Monday, 23 April 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Ruins of Noe by Danika Dinsmore

You're in for a treat today! Firstly, welcome to the Ruins of Noe blog tour!! YaY exciting. We have 2 reviews today, Brigitta of the White Forest (#1 Faerie Tales from the White Forest) as well as Ruins of Noe (#2 Faerie Tales from the White Forest)! Let's start, shall we?

Brigitta of the White Forest (#1 Faerie Tales from the White Forest)

Brigitta of the White ForestAt the Other End:

Brigitta is a young Water Faerie from the village-nest of Tiragarrow. She's confused, moody, and anxious about going through "The Change" as she doesn't see how destiny markings on her wings should determine her life's path.
A few days before the annual Festival of the Elements, Brigitta is flying an errand with Himalette, her tag-a-long sister, when a mysterious curse turns everyone in the White Forest to stone -- except for the two of them. The sisters have no idea why they were not cursed, but they do know if they don't turn everyone back in time for the festival rituals, the Hourglass of Protection will run out and so will its protective field around the forest.

First Impressions Last:

One of my first Middle Grade novels that I have reviewed. Ultimately, I was drawn to the cover most. Love the colours and the Silhouette of Brigitta and Himalette as well as the moon in the background. A very drawing cover that will pull many in (such as myself) to read the novel.

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What an imagination. Dinsmore completely captivates us in the world of the White Forest. Leaving us with brilliant imagery of the surrounding land as well as a fresh intake on a new kind of faerietale. Even though it is a middle grade novel, we don't really find out about many of the small details that pop up in the novel that would help us understand more, as well as to bring us further into the world of the White Forest. We are told names yet not exactly what they, leaving us to guess what it is. In a way, this brings us further into the novel as we bring our own kind of thinking and our own kind of mind into the novel, so that it becomes special to us as the reader as it is to the main Realm.

Everything that happens in this book (adventures of Brigitta through out of the White Forest) brings the sisters together as well as brings out a kind of bravery in everyone. We find that we are either encouraging Brigitta and Himalette or telling them what to do in bad situations. Yet in the end it all works out some way and we are still propelled with the girls throughout all of the thicks and thins of their universe. Every strange character we meet along the way adds to the imagination of the world and everything that, not only is in the White Forest, but what is on the outside as well. This gives us a feel of their whole realm and not only of the Forest the Faeries are situated in. Although the names used in the novel are basically thrown at us from the very start, we get accustomed to them. However, some of the names I sometimes even had to stop for a second or two, just so I could get the correct pronunciation. Targeted as a middle-grade novel, this may be harder for younger readers to get a hold of, especially when they are so captivated by the world that they have to stop for a moment in order to be able to get a grasp of the name of either the food or the person etc. It takes them out of the rhythm they were in and the pace set to get the young readers really into the novel, to stop and think before they have to read on again.

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Brigitta of the White Forest (Fishpond)


Ruins of Noe (#2 Faerie Tales from the White Forest)

The Ruins of NoeAt the Other End:

A child born with no destiny: one of many signs that the White Forest faeries have lost touch with the Ethereals, the Ancient Ones. High Priestess Ondelle is convinced by an old proverb that one faerie is fated to travel to the former home of the Ancients, the Ruins of Noe, to find the answer. That faerie, she believes, is Brigitta.

Ondelle and Brigitta set off to save their forest once again, but when they arrive in Noe they discover something they never learned from any faerie tale. Why had this dark secret been kept from them? Why in the name of Faweh had the Ancients left some faeries behind

First Impressions Last:

Originally I signed up for the blog tour for just this novel, when finding out it was the second in the series, I had to read the first as well. Once again, gorgeous cover that will appeal to middle-graders. However, this cover looked a little obviously photoshopped (Brigitta's silhouette on the Ruins of Noe background) whereas the first novel didn't. Excited about this novel and what it has in store after reading the first novel.

Behind the 252 Pages:

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Such an adventurous little soul Brigitta has. Destined to be an Elder faerie, yet longing for adventure. In the first novel we see that Brigitta is jealous of her friends for having their destiny marking when she doesn't, as well as our spending time with her trying to figure out what she is good at that will spend the rest of her life doing. We hear remarks about her wings often in the first novel about how hers compare to those that are marked, as she longs for her wings to be marked. Yet now, that they are, she is still unsure about it all. It's quite annoying at times. Yes, it is something that you're going to be doing for the rest of your life, but don't complain about your own wings when you don't even know what your own destiny is that you want to fulfil! Ok enough ranting, next!!

We are broguht back from the first novel with the background knowledge of the Great World Cry (in which we hear about the city of Noe and a little on it's background. Brigitta, once again, is the heroine of the novel, in which she personally needs to deal with many challenges as well as adventures in order to save the White Forest once again. And, also again, she get a companion that makes her journey worse and more chaotic then if she would have traveled alone. In the first novel, she had to save Himalette numerous times. Now, in this novel, it is Ondelle that Brigitta needs to save. As a typical heroine, Brigitta saves the day! Although this novel is based for Middle-Graders, the second in the series seems to be matured more than in the first novel, in regards to the meaning behind the story as well as the lessons learnt. We start to move to the YA genre, which can lead to both Brigitta and the reader to a more mature level, like a transitioning novel.

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Want MORE of the Tour? Check out these stops:  

April 23rd Gina @ Behind a Million and one Pages (<-- You Are Here)
       24th Jade @ Ink Scratchers
       25th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery
       26th Nikki McCarver @ Close encounters of the Night Kind
       27th Elemillia @ Personal Literary Book Frenzy
       28th Vidya @ Books Are Magic
       29th Nikki @ Pretty Opinionated
       30th Anya @ House Millar
May  1st C. Lee McKenzie @ The Write Game (interview only)
        2nd Paula @ Book Stop Lover
        3rd Crystal @ Inspire
        4th Sheila @ Sheila Deeth
        5th Ana @ Book Spark

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