Stork

It’s below freezing here in South Carolina, and I just finished a book about a girl who has a pathological hatred of the cold.  Fitting.  I’m not very fond of it myself at the moment.

Stork by Wendy Delsol revolves around Katla LeBlanc, who just moved from sunny Los Angeles to a small town in Minnesota.  Almost immediately upon arriving, Kat discovers that she is part of an ancient society–the Icelandic Stork Society.  She and her “sisters” are responsible for placing the souls of infants into chosen vessels.  If that were not enough, Katla is the youngest member of this society and their new second-in-command.  A few of these old birds are not happy.

So, Katla has all of this wonderful Stork stuff going on, but she also has to deal with her newly divorced parents, a new high school, a town where everything seems a bit backward, and two guys vying for her affections.  Actually, the guy part of the equation is an easy one to solve.  Wade, the popular, arrogant guy, is a jerk, and, after a messy encounter during the summer, Kat wants nothing to do with him.  (Of course, he has other ideas.)  The other guy, Jack, is swoon-worthy.  Well, he becomes swoon-worthy once he and Kat can be in the same room without arguing.  And it seems he has some mystical secrets of his own.  (What is up with this town?  Does everyone have magical powers?  We’ll just have to see…)

It soon becomes evident that things are not exactly what they seem in the small Minnesota town of Norse Falls.  Strange things are afoot, and Kat is in the middle of all of them.  How will this young girl fulfill her duties as a Stork?  What kind of history does she have with the enigmatic Jack?  What is so special about them?  Read Stork by Wendy Delsol to discover the fascinating truth.

I really enjoyed this book, even though I had a few problems with pronouncing some of the Scandinavian words scattered throughout.  That’s okay, though.  The story was great and made some interesting connections to Norse myth and Scandinavian folk tales.  It was pretty cool.  I look forward to reading the second book, Frost, next fall.

For more information on Stork and author Wendy Delsol, visit http://www.wendydelsol.com/.  Stay warm out there!

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