Annabelle's Story by Leigh Michael
Welcome to my stop on the Annabelle's Story Book Tour. There are two books in the series, written by Leigh Michael, Sprite and Kin. Today's post features a series spotlight and review of both books, as well as an excerpt. You can check out the other stops on the tour here. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Published April 30, 2012
Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh.
She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind.
With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?
My Thoughts: Annabelle Wash is your typical teenage girl. She's a senior in high school, the star of the swim team, and she has a dreamy hot boyfriend. One night after returning home from a swim meet, Annabelle's life is forever changed when she finds herself face-to-face with a whole world she only thought existed in fairy tales. Forced to face the fact that nothing and nobody are what they seem, Annabelle begins a journey that not only changes her life, but affects the life of a whole race that she never knew existed. Finding herself in the company of the most beautiful boy she's ever seen, Annabelle must choose to trust him, or risk losing everything, possibly even her life.
This is a really fun story, filled with fantasy, folklore, some Greek mythology, and a little romance. Annabelle was very likable and entertaining. Adrian, the love interest, was also really fun to get to know. There is a bit of a love triangle as Annabelle finds herself torn between the boy she is with and the boy she left behind. There are also several secondary characters that are both imaginative and entertaining. Leigh Michael has created a world under the sea that includes creatures, myths, and places, from both legend and her own imagination that is unique and enjoyable. The romance is sweet, there is adventure, some danger, and some mystery as well. I found this book to be a cute and entertaining read and feel that it would be something that would appeal to tweens and teens, especially if you like mermaids, mythology, and romance.
Kin (Annabelle's Story #2)
Published September 7, 2012
The conclusion to Sprite (Annabelle's Story Part One).
In Kin, Annabelle's struggles don't ease one bit. She's continually put to the test, both physically and emotionally. With help from Adrian, Natasha, Clemente, Shamus and some surprise additions, she trudges forward toward retrieving Triton's lost shell and fulfilling the ABA prophecy.
My Thoughts: Kin picks up where Sprite leaves off. Annabelle is faced with a shocking and heartbreaking revelation about the boy she loved, and the feelings she now has for the boy she is with. Annabelle is also coming to terms with the fact that she is the second Alpha, destined to try to fulfill an ancient prophecy. She and Adrian are in a race to find the clues that will lead to the discovery of Triton's lost shell, which is the key to bringing order and restoring balance. They face constant attack and threats from the Trackers, who are determined to stop them at any cost, and they endure trial after trial in their quest.
I enjoyed seeing the relationship with Adrian and Annabelle develop in Sprite, and even more so in Kin. Annabelle is turning out to be quite the heroine, and Adrian, the beautiful boy who saved her, grows into quite an admirable man. Though their attraction to each other was instantaneous, the relationship itself evolves over time. Just when she is coming to terms with the revelation about Blake, her old boyfriend, he does some things that cause Annabelle to question if his feelings for her were real or not. They are almost out of time, and Annabelle has to choose to save her sister or save a race she has come to know and love. Under constant attack and threat of capture, Adrian, Annabelle, and their friends race against time to save Triton and end the constant threat the Trackers pose, not only on the world under the sea, but also to humanity itself. We are introduced to several new characters in this book, and we get to know the characters from the first book better as well. The story continues with the creative and imaginative writing that Leigh Michael featured in Sprite, and ends up leaving you wondering what the future holds for these characters. This is a really fun series and I enjoyed it. Again, I feel it is something that is geared towards tweens and teens, especially those that love fantasy, mythology, folklore, and merman.
Excerpt from Annabelle's Story
It was odd; people have always said that your life flashed before your eyes when you die. But mine didn’t. All I thought about was a story I’d heard as a lifeguard — from a guy who drowned and was brought back to life through CPR.
He said after a few minutes he gradually sunk. It was because little by little all the air had left his lungs. He felt his lungs aching to be replenished, making his heart quicken.
Then the only thing left for him to do was inhale. He had no choice, his body instinctively breathed. It didn’t matter that he was under water. But after he did, the water burned his throat as it went down, it filled his lungs, and then he died.
Right on cue, my body forced me to inhale.
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Leigh Michael is an author of YA fiction. She's worked within the advertising world for nearly a decade before writing her debut series, Annabelle's Story. Leigh lives in Washington, DC with her husband and goldendoodle. Be sure to stop by her site on October 31st for a special Trick or Treat surprise.