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The Bird Paperback – February 14, 2013
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From the Author
I wrote The Bird out of the love for a friend. She'd just lost her mother to old age and was struggling to find a way to keep the memory of her strong. Everything began with the photo of an old oak tree, a story about a brave little cardinal, and my strange imagination kicking into action when I saw the photographs. A writer's head is a dangerous place to be! I spent months detailing the characters, only to have them tell me that's not who they were on the inside. So, I scrapped the original outline and wrote what I was told to write at staff-point (this becomes clear when you read the story). This was my NaNoWriMo novel for 2012 and I couldn't be happier with it.
Many of the places described in the book actually exist (with the exception being Trogon). From Ringing Rocks park to the resting place of Johnathan Swift, you'll find yourself pulled into a crazy fantasy world hidden beneath the surface.
I was shocked when The Bird recently made it to the Kindle Book Reviews' Semi-Final round for the top books of 2013 in the Fantasy genre! It made my year.
If you love fairy tales and stories that incorporate some of the finer details with a new spin, you'll love this novel.
About the Author
Jo Michaels is a writer who's really had a taste of life. She's lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia; but visited states from coast to coast. Michaels, a high-school dropout, put herself through college while her husband was deployed to Iraq and still managed to come out on the other side with all five of her children still breathing. On top of that wondrous feat, she managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude. After her fourteen year marriage ended cataclysmically, she took to the keys to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. Using the degree she obtained in school, Jo set out with tools in her belt not many writers possess: a strong design eye, the skills necessary to format her books, and the ability to use her artistic talents to create stunning covers.
Now, Michaels writes full-time in her garage while imbibing copious amounts of coffee to keep her motor running from son up to son down (and daughter, too). Her inspiration for her books comes from relationships, life, friends, passion, and her own incredible imagination. A fight for achieving her dream (along with her super duper boyfriend) is what drags her out of bed every morning to do what she does best: spin tales laced with high-octane emotion for readers worldwide.
Jo has written many books, all of which are self-published.
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This however, hits a unique reading palate I didn't know I would fancy until 24 hours ago. Yes, I read it in just a day and I have a full
Time job - thanks partly to IPhone's VoiceOver and The Bird's insatiable effect on me.
Stormy's wit and spunk got me drawn to her just in the first few lines of her description. Michael's charm and his ability to give me butterflies both in my stomach and chest had deprived me of some good sleep and chores. I just couldn't wait to see what he says or does next that would make me want to be in Stormy's place , over and over again. Thinking about him makes me a giddy and I have officially lost my ability to review a book.
Moving on, the narration is impeccably vivid, I am basically watching a movie in my head. As a matter of fact, it should be a movie, like a cross between Twilight and Hunger games with a Harry Potter origin.
Stormy is subjected into an ethereal world beneath our own , where Michael inhabits - one which she is now tasked to save from total destruction. She will begin her journey with revelations about the people of Trogon and her connection to them and the honing of her abilities. We will see her instant attraction to Michael and we are in her mind when she realizes she has deeper feelings for him. Then we are shoved to the edge our seats, questioning who it is they're saving Trogon from.
It is a fast paced story, depicting struggle, love , comedy , and deceit.
I continue to replay the events that transpired in my mind. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the characters and their plethora of magical abilities as they their purpose tie into the fairy tales we grew up with.
If there is such a thing as a book hangover, I need a good soup and some Advil.
Stormy Terrabonne meets a cardinal, who takes her on a trip to a very different land, where she must help stop an evil wizard from severing the only connection between this world and ours. However, the wizard is named Bordash Bladesinger, which makes me want to root for him, because his name is so awesome...
This was a really fun fantasy book, with great characters, and an interesting world. Stormy herself is a very strong and dynamic character, and I really enjoyed reading her story throughout. The story itself was always on the move, never stopping to let you catch your breath. I was very surprised at how genuinely funny it was, too. Humor is difficult to do in these types of stories, but I think the author pulled it off nicely.
I'm really glad that I checked this book out, and I'm really glad to see someone's NaNoWriMo work pay off. Seeing someone else make it through that process gives me the boost that I need, to get ready for this year's project. Plus, I got a really interesting fantasy novel out of it, as well. Recommended!
The Bird has parallel plots going on. The first plot centers on a woman named Stormy and her quest to bring down a wizard in an alternate world. At the same time, Stormy's mother is given a second chance at life and is reborn as a thirteen year old. I liked the way Jo tied the two worlds together and how things occurring in Trogon affected her mother in the human world.
What I always enjoy about Jo's books is that she writes strong female characters. The men usually take a backseat and the women shine. The Bird was no exception. Stormy is a force to be reckoned with and that's even before she becomes a master of weapons. As tough as she was on the outside, I liked how her romance with Michael was able to bring out a softer side.
The plot's pacing was good and the action started quickly. Some of the character's choices were rash and I felt myself wanting to yell at them through the book. But it only shows how invested I became with the story.
There were a few great twists I didn't see coming and the ending tied everything together nicely. This is a wonderful indie fantasy novel and I highly recommend it to all readers.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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