Release: October 12th, 2010
Sixteen-year-old Katla has just moved from Los Angeles to the sticks of Minnesota. As if it weren’t enough that her trendy fashion sense draws stares, she learns to her horror that she’s a member of an ancient order of women who decide to whom certain babies will be born. Add to that Wade, the arrogant football star whom Katla regrettably fooled around with, and Jack, a gorgeous farm boy who initially seems to hate her. Soon Katla is having freaky dreams about a crying infant and learns that, as children, she and Jack shared a near-fatal, possibly mystical experience. Can Katla survive this major life makeover and find a dress for the homecoming dance? Drawing from Norse mythology and inspired by The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, debut author Wendy Delsol conceives an irreverent, highly entertaining novel about embracing change and the (baby) bumps along the way.
Review: With one of the most amusing protagonists and unique storyline I've read lately, Stork is sure to be a hit.
New to town, Katla's having a difficult time adjusting. To top it off, she finds out she's essentially a Stork. Now she's hanging out in a spooky basement with other members of the order, like the eccentric Hulda or she-just-might-be-bad Grimilla. But things get complicated when Katla's dreams show her people who may or may not deserve a child, and when Katla's own life holds some secrets that even she doesn't know.
Katla's voice is hilarious and still completely real. She's by far the most amusing character I've come across lately. She truly shines, probably a bit more than all the other characters. The romance aspect wasn't overly rushed like in other novels, and it seemed to make sense.
Filled with plenty convincing characters, a unique plot, and a completely cool main character, Stork is fun from start to finish. I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone who wants a great story and plenty of laughs.
Highlights: Katla was the best part of the entire novel. Her personality was fresh and fun. Some of the things she says and thinks had me laughing hysterically. Another great aspect is that the story is not entirely predictable, there were moments that genuinely surprised me. I wanted so much more of Delsol's writing, it was just so engaging and fun.
Lowlights: Sometimes it can get a bit confusing, and the ending left me with quite a few questions (but there is going to be a sequel, Frost).