Blog Tour: Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough

Hello, rambling readers! I welcome you to join me on this blog tour and find something more about this awesome book and its author. Also, you will find my review and giveaway details for the tour prize below!

Root Bound
Tanya Karen Gough
Series: Emma and the Elementals #1
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Publication date: June 3rd 2012
by Baba Yaga Press
"A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents’ inner child." - Kirkus Reviews

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies - basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

My Thoughts:

Have you ever enjoyed reading The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland, this is a book for you. I don’t really know what I expected from this story since I am not familiar with this author, but her writing had me surprised. I have really liked, I cannot say loved per se, this book but it is an interesting read, and if you like the world of fantasy and magic you should read this book. It is only the first in the Emma and Elementals series, but Gough gives a promising start. 

The first half of the book deals with plain old human girl, Emma, her father musician, constant moving from home to home, a creepy old neighbor woman, the mean girls at the new school, you know, all the typical adolescence problems. However, the storyline picks up after Emma hears the house speaking and meets some brownies. Ha, and those are really cute little creatures from mythology. That had me thinking, finally something is happening that actually makes this book fantasy, and after I got a little more into the story, I could not put the book down. I have loved reading of prophecies, mythology, witches, magic and a whole intricate design of the Under, the world that Gough gives such an elaborate description of. Even though I found the first half to be a little strenuous, I developed the appreciation and understanding for it because of its interweaving with the magic world. 

Gough complicates this fantasy into so many details that at times you can get lost and forget the meaning of it, but to an explorer brain like mine, reading this book proved a “real field trip”. Hopefully, you will feel the same, if you decide to read this book. Also, Emma as the protagonist is likeable enough in her grasping the magic world, even escaping into it, quite like I seem to escape in any book I can get my hands on. The basement brownies are simply charming little creatures that I developed instant love for. 

Are you looking for a funny and easy fantasy novel? This is a story for you that will leave you anticipating and feeling anxious for what is to happen every step of Emma and the brownies’ adventure.  Overall, I really like this story and its character, and think it an excellent escape read. Also, you know what?, this would be an excellent movie story!


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Tanya Karen Gough was born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in New England, where she developed a healthy appetite for ghosts and things that go bump in the night. An avid reader from a young age, she quickly worked her way through Alice in Wonderland, the Magical Monarch of Mo, Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, all of the Tintin comic books, Nancy Drew, and most of the other books in the children's library.

Finally, at the tender age of 10, she produced this poetic masterpiece:

"Whene'er you get a wandering leg
And feel that you must roam
Remember this and don't forget
The best place is at home"

To date, she has moved more than 25 times. Along the way, she earned two degrees in English Literature, taught overseas, became the owner operator of the Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue, and contributed to a number of Shakespeare-related publications. Root Bound is the first of four books in the Emma and the Elementals series.

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for Grand Blog Tour Prize: 1 signed copy of Root Bound


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