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Review: The Word Changers

Posted by on July 21, 2014

Word ChangersThe Word Changers
Ashley Willis

A place where words can change an entire world …

Escaping from the turmoil of a broken family, fifteen-year-old Posy finds herself at her usual haunt … the library. This time, though, when she chooses an unfamiliar book from the shelf, she does not devour its words and pages as she usually does.

Its words devour her.

Posy is pulled into the pages of a fairy tale, even mistaken for one of its characters. But all is far from perfect in this story’s Kingdom. Characters are whispering of rebellion against both their Plot and the deadly king who has seized control of it. And Posy must find a lost princess whose role in the story is crucial before her own story comes to a horrible end …

With the proud and haughty Prince Kyran as a reluctant companion, Posy ventures past the Borders of the Plot, into the depths of the gloomy and treacherous Wild Land forest that lies beyond. Secrets are buried there. Dark mysteries and shadowy creatures, dangerous and deadly.

Yet the deadliest danger of all is the one that Posy carries within herself.

Soon it is clear that finding the lost princess is the least of Posy’s concerns. The Author of the book must be found. His Plot must be put to rights again, his characters reminded of who they were first created to be. Only then will the True Story be written, both for Posy, and for the tale she has now become a part of.

Courage and forgiveness are needed for Posy to find her way home again. But bitterness and shadows haunt her every step of the way.

Available at Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble.

The Author:

Ashlee has a passion for three things: God, family, and books, and is happiest when all three can be enjoyed together.  Ashlee graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education. She divides her time chiefly between homeschooling her young son, reading about fantasy worlds she wishes she could visit, and dreaming up fantasy worlds of her own to write about. She loves taking walks in the woods, drinking tea with friends, and spending time with the ones she loves most.  Ashlee lives in the heart of Missouri with her husband, son, and cat, where she is busily at work on her next book, also a fantasy for young adults.

Find Ashlee on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads, or visit her on her website.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed the story, it kept me turning pages, and I loved the creativity of it. But trying to hold the concept of Posy in the book dealing with the Plot, Author, Kingdom, and Characters and all them hoping for a reader to come by and read it was something I had to really work at keeping the suspension of disbelief. That said, if I didn’t try to understand it too much, it worked fine. The concept, I’ve not seen done before, and I’m curious as to the story behind the story, and if the author has plans for other works set in this story world.

Entering the story, I felt a bit disoriented like Posy, which, I think was intentional. But at the same time I would have liked to have known a bit of Posy’s world, the heartache, the arguing, etc. to make it feel more real. I didn’t really connect with her like I could have if I had experienced what drove Posy to the library. So there is a bit of accepting what we are told, which I think is typical of allegory and in line with what the author was intending to accomplish.

While I was reading, I was nervous about how the story would end. We know Posy will have to return to her world, right? So how will the author handle this bit of romance brewing between her and one of the characters?

That said, I was pleasantly satisfied with the ending. And this is coming from someone who hates sad endings. Not that it was sad, but you know she couldn’t stay in the book forever.

There is allegory here, sometimes obvious, sometimes not. There’s a good message of mercy and forgiveness. A bit of clean romance. A nice read for young adults. Although, the writing at times felt more like middle grade. But this is coming from someone who writes for older teens to adults.

My favorite part was when they entered the Glooming and faced the obstacles there. LOVED that part. Don’t want to give too much away!

So if you love allegory, definitely check it out!

*I received an ARC in exchange for my review.*

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