Monday, June 30, 2014

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen Book Review

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen
J.L. McCreedy

Rating (out of 5): 5
Genre: Children's Fantasy
Release Date: January 16, 2014
Series: None
Series Volume:N/A
Profanity: None
Violence: None
Sexual Content: None
Age Recommendation: 8+
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The average ten-year-old girl seldom travels far from home. She doesn't worry about being kidnapped by witches or imprisoned in medieval castles where children meet their unspeakable demise. She rarely gives thought to curses, potions and magic. She certainly isn't concerned about risking life and limb to decipher ancient rites and lost treasures....

But Liberty Frye is about to discover that she is not just an average girl.

When a cryptic note from long-lost relatives arrives, the news it brings flips Libby's small-town existence upside down. Soon, she finds herself lured to a foreign land where retired witches, talking bats and geriatric World War II pilots await. It's up to Libby to unravel the sinister plot that brought her there in the first place, but in so doing, she'll uncover a shocking secret that will change her life forever ... if she survives the challenge.


I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book, but I was very happy with how it turned out. Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is the surprisingly delightful story of a young girl who is much more than even she can imagine.

The story is a lighthearted tale of Liberty really coming into her own as a girl. Through her adventures she learns to be courageous and has to use her wits more than once to get her out of a tight spot. Friendship is a key in this book and it is displayed very well, not only through Liberty and her friend Ginny but also in the relationships around her.

This book is very well written. Each line of dialogue and description flows smoothly and the writing never feels choppy or forced. It is well paced and while the action really starts later in the book it didn't feel like it took all that long for things to really get rolling. The author's voice really shines in this book as well setting it apart from others. The story is very funny while also staying true to itself. It's well balanced and doesn't shy away from the darker side of things.

The characters are a delight to read. Liberty has a wonderful personality that makes her out to be a genuine kid. She never acts above her age but always reacts in a way that is believable. Her friend Ginny is much the same and both girls grow exceptionally through the story. The other characters are fun and interesting and the villain is well written.

Both kids and adults will really enjoy Libby's adventure and I'd recommend it to anyone in need of a good fairy tale or light fantasy story.  It was a great read, and one that I'll probably read again.

Note: I received an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley for my fair and honest opinion as I have stated above.


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