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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Absorbing story, interesting characters. Leandra's Enchanted Flute by @KatyHuthJones #review



Leandra's Enchanted Flute


Written by Katy Huth Jones






Genre: Young Adult


Book Synopsis

Sometimes the magic lies within.

Fourteen-year-old flutist Lee Ann Graves is a survivor. She spent the long days of chemotherapy listening to the song of a Carolina wren. One day he reveals himself as Songcatcher, a talking bird from the magical realm of Finian Jahndra--a land in danger of being consumed by a deadly canker that only she can truly understand.

Lee Ann is transported to Finian Jahndra where the birds call her by her real name--Leandra. She is restored to health and her flute transformed by what magic is left in the world. But as she searches for the source of the canker, the malignant forces take their toll, not only on the land, but on Leandra's physical and mental well-being. With the help of her new bird friends and a handsome but arrogant human prince, Leandra must find a way to heal a land she has learned to love before it is too late.

Abha C's Rating





Abha C's Review


This is a fantasy tale filled with talking birds an enchanted flute and a world that is dying. The main character Lee Ann (Leandra) has just survived chemo and her cancer is in remission when she gets called into this world. This is an easy story to follow for the young readers. What I like about the book is how it compares cancer to things tweens or teenagers could relate to. The story itself is absorbing and the characters are interesting. I like that Lee Ann although physically weak is portrayed as a strong character capable of defending a world.

I would give this book four stars and caution the readers of the content. I think it is appropriate for tweens/teenagers and particularly if someone is dealing with cancer on any level. Another subtle message of the book is how our world is connected. There is evil in many forms but if we are strong then we have a way of fighting it. The author is a cancer survivor and the reader can definitely see some of what she went through in her own personal journey.

The story did leave me with an incomplete feeling. Even if a book is part of a series I like to see some closure. This book does have an ending but perhaps its not the ending I was looking for! I sure hope Katy continues Leandra's journey so that eventually I get my ending!

Review Disclaimer: Book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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