Series: Stork #3
Published by Candlewick Press on September 11th 2012
Having barely survived an eleventh grade of adventures rivaling any mythological tale, human Stork Katla Leblanc is hoping for an ordinary senior year. But when two Icelandic exchange students turn up at Norse Falls High, an uneventful school year seems out of the question.
Although tricked into the initial deal, Katla is constrained by a celestial bargain that puts everyone—including her boyfriend, Jack, and best friend, Penny—at risk. She’ll have to use her wits, her wit, her soul-delivering powers, and a few out-of-this-world colleagues to fend off a disaster of epic proportions.
* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *
Here we are, the final installment of the Stork trilogy. Stork, the first book in the series, was amazing! Captivating. Original. I ate that one up. Frost, the second book, while entertaining was a huge deviation from what I thought to be the main plot line of the series. Instead of continuing with the plot threads from the first book, Frost seemed to drift off into fairy-tale retelling mode. To say I was disappointed with Frost is a bit of an understatement. Due to the unknown direction of Flock, I was, in my opinion, understandably hesitant. Would Flock get the series back on track, or simply put more questions into my head than needed.
The answer: Both.
At this point, the big picture for this series is a bit more muted than I would have liked. But the premise and originality of it has gotten under my skin so much that this is one series that I cannot quit… no matter how much I would like to.
Flock opens a bit after Frost's ending. Kat is trying to get her life back to as normal as it can be. But there is still the looming threat of her baby sister's life being in the balance, due to a prophecy that Kat mistakenly gave, to contend with. Therefore, a big bulk of the book's focus is on this crisis. And with the inclusion of a few characters that readers have met before, things get interesting pretty quickly.
Thankfully, Flock does not have the fairy-tale retelling vibe that Frost did. However, it does not seem to really follow any main path either. In some ways, I love that Flock finally got this series back on track. But part of me wonders, if it is not a little too late. In its own way, the series seems more like companion set of novels rather than the focused series I was hoping for / promised.
At the end of the day, Flock does pull off some killer action. Some issues have been resolved. But doors are opened to possibilities that I am not even ready to think about yet. Right now, I am pretty speechless. And there is still a part of me that wonders why I continued reading this series.
Was Flock a bad book? Not in the least. I enjoyed it wholeheartedly. It is just disappointing to see a series that I loved so, so very much turn into this. A group of stories that are mildly connected, but seeing issues carry over and over between books. Issues that are either still lingering or have not been touched or even mentioned in subsequent books. It makes me want to throw my hands up in frustration and yell at the top of my lungs.
So final, final verdict:
Flock = good read
Stork series as a whole = questionable