Friday, May 1, 2009

Pixie Chicks by Regan Black


Pixie Chicks by Regan Black

From Echelon Press:

"For a quartet of girlfriends known as the Pixie Chicks, life takes on a delicious new flavor when their normal Friday night walkabout through the Hobbitville Gardens reveals secrets and adventures previously unimagined. Who knew the statues were portals to similar, magical gardens around the world? Or that only a select few can travel by statue and fewer still can arrive at their desired point? These four will reach for the stars despite the risks of the unknown to embrace an adventure suitable only for the boldest of teens."

To begin, Black's use of characterization is phenomenal! Her different characters and motives are clearly defined, so it is not necessary to skim over past pages in a full-blown effort to find a single defining trait that can somehow be used to distinguish the different characters. Furthermore, her characters easily enable the reader to be drawn into the story and feel as though he is actually in it and not merely an outsider intruding upon private moments.

Black also mixes fantasy with romance with such ease that it appears seamless. The fantasy aspect provides the story with a magical and light air that wonderfully works hand-in-hand with the romance angle, creating a light-heartedness that perfectly encompasses the story. Coupled with the story dealing with normal teenagers who have access to a magical garden and the story becomes a creative and delightful mix of the average and the fastasy.

The second installment of the Hobbitville Saga, Sierra's Setup, is due out soon in a few months from Quake, and I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Alyssa Montgomery
Author of Where Are You?, Mr. Mysterious, and 9:53 PM (from the Heat of the Moment Anthology).

6 comments:

Pam Ripling said...
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Pam Ripling said...

Okay, excuse the deleted post. I was dealing with Sandie who was BARKING HER HEAD OFF!! Whew. Now. Where was I?

Oh, yes. This is a well-written review about an obviously well-written book. I love the title and can't wait to read it! Great cover art, too.

Pam
http://beaconstreetbooks.com

Iris Black said...

Loved the story. Great review, Alyssa!

For more band fun, check out JUST ONE OF THE GUYS now available from Quake!

Iris
http://irisblack-author.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/irisblack_author

Marlis Day said...

Love your book cover. And your last name. Did I tell you I was Black for the first 23 yrs of my life?

Mary Cunningham said...

I loved Pixie Chicks! Can't wait for more installments!!

Great review, btw.

Mary
http://www/cynthiasattic.blogspot.com
http://www/marycunninghambooks.com

Diana Black said...

Great review! Regan is an awesome writer...

Diana

http://www.wendelwordsworth.blogspot.com
http://www.woofersclub.blogspot.com