Feb 18, 2013

Review + Giveaway | Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough

Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough
Series: Emma and the Elementals #1
Genre: Middle Grade - Fantasy
Publication: 06.03.12 by Baba Yaga Press
Format: Paperback
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: ★★★

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside. School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world. There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

Thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect but I've been trying to give middle grade books a chance and this one seemed like a fun book to try out. Root Bound turned out to be an entertaining and magical story with mythological elements and a likable protagonist.

Emma is used to moving from city to city with her father, a musician. When they show up at their new house, she is excited that she will have her own room, but immediately notices something different, almost eerie, about their new place. Soon, she meets the brownies, who are on a journey which Emma soon finds herself a part of.

Root Bound is a great coming of age story with lots of fun and light hearted adventure. Definitely one younger audiences will enjoy. [Full review coming soon!]
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