Sometimes a book ends up in our hands by accident, and sometimes it is just meant to be.
The author of Hinges of Broams Eld contacted me via a referral of a fellow blogger. She thought I would be interested in reading this little story, and despite my current desire to not accept any review requests, I relented. As soon as I pulled the book from the package, I could feel the magic that it held. The cover was gorgeous, and I immediately thought to myself that this is a book that I would have been drawn to if I had first seen it on the shelves at the bookstore. Then I began reading the description from the back cover . . .
Livy Hinge thinks that her biggest worries are the bully next door, the mysterious ingredients lurking in her mother's Everything Casserole, and the tricky dilemmas her overactive imagination land her in. But even Livy has never envisioned trees slinging splinters big as swords at her. Or falling off a giant moth five-hundred feet in the air, commanding the elements to stand still, or battling a throng of birds. And she's certainly never been tasked with defeating an enemy bent on the destruction of her world. Until now.
Livy Hinge is the main character is this vividly imaginative new tale by Jennifer Cano. She is a young girl with a big imagination as the snippet of the description above indicates, but she is truly so much more than that. She is down-to-earth and humorous and adventurous, and most importantly, she is a human child that experiences the difficulties of childhood like all of us. With her brother by her side, she stands up to the bullies that haunt her school, her bus, and even her own land. She misses her aunt that recently passed away, struggling to understand the loss of one of her favorites. She is strong and she is smart. She also discovers that the combination of all of these traits are about to send her on an adventure that will change her life forever; the way she views the world and the way she perceives herself.
Cano has created a magical world that blew her own Livy's imagination out of this world. It's a world filled with unimaginable foods that may not tempt your tastebuds, but it does tempt your desires to explore the world around you. You will see a tree and wonder what story it may hold within. You see a door and envision a place you may be transported beyond. You see an average girl and wonder what powers may be hidden within her to change the world.
Hinges of Broams Eld is the beginning of a series, and that is my one complaint. The story within the pages comes to a conclusion, but it also leaves you with questions left unanswered. And questions left unanswered means I must wait until the next book in the series can land in my hands. Until then, I will be passing this story on to my children to experience, so we can dive into the second installment together when it becomes available.
Thank you to the author for a copy of this book for an unbiased review. For more information on Hinges of Broams Eld, visit the dedicated website here.
Have you discovered the world of Broams Eld? If so, what is one piece of that world that you would like to see in our own?