Friday, July 13, 2012

"Enchanted Glass" Review and Follow Friday

Giveaway Reminders: 200 Follower Giveaway and "Pledged" Giveaway

Hello my little sunflowers!

Happy Friday to all of you. I'm very glad that this week is coming to a close. Not that it was a bad one! It just seemed so long. I'm happy for this weekend to be about.

We're skipping FEATURED FRIDAY today since we skipped TRILOGY TUESDAY this week due to the Read-a-Thon.

*"Enchanted Glass"*
* Diana Wynne Jones *
Title: Enchanted Glass
Author: Diana Wynne Jones
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: April 6, 2010
Pages: 332

Something is rotten in the village of Melstone

Aidan Cain has had the worst week of his life. Creepy, sinister beings want him dead. What's a boy to do? With danger nipping at his heels, Aidan flees to Melstone, a village teeming with magic of its own. There he is taken in by Andrew Hope, the new master of Melstone House, who has some supernatural troubles too. Someone is stealing power from the area--mingling magics--and chaos is swiftly rising. Are Aidan's and Andrew's magical dilemmas connected somehow? And will they be able to unite their powers and unlock the secrets of Melstone before the countryside comes apart at the seams?

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating

Pure Diana Wynne Jones! An absolute delight! This book did not fail to impress me, enthrall me, and take me straight out of my own world and into a new one. Jones' books never do. The style is both eloquent and distinct. This work is proof that she was one of the best authors of our time.

The story is shared between Andrew and Aidan, a man and boy who share much more in common than they think. Aidan is a runaway. He left his foster family suddenly, pursued by phantoms, shadows, and social services. Something isn't right and he needs help. Andrew's grandfatherwas Aidan's only hope but upon arriving at Melstone Aidan finds, to his great sorrow, that the old man is recently deceased. But it seems that Andrew may be able to help after all.

A cast of fantastic characters makes the story fully enjoyable. The cranky Mrs. Stock, the gruph Mr. Stock (not related), the beautiful Stashe, Rolf the loyal were-dog, Tarquin the jovial one legged wise man, Shaun the simple minded but determined mechanic, Groil the vegetarian giant, Andrew the absent minded professor magician, and Aidan the orphan boy with curious abilities.

The antagonist? Oberon. Yeah. THAT Oberon. You know... Titania's husband, the
cranky king of the Fae. Titania makes an appearance too. Don't worry.

Anyway. This book, just as much as any other Diana Wynne Jones book, is full of rich imagery deserving of making another Ghibli film (PLEASE MR. MIYAZAKI! PLEASE!).  It is so easy to imagine the vast and beautiful landscape of Melstone. The forests, the hills, and even the silly Fete.

"Enchanted Glass" is a stand-alone book by Jones and a great start for any who haven't read her books before. It is a great addition to any library of a Jones fan and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

This was fun to do last week, so I'm looking forward to the fun hop again!

Q: What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

Like many other bloggers out there, I'm a writer. I love to write. I'm the annoying woman that responds to a 3 sentence e-mail with 5 pages. I'm "long winded". Comp classes? Shoot. I could write a 10 page paper on the topic of "chalk". During the time when I had writers block I searched for an outlet. I'd always liked the idea of blogging so I messed around with personal blogging for a little while, though it never did me any good. I never really felt fulfilled by it and I didn't feel like I was accomplishing anything.  So, I started searching for a way to really bring something to readers...something that could make even a small difference to someone... Something that I personally LOVED. Then it struck me. A book review. Surely people read.

So I did a book review on my personal blog and really enjoyed it. Then I did another book review. The topic of books just kept coming up until I realized that this was it! This was the project I'd been waiting for!  I dove right in. It wasn't until after I'd already started book-blogging that I discovered that authors and publishers were actually interested in bloggers writing up reviews for their works. I hopped on board and got sucked in to a whirlwind of new books, new authors, and fun tours, hops, and challenges. Complete with a great group of other bloggers who are both supportive and encouraging.

Finally all of that time spent at the bookstore and local library was really paying off!

Now I can't believe it took me so long to do this and I'm fantastically glad that I finally started. I intend to keep it going, to help Auggie-Talk grow and evolve, and to enjoy every step of the way.

How about you?

That's all for this Friday's post dearlings!

See you tomorrow for Stardust Saturday!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!



  1. I had to laugh about your "long winded" comment because that's me! None of my family members really read so I talked my hubby's ear off about certain books. Decided maybe I should write instead and that way I can give everyone around me a break, lol. New follower! You can find my FF here.

  2. One thing surprised me just how many authors turn to bloggers. I found so many new favorite authors now since I started.

    New follower
    My FF

  3. Auggie
    New follower here via GFC. I love how you kind of just fell into book reviewing. Love the vintage background. I love my book club although I wish we could get together more. The best way to start one is too think small, 1 friend eatting lunch together, then tell everyone about it and the way I see it even if some people come and have never read the book who cares, just being with friends is cool. My hubby was my first member!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog
    Book Review Club returning the follow:)

  4. With blogging liking to write is probably a good thing!

    New follower.

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

  5. Interesting answer, love it ;) Thanks for sharing <3

    Old Follower!
    xoxo, Mariam @Book-A-Holic

  6. Thanks for stopping by - new follower (GFC).

    I had a similar motivation in that I started my blog with the intention of posting some photography and writing, but never quite seemed to do much of either. Moving into book reviews finally got me past the procrastination hump. :)

    Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

  7. Hey there! I just started following you!
    Here is my FF :
    Thanks (: