The Compulsive Reader: Stork by Wendy Delsol

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Stork by Wendy Delsol

When her parents get a divorce, Katla Leblanc finds herself in her mother's boring hometown in the middle of Minnesota, a far cry from her previous home in LA. When working late one night at her grandfather's store, she discovers a mysterious secret society of "storks"--women who have the power to bequeath unborn souls to potential mothers. Katla is not only inducted into the Stork Society, but given the position of second-in-command as the youngest member ever. On top of some crazy, head-itching new powers and some disgruntled fellow Storks, Katla also has quite a few real-life issues plaguing her—her new school and a bad decision regarding a certain boy, making new friends, trying to be fashionable without a clothing story in sight, and dealing with her dad living so far away. And most curious of all: a guy named Jack and the history they share that Katla can't even remember.

Stork is a really great novel with lots of interesting and dynamic elements to keep it interesting, and it’s set against the rich backdrop of Nordic culture, myths, and legends. The idea of human storks and a secret society is an inventive one, made unique and memorable by the head of the society and Katla's mentor, Hulda. She's an excellent and surprising character that is unexpectedly wise, quirky, and sweet, and her many sides are fascinating—she's always surprising you. Unfortunately, there wasn't quite as much of her and the Storks as readers might perceive given the title, but there is plenty in this story to keep readers hooked. For instance, Jack and Kat's relationship is another great thing about this book—they're not without their bumps and trials, but their romance is sweet and it is made believable by their shared past and the supernatural forces at work, both good and bad. Though it did seem as though the perpetrator and the dark plot came out of left field, it was nicely done, with plenty of drama and suspense. Every element in this book is woven seamlessly and cleverly together, full of secrets, powers, fashion, creativity, beautiful scenery and of course, love. Stork is a full and engaging debut!

Cover Comments: I like the girl on the front--she's just as Katla is described--and the snowy white background is very appropriate! It's a pretty cover!

Stork will be available on October 12th, 2010.

ARC borrowed from the lovely Shanyn of chickloveslit.com!


Midnyte Reader said...

This cover definitely draws me in. I love mythology and stories that utilize it. I'll definitely be checking this one out.

Tahlia said...

This is certainly a different idea. I like different. Sounds good.

tay said...

has a winner been chosen for the fall arc contest yet? and if not when does the contest end?