Book View: Stork

Book View: StorkStork by Wendy Delsol
Series: Stork #1
Published by Candlewick Press on October 12th 2010
Pages: 355

Family secrets. Lost memories. And the arrival of an ancient magical ability that will reveal everything.

Sixteen-year-old Katla LeBlanc has just moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, Katla soon finds out that she’s a Stork, a member of a mysterious order of women tasked with a very unique duty. But Katla’s biggest challenge may be finding her flock at a new school. Between being ignored by Wade, the arrogant jock she stupidly fooled around with, and constantly arguing with gorgeous farm boy and editor-in-chief Jack, Katla is relieved when her assignment as the school paper’s fashion columnist brings with it some much-needed friendship. But as Homecoming approaches, Katla uncovers a shocking secret about her past — a secret that binds her fate to Jack’s in a way neither could have ever anticipated. With a nod to Hans Christian Andersen and inspired by Norse lore, Wendy Delsol’s debut novel introduces a hip and witty heroine who finds herself tail-feathers deep in small-town life.

Short & Sweet: Our main character, Katla (aka Kat), has been forced to move from California to Minnesota. A move that she is none to pleased with. Here in this chilly town, she uncovers a long lost secret and a secret society that she could have never dreamed existed. While reading Stork, I was completely captivated by the uniqueness of the tale. Storks… vessels… Ravens. The elements came together to make Stork a tale like nothing I have ever read. Sure, it did have a few problems. But since this is the first book in a trilogy, they have been mostly overlooked. I just hope that Delsol addresses the remaining questions that I have sooner rather than later.
Final Verdict: A completely enchanting tale. Stork has furthered my love for Icelandic lore, while offering a new fare for YA readers to devour. Can't wait for the sequel!
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