Friday, March 23, 2012

The Emerald City: Review

From Goodreads:
In this loose re-imagining of the Wizard of Oz, Kansas teen Gail Dorjee has tried to escape from the pain of her parents' death by retreating into a hard shell of anger and sarcasm. 

When her aunt and uncle ship her off to an elite Seattle boarding school, Osland Academy, she spends her first day making enemies, including the school's most powerful clique, the Winged, and their leader, the ruthless Diana. 

Social war and the school's uptight teachers are only mild annoyances. Mysterious phone outages, bizarre behavioral blocks, and strange incidents suggest Osland is focused on something much more sinister than education. 

Now Gail has to survive at Osland with a pretty pathetic assortment of potential allies: her airhead roommate, a cowardly victim of the Winged, and Diana's cold but handsome boyfriend, Nick.

My Review:
I enjoyed this. I'm pretty sure that I haven't seen The Wizard of Oz, but bits of it are in pop culture so much, that I could pretty much identity the bits of this story that were based off of that, so yeah, that was fun for me to do!

I enjoyed these characters! Gail was interesting, and how she fit into the school, and how she didn't, and yeah, I didn't enjoy Nick, but yeah, it is a loose retelling of The Wizard of Oz, and yeah, there were other characters, and I enjoyed them a lot!

I also like their powers, and this world, and how they all came together, I enjoyed how it was built, and I enjoyed reading about it, so that part of the book was really well done! That's a main reason why I want to read more!

I enjoyed this book a lot, it was entertaining and great!

Author: J. A. Beards
Series: Osland Trilogy #1
Read: March 21st-23rd, 2012
Source: Virtual Book Tour Cafe Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded interesting!
Published: February 5th 2012
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

J.A. Beard is a restless soul married to an equally restless soul. His two children are too young yet to discuss whether or not they are restless souls. When he hasn't been writing, studying history, or making excuses for not writing, he's tried his hand at several careers including intelligence analysis, programming, and research science. Though he likes to declare himself the Pie Master, he's yet to prove his worth in the brutal baking show-downs of Celebration, Florida.

Contact and Buy AKA Links:

Stops on the Tour:
February 29 - Meet & Greet at VBT Cafe' Blog
March 2 - Guest Blogging & Giveaway at Books Are Cool
March 5 - Interview & Giveaway at BK Walker Books Etc
March 7 - Guest Blogging with Cindy Vine
March 9 - Review, Guest Blogging & Giveaway at B'Tween Prose
March 13 - Review & Giveaway at Jaclyn's Musings
March 15 - Reviewed at Persephone's Winged Reviews
March 17 - Review & Interview at Brewster's Bookshelf
March 19 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
March 21 - Interviewed at Reviews & Interviews
March 23 - Reviewed at Words I Write Crazy
March 27 - Review & Giveaway at This Author's Life

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