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The climactic conclusion of a supernatural romantic trilogy starring a savvy, sharp-tongued heroine who taps into ancient Norse secrets. After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen—and Marik has come to collect. What's worse, Katla doesn't dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla's stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.

The climactic conclusion of a supernatural romantic trilogy starring a savvy, sharp-tongued heroine who taps into ancient Norse secrets. After surviving her (shall we say) intense adventure in Iceland, Katla is psyched to be back for a blissfully uneventful senior year of homecoming and fashion explorations. But her hopes of dodging unfinished business are dashed by the arrival of two Icelandic exchange students: Marik, an oddly alluring merman-in-disguise, and Jinky, a tough gypsy girl. It seems Katla not only enraged the Snow Queen by rescuing her boyfriend, Jack, she also was tricked into promising her frail baby sister to the water queen—and Marik has come to collect. What's worse, Katla doesn't dare confide in anyone lest she endanger them, so even her soul mate, Jack, is growing suspicious. And now Katla's stork dreams, her guide for matching babies with mothers, have become strange and menacing as well. Hold on for a thrilling finale as the heroine of Stork and Frost calls on her wits (and her wit) to protect those she loves and face a final mythic disaster.

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About the Author-
  • Wendy Delsol considers herself first and foremost a storyteller. Because she likes to settle in and get to know her characters, she writes novels. And by getting to know her characters, she means torment them.

    She came to writing somewhat late, or, rather, with plenty of research and advance preparation. Before becoming a full-time writer, Wendy earned both a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree from California State University, Long Beach, waitressed to pay tuition, and worked more than ten years in the travel industry as a tour coordinator. Her favorite job ever was stay-at-home mom to her two (now-teenage) sons.

    Some basic background: Wendy was born in Canada to British parents and grew up as the middle child of three girls in the suburbs of Detroit. She did a university semester in Paris and then, after college, moved to Nice for a year. When back in the states, she followed college friends out to Los Angeles, intending to stay only long enough to attend grad school. Twenty years later, she was still in L.A. and married with two kids. In 2005, her husband's job took the family to Des Moines, Iowa.

    Stork, Wendy's debut young adult novel, is the story of smart and sassy Katla (Kat) Leblanc, a sixteen-year-old L.A. fashionista whose life is upended after a move to tiny Norse Falls Minnesota—her mother's hometown of Icelandic heritage. As if being the new kid isn't challenging enough, Kat is mysteriously drawn to an ancient order of bird women with the extraordinary task of delivering human souls. Complicating things further is Jack Snjosson, an aloof farm boy. Given the rocky start to their relationship, Kat would never believe they share a history—never mind destiny.

    In Frost, the sequel to Stork, Kat delves further into her magical soul-delivering abilities after a deadly snow storm brings to town a mysterious weather researcher; at stake is not only her boyfriend Jack's survival, but climate as we know it.

    Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:
    1. I hate garlic—yuck, nasty, nasty stuff—but, as far as I know, there is no vampire blood in my ancestry.
    2. I love tennis. I love to play tennis, and I love to watch tennis. Roger Federer is my idol!
    3. I am easily brought to tears. Set a guy eating a sandwich to a dramatic piece of music, and I'll need a tissue. It's embarrassing and annoying, but entirely out of my control. And, yes, I cried—like a baby—when Federer finally won the French Open. But who didn't?

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  • Kirkus

    July 1, 2012
    The Stork trilogy ends in a whirlwind of Norse mythology as Katla tries to escape the deal she made in volume two. Frost (2011) saw Kat battling the Snow Queen to save her boyfriend, Jack, who has paranormal powers as Jack Frost. Kat has her stork powers, but she runs afoul of the other storks when she takes things into her own hands. Meanwhile, two characters she met in Iceland, Jinky, the rough-cut shaman-in-training, and charismatic Marik, actually a selkie in disguise as a human, show up as new students in her high school. Marik reminds her that she promised her newborn sister Leira to the court of the Norse gods as payment for the opportunity to rescue Jack. Now Kat has to find a way to save Leira without angering two Norse goddesses so much that they'll bring the entire world to an end. Yes, it sounds too over-the-top, but Delsol makes it all work with Kat's spunky personality, plenty of dry, hip wisecracks ("Jinky shook her head, demonstrating the possible origins of the headbangers brand of dance style"), friendships, rivalries, a little romance and lots of suspense. Readers will care about each character with their distinct personalities, often quirky but acceptable as real humans. The prose trips along, always entertaining, until the story just zooms, even though this plot becomes a bit complex. Best read with the previous two books, the series ends with an unforeseen but rather satisfying surprise. Although Katla's story may be over, readers will certainly look for more from this talented writer. The whole trilogy stands out for originality and great entertainment. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)

    COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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