Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Granted by John David Anderson - Blog Tour


It's time to welcome another wonderful book by John David Anderson into the world! Be sure to go all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance to win a signed copy for yourself.




Granted by John David Anderson 
(Published February 13, 2018) 
ISBN: 006264386X  and ISBN13: 9780062643865

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, rest assured: There is someone out there who hears it.

Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is no ordinary fairy – she is a Granter: one of the select few whose job it is to venture beyond the boundaries of the Haven and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day. It’s the work of the Granters that generate the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes get granted. And even granting those promised few means navigating a human world fraught with danger.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going out on her first assignment. And she’s about to discover that getting what you truly want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.


My Thoughts: 

First of all, let me say that I'm so thankful that being asked to join this blog tour made me bump Granted to the top of my TBR pile. I have loved all of Anderson's books, so I already had ordered a copy of the book and I was excited to see it arrive on its book birthday last month. This book was just what I needed.

The world: 
I love books about fairies. I've read a ton of versions of the world of the fey, and I always enjoy seeing how an author envisions their motivations, hidden world, and how they interact with humanity. The crisis of declining magic is often part of these tales, and Anderson did a great job giving us reasons for this decline as well as showing how the fairies are managing the changes.

I thought the idea of the guilds of fairies, with "granters" being held in high esteem, was so fun! I also loved seeing the fairies who scavenge in our world and the ones who try to deal with bringing scraps of our technology to the fairies. The memorial to the fairies lost while granting wishes (the Femoriae) was a perfect touch early in the story to help the readers understand the risks that Ophelia would be facing.

My mind kept trying to decide what my fairy name would be, based on the story's naming conventions. Fairies are given their middle name first -- based on the plant from which they were born. Then they get their last name, based on a character trait they had as infants. Their first name is random. So I'm going to imagine I get to keep my own first name (I mean, why not, right? My parents didn't pick it at random, but they could have!) I'm going to go with Maria Bleedingheart ..... I guess I should check with my Founders on the last name, right? I'll return later today with that bit.


The characters: 
Whoa baby... the characters were so much fun! Ophelia, of course, was a great leading lady. Her strengths and faults were both on full display to help her in her quest to grant her first wish. I loved her struggle between her rule following nature and her growing sense of the need to follow what her heart is telling her to do. Helping kids find and honor their own inner compass is so important!

The dog she met along the way, though, totally stole the show. When he arrived on the scene, I immediately started laughing. Sam's exuberance, loyalty, and the way he always "says" exactly what he's thinking were just perfect. He definitely gets many of my favorite lines in the story.








Overall: 
Granted is just what the fairies... err... doctor ordered. It's the perfect mix of adventure, humor, love, and light to give you and the readers in your life the little lift you need.

YOUR OWN SIGNED COPY!! (US/Canada only)
Just comment below for a chance to win. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you to get your mailing address. The copy will come directly from the publisher, and I will only use your email address to get and share that information with the publisher.

I'll choose and email a winner on March 17th -- Good luck!


I've blogged about other books by John David Anderson too!

Sidekicked        Minion        Posted        Dungeoneers 



About John David Anderson:
John David Anderson is the author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day, Posted, Sidekicked, Minion, and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org.






Source: I purchased a copy of this book myself. 

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