read a book? That's because the characters might not have acted it out exactly the same way as the first time you read it. And the whole theme of being word changers, someone who had the power to change the words within a story... from within the story. Amazing! The characters themselves I found very unique for a fantasy. With these types of books, authors tend to stick cliche characters into their works, yet Ashlee Willis didn't. The prince was dashing, yet not perfect. The heroine struggled with emotions that linked her both to the story-world and her own. The owls were not typical of owls anywhere that I've read. Beginning the book, I got a deep sense of deja vu -- someone from our world called into a fantasy where they team up with an individual from that world to find missing royalty at the request of owls. "It's The Silver Chair all over again," I thought, but I was wrong. While this has elements that reminded me of Narnia, there's so much... more, for a lack of a better word. It was just a smashing read. And yes, I was glued to the pages and I finished it all in one day.  Advisory: Just some of your usual fantasy violence. As certain characters let loose their evil intentions, others stray from the Plot, fights and battles ensue. Centaurs, ipotanes (centaurs with only two legs), mermaids, owls, and men fight and are killed/injured. Nothing is overly graphic, though, so I'd recommend this book for readers twelve and up.  At one point, Posy looks into a mirror and notices her curves. While remaining clean, I found those paragraphs to be a bit awkward and would have preferred them left out. The author also later describes a mermaid -- again, clean, but just something to take note of. Also, since it is a big part of the story, I need to mention it here: the romance angle. While I thought on the whole it was a sweet romance, I got a little annoyed with the physical aspect of it. The couple shared (if my count was correct) five kisses, and the description of his muscles or their holding hands (or other physical contact) I didn't like.  *Please note: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest review.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down! An awesome read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story.
BookGrace More than 1 year ago
This story follows the adventure of Posy, an inwardly hurting girl who finds herself in a fairy tale book. I've thought of how cool where someone is transported into a book world would be (especially to us bookworms), so what fun to find that a book was releasing with this idea. My over all opinion of "The Word Changers" is that it is a sweet fantasy read with some good underlying messages of forgiveness and not blaming others for everything wrong in your life. I loved how it had quite a few fantastical creatures (talking owls, centaurs, and even mermaids). I did not always see things coming in it, so it wasn't every predictable ( unexpected plot twists can be such fun!). My biggest problem with the story is that I found it seemed somewhat rushed at times. But that's not an issue worth putting down this book, because this book does deserve praise. If you'll forgive the pun- the plot of this story is well done. I found it original and could tell there was a lot thought put into it. And, to me, it had the closest essence of being Narnia-like than any other book that I've read in awhile. If you enjoy a fascinating, clean read, then I think "The Word Changers" is a book you just might want to pick up this summer. I give it a rating of four, and I recommend it. *With thanks to the publisher and author for a free E-ARC of the book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
What if we could literally jump into a book? Become a character in it? Live in its world with the characters originally written in it? Sure, it might be pretty great, at first! But what about all the danger (evil people after you, treacherous territory, magic, portals etc.), never seeing your family and friends again, etc. Well, that's what happens to Posy in The Word Changers! Perhaps what I loved most about The Word Changers was not only how it encompassed something that all readers probably dream about and imagine - becoming a character in the story your reading - but also how the story that makes a book can teach us important life lessons that we need (possibly at just the time we need it, like with Posy) and may not come to learn in any other way. Stories teach us about life, and this book really brought that point to heart as Posy experienced learning just the thing she needed to about life when she was portaled into a fairy-tale! Sometimes daily life and problems just aren't enough to open our eyes, and reading clarifies the important things we need to learn in way that our experiences can't. I also loved the emphasis that the "author" puts each character into his story for a purpose. The author can, but won't control everything that the characters do. They each have to make decisions on their own because that helps them grow, gives them personality, makes them the character that they are! I whole heartedly agree with both of these things and love how the author presented them throughout the book (so much better than I ever could in this review)! Now, on to the characters and world, which I also loved! The original characters in the book literally became Posy's friends when she went into the story (like the characters become our friends when we read about them). These characters were very well written, and all together they played multiple important roles and impacts within the story, unknowingly teaching and showing Posy how to truly live and make a difference. I really liked some of Posy and Kyran's characteristics (as well as some of the other characters). They had realistic feelings and thoughts and wishes. Their quest was very honorable, and everything was very well written. They were a great team! I also liked the world building. While I as a reader sometimes imagine what it would be like to be a character in a book, Posy got to become one, which was a very unique, enjoyable, and at times humorous thing to read about! All of the themes, adventure, magical elements, characters, action, love, ect. where all very well balanced, and I loved every minute of this adventure! While I could go on and on about this book for hours, I think it would be best if you just read it for yourself! I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
j2starshine More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, it kept me turning pages, and I loved the creativity of it. But trying to hold the concept of Posy in the book dealing with the Plot, Author, Kingdom, and Characters and all them hoping for a reader to come by and read it was something I had to really work at keeping the suspension of disbelief. That said, if I didn’t try to understand it too much, it worked fine. The concept, I’ve not seen done before, and I’m curious as to the story behind the story, and if the author has plans for other works set in this story world. Entering the story, I felt a bit disoriented like Posy, which, I think was intentional. But at the same time I would have liked to have known a bit of Posy’s world, the heartache, the arguing, etc. to make it feel more real. I didn’t really connect with her like I could have if I had experienced what drove Posy to the library. So there is a bit of accepting what we are told, which I think is typical of allegory and in line with what the author was intending to accomplish. While I was reading, I was nervous about how the story would end. We know Posy will have to return to her world, right? So how will the author handle this bit of romance brewing between her and one of the characters? That said, I was pleasantly satisfied with the ending. And this is coming from someone who hates sad endings. Not that it was sad, but you know she couldn’t stay in the book forever. There is allegory here, sometimes obvious, sometimes not. There’s a good message of mercy and forgiveness. A bit of clean romance. A nice read for young adults. Although, the writing at times felt more like middle grade. But this is coming from someone who writes for older teens to adults. My favorite part was when they entered the Glooming and faced the obstacles there. LOVED that part. Don’t want to give too much away! So if you love allegory, definitely check it out! *I received an ARC in exchange for my review.*
belisabethbrown More than 1 year ago
I’m going to rate The Word Changers 4 out of 5 stars. It was an enjoyable, fun story, with a good allegory. The premise was lovely: getting stuck inside a book! What bookworm hasn’t dreamt of that before? The characters had real flaws, and evidenced real growth. Good and evil were clearly delineated. The allegory was obvious enough to be understandable, yet deep enough to be thought-provoking. Overall, I enjoyed the read. I’m not giving it a full 5 stars, however, because of the romance. It was fine in that it was clean, but it was so…fast. Plus, Posy’s pretty young. And as an ever-oldening single gal, sometimes it’s just difficult to believe in love stories that happen that fast, that young. Call me bitter. It just felt a tiny bit unrealistic. And its resolution…well, I’m still not completely sure if I liked it or not. I think it was good. I’m not going to give any spoilers, so you’ll have to go read it to figure out what I’m talking about. Another minor critique I had is that it was slightly difficult discerning what Posy’s real life was like, since nearly the entire book was set in her non-real, within-a-book life. While it didn’t quite make it to my tippy-top favorites list, The Word Changers was a good read, and I’ll be on the lookout for more from Ashlee. If you’re wanting a thoughtful and fun Christian fantasy for your summer bookshelf, The Word Changers is probably right for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author contacted me to write an honest review of this book, which I was very excited about.  I expected to like this book, but I did not expect to love it.  All of that changed in the first chapter.  I was immediately pulled into the book – the story absolutely captivated me. I loved this story from cover to cover.  I cannot even begin to tell you how original, fresh, unique, and intriguing it is!  So many of the concepts and plot twists in this book blew me away and enchanted me in the same breath.  I loved the premise, pacing, characters, dialogue, plot – everything. My absolute favorite part of this book was while the two main characters were in The Glooming.  It was nothing like I expected, which I think was perfect.  It was breathtaking, beautiful, terrifying, and mysterious. The allegory was refreshing and exhilarating.  I greatly enjoyed reading the parallelism and finding out more to “the Author.”  The allegory certainly had a Narnia feel to it. I suppose the only thing I didn’t care for at times was the way the romance was portrayed.  It wasn’t bad in itself – it just felt out of place at times.  Kyran calls Posy “darling,” and “dear” fairly early in the story – and while I understand he’s a fairytale character and will speak a certain way, it was still jarring; the characters didn’t seem far enough along in their relationship (or even friendship) for pet names.  Along with that, some of Posy’s emotions toward Kyran seemed out of place or too early in the story development.  The only other thing I didn’t care for was the many times Posy cries in the book.  I know she’s only 15 and she comes from a broken home…but there is still a lot of crying in this book. Even with those few things, I absolutely adored this story.  I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it, and I highly recommend it to any book lovers and Narnia lovers – especially those who like darker magical fantasy novels with a twist of romance.  This book earns 5 out of 5 stars from me.
TSue22 More than 1 year ago
Ashlee Willis has crafted one of the most creative plot lines I’ve read in awhile! Inventive and fun, The Word Changers is an unexpected delight. The main character, Posey, falls into a book where other characters believe her to be their princess Evanthe but Posey knows this is not her story and begins a quest to set things right. Traveling beyond the story plot, Posey and Prince Kyran search for the missing princess and find so much more.  One of the reasons I love Christian Fantasy is the combination of an amazing story laced with positive messages. The Word Changers provides this mix with messages of forgiveness as Posey faces her feelings about the conflict in her real family. I believe younger pre-teens will relate to Posey and her struggles. If you’re looking for a clean, positive summer read this is worth a look. 
Ryebrynn More than 1 year ago
I first heard of The Word Changers on Anne Elisabeth Stengl's wonderful blog, and it piqued my interest. Naturally, I was broke from my last book-buying spree, so I decided to see if I had money when it came out. I watched as the book tour continued, and as people started reading it, and reviews popped up. My first instinct was to be mad, but the shiny books on my kindle testified to the fact that I was broke for a good reason. And, of course, I entered in several giveaways, just in case. I didn't have much luck(as always). So when I read Ashlee Willis was giving out one last call for reviewers, I jumped on the chance. A good book in exchange for a truthful review... Surely writing a review would be as easy as it looked. So I offered to review it. I started The Word Changers the very next day. At first, it was confusing, which I thought was rather brilliant. Posy is naturally confused by what's happening, and if was good writing. Next I focused on the story. Though I found some of the characters a bit flat, the story drew me in, especially it's Narnia-like feel. Ashlee Willis crafted a wonderful tale, and even slipped the Author in as a God-figure, who was simple and easy and others would have been complicated. I thoroughly enjoyed The Word Changers, and I can't wait to see what others think! :) There is some small romance, though, but it was not over the top like some. Four stars! Well done, Ashlee Willis!
JulietNicole More than 1 year ago
It's an adventure that led me to a lot of places I didn't quite expect, which is an accomplishment. I felt confused when Posy did, was happy when Posy was, and sympathized when sadness came. Both stories, that of Posy's home on earth and that of her adventure in the book world, were clear, and worked together to make both of them better. All in all, I enjoyed the read. Ashlee's story was well done and polished, and I hope she publishes more in future.
Allison-Melody More than 1 year ago
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Also, I stole the idea for the introduction from Hannah Williams. Thanks/sorry, Hannah!) I dislike the saying don’t judge a book by its cover, because, in a strictly literary sense, I do. When I picked up The Word Changers, I saw a pretty cover that lacked polish. And that’s exactly what I read. Posy has a problem. It’s not that her parents are getting divorced. It’s not that she somehow finds herself in a book whose Plot has gone badly awry. It’s not even that a malevolent owl is trying to kill her. Posy’s problem is that she fails to fall in love believably. And that is what kept me from loving this book. Neither Posy nor her love interest has the most dynamic personality—not surprising, since they never do anything that doesn’t advance the plot (note the lowercase p). In this case, I felt the novel suffered from an imbalance of scene and summary. Willis chose to write ‘they rode for several hours’ instead of portraying some of the conversation that might’ve happened along the way. Perhaps he reveals a scene from his childhood, or she confesses to deeply love the color pink, even though she finds it embarrassing. But the characters never raised their heads from the plot (again, note the lowercase p) long enough for me to learn anything about them, or for them to display any signs of chemistry that might warn me of an impending romance. (I also wish I hadn’t known Posy’s age, or maybe that I had known the love interest’s. That was off-putting.) But don’t stop reading yet. I haven’t finished. The Word Changers also had the best Christian allegory I have ever read. To write a strong novel, the Author cannot make things easy for their characters. The Reader must believe they struggle tooth and nail to achieve their heart’s desire before they can believe in the Plot. In the same way, God doesn’t make things easy for us. He doesn’t tell us where we’re going, or we would never get there. Just because He doesn’t smooth things over for us doesn’t mean He’s not there. (Of course, that begs the question of who the Reader represents in the allegory. But I digress.) In conclusion, Ashlee Willis still has a lot to learn, but she has what you can’t teach: vision. I will definitely be reading her next book.
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Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
This was such an amazing fantasy novel! It was so good I just have to say that again...this was such an amazing fantasy novel! I instantly bonded with Posy in the beginning and could very easily relate to the many pains in her heart! It was so easy for me to get caught up in her story and boy did I get caught up in it! There was so much action, drama, romance, and of course magic! I really enjoyed the adventures and how the story played out (even if I had tears rolling down my face by the end)! It was unlike any fantasy novel I have read to say the least and had an amazing message! The mercy and forgiveness that was shown to those who didn't deserve it really made me reflect on my own life choices! I also loved how Ashlee weaved in the Gospel because that in itself was super powerful! The Word Changers is definitely going to be a must read every year for me! I was blown away by the message and the overall adventure this story held! Definitely don't miss this one if you love fantasy novels! *(I received this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis is a fun, exciting read. I really enjoyed the characters, their journey, and Willis’s fantasy world. I definitely recommend this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantasy perfect for Christian young adults ages 13-18+. Allegorical, adventurous, mysterious and fantastical.
CinnamonG More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed "The Word Changers" by Ashlee Willis.  I love reading Christian/allegorical fantasy, so I was excited to read this book when I saw it was in this genre, and I was not disappointed by it. "The Word Changers" is about a teenage girl named Posy who literally falls into a dark fairy tale after an argument with her parents.  Posy has been suffering for years every time she hears her parents argue in their own room.  She fears they will divorce but wants to shield her younger sister from the situation.  However, she is young, and the stress is a lot for her to deal with.  After she breaks and yells at her parents, she goes to the local library and opens a book she has never seen before, only to fall straight into its pages.  She is immediately engulfed in that story and is expected to replace its missing heroine, the Princess Evanthe.  Despite pressure from the king, the queen, and the owl advisors, Posy longs to return home and eventually sets out on a journey with the Prince as they try to rescue his sister, save the kingdom, discover the Author, and maybe fall in love.  Throughout the story, Posy slowly begins to learn how to forgive and continue to love even as people, like her parents, hurt her. I really liked the message of "The Word Changers", and I also enjoyed the adventure and unique storyline.  I would definitely read any sequels if they were written!  I look forward to reading more from Ashlee Willis in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read the blurb before I started, so I should have known what I was getting myself into.  But nope!  In some ways this book was better than I expected it to be. First of all, it had a distinct Narnia feel to it.  Anyone who has read the Narnia books before is sure to pick up on it.  And to all who like allegorical stories, this is DEFINITELY for you. The first thing that impressed me about this book was that we jumped into the story breathtakingly quickly.  Sometimes that is too much, but in this case it worked well.  As the story progressed, we learned more about the background of Posy, our main character, but at first I was just trying to stop my head from whirling because everything was happening so quickly.  This was good, I realize now, because that's exactly how Posy was feeling. She starts out by falling into a book, people.  Now, I know that every avid reader has at some time wished that he could fall into a book and live in his favorite story.  So, that captivated me.  Only, this wasn't a familiar story to Posy.  She had never read it before, and she had no idea of what was going on. Then we learned that Posy was taking the place of a disappeared Princess, but that everyone knew she most definitely was NOT the princess.  Ooooh, mystery!  That's always something I like! Then came the exciting parts, where Posy and the princesses' older brother go out on a quest to find the princess.  We have evil owls, a cranky king, forgotten centaurs, sinister mermaids, and an enchanted land called the Glooming. The fantasy got fairly dark in the middle, when Prince Kyran and Posy were in the Glooming.  Um, yes, rather. I really liked the way the Plot worked.  I mean, the Kingdom is where the Plot took place, and the Wild Lands are where one left the Plot and was on one's own.  That was a stroke of intense cleverness, I think. Now, what did I think of the characters? Posy was nice.  She did a lot of crying in the story, but she could also be strong.  She did not strike me as a complete go-getter but as a hurting girl who had a lot of growing to do.  I liked that. Kyran?  He was a rather generic character, I thought.  He was the handsome prince who shows up in so many stories.  I felt as though I had read his character before, quite a few times in fact.  He was one of those guys who is determined, and you can always tell from the flash of his dark eyes and the set of his jaw. The king and queen were interesting.  I can't tell you exactly what I thought of both of them because of spoilers, but I will say that I liked their characters.  I mean, come on!  Any parents who try to kill their own son must be evil, right?  Maybe . . . The Author!  THE AUTHOR!  He was my favorite.  He wasn't in the story very much, but, oh goodness!  He was amazing.  Thank you, Ashlee!  He made the story for me.  An author who enters his own story?  He was clearly meant to represent God in the allegory.  Some of the characters believed in the Author, and others did not.  He did not tell people the whole story, and he wanted his characters to believe in him because they wanted to, and not because he told them to.  Very clever, indeed.  The Author was the best part of this story for me.  Just saying. Then there were the centaurs and merpeople.  They were banished from the Plot of the story at the king's command.  And the owls, the evil owls, were exciting.  That was what first made me think of Narnia, although these owls were smaller than the Narnian ones.  The scene where they take Posy out of her bedroom at night made me smile. There was romance, people.  I know you know that I don't care much for romance in a story, especially when it does not seem relevant to the plot.  That's how I felt about this story.  The romance was not exactly necessary to the plot.  It seemed contrived, as if was there for its own sake.  And there was too much kissing for my taste. But that might just be me being anti-mushy.  If you like romance mixed with fantasy, then this is probably a good book for you.  If you like Narnia, then this is most certainly a good book for you. Aside from the romance, I really did enjoy this book.  The writing style was easy to read but not one of those ultra-modern every-other-sentence-is-a-fragment type of styles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Word Changers was totally unusual… Ashlee Willis’s ideas are superb! From the very first page, I was hooked! And once I switched from Kindle to paperback, I read the book almost straight through. Mysterious and delightful, The Word Changers pulled me into a book inside a book. Posy is a fifteen-year-old girl struggling with the pain of life and the hurt inside her own family. She stumbles into a grand adventure while at the town library… and well… finds a path to love and forgiveness, among other things. This book was humorous and sweet, and pretty action-packed, with some poignant themes. It kept me guessing… who was on the right side, and who on the wrong? What even was the right side? It was magical… surprising… you just don’t know what’s going to happen. I really want to mention some parts I found delightful, but I think I’ll rather let it be a surprise for you! ¿ The Word Changers is rather for a more mature audience. –Since there’s definitely a romance going on… and some scenes that could be frightening for some people. So I would say at least 13; this book seems directed toward teens. Posy, at only fifteen, seemed a little young for the depth of the romance she had with a young man in the book. But, I remind myself that I know of some beautiful love stories that started that young, so I’ll say no more on this subject! ¿ So… The Word Changers didn’t really seem that much like a Christian-allegory to me (comparing it to books from authors like C.S. Lewis, Anne Elisabeth Stengl, or Molly Evangeline/Jaye L. Knight), but it did have some allegorical themes that I found really neat. The Author of the story in The Word Changers didn’t seem to be allegorical at all other than speaking of authors writing their books, changing plots, letting their characters be real, and so on. I really like a strong Christian-allegory theme, but The Word Changers was still a fun, thought-provoking, and mystical fantasy. The one thing I have to mention that I didn’t like was the end. A sequel please, Ashlee!! ¿ I want to read more of these lovely characters—I felt a little bit like I was left hanging. And Kyran, what of Kyran?? *sniff* To sum this review up, The Word Changers was a really creative, fun, scary, thought-provoking, and tender story. I don’t think it will be soon forgotten!
bndsr More than 1 year ago
great book
Kyle0 More than 1 year ago
The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis
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A fantasy I recommend for all teens or adults looking for a Christian/clean read!
CelticForestDweller More than 1 year ago
I love allegorical stories when they're done right, and The Word Changers definitely was. Fantasy and fairytales can present truths in a way that nothing else can. They help me think of things in a new light, and in fact seem to grow my faith more than any other type of fiction. The allegory in this delightful tale was brought about by the main defining fact of the story: that it takes place in a book within a book. The characters know they are in a book, but many of them have stopped believing in their Author, even though they know they are written characters. Posy, who is not a character at all, but a girl from our own world, is thrown into the midst of this and must try to understand it all for herself. The whole idea and how it was done I found thought-provoking and beautiful. I loved how the story took place within a book! The idea is just so awesome and was incredibly well done. The whole thing was just so unique and intriguing! As a writer myself, and an avid book lover, I loved every single second of it. The characters were varied and interesting, and so well drawn that for a long time I wasn't sure if several of them were good or bad, which created an angle of mystery and suspense. There was awhile there where I wasn't even sure if anybody was good besides Posy -- who was a sweet but relateable main character. The story itself was gripping and very hard to put down. It twisted and turned and kept me guessing. The writing was a perfect fit for the story, with a lovely sort of lilt. It immersed me deeply in the world. One of my favorite things about fantasy is the fantasy world itself, and the individual feel of each. I loved this one, with its castles, forests, wild mysterious places, and the creatures that inhabit it -- from talking owls to centaurs. Also I love the blue mist. Irrationally. A lot. It was just so original and intriguing. I want a blue mist of my own. <3 Whew, all the things I loved about this story, and I haven't even gotten to the main one yet! Which is: Kyran! The story would have been a favorite even without him, but he added so much. Even if this had been a story I disliked, Kyran would have made me love it just by the fact that he was in it. One of my top-favorite characters, Kyran is awesome; enough said. I only had two problems with the story. One was very minor, which was Posy's age. Because of the romantic subplot, which was very sweet and innocent -- and being the hopeless romantic that I am, I really enjoyed that part of the plot itself -- but for some reason I felt like fifteen was a slightly young age for her. The only other thing was the ending, though I'm not going to give it away. It's the only thing that is keeping this book off the very select group of my absolute favorite-favorite-favorite books. I felt it coming by the time it came, but I still hoped against all hope that it would turn out just a /little/ differently . . . But despite my disappointment, at least there are enough hints that I can imagine something more might happen -- someday. One thing I can't help but wonder, is... what about the book itself? I want a sequel! :) If it did tear out a little part of me . . . well, such is the peril of loving a book and its world and characters so much. As Posy herself learns. But we wouldn't have it any other way. Bottom line: I haven't read a book this good in a /long/ time and highly recommend it to /everyone/! I just enjoyed this story way too much! <3 I'm eagerly looking forward to more books by Ashlee Willis! (I received an ARC ebook from the publisher in return for my honest review. These opinions are my own.)