Girls are forbidden to practice story magic. Only bad things happen when they do. Everyone knows this, but that doesn’t stop twelve-year-old Kaya A’Dor from learning the basics from her older brother Hob. The trick is to sense a listener, one of the magical beings that inhabit the world, and tell it a story. If the listener is pleased and likes the story, it will allow the storyteller to work magic.
Although Kaya knows the risks, she attempts a little story magic to impress Hob. When Hob is taken prisoner in Prima, the faraway capital city, Kaya is convinced it’s her fault, either because someone discovered what she was doing or because the bad luck has found her.
Desperate to save her brother, Kaya will do anything to make it to Prima, including story magic. With each story she tells, her ability to wield story magic grows—and she soon begins to wonder if her brother’s imprisonment was really her fault or something else entirely. Each story brings her one step closer to finding Hob and leaving behind everything she’s ever known.
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Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press/NorthStar Editions for the earc copy to read and review of Story Magic written by Laurel Gale. This is the best book I’ve read so far this year, what an amazing magical adventure from first line to the last line. I loved Kaya what an incredible protagonist, she was so brave, so talented beyond her own understanding, she did so much more than she ever dreamed she could, she was filled with determination and what an adventure she went on. Her magic got stronger the more she dared use it and soon realised it wasn’t as bad as she’d always been told. I loved the concept of this book with stories being told to get the listeners to help, I really loved how each story she told got better and better as she learnt how to tell a story in different ways, when she dared step away from her comfort and try a new story. I really loved that within this story we got so many other magical stories. I enjoyed learning of these listeners, they were a fascinating creation and really hooked you as you needed to know more about them. I feel we still have more to know about them too. This book takes you on such a thrilling journey as you travel with Kaya to save her brother, each step she faced something or someone that tested her and scared her but each time she rose above it and showed how strong and brave she was. This book honestly is one I’m going to read over and over again, it’s an amazing adventure, it’s filled with magic and wonder, it a story so gripping you need to read on to know what is happening next and where the journey will take her. It’s such a wonderfully written book and I recommend that you read it, if you like adventure and magic you’ll love this book. I do hope that we may get another book in the future it certainly seemed hinted and I would love more of Kaya’s adventure and learning more of her magic stories and of the Listeners.
I Know I am not in The age group this book is intended for. But with that being said, this book. made me fall in love with the middle grade genre. Thank you to The author for. writing this wonderful.magical book. Thank you. for. letting me. follow The Young heroine in this book, kaya. and her adventure and Journey. thank you for letting me see a strong Independent Young girl. And what a concept. storytelling for.magic.I.really hope there Will be New adventures and Journey for. kaya. Thank you to. netgalley. for. letting me. Read this book
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Jolly Fish Press/NorthStar Editions for the earc copy to read and review of Story Magic written by Laurel Gale. This story is adorable! The concept of storytelling for magic was so intriguing and I wasn't disappointed. This book grabbed my attention because of my two young daughters and I cannot wait to share it with them. Following Kaya and seeing her overcome obstacles and those who are against her and to even take her own stand when it would have been easier to follow along is an example I want my children reading about. While I would have liked for her to have a spunky sidekick character to follower on her journey, ultimately this uplifting and inspiring story is one I'm glad I've read. I do hope Ms. Gale will dive back into this world. I'd love to see more stories about story magic and possibly the next journey for Kaya.
Story Magic was an enjoyable read. The story is about Kaya trying to save her brother,Hob, but in doing so she finds out she can tell amazing stories to the Listeners and create magic just as well as anyone else. Not just great magic, but she can also become friends with these mysterious and gentle creatures. The story starts out a little stilted but grows in word flow and building just as Kaya's stories do. I loved to see her grow and change and realize her self worth and ability to shine. What a great read.
This book is very much geared to the middle grade, and probably on the younger side. It was a bit simplistic, and there were some ends that I thought needed tying up. But, it was a very sweet story. We see the female protagonist grow, learn, develop, and find a sense of belonging. I could see the book appealing to young girls who have lost their parents or been separated from family. The book was really a coming of age tale, where the journey was as important as the resolution of the reason for the journey. For me, the stories Kaya told got a little tiresome by the end, sorry! But overall I thought that the magic and world created were unique and fun. I would definitely recommend this book to a young (maybe 4th grade) girl. Thanks Netgalley & the publishers for the free e-ARC.
I really enjoyed this middle grade novel. So beautiful written and a joy to read. The characters growth is inspiring and it teaches young people a great lesson. There is power in what we say and the stories we tell.
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. Thanks to NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press for providing me the opportunity to review. This was such a fun book! I love the idea of stories within a story. I really enjoyed the concept of the "listeners" and their connect to the main character. Defiantly recommend if you enjoy the middle grade genre and are looking for fun adventure!
I Enjoyed everything about this book there was nothing I didn't like about the book. I Like the setting,the writing style,the plot;the plot twists and the characters in the book were amazing. I would gladly reread it again. I Also like the concept of the book.
I read this book over the last two days. It was a quick read with lots of twists to keep me interested. The world building was done well and the main character was very likable and I enjoyed her development throughout the book. As the title states it is about stories and magic. I definitely cheered for Kaya as she grew and learned that she was capable. She started feeling that she was helpless and that her brother was the only reason she was alive. Overall this book was great. It is appropriate for kids in upper middle grade. I look forward to read more from this author.