Friday, February 22, 2013

Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough review and 2 giveaways!!!!!

Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough (Fantasy/Adventure)

Publication date: June 3rd 2012
by Baba Yaga Press

"A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents’ inner child." - Kirkus Reviews

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

My Review:
Have you ever thought of what lives under your house? I have a root system under my house that messes with us every once in awhile. It is true though that the roots are alive. This book reminded me of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Where there is a whole world under the ice. That is like this book. There is a whole world under our buildings. Our buildings are alive, and can be good or bad. If they are bad than their roots wither and the beings living under the roots are killed.
Emma is a wanderer. She moves around with her dad from place to place, following his career. Her mother is gone.
I  thought that this was a very interesting book. It is great for young adults and fits in with the science fiction world of today. Between Harry Potter, and Star Wars, Science fiction is everywhere nowadays. This book is different from the rest in that it is about the life of roots. I thought about this for a little bit, and what a concept. Roots are everywhere. They ground us. There are physical roots, that without plants would die, due to lack of nutrients. But there are also family roots that tell us who we are and where we come from. Roots can be remade and start a completely different plant. Without roots for our trees we would not have oxygen, because we would not have trees.
The ending of this book was also nice. I didn't like what happened to the wanderer, but hopefully that will be settled in the second book. Because I think that the ending could have had a much better ending, I am giving this book a 4.5/5
I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.



Tanya Karen Gough was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in New England, where she developed a healthy appetite for ghosts and things that go bump in the night. An avid reader from a young age, she quickly worked her way through Alice in Wonderland, the Magical Monarch of Mo, Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, all of the Tintin comic books, Nancy Drew, and most of the other books in the children's library.

Finally, at the tender age of 10, she produced this poetic masterpiece:

"Whene'er you get a wandering leg
And feel that you must roam
Remember this and don't forget
The best place is at home"

To date, she has moved more than 25 times. Along the way, she earned two degrees in English Literature, taught overseas, became the owner operator of the Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue, and contributed to a number of Shakespeare-related publications. Root Bound is the first of four books in the Emma and the Elementals series.

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1 comment:

  1. So happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks for being on the tour, doll! <3