Series: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #1
Published by Amazon Digital Services on March 17, 2014
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
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Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lily’s deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).
Even though it’s not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.
Lily is logical, everything can be reduced to a mathematical equation. That is until, she finds out her father who she thought was dead was really alive. He was kept from her due to a law in their magical kingdom of which she is heir to the throne. Her father is the protector of fairy tales and her mother is the queen making her the princess. Lily holds fast that everything can be mathematical and tries to apply this logic to her new life in the kingdom. It makes for some radical changes that might have some unsavory consequences.
In an Oyster Shell – This was a sweet imaginative story that was well worth reading.
The Pearls – A story about a land where fairy tales live. Count me in! The concept of this story was great. It was fairly well executed save some problems I had with it being very long. It’s almost 400 pages! So this is not a quick read. Yet, the author put so much work into it, I think it all works out in the end.
The setting was magical. I loved it. It’s like the author took pages from my heart and wrote them in her book. I love fairy-tales. So I very much enjoyed a land full of them.
I liked the theme of the book. You can’t always apply logic sometimes you have to think outside of that box. I love the turn around that the character does in this story. It tells me that even though we may start out having some hang ups we can grow through them.
The Sand – The main character was unrelatable to me for more than half of the book but when I finally got her, it went really well. The book was exceptionally long and I would have liked if it was a little more succinct.