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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Toadhouse Trilogy Book one by Jess Lourey {Book Review}


The Toadhouse Trilogy
Book one
by Jess Lourey
About the Book:  Aine (pronounced "Aw-nee") believes herself to be a regular teenager in 1930s Alabama, but when a blue-eyed monster named Biblos attacks, she discovers that the reclusive woman raising her isn't really her grandmother and that she's been living inside a book for the past five years. With her blind brother, Spenser, she flees the pages of the novel she's called home, one terrifying step ahead of Biblos' black magic. Her only chance at survival lies in beating him to the three objects that he desires more than life.

As she undertakes her strange and dangerous odyssey, Aine must choose between a family she doesn't remember and her growing attraction to a mysterious young man named Gilgamesh. Only through treacherous adventures into The Time Machine, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Tale of Two Cities, and the epic Indian saga The Ramayana will she learn her true heritage and restore the balance of the worlds... if she can stay alive.
About the Author:  Jess Lourey is the author of The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One, the first in a young adult series that celebrates the danger and excitement of reading. She also writes the critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month Mysteries for adults with a sense of humor. She's been teaching writing and sociology at the college level since 1998. When not gardening, writing, or hanging out with her wonderful kids and dorky dog, Juni, you can find her reading, watching SyFy-channel original movies, and dreaming big.
Read more about Jess on her website jesslourey.com
My Thoughts: Loved loved loved this book! Creating worlds on this level is an extraordinary talent. Everything has to fit together, and Jess has done a fine job of connecting the pieces. It's rare I read the first book of a series before the rest are out. The reason being for this right here! I don't want to wait until June of NEXT YEAR for book 2!  It's just not fair Jess, I'm hanging in suspense! 
As Aine and her brother travel between books, I often found myself guessing which one they were jumping into next. When any characters name is mentioned I was trying to remember what book they came from. The one thing I learned most from this book, is that I need to read more classics. There was only one character I knew for sure her book, before the author tells you, and that was Aine's mom.
The Toadhouse Trilogy is a wonderful work of fiction that brings the world of fiction to life. If you've ever wanted to know what it was like to live inside your favorite novel, you must check out The Toadhouse Trilogy today!
Thanks Jess for the recommended reading at the end of your book. My to-read pile has just grown by 10!
You can buy The Toadhouse Trilogy on Amazon. (Prime members, right now it looks like it's FREE!)
*I recieved a copy to review. Thoughts are my own.


  1. Thanks for reading it, Adelina! Your kind words have made my week. :)

  2. p.s. If you have the time, could you post your review to Amazon, too? It makes a HUGE difference to get those out there.

  3. Wow - This sounds like such an interesting plot, I'll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That sounds like a book I could definitely get into! I love adventures like this, and I hope some day my boys will excited to try something other than their picture books, even if it means it has chapters. lol.

  5. Oh I am with you on waiting until all of the books are out because I am not one for waiting! I love a good book but I just can't find the time anymore. Boo!

  6. Looks like a great book! I can't wait until I have time to sit and read! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Adelina - looks interesting. Thanks for linking it in to Books You Loved. Cheers


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