Thursday, September 5, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Box (The Box Series, Book 1) by Christina G. Gaudet

Happy Day Beardies,

Greetings from the wild, warm west. I hope that everyone had a great summer full of sunshine, cold drinks, and good books. Mine was busy but fun. My kids requested a Phineas and Ferb summer experience, so when I wasn’t slaving away at work, we were out hunting for our next great adventure. I’m excited to be settling back down into a school year routine and having a little more down time to enjoy the changing weather. This is my first Book Spotlight here at The Bearded Scribe. This little book was a lovely summer time, sit by the pool, kind of read. Let’s dive in, shall we?



Premise:
Some gifts should be left unopened. When her gran passes away, the only item left to Lou is a small wooden box. Although it’s not the car that her sister, Cindy, receives, Lou knows it could have been worse. She could have gotten Gran’s collection of toenails. When Lou opens the box and a guy the size of a stick of gum falls out, she changes her mind; the nail clippings would have been better.

Not a day goes by that Lou doesn’t wish she could shove that guy back in the box and pretend she’d never laid eyes on him. Because of him, she discovered Gran was a sorceress and Cindy is a witch and all these years they have been keeping Lou’s magic locked away “for her own safety.” Without the magic she’s vulnerable to whoever, or whatever, is after her. With it, she’s a target for a fate worse than death. (Source: Goodreads)

Listen to an Excerpt (Read by the Author):


Gems for Writers:
Characterization. Lou, the leading lady of our story, is a typical teenager. She can be dramatic and confused, feisty and loyal, witty and whiney all at the same time. The best part about her character is watching her grow, evolve, and mature. Early on I was ready to toss this book aside because Lou was just a little much to handle. However Ms. Gaudet was just laying the ground work for Lou to be able to figure out who she is and what these new magical powers mean. The same can be said for Cindy (Sin) and Aldrick (Al). You are able to watch them as they transverse this unique magical cross-over world.

World Building. Hands down, the best part of this book was the amazing dual worlds in which the story took place. The regular, everyday world to which you and I are accustomed...and then BAM! We go through a magical portal and we’re in the same place but in an older time full of magic. I loved the description of the houses, mystical creatures, and how this one portal bridged the two worlds together. At one point she pulls her cell phone out in the mystical world and it’s quite humorous how the scene plays out.

Rating:

Conclusion:
The Box was a fun read, and I will probably pick up Book Two to find out how Lou’s story ends. If you’re looking to dabble in the world of wizards and witches, this is a solid, quick read.


I look forward to getting to know all you amazing Beardies better. Until next time…


***The Box (The Box Series, Book 1) (2012) by Christina G. Gaudet is published and copyright Christina G. Gaudet Books. It is available in stores, online (see above), and at your local public library.
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