Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stork (Stork #1) by Wendy Delsol

Genre: fantasy
Series and Book #: Stork #1
Pages: 357

Moving from LA to nowhere Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Katla Leblanc expected the local fashion scene to be frozen in time. What she didn’t expect was induction into the Icelandic Stork Society, an ancient order of women charged with a unique mystical duty. Not only is Katla the youngest member, but Hulda, the society’s omen-guided leader, immediately bestows the coveted Second Chair on her—a decision that ruffles a few feathers.

As if that weren’t enough, Katla also has to deal with her parents’ divorce and the social aftermath of a bad date with popular but creepy Wade. Katla, however, isn’t one to sit on her designer-jean-clad behind, and soon she’s assigned the fashion column for the school paper and making new friends.

Things would be looking up if it weren’t for editor in chief Jack. Even though they argue every time they meet, Katla is inexplicably drawn to him. Juggling her home life, school, and Stork duties, will Katla be able to unravel the mystery surrounding Jack? More importantly, will she find a dress for Homecoming?


Stork was a wonderfully created mix of a modern day girl clashing with tradition and myth. Coming from a person who has lived in Minnesota most of her life, I love the Nordic stories that Fru Hulda tells Katla, and I sympathize with her love/hate relationship with the rapidly changing weather.

At first, I thought this would be a typical book of a girl who has a very narrow mind for all things old and comfortable. It seemed that way for awhile, but soon Katla won me over. She was a very kind character who loved being herself, and although it took her some time to get used to the thick traditions in Norse Falls, she accepted them and let them mingle with her love of the modern world.

Overall, this was an incredibly original novel. I loved the concept of storks "delivering" child souls to "vessels", or potential mothers. Also the mythology Delsol added to make it all the more believable. Katla and the other Storks were very interesting characters. I loved Fru Hulda and her cryptic messages and stories. I'm looking forward to more in Frost.

The Cover: Completely depicts the freezing temperature and the girl looks a lot like Delsol described Katla in the novel.

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