Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Shard by Victoria Simcox and a Giveaway

 Kristina's stay at summer horse camp is horrible to say the least, and it's all because Hester and Davina are there as well, making her life miserable. When Hester's cruel prank goes terribly wrong, it's actually what sends the three girls back to the magical land of Bernovem. In Bernovem, Kristina is very excited to see her former friend, Prince Werrien. When he invites her to sail with him on his ship to his homeland Tezerel, putting it simply, Kristina can't refuse.

Reunited with her gnome, dwarf, animal, fairy friends ... and best of all, Werrien, things seem like they couldn't get any better for Kristina. But when Werrien becomes fascinated with an unusual seeing stone, the "Black Shard," Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag. Struggling against suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see it's in her weakest moment that she will encounter more strength than she has ever known. ~~synopsis from Goodreads

Victoria is offering 3 e-books for a super-duper giveaway!! 
And it's international!!
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My thoughts on The Shard ~~ 

I read and reviewed the first book in this series, The Warble, back in April of this year. This book was my first venture into the MG genre and I loved it! Read my thoughts here. Victoria supplied copies of her book for a giveaway then also. What a generous person she is! Thanks so much, Victoria!

Once again, I loved entering Bernovem with Kristina and her schoolmates. As they are swept away to Bernovem, Kristina meets up with all the people, fairies, gnomes and dwarfs that she had encountered in her last visit. I love the idea that all these creatures are out there somewhere, if we just believe in them. And the animals can talk! How awesome would that be?

The visit to Bernovem is not exactly a fun time though.There are troubles and danger, especially when the black shard turns up missing. And the old hag who is after Kristina adds a nice spooky element to the story. And why is Kristina sick all the time? Is someone trying to poison her? So many puzzles to figure out.

I love Victoria's stories because they are so full of little lessons and a bit of reality for this age group of readers: the trials and tribulations of young love, of trying to fit in, and of one's own self-worth.

And at the end of this book, she does a wonderful job of setting it up for the next book and the further adventures of Kristina, Werrien and all the rest. I can't wait to see what happens next!

Victoria's Blog and The Shard on Facebook

About the author

Victoria Simcox was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now resides in Western Washington with her husband and 3 children. Her other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and 2 cats, named Frodo and Fritz. For the past 12 years, she has home-schooled her children. Besides being an author, Victoria is also an elementary school art teacher. Victoria enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and hanging out with her family and friends.


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