Since I read both of these books for this blog tour, I have decided to do a two mini reviews in one post, rather than two separate long reviews.
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.
I have to admit that when I first started this book I began to wonder if maybe it was too young for me, especially since I'd just finished a much deeper and darker book. It took me about twenty pages to realise that I was wrong - it was just the fun and lighter read that I needed to wind down a little and by 100 pages I was loving it. I loved the world that Danika Dinsmore made from the faerie village of Tiragarrow which was carefree and magical to the wild forests outside of the village which were wild and dangerous. Despite the fact that this book wasn't as deep as I usually read there was a lot of emotion there and a great character arc. Brigitta definitely grows from a faerie that doesn't know what her calling is to a brave young woman that saves her village but I especially liked Himmy as a character as she goes from a cowardly little sister to a strong and brave girl!
Overall Rating: B
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?
I was so worried that the end of the first book saw the end of Briggy's adventuring days and the beginning of boring studious days, I was so wrong! In this installment Brigitta goes on a whole new quest which is even more exciting than the previous one! I found that this book was a bit darker than the first in the serious and also because Briggy has grown a little I began to see this book as teen fiction rather than middle grade which boosted my enjoyment. This book is finished very cleanly but I still cannot wait for the third in the series because I just love Briggy and Ondelle so much. Ondelle was a great character and we get to see her a lot more in this one which is great because she is such and intriguing character and we get to know her a little better.
Overall Rating: B+
Brigitta of the White Forest was published March 1st and The Ruins of Noe will be published May 1st by Hydra House.
Many thanks to the author for allowing me to read and review it.