I'm a college student still trying to get a handle of the adult world. When I need to get away from it I lose myself in books, my own writing, and in spending time with my amazing boyfriend which he supports me to no end.
Finding my passion in books has led me to finding a passion in writing my own fictional stories back in 2009, I have turned this into a dream career and going one step further I would love to open up my own book store.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ashley Hill
- Root Bound
on Feb. 23, 2013
When it comes to paranormal, otherworldly, supernatural, or just some kind a fantasy then I am in. And you all know I adore these genres the most, so of course after reading the summary for this book I was intrigued. Jumping the gun, I signed up and was excited to getting started! ^_^
I loved that this was about Brownies, basement Brownies, so I thought this would be fun and it was. In young adult we don’t usually get these kinds of creatures, it’s more known for children. Which is fine, I can read kid’s books if I want a little bit of their magic in my life and this book I believe is also great for all ages, but sometimes I forgot that this was a child as a main character. I forget that sometimes kids have to take care of themselves and their parents. I also forgot how mean kids can be, no matter what age they are. So sometimes I had to remind myself that she was a child and once I went, “Wow, you’re brave to be walking to school, alone, through an unknown town you just moved to.” Because, me, I don’t think that’s the best for kids. But that’s just my opinion.
But shoving that to the side of my brain, I let the magic and storytelling of Miss Gough take over me. From the beginning we got to see subtle hints of magic and it helped sucked me in. The house was alive, a witch looking person lived down the hall and she’s someone that wouldn’t leave Emma alone, the way the house sneezes, and the mystical light from that witches room are all signs that this is no usual place to live in and one place where Emma will get quite a surprise.
"She sneezed. She sneezed again. Then the house sneezed. She froze, another monstrous sneeze trapped in her nose. Everything around her seemed to freeze, too. Finally, she couldn’t hold it any longer, and she let out the most enormous sneeze she had ever sneezed, and at that same exact moment, the house sneezed too. And before she was able to even wonder what was happening, she heard a sudden clatter, like a bag of marbles rolling down the vent shaft."
When the brownies came into the picture I couldn’t help but become giddy with excitement. I felt like a little kid and I loved it! :D These four characters sure knew how to make me laugh. Honestly, I can’t pick which brownie I liked more. You have little Mat that thinks he knows all including all about humans though he has never met one, Truss whom is very motherly to Emma and the one that keeps the group under control, Pier who acts like a teenage boy whom can’t get over the fact that he missed breakfast cause Under zapped him up into Over to help Emma, and then Master Tect whom is constantly sleeping and in places that don’t always seem so comfortable to me, haha.
Now even though I did enjoy this there was something that started to bug me. This thing that bugged me formed slowly and in the end it’s one of the reasons why rated this book a four. Once again we have another book plot surrounded around Greek mythology. Now, don’t get me wrong I freaking adore Greek Mythology but it isn’t the only mythology that is out there, so can we please freshen up the mythology in our books. How about some Egyptian?
Overall, this was a great story especially for kids (so, it’s a great bedtime story for my readers whom are parents) and a good starter to a series. One that I can’t wait to continue!