Book Review Root Bound (Emma and the Elementals #1)

emma root bound coverTitle: Root Bound (Emma and the Elementals #1)

Author: Tanya Karen Gough

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

Purchase: Amazon, B&N

“A lighthearted, whimsical confection that will delight both kids and their parents’ inner child.” –Kirkus Reviews

How far will you go to find your way home?

Emma and her father are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies – basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom.

Haunted by visions of her mother, Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world.

There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to release her mother from the sea of memory and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.

Root Bound is a delightful, funny, sometimes even hilarious story about Emma, a girl who’s lived in a hundred different places before in her life, and is still struggling to find a place to call home. With her musician Dad forever on the move, she’s used to moving around, so it’s a surprise when she finds out something isn’t quite all right in her current appartment.

At school, things aren’t much better. Emma gets picked on by a gang of girls whose main purpose in life is to torment her. She meets a peculiar old woman who shares similar strange stories about their apartment building.

Emma finds out there are basement brownies in the air vent in her bedroom, and these Brownies have been around for a long, long time. Brownies are mythological creatures, somewhat like trolls, and now they’re trying to save their home from an evil force, but in order to succeed, they’ll need Emma’s help.

Emma is a fun, cool main character. She has a laid-back look on life, she has a great attitude, and she’s not afraid of a little danger. The Brownies were down-right fun. They were hilarous, and I enjoyed reading about every single one of them. The plot was fast-paced, intriguing and great for plenty of enjoyment. An excellent read.

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