Author: Wendy Delsol
Publishing Company: Candlewick Press
Genre: Young Adult—Supernatural, Romance
Release Date: October 20, 2010
Rating: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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.
I honestly, like, loved this book. This cover—this beautiful, gorgeous cover—immediately drew me in as soon as I saw this on the shelves of my library. And then, all it took afterwards was a flip to the back to read the summary. I read it—to be honest, skimmed it because my mom was rushing me and wouldn't let me properly examine the book—and I just kept it in my hand and sort of never put it back on the rack it was on. When it came time to check out, this was one of the books, and let's just say I am extremely happy that I got to finally read this. I mean, just look at that cover! Isn't it so pretty? I just want to sink my teeth into that thing if I could.
This book starts off right when Katla moves to town, and because I'm just weird like that, I didn't know that Katla was already in Minnesota. I thought she was packing up and everything, until it started happening. Well, it sort of happened really fast that I was a little confused and I never got the full idea of what it was to be a Stork until about halfway through the book. I didn't really fully get the concept, but that was probably on my part because I found the beginning really slow. I find a lot of beginnings really slow now. Either I have a really good eye for this or I only like to read stuff with lots of action. But then again, I've always been a "jump now, talk later" kind of girl.
So the beginning had a few plot holes and a slowness that I found very dragging and unappealing at first, I kept reading and as soon as the first fifty pages were through and done, then it started getting really great and you meet all these awesome characters and you get to know them like you should be. Katla's fierce determination is just another thing I loved about this book and how willing she was to go out and get it. Sometimes, what you need in a character is that die-hard "I want it, so I'm going to get it" determination that many people in the real world have. I related to Katla in so many ways because of this and I have a feeling many of you will, too.
When you meet Jack, you kind of realize he has a chip on his shoulder after meeting Katla and they always argue and shoot insults at each other, but you can sort of tell that there's something going on there, even though neither parties wants to admit it just yet. I actually really like Jack in this because of how sweet and vulnerable he seems but how underneath there's this secret side of him that's iron. That's probably not the most appropriate metaphor, but still, you get what you get and you get upset.
The idea of this book was so entirely intriguing and like nothing else that I just wanted to keep reading and I wanted to give it another chance during those first pages where the beginning was bleaker than the rest of the book. Many people need that motivation to keep going no matter what, and this was like that motivation because I loved the idea and I loved basically everything about it that I wanted to keep reading and give it another chance. And just so you know, Stork totally lived up to that extra chance. :)