Monday, July 30, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: THE ROCK OF IVANORE, by Laurisa White Reyes--with a giveaway!

Since I'm under a tight KEEPER 2 deadline, the always amazing Deb Marshall (THANK YOU DEB!!!) volunteered to cover my MMGM. And she's chosen to feature THE ROCK OF IVANORE, by Laurisa White Reyes

Here's how the publisher describes it:

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.

Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.

And just like in previous times, here's Deb explain for herself why all of us need to read this one. Take it away Deb!
Sometime ago I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of  THE ROCK OF IVANORE via NetGalley   {my how I love that service} by Laurisa White Reyes!

And my oh my, another wonderful read that I highly recommend. In fact, next trip to the bookstore I am buying this one. Need to have it on my bookshelves, ya know?

THE ROCK OF IVANORE is a multi-charactered high fantasy with those moments that make you laugh, make you cry, make you say “wow, how cool is that!” as the quest for something called The Rock of Ivanore  is given to a group of young boys hoping to prove themselves men.

From the lead character who is horribly afraid of the dark, to his friend who trusts no one to a sidekick who only gets tired if he has to exercise too much, to a know-it-all rich kid who will dump his fellow questers in a heart beat if he needs to, you and your middle grade readers will not be disappointed-even by one character who sort of can’t be trusted to not eat them if he gets too hungry.  Not only that, the author really knew how to build a strong and believable world and take you through it without bogging the reader down with details. She knows how to provide just enough to let our imaginations do the rest and just enough to create a need to know more about the various creatures and realms that make up this world. Map provided at beginning which is always cool.

AND-does this author know how to write a battle scene? Oh man, yes she does, and the writing of them creates these big hero moments that I love in fantasy in particular. Sure, I cried a couple of times…and one time shouted NO! But that is how well she pulled me into the story and showed me how much I’d come to care for the characters.

If you’ve a fan of THE LAST APPRENTICE series on your hands, this is one for them, of that I am certain. I am now patiently awaiting the next book. Okay, not so patiently-I read the beginning of book two as it was at the end of book one. Gack! I need to know what happens next. Besides I really want to visit that world and all of those characters again. 


Ooo, this one has been on my TBR List for a while. So glad to hear you loved it, Deb!

In the meantime, I want one of you to have the chance to discover it, so I'm giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter, make sure you leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, 5th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Monday, August 6th. International entries welcome.

For more awesome middle grade recommendations, check out these other MMGMs floating around the blogosphere.*
- Author Claire Legrand has another entry her awesome series called Middle Grade Memories. Click HERE to see author Alison Cherry discuss the books she loved growing up--with a GIVEAWAY! 
- Laurisa Reyes has an interview with author Adam Sidwell--plus a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details 
- Michelle Isenhoff is raving about WHEN YOU REACH ME. Click HERE to see why. 
- Brennan and Meyrick Murphy are cheering for the classic A LITTLE PRINCESS. Click HERE to see what these two middle grade readers thought of it.  
- Andrea Mack is cheering for INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN. Click HERE to learn why she thinks its worth a read. 
- Chelanne Green is spreading the love for MOCKINGBIRD. Click HERE to see why.   
- Julie DeGuia is interviewing author Jacqueline West and highlighting THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE VOL1: THE SHADOWS. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Heidi Grange is championing SLEUTH OR DARE--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details.  
- Michelle Mason is gushing about LIESL & PO. Click HERE to see why she enjoyed it.
- Barbara Watson is swept up in CIRCLE OF SECRETS--with a GIVEAWAY. Click HERE for details. 
-Mrs. Heise is sold on ONE FOR THE MURPHYS. Click HERE to see why. 
- Myrna Foster is recommending THE FALSE PRINCE. Click HERE to read her thoughts. 
- Melanie Conklin is showcasing GREGOR THE OVERLANDER--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE to enter.  
- Dorine White is reviewing the BINDI WILDLIFE ADVENTURES BOOK #&: CROC CAPERS. Click HERE to see what she thought.
- Deb Marshall is interviewing author Margo Sorenson--with a GIVEAWAY of ISLAND DANGER. Click HERE to see why she loved it so very much.

- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.

- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee 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!

- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!

If you would like 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 at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!

*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time.HERE


  1. Awesome review Deb. I really liked this one too. I already got an ARC for an interview with Laurisa so let someone else win.

    1. Thanks, Natalie. That interview is one of my favorites!

  2. Welcome, Shannon! I truly appreciate you doing this...and giving away a copy of the book, because as you know I looooved it, lol.

  3. Great review Deb! I'm definitely going to have to pick up that for my classroom - Ranger's Apprentice is one of my fave series - I bet I'll love this too!

  4. I so want to read this...thank you for the chance to win it!

  5. Sounds like a great book that both my grandson and I would enjoy.

  6. This book had definitly been on my radar. The cover is so eye catching and I'm really falling in love with middle-grade fantasy. Thank you for the review! And the giveaway of course!

  7. This one sounds great! Thank you!

  8. This week it's Kindred Souls and My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer at

  9. You had me at the mention of battle scenes. I love MG fantasies like this and I've got my fingers crossed!

  10. I'm a Ranger's Apprentice fan, so definitely need to read it.

  11. The Rock of Ivanore sounds like a fantasy book I could really get into. I have recently heard a lot about this book. I enjoyed this review and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. This sounds wonderful. The cast of characters seems fantastic - and who doesn't love a potential cannibal. Er. Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Though not particularly my genre, reviews for that book have been great and I am definitely intrigued. Would love to read it. I've become a follower of Laurisa's and a fan; tried to win a copy on her blog and on some others, but nothing so far. I looked for the book at my local BN and they didn't have it. So I'll try my luck again here.
    By the way, I'm a fan of this blog as well... Despite what that last comment sounded like, truly, MMGM is my favorite here, since I'm in the "zone" and in the works of my MG--hopefully, one day it gets reviewed right here.
    Thanks and keep it up.

    1. Hi Rosie,

      I'm so sorry your local B&N didn't have The Rock of Ivanore in stock. I'm sure they'd order some copies if you asked them to. In the meantime, send me an email with your mailing address and I'll send you a signed bookmark & wristband! Thanks so much for being a fan. :)

  14. That sounds really good. I haven't read a lot of middle grade recently, but this is one I definitely want to read. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  15. Deb & Shannon, thanks so much for the wonderful review. I've made all my family members listen to me read it to them. lol! It really made my day.

  16. Sounds like a great middle grade fantasy. Thanks for the review and the give a way. And, so many sites to visit!


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