October 20, 2016

The Wishing World Blog Tour: Review, Guest Post + Giveaway



"Whimsical and imaginative, with just the right mix of humor, heart, and adventure. The Wishing World is everything you could wish for in a story--and so much more!"--Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

In the Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn't know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family.

It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster--and Lorelei's mom, dad, and brother--were gone.

Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It's a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti--a wish-maker--who can write her dreams into existence.

There's only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he's determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.

Top 10 Favorite Books

1. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

2. Iron House – John Hart

3. Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay

4. A Song of Ice and Fire, Books 1-3 – George R. R. Martin

5. The Last Child – John Hart

6. Illusions – Richard Bach

7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

8. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

9. Endymion & The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons

10. The Alvin Maker series, Books 1-3 – Orson Scott Card

11. Time Enough for Love – Robert Heinlein
The Wishing World is an exciting children's novel full of magic and adventure. The story is rife with fantastical beasts and monsters of all kinds, and the setting is a place where dreams and wishes can come true. Some of these are more like nightmares - like when Lorelei's (our main character) family disappears into thin air. Lorelei is a great lead for the book - she's smart, strong, a loving daughter and sister, and determined to find out what happened that night - no matter what. I loved the fact that Lorelei is a Doolivanti - a person who can wish their dreams into existence. It gives the story an even greater air of magic and transforms the main character from a normal kid into someone with special powers. The setting is a wonderful fit for the book, and I loved learning everything I could about the exotic creatures and people that inhabited it. Another aspect I really liked was the author's use of the first person point of view. I'm a huge fan of that writing style because it gives the reader such a deep connection to the narrator. In this case, the story is told from Lorelei's perspective - so we get to know her every thought, fear, hopes, dreams, and anything else that goes through her head. I find it's almost always easier to identify with the narrator when the first person POV is used - and this book is no exception. Every aspect of the novel works seamlessly together to create a wonderful adventure mixed with fantasy and fun. Definitely recommended for lovers of children's fiction, middle grade fiction, action, adventure, and fantasy.
TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories, and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as The Wishing World. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.

Skype or phone session (personal or school class) 
A bundle of Starscap Books
Two Signed Copies of The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter


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