Mar 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt & Giveaway! -- The Orphan and the Thief

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orphan thief The Orphan and the Thief  by M.L. Legette

An adventure that will keep you and your kids spellbound.
Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what. When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price. With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?

 The Orphan and the Thief drew me in with it's simple yet detailed cover;  dragons, creepy face mug, and the beautiful roots, I was sold. I love a good Middle Grade Fantasy and this is that a more. From the beginning you are thrown into the lives of Toad, a wannabe thief who has been cast from his home, and Melena, an orphan who is living as a servant to her 'parents'. 

Strangely enough the two come together in an amazing adventure to retrieve recipe items from a list. Only these are not your normal items. They must travel the world for them and they have a 6 month deadline. Toad is stubborn and stressful, and thinks that he can accomplish so more than he actually can, at least while he is one his own. Melena is a bit of a smart-y-pants and comes from a much more structured life than Toad. Working together they brave the world and the list and are able to overcome amazing odds. 

I cannot believe that this book has not gotten more hype, I really can't! I am planning on getting it over to my brothers to read, because it is such a wonderful story for both boys and girls.  I think boys will really relate to the rebelliousness of Toad and the girls to Melena and her kindhearted but sometimes demanding nature. This book was one of the few in the last month to get 5 stars from me, and it was because of a beautiful cast of characters, with crazy turns of events, and I did not want to sleep, eat, or move until I knew what was on the next page. I am pretty sure I will be re-reading this very soon!

Wonderful Adventure!

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“Ya know ’bout the stuff on my list, don’t ya?” demanded the boy.
            Melena couldn’t bring herself to lie.

            “Yes,” she said, grudgingly.

            “Then why don’t you be my guide?” he asked, excitedly.

            “Because I’m not going to troop around Calendula, risking my life, for half a dozen potion ingredients, that’s why.”

            “What d’ya mean, riskin’ your life?” said the boy. He actually laughed. “This won’t be any trouble.”

            “Any—” Melena’s voice died in her throat at the ridiculousness of his statement. She snatched the list back from his hand and thrust it under his nose.

            “Springs of Mirg. Located in the very northern tip of Calendula, practically crawling with slinkwing dragons. Elfin Gold—only found in the Caves of Dunthur, caves so complex that only an expert can safely travel them. Unicorns are nearly impossible to find and try yanking some hair from their tails and see what they do with that horn. Not to mention how foolish and dangerous it is to mix ingredients at random—it can be deadly. Need I continue?”

            The boy’s dark eyes were round.

            “So it’ll be difficult—what else is new?”

 [LeGette is] able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Five stars ... The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading! -- Abigail / Goodreads Review M.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. This charming story is so good that it may very well become a classic. -- Karen Dowdall, Author of Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings

M.L LeGette: Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters--even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages. She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.

  Blog Tour Giveaway $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 3/27/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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