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Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Honor book Catherine, Called Birdy and Newbery Medal winner I read this book for my work as an uncorrected proof I did not like this book It was pretty disappointing and over all just did nothing for me It should really be called Four women walk around calling each other names and complaining about everything This book made me think of when I read old fantasy that just doesn t stand up to the test of time it feels very dated It lacks details that would immerse you in the story it doesn t go far enough with the plot, any of the dangers, the magic, e I read this book for my work as an uncorrected proof I did not like this book It was pretty disappointing and over all just did nothing for me It should really be called Four women walk around calling each other names and complaining about everything This book made me think of when I read old fantasy that just doesn t stand up to the test of time it feels very dated It lacks details that would immerse you in the story it doesn t go far enough with the plot, any of the dangers, the magic, even how the main character is treated by her mother Everything feels glossed over, and after about 75 pages I took the hint and started glossing over the book The writing is done in an archaic language that instead of enhancing the story slowed and encumbered it Making it a 150 ish page book a three day slog The book seemsof an outline than an actual book as if it s missing a large part with it only being 150 ish pages I think that there is a lot of room for details and character building Honestly the cover is bad also, making it look like this was self published and the author couldn t get a real artist Grayling s Song had such an interesting premise, and while I ve seen very similar sounding plots in other fantasy novels such as Liesl Po, this one seemed to offer a lotmagic However, I didn t find that it had as much depth, and I really didn t care about any of the characters, not even Grayling herself, because they aren t really well developed and there s not a lot of time to get to know them as characters They re a quirky and varied bunch, sure, but their relationships and connectio Grayling s Song had such an interesting premise, and while I ve seen very similar sounding plots in other fantasy novels such as Liesl Po, this one seemed to offer a lotmagic However, I didn t find that it had as much depth, and I really didn t care about any of the characters, not even Grayling herself, because they aren t really well developed and there s not a lot of time to get to know them as characters They re a quirky and varied bunch, sure, but their relationships and connections with one another are very limited, and there aren t a lot of defining moments that bring them together.The book follows a young girl whose mother, a witch and a magical wise woman, has been hindered by a sudden dark sort of enchantment that has left her bound to the ground and turning into a tree, as it would appear The girl, Grayling, has to round up the few people she can find who still have magic, including a beautiful enchantress, an apprentice, an oddball but very intelligent magician, and a weather witch A live mouse also accompanies them on their quest to save the magic folk of Grayling s world, before it is too late Cushman really has a gift for wit and language throughout, which I did like, and the descriptive scenery was wonderful, but I really think that Grayling s Song could have benefited extremely fromcharacter development As it stands, it s pretty forgettable simply because readers never get to know the characters on a deeper level There is also a lot of predictability in this book, which I think some middle grade readers could overlook, but still it might annoy others, as it did me There was also some subtle but frequent mild vulgar humour throughout which really seemed out of place considering the setting, scene and characters of the story, which I didn t like, and Grayling s relationship with her quite cruel, unaffectionate mother left a lot to be desired, and made me wonder why Grayling herself didn t just get the hell outta dodge and run away when her mother was bound by magic Seriously, if my family spent most days making me work for them, called me witless and made me look after a bunch of total strangers children without any prior notice, I d flee the first chance I got If Grayling s mother was aendearing or kindhearted character, I think it would have been easier to hold out hope as a reader that Grayling s quest would succeed Review posted on Fafa s Book Corner Beware spoilers ahead I received this E ARC via Houghton Mufflin Harcourt Children s Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.DNFWhen I first saw this on Netgalley in December I fell in love with the synopsis It sounded really sweet and I love Middle Grade fantasy You can imagine my excitement when I was able to request this Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.The book begins with Grayling doing some chores for her mother They don t real Review posted on Fafa s Book Corner Beware spoilers ahead I received this E ARC via Houghton Mufflin Harcourt Children s Book Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.DNFWhen I first saw this on Netgalley in December I fell in love with the synopsis It sounded really sweet and I love Middle Grade fantasy You can imagine my excitement when I was able to request this Unfortunately I did not enjoy this.The book begins with Grayling doing some chores for her mother They don t really have the best relationship as her mother makes it point to tell Grayling that she s no good After completing some chores for her mother she goes home Her mother is a doctor and will be having some patients Grayling will have to babysit one of the patients children The next day Grayling is daydreaming when her mother calls her in to come immediately Grayling still lost in her own head doesn t go right away Her mother shouts for her again Grayling goes to her house thinking of why can t she get a moments peace.When she reaches her house she sees that it s on fire She runs to find her mother Much to Grayling s relief her mother is alive But her feet are rooted to the ground and she is about to become a tree Grayling freaks out and is unsure of what to do Her mother tells her to get everything that survived the fire and to get the others.The reason why I didn t like it is because of the writing style The way Grayling and her mother spoke to each other was weird She actually called her mother by her first name I could barely understand what they were saying It seems that the author has written in some old type of language I m not really sure how to describe it Some of the narration was alright but again hard to understand Overall I really did not like the writing style I cannot bring myself to recommend this to anyone Cushman s gentle charm underlines the action Hannah, Grayling Strong s mother, a wise woman is bewitched As it seems are all the country s other enchanters Having been magically rooted to the ground she is slowly turning into a tree On top of that Hannah s grimoire spell book disappeared Grayling is her mother s only hope She must seek out others and try to find the answer The trouble is that after years of being denigrated by her mother, Grayling is afraid of her own shadow However, se Cushman s gentle charm underlines the action Hannah, Grayling Strong s mother, a wise woman is bewitched As it seems are all the country s other enchanters Having been magically rooted to the ground she is slowly turning into a tree On top of that Hannah s grimoire spell book disappeared Grayling is her mother s only hope She must seek out others and try to find the answer The trouble is that after years of being denigrated by her mother, Grayling is afraid of her own shadow However, set forth she does On her quest she is accompanied by a shape changing mouse Pook s attempts at shape changing areoften than not fraught with disaster A lively and often humorous journey ensues Grayling and Pook search for answers and find that magic is not the only answer Heaps of action and mystery, Karen Cushman has once again turned in a stellar novel that both provokes and charms.A NetGalley ARC Grayling started up as nothing like the most of us Having no power, no skills she ever know and only the fear that her mother will be forever rooted to the ground, she sets out on an adventure into the unknown Grayling is such a courageous and kind hearted girl She s been pushed to her limit, trying things she never knew she could do Leaning on the past to guide her through The story introduce the tiny mouse as Grayling s loyal companion Their adventure goes beyond hill and mountain and fo Grayling started up as nothing like the most of us Having no power, no skills she ever know and only the fear that her mother will be forever rooted to the ground, she sets out on an adventure into the unknown Grayling is such a courageous and kind hearted girl She s been pushed to her limit, trying things she never knew she could do Leaning on the past to guide her through The story introduce the tiny mouse as Grayling s loyal companion Their adventure goes beyond hill and mountain and forest Being chase off and force to survive with everything they got Grayling is so much fun to read as she grows, but it can make our heart shrink when she s going through an emotional swamp that no one seems to understand She stand firm while everyone else are backing out You can slowly discover that yourself in Grayling s struggle This was a wonderfully short and sweet fantasy novel It actually reminded me of Uprooted but for children Grayling s Song fits right in with Cushman s other books A young girl who thinks not very much of herself learns she is muchcapable than she believes The world is a medieval England, but magic exists It s a dense environment but the plot moves right along Grayling s journey, never slowing down until it s satisfying conclusion The writing and characters make this entertaining for This was a wonderfully short and sweet fantasy novel It actually reminded me of Uprooted but for children Grayling s Song fits right in with Cushman s other books A young girl who thinks not very much of herself learns she is muchcapable than she believes The world is a medieval England, but magic exists It s a dense environment but the plot moves right along Grayling s journey, never slowing down until it s satisfying conclusion The writing and characters make this entertaining for children and adults both I like fantasy but I ve gotten pretty tired of the rehash of the same tropes over and over, so this was a great little dip back in &READ EBOOK ⇤ Grayling's Song ↭ Alternate cover edition for ISBN When Grayling s mother, wise woman Hannah Strong, starts turning into a tree, Hannah sends Grayling to call the others for help Shy and accustomed to following her mother in everything, Grayling takes to the road She manages to summon several others second string magic makers who have avoided the tree spell and sets off on a perilous trip to recover Hannah s grimoire, or recipe book of charms and potions By default the leader of the group, which includes a weather witch, an enchantress, an aspiring witch, a wizard whose specialty is divination with cheese, and a talking and shape shifting mouse called Pook, Grayling wants nothing than to go homeKidnapping, imprisonment, near drowning, and ordinary obstacles like hunger, fatigue, and foul weather plague the travelers, but they persist and achieve their goal Returning, Grayling finds herself reluctant to part with her companions especially Pook At home she s no longer content to live with her bossy mother, who can look after herself just fine, and soon sets out on another journey to unfamiliar places possibly to see the young paper maker who warmed her heart Look, I was confused like half the time while reading this book I didnt enjoy it in any way I found it somewhat boring I don t hate this book, the story overall was pretty good, but I feel like it just dragged on. I didn t love this book the way I ve loved Cushman s other books up until now, but I suspect this may be because I read it during my two hour wait at the DMV, and it is very hard to enjoy things while one is listening hard for one s number to be called.