Author: Wendy Delsol
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Read Time: 1 day
Rating (1-5): 10!
Tag Words: Legends, storks, true love, destiny, souls, babies, fashion, winter, mystery, intrigue, Iceland, Nordic mythology, prom, near-death experiences, 2010 Debut author challenge
Katla is a human Stork; her destiny is to place human souls in their perfect family at the perfect time. She was completely unaware of this destiny and the true meaning behind her heritage until moving to a small, cold town in Minnesota. Now fate is leading her back to a past she can’t remember and a future as tumulus and as unforeseeable as the wind. Will true love be enough to conquer dark enemies, or will Katla and Jack’s union be a curse in disguise?
Okay, prepare yourself for fan-girl esque gushing. If I were twelve this book would be my Justin-Beiber equivalent, but please don’t let that turn you off!
This book is amazing, I felt captivated from page one, I couldn’t put the book down and just got lost- very happily- in Katla’s tale.
The characters are genuine, the legends are intriguing, the love story is swoon-worthy and the mystery is page-turn worthy. I just didn’t want it to end, this book has all my favorite elements combined into one, complete with impeccable writing by a new addition to YA- Wendy Delsol.
I really liked Katla and Penny and I am madly, truly and completely in love with Jack, he is so wonderful and my idea of destiny-fulfillment true love. Really, he can step off the page and into my life any day now, that boy is something special and I hope to hear more from him and Katla in the future. I will be the first in line to cheer-lead a sequel, even if the book doesn’t technically need one.
This is a great read, I got my copy from the library, but this book is now on my ‘Read and Want’ list for my Mod Podge Bookshelf. Stork is something special.
Notes on the Names: Because of the Nordic-ancestry I was expecting some truly gorgeous gems of the old country to make themselves know and Delsol did not disappoint on this front. Katla is beautiful and joins the ranks of the growing ‘Kat’ heroine trend. Jack I was surprised by, it’s a common name, but I don’t remember seeing it around in much YA before this book; I was very happy with the choice. Other beauties are Inga and Lilja, one of my personal favorite names.
Thoughts on the Cover: A really remarkable model-cover, I can tell a lot of effort went into this design. Everything from the model, her clothes, the border design (do you see the little flying stork, aw, how cute!) and the red title really reflected this wonderful story. If there ever is a sequel, I hope we see a continuation of the bird theme, but that the winter theme is left to rest, I want to see red and signs of spring! Also, a fabulous Katla-inspired vintage-remake dress wouldn’t hurt at all!
Dakota Fanning as Katla, I’d say so. And I can see Elle Fanning playing younger Katla, for the flashback scenes.