Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now resides in Western Washington with her husband and 3 children. Her other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and 2 cats, named Frodo and Fritz. For the past 12 years, she has home-schooled her children. Besides being an author, Victoria is also an elementary school art teacher. Victoria enjoys writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and hanging out with her family and friends. Victoria is the author of The Warble.
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Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.
Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.
In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.
I walked where Kristina walked and saw what she saw, and felt warmth of friendship when she felt the warmth. I highly recommend this story to children of all ages.
The Shard, Victoria Simcox’s fast-paced, intricately woven sequel to Magic Warble, takes Kristina Kingsly, and her schoolmates back to Bernovem… and into a thrilling, often dangerous adventure.
The Warble was a toss between Grimms Fairy Tales, and Mythology, which both intrigues me. As I have mentioned before I am not an avid reader. It puts me too sleep, but these two books kept me wide awake, and on the edge of my chair half the time.
This story opens with Kristina Kingsly at a summer horse-camp, and a couple of prankster girls do their worst to our Kristina, and something goes wrong, and they’re back at Bernovem where the chilling adventure starts all over again to make some new and wonderful memories for our heroine, and she is reunited with her Prince Werrien, her gnome, dwarf, animals, and fairy friends. Things couldn’t have been more wonderful for Kristina especially when she was back with her dearest friend Prince Werrien only to find out he was fascinated with a very unusual seeing stone, “The Shard”, and to add to the excitement Kristina is haunted by a ghostlike old hag! This ol’ gal really puts a twist to the plot!
In Bernovem, Kristina not only has a uncomfortable suspicion, guilt, illness, and ultimately the one who wants to possess her soul, Kristina will see that in her weakest moment she will encounter more strength than she has ever known or could imagine.
*Disclaimer: Opinion in this Post is 100% my own and no monetary compensation was given. I received a product sample in order to facilitate my honest review.