I won a copy of Charlie Brooks' book, Greystone Valley, from LibraryThing and I read the 198-page story in one sitting. Most likely because this is a book for kids and I'm an alien operating on Mars time instead of Earth time and there's not much else you can do at three in the morning when the rest of the house (slash neighborhood slash world) is asleep. But, I also finished it in one reading because it was a cute story that reminded me of my childhood.
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Greystone Valley is a land of wizards, dragons, and warriors... and one young girl who ends up there quite by accident when her idle wish is granted.
Sarah discovers that not everything in the valley is as magic as she might’ve wished — especially the nearly illiterate wizard, the mouse-sized dragon, and the warrior who can’t stand the sight of blood. Being hunted isn’t helping, either. Will Sarah survive this new life of hers, or can she make it home?
And, more importantly, will she ever be the same again?
Greystone Valley by Charlie Brooks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The main character, Sarah, has lost her father and has isolated herself from her friends and family with fairy tales - until she gets trapped in a story and has to find her way back.
This was a quick read and a fun story for kids that reminded me of the fantasy books I read and the movies I watched when I was a child - The Labyrinth, The Never-ending Story, Willow, Narnia. The world feels more like the land of Once Upon a Time and isn't as developed as Narnia but the Greystone Valley concept works because it carries the fairy tale theme through the entire story.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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