Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FIERCE CREATURES by A. W. Hartoin Review and Giveaways!!!

by A. W. Hartoin



Another day. Another disaster.

After surviving a kidnapping and battling with spriggans, Matilda Whipplethorn finds her life in a suburban human house pretty boring. She’s been excluded from school because of her fire-making abilities and her former friends are afraid of her. Salvation comes in the form of a life-threatening illness. Her tutor, Miss Penrose, needs a medication and there’s only one place to get it, the spriggans. Matilda heads back to the antique mall to save Miss Penrose even though it just might cost her everything.


Fire was a friend of mine. I loved how it formed in my palms, pooled, and overflowed, oozing through my fingers to drop down in tiny orange spirals into the basin my father had fashioned out of a metal button. I lay on my stomach, propped up on my elbows, watching my fire, an endlessly fascinating endeavor and a good thing, too. My father was hammering on a needle, trying to make it into hooks for my mother’s pots and pans. It wasn’t going well and I expected to be there for a long time, providing Dad with fire for his forge.

Dad tapped me on the head, and I looked up. “What?”

“I need more,” he said, frowning at me from behind the safety mask he’d fashioned out of an acorn shell and some stuff the humans called Plexiglas.

I formed a fireball the size of my head and dropped it in the basin. Sparks flew out in curlicues and menaced Dad. He jumped back and slipped on his pile of metal shavings.

“Matilda, you did that on purpose,” he said, narrowing his brown eyes at me.

“It was an accident.”
“When it comes to fire, you don’t have accidents.”

A human face came down beside my dad and grinned at me. Judd was one of the few humans that could see us. It was very unusual for a human to see fairies, but Judd had turned out to be remarkable in many ways. As was his sister, Tess, who’d been the first to see me. The two of them surprised me on a daily basis.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A.W. Hartoin is the author of the Mercy Watts mystery series and the Away From Whipplethorn fantasy series. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and six bad chickens.

My Review:
This is a great addition to fairy literature. For a girl to go from Tinkerbell to this book as a teen would be great. The Fairy World is so descriptive and I wanted to visit. Poor Matilda, she has such bad luck. She is always getting into trouble!. It was nice to have a teen girl starting fires with her mind and to not have blood at the end! lol. I really like this story, and I would love to frame any artwork from Fairy World.
I enjoyed reading about the magical powers and  about how certain people could see them. 
I am definitely hooked on this series! 
I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own!

The author will award  an ebook copy of either A Fairy's Guide to Disaster or It Started with a Whisper to a commenter at each tour stop, and a grand prize of $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


  1. What a fascinating concept for a story. Very unique and I love the excerpt.

  2. That's such a lovely review. I grew up reading all the books about Fairies I could get my hands on.


  3. Well, it's the last day of the tour and I want to say I've enjoyed following you around, learning more about you and your books. So, thanks for a good time!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. hahah I the only one that finds that name hilarious??? lol Thanks for the tour! It was fun following!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  5. The excerpt really gives a sense of the diminutive size--a needle? An acorn? So descriptive!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com