Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Dybbuk's Mirror by Ali Goldenberg Review and Giveaway

Today is the release day extravaganza and we're so excited to be taking part!!

The Dybbuk's Mirror is the second book in the Hadariah series.  Strings of the Violin is the first, and introduces us to Carrie.  She's a teenager who just wants to take the summer off and relax, but when a fox introduces himself to her, she knows she's in for an odd summer.  Along with her two best friends, she embarks on an epic journey like she's never known.

In The Dybbuk's Mirror, Carrie's friends are missing.  After slaying Asmodeus, the Dybbuk king, she can't imagine what's going on.  Through dreams and a new friend, she's returned to her beloved 'fairy tale' land and finds that all of the Dybbuk clans are fighting for the position of king.  In doing so, they've caused chaos throughout the realm.  Royalty has requested her aid, but first and foremost, Carrie needs to find and rescue her friends.

This is a very 'Alice in Wonderland' type series.  As I was reading, I kept thinking how much my niece (eighteen)  would enjoy it.  It's simple and captivating, but has an air of magic to it.  Carrie, as a character, is a typical teenager.  She's likeable and brave one moment, and the next she just wants to breathe.  She's unpredictable.  You know she has a heroine deep inside her, but sometimes her humanity and child-like nature want to win out.

The world that has been created so that you get a general sense of the layout, but you still get to use your imagination to color it in.  There are no long chapters full of nothing but description.  Goldenberg gives you what you need to create this place for yourself.

Personally, the only trouble I've had with this series are Carrie's parents.  I find them unlikable and unrealistic and I'm thankful I don't know them in person.  I think they were written this way to portray the average teenager's view of what their parents are like, but it really pulled me away from the story every time there was a scene with them in it.

Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an author of horror and Young Adult fantasy fiction.  She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child.  Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Philip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian.

Now for the super fun part; The Giveaway!  Simply enter the rafflecopter below!  They'll be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card as well as an e-book copy of The Dybbuk's Mirror!  You don't want to miss this!  Also, be sure to stop by the main page and follow the tour!

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