Monday, December 24, 2012

Flock by Wendy Delsol

Genre:  YA Mythological Fantasy
Stork Series, Book 3

The climactic conclusion of a supernatural romantic trilogy starring a savvy, sharp-tongued heroine who taps into ancient Norse secrets.

After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen — and Marik has come to collect. What’s worse, Katla doesn’t dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla’s stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.

The Stork series is a fun series to read.  It's full of Norse mythology, romance, and growing up.  I adored Katla and Jack's relationship.  And I'm kind of bummed that the series is all over now.

Katla, as we find out in Stork, has an ability to unite unborn souls with potential vessels (or moms in modern-day terms).  She's quite powerful and somehow has a knack to get herself into a lot of trouble.  Jack, on the other hand, is descended from Jack Frost.  Basically, he's your winter weatherman machine.  Did I mention this is all set in the freezing cold Minnesota?

Anyways, onto this book.  It focuses on Katla's emerging powers and her attempts to slow down the end of the world (as she sees it).  So many things happened in the first and second books.  And this book focuses on wrapping that up and leaving us with a happy ending.  And can you guess who's on the cover?  I had it figured out at the beginning but never understood why until the last ten pages.  Yes, that means I did not have all of the twists and turns figured out in this one.

And that ending?  Woah!  I'm having one of those moments where I want to gush and gush, but I can't. I can't ruin it for potential readers.  While I definitely did not want the ending to happen the way it happened, it truly was the perfect ending.  So yes, I have mixed emotions.

This is series that most people haven't heard of or picked up yet.  And I don't know why.  The mythology is beautiful, the originality is perfect, and they books make you feel good in the end.  I'd definitely recommend it to all my paranormal and mythology friends.

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