Review & Giveaway: The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan

When I was contacted and asked if I would like to be a part of the blog tour for The Fog of Forgetting I was over the moon with excitement! Being recommended to fans of Narnia and Harry Potter (which I am a fan of both) I was like,” Ummm YES!!!” Keep reading for my review, more about the author and a GIVEAWAY at the end!


Publisher: Islandport Press
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Pages: 339
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Series: The Five Stones Trilogy, #1
Genre(s): Adventure, Crossover Appeal, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Synopsis from Publisher:

Move over, Narnia. The journey to Ayda has begun.
The journey to Ayda begins when five children sneak out for a quick boat ride on a summer day. Engulfed in a curtain of dense, powerful fog, they are transported from the rocky Maine coast to the mysterious island of Ayda.

Rescued by Seaborne, a machete-toting wayfarer of few words, the children suddenly find themselves at the center of a centuries-old battle between Dankar, the ruler of Exor, and three siblings that rule the other realms of Ayda.

At stake are the four stones of power and the elusive Fifth Stone that connects them all.
When 9-year-old Frankie is kidnapped by Dankar, her older sister Evelyn and the three Thompson brothers must learn to harness the powers of the daylights, ancient forces of earth, fire, water, and air, in order to navigate their way through the realms of Ayda, save her, and find a way home.

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Special thanks to Islandport Press for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

The Fog of Forgetting was a magical story, filled with adventure, friendship and mystery! A great start to a new trilogy, those in need of a fun, new series to fill the void of their favorite old adventure, The Fog of Forgetting should be your next read.

The book is said to be Young Adult, but after reading it I felt it was more predominately Middle Grade, which was fine by me. But, there are definitely aspects that would make this book enjoyable by both audiences. The world-builing in this book was something I really loved about this book. There was so much detail that was slowly revealed throughout the story, allowing the reader to learn the history of Ayda along with the main characters.

The idea of the Five Stones and their Keepers was wonderful. Incorporating the earthly elements to the stones also added to the detail and depth of the magical part of this book. I also really liked the general mystery of the fog, and how the children would get home, and what was keeping them on the island.

The characters voices did seem young, especially for the oldest, Chase, being almost fourteen. That being said, I did like the characters. Brothers Chase and Knox created entertainment in their sibling rivalry.

All in all, The Fog of Forgetting is perfect for when you want to return back to the days when you first read stories like Harry Potter and Narnia. Introduced to a whole new, magical world that you can escape to right along with the characters!


About G.A. Morgan

Genevieve (G.A.) Morgan is a writer and editor living in Portland. Maine. She was born in Manhattan and attended the Spence School, a private school on the Upper East Side, where she was her senior class’s valedictorian. She graduated with a BA in English from Bowdoin College, Magna Cum Laude, and won the acting chair award for her class.

When she is not writing or reading, Genevieve does a lot of yoga, walks her dog in the countryside, and practices bass guitar with her neighbor (someday they will have a band). Though she has not officially acted in years, she enjoys reading in different character’s voices and pretending to speak obscure foreign languages to her dog. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Portland, Maine.

For more about G.A. Morgan visit her website!


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Week in Review: July 6th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

on the fence happinessTo all of my American readers out there – I hope you had/are having a great holiday weekend! I went to my local parade and ate delicious breakfast pizza and topped that off with mouthwatering fried dough. I love that stuff… My mom and I drove out to an indie we never visited, and while their selection was okay, we weren’t fond of the staff, who were somewhat pushy and rude. 😦 They were also selling old ARCs, which pretty much immediately put me off to the store. We were disappointed, but are planning more little excursions to other indies this summer, and my vacation is coming up so I’m very excited to visit the indie there that I know and love! After that I went to Barnes and Noble (as usual!) on Tuesday, and was sad to see that they didn’t have On the Fence by Kasie West, which was releasing that day. Eventually I went back later in the week and was triumphant in purchasing a copy!

Links I Loved:

  • Aimee and Dyan @ Deadly Darlings are looking for co-bloggers! If you’re interested blogging for the first time, or looking to blog with others, definitely check out their post and see if their blog may be the right fit for you!
  • Miguel @ The Quirky Reader posted a much better review and discussion of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo than mine.
  • Asma @ IceyBooks wrote an awesome gif-post about how she is becoming a lover of contemporary after preferring fantasy. The same thing happened to me, so naturally I love her post!
  • Christine from polandbananasBOOKS and Kat from Katytastic made a hilarious discussion video about the season 4 premiere of TEEN WOLF, which you all know I watch and obsess over. If you’ve seen the premiere episode you must watch this!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

IMG_4297Bought:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – The cover. It glows in the dark. ❤
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – For school summer reading…yay…
On the Fence by Kasie West – SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. (I actually already read this now and my review will be up on Monday!)

  

For Review:

How We Fall by Kate Brauning (from Edelweiss) – You don’t know how excited I was when I saw I was accepted for this!
The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan (from Publisher) – I was contacted by the publisher and asked if I’d like to review this one. I’m also going to be a part of the blog tour (post up this Tues. with my review!). It’s more middle grade, but it’s being compared to adventure stories like Harry Potter and Narnia so I was like “Ummm YES!”
Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston (from NetGalley) – Been wanting to read this one since I first heard about it back when it was released. This was a “Read Now” on NetGalley so I jumped at the chance!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

I finished a 3 books this week: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff, Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, and On the Fence by Kasie West. Every single one of them was either really good or AMAZING so I was happy with my reading this week for sure! I’m currently reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (for school), and am starting The Fog of Forgetting by G.A. Morgan very soon!

On My Blog:

I hope you all had a wonderful week! Let me know all about it in the comments!

xo, emily