Monday, June 24, 2013

The Orphanage of Miracles by Amy Neftzger Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads. 

"Perhaps everyone could use a miracle, but very few will find the one they truly need.

Amid a war torn land and hidden deep within an enchanted forest lays an orphanage where miracles abound. It’s a magical place created years ago by a resolute king who must defeat an evil sorcerer waging bitter war against his land and his people. He knew that in order to save his people, victory would require a miracle.

A young girl named Kelsey also desperately needs a miracle. She sets out on a quest to find the whispered-of orphanage. Along the way she’s joined by several traveling companions, including an over-sized snow leopard and a boy who cannot speak. In a land under a spell cast by the evil sorcerer, it's difficult to know the difference between what's real and what isn't … and what a true friend looks like. Join Kelsey and her companions as they embark on an extraordinary adventure and a quest unlike any other and take a peek inside The Orphanage of Miracles."

The Orphanage of Miracles is a strange, but wonderful read. It's not confusing, but it is befuddling and mad, in a good way. Told from two POVs, The Orphanage of Miracles is full of delight for the Middle Grade Audience. 

The plot was good. It's uniqueness and spunky craziness enchanted me from the beginning. With twist and turns and crazy lessons, the plot will be confusing and maddening, in a good way, of course. Full of mystery and strange sisters and snow leopard, The Orphanage of Miracles is a nice surprise. The setting is much more surprising. In a cursed world of a kingdom where right is wrong and wrong is right/ truths are lies and lies are truths, characters and readers will experience a maddening world of a conflict, directly caused by a battle between a king and an evil sorcerer. 

The ending of the Orphanage of Miracles was so surprising. Major cliffhanger at the end.

Kelsey is on a quest for a miracle. She sets off with a funny and sweet snow leopard and a mute boy, who Kelsey calls Silence. She journeys off to find the legendary Orphanage of Miracles, hoping to save her village from all sorts of problems. Kelsey is a huntress with a beautiful, in Kelsey's mind, knife. She's broken inside, but she doesn't know it. She's grumpy and rude most of the time, but mostly because of Silence, the mute boy. The character change of Kelsey is amazing and huge.

Nicholas is at the Orphanage of Miracles. His Orphanage orders him and others to make a miracle, but they don't tell him how. With a heart of gold and a mind of selflessness, Nicholas makes the first miracle in a long time. He's determine to find out why the Orphanage of Miracles  only has autumn, why the guardians are so odd, what do the words on the walls of the orphanage mean, and why are the guardians so obsessed with plants. As a naturally curious boy, Nicholas seeks answers from the insides of the Orphanage of Miracles. 

The two POVs of Nicholas and Kelsey switches every chapter until their paths finally meet and intertwine. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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