Monday, February 20, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Winterling, by Sarah Prineas--and a GIVEAWAY!

Once again, I'm doing things a bit differently for MMGM this week. I'm still SO buried with Book 2 deadlines that I'm just not reading enough to do a feature of my own every week. BUT, the ever-fabulous Deb Marshall, was awesome enough to agree to cover the week and introduce all of you to a book I've never featured before: WINTERLING, by Sarah Prineas.


Here's how the publisher describes it:

“We live here, my girl, because it is close to the Way, and echoes of its magic are felt in our world. The Way is a path leading to another place, where the people are governed by different rules. Magic runs through them and their land.”

With her boundless curiosity and wild spirit, Fer has always felt that she doesn’t belong. Not when the forest is calling to her, when the rush of wind through branches feels more real than school or the quiet farms near her house. Then she saves an injured creature—he looks like a boy, but he’s really something else. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a strange, dangerous land.

Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, where magic is real and oaths forge bonds stronger than iron. But a powerful huntress named the Mór rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter.

Sarah Prineas captivates in this fantasy-adventure about a girl who must find within herself the power to set right a terrible evil.
And just like last time, I'm going to let Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
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Fer, short for Jennifer, is one powerful, brave, do or die kind of character and I loved her for it. It’s clear from page one that she is strong willed, too. That turns out to be a very good thing because that is what drives her to run into the night when she just cannot stand the thought of being cooped up in Grand-Jane’s house doing a laundry list of chores.

As she is running through the forest feeling free and right she comes upon a shimmering pool that responds to her touch in a most startling manner. It opens “The Way”, a portal between Fer’s world and another, one of magic and great turmoil because of its new ruler, The Lady. Falling from the portal is a dog and three wolves who attack it. Fer, not one to stand aside when she sees an injustice, grabs a fallen branch and drives the three wolves off.  Anyone else doing this might come as a surprise. Not Fer. You expect it of her. With the wolves dealt with she turns to the dog to see to his injuries and much to her surprise there is no dog. A boy lies wounded at her feet.  A boy named Rook who is bound to The Lady by a thrice made oath. An oath that will force him to choose between friendship (whether he wants to admit he likes Fer or not) and betrayal.

From there, the mystery, adventure and fantasy flies across the page pulling you into a world overtaken by some serious evil that bleeds into the fantasy and real worlds. And it is up to Fer to them both. Something she can do because of who she is, a child of  two worlds. Take that and combine it with Fer’s own natural bravery and strength of will you have a heroine you’ll cheer and love. Not only that, the story is set against  a fantasy  world that lives and breaths along side a cast of characters that, though drawn from folklore and fairy , are unique and wonderfully individual. Will admit I even liked the crazy wolf guards who serve nasty bad Lady.  Fer manages to befriend them and many others because they realize she is something special, a healer and a warrior. 

Finally, there some breathtaking (or should I say breath holding) Wild Hunts and moments when you are sure that Fer will succumb to The Lady and her evil. Highly recommending this one for fans of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven  to name just two!

Check out the author’s website and her other books, including the fabulous Magic Thief (which you should also add to your "to read" list if you have not already. http://sarah-prineas.com/
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Sounds AMAZING, right??????

THANK YOU, Deb, for introducing us to such an amazing middle grade book. I'll definitely be ordering myself a copy.

And I want one of you to have the chance to discover it too. So I'm giving away a copy of WINTERLING to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, February 25th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, February 26th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle-grade recommendations, check out the other MMGM's floating around the blogosphere today:

- The Mundie Moms are now part of the MMGM fun (eee!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, better get over THERE and check out all the awesome!  
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!   
- Barbara Watson is cheering for THE LAST MUSKETEER! Click HERE to see why you should be too. 
- Susan Olson joins the MMGM fun with a feature on 15 MINUTES and THE POWER OF UN. Click HERE to see why she loves them.
- Pam Torres is digging the QUEST FOR THE SCORPION'S CURSE. Click HERE to see why.
- Akossiwa Ketoglo is spreading the love for EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE CASTLE IN THE MIST. Click HERE to see why you should love it too.  
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy--two actual middle grade bloggers (how awesome is that???) have a feature on VIOLET IN BLOOM. Click HERE to see why they love it so much.
 Susan Uhlig has two recommendations for you: OKAY FOR NOW and THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG. Click HERE to see what she thinks of them.  
- Gabrielle Prendergast gives a standing ovation to THE SILVER CHAIR. Click HERE to learn more about this fabulous read.  
- Deb Marshall's doing double duty, with an MMGM on her own blog as well. Click HERE to see her feature on MEAL WORM DIARIES.     
- Michelle Isenhoff joins the MMGM gang with her first feature, on SABOTAGED (The Missing, book 3). Click HERE to welcome her to the group! 
- Isaiah Campbell is gushing about FANGBONE! THIRD GRADE BARBARIAN--Click HERE to see his review.  
- Jennifer Rumberger features A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT--with a signed hardcover GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Click HERE to enter. 

And if you want to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog. It's easier if you email me before Monday, that way your link will be included in the post from the moment it goes live. But if you decide to spontaneously join the fun, I do update the post at several points throughout the Monday. Just email me a link and I'll add you when I do!



**Note: Thanks to a boatload of spam--and my missing a bunch of important emails because of it--I'm now using a new email address. So make sure you update your records because I'm slowly phasing the other address out. New email is: SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. Hopefully now I won't miss some of your MMGMs, like I have been.**

Happy Monday!

41 comments:

  1. I just got this from the library and can't wait to read it. I love Sarah Prineas. I'd love to win a copy.

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  2. I adore this cover! It's just beautiful.

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  3. I LOVED this book! I received it this past week on Mundie Kids and spotlighted it today on Mundie Moms. It's definitely one of those MG reads that even adult readers will love.

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  4. Am always looking for good MG books. Sarah's book sounds like quite an adventure. Thanks for sharing and for sharing the other sites.

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  5. hi miss shannon! wow! another cool review. thanks miss deb! mostly i dont like books with girl heros but this one sounds soooo cool and for sure i love books that have lots of magical stuff going on. so im gonna put this on my biwr(books i wanna read)list and hope i could win it.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  6. Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  7. The cover is definitely eye catching! Sounds like a wonderful new read.
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  8. Great tag-teaming blog post, Shannon and Deb. This sounds like an awesome read.

    Great to see so many new participants on MMGM. This week I'm taking a break, but I do have an awesome quote on the blog from the legendary Ursula Nordstom to get you laughing and enjoying the world of kidlit.

    Happy Presidents' Day!!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. Tore923@aol.com

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  10. Great post, Shannon and Deb. This sounds like a great book! And thanks for adding me Shannon! :)

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  11. Great post, I love the cover and the sound of this. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  12. This is something just right for my daughter. Thank you for the chance to win it!

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  13. I've been hearing many many recommendations for this one around the internet; I'd love to win a copy!

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  14. I never heard of this one, either. But it sounds amazing, and like it has that hidden promise of not-quite-romance that you sometimes see in MG books.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  15. This is one I really want to read. The Magic Thief was great!

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  16. I've been seeing the cover of this one popping up here and there -- it's definitely caught my eye: LOVE the horse! (haha) Now I really, really want to read it - thanks for the chance to win! :o)

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  17. Thank you! I loved her first series, and I've been meaning to pick this one up.

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  18. My students love Sarah's Magic Thief series. A.MA.ZING. author!

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  19. Ohh I have been waiting to read this one! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  20. Sounds like a good one! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. Shannon, I nominated you for the Liebster blog award. :-}


    http://martzbookz.blogspot.com/2012/02/liebster-blog-award.html

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  22. WINTERLING looks wonderful. I'd love to share this with my daughter.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  23. This looks awesome! It's on my TBR list. Unfortunately, I have to finish a rough draft before I pick up another book. Fortunately, I have enough books reviewed to last me through the end of March, so my blog won't suffer in the meantime. Should be enough time.

    Now I'm off to visit the other MMGM sites!
    (write@michelleisenhoff.com)

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  24. Fabulous! I loved the cover of this from the moment I saw it, and the story sounds fun too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Hmm, this sounds intriguing. The fact that there is a horse on the cover is along enough to make me read it, and the synopsis just sealed the deal. Thanks for the giveaway! This looks so fantastic. :]

    (teddycavygal at yahoo dot com)

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  26. Beautiful cover! I would love to read Winterling! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  27. Oh, gorgeous cover :D I would love to win this book. <3 It sounds awesome :) Thank you for the chance :D
    Love, Carina

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  28. so, so many good titles this week! Growing TBR pile!

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  29. I can't wait to check out this book! Thanks for the great giveaway, and how cool is it to see so many MMGM participants!? :)

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  30. Sounds like an amazing read! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  31. This book sounds so lovely, so please count me in! I love the cover for Winterling. GORGEOUS.

    good luck with book two! ((hugs)) you can do this!

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  32. I was a huge fan of Narnia books as a child, so this sounds up my alley. And it's a new one to me. I've heard good things about Magic Thief, though, which I haven't read either.

    I'm not listed above, but I did to an MGM post this week. :-)

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  33. Great review!

    Good luck on finishing up your book, Shannon. :)

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  34. I've been wanting this book for what feels like FOREVER!! Isn't that cover amazing?! :-)

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  35. I think WINTERLING looks like a great read. I love the cover and the synopsis, not to mention it has had some great reviews. Thanks for sharing! seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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  36. This sounds great! Thanks for sharing it.

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  37. I'd love to add this to my school library. I love that cover and the story sounds fun.

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  38. I'd love to read this one. I saw it last year and haven't been able to forget about it since.

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  39. That sounds awesome. I'll definitely read it!

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