Today I’m on the tour for A Misplaced Child!
And oh. We need to talk about things like portal fantasy and distressed kids doing their best and fractured families and the love of plants, healing, and green growing things. 🍃🌷 This is an MG/YA crossover that I think will really capture your heart if you love books like Narnia or A Curse So Dark And Lonely.
I’m about to give you a list of 5 reasons why you should try it! And also there’s a giveaway on my instagram and an aesthetic below 😍✨.
THANK YOU TO MTMC TOURS FOR HAVING ME!
Torn between two worlds, which will she embrace?
Elodie Harper is heir to the magical kingdom of Aluna. Trapped by an evil wizard in an illusion; Elodie grows up caught between two worlds, one of magic, and one of technology.
As the facade of her mundane life of lies and fake smiles cracks, her kingdom crumbles in the absence of its ruler. Join Elodie as she navigates both lives not knowing which to embrace, and which to push into the back of her mind and forget as a bad dream.
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Heather Michelle is an emerging author of young adult fantasy. She lives in Acworth, GA with her cat Mister Bingley and a slew of unique roommates.
Growing up, Heather Michelle spent more time living in her imagination than outside of it. Small town life sandwiched between the redwood forests and the Pacific ocean provided a rich scope for the imagination. Before the age of twelve, Heather Michelle was not a reader, but a chance encounter with a rented audiobook launched her into the vast world of the printed word, and she never looked back.
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1. Portal fantasy…with a look at the harder side.
I absolutely love portal fantasy (it was my childhood honestly!), that magical moments of kids dropping into another world for an adventure before being whisked back home to their mundane life. It really captures the imagination. But in A Misplaced Child, OUR world is the “illusion” for Elodie. She’s been cursed to be flung from one world to the next with no warning.
She’s biding time going to school and struggling through being misdiagnosed and trying to keep up the facade that everything is fine, even though it’s not. Every time Elodie is thrown from one world to the other, she loses time. In her magical kingdom — her friends grow up without her. Here in the illusion-real-world — everyone freaks out that she’s been abducted when she goes missing.
It hits Elodie hard. She struggles with the loss and wondering where she belongs.
2. But also MAGICAL!! Worlds!!
The magical world was so fun! Castles and knights, squires and swords, wizards and twirling dresses. Wizard Gediminus was a mysterious but also nuturing, and he totally encouraged Elodie’s love of plants and healing magic.
3. Did we mention a deep love of all things green and growing 🍃🥰.
There are so many magical herbs and plants in here, it was amazing learning about them with Elodie! Plus she’s a princess who also cares about plant experiments and learning how to heal and help people. It helps her focus on things other than her own problems…ie: the curse that’s ruining and controlling her life.
4. Discussions of mental illness.
I appreciate that this book actually talked about mental illness: what it can look like in others and how just because one treatment isn’t right for you, doesn’t make it “bad”.
5. Read this if you like…
Magic! Mysterious curses! Friendships! Misfits! Princesses! And stories about the yearning ache to belong!
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