Monday, 8 October 2012

Happily Ever After Giveaway Hop - The Gloom Trilogy by Piper Kelley


The Gloom (The Gloom Trilogy, #1)   Blurb (from Goodreads):

 As a lazy summer evening comes to a close, Poppy finds herself out by the hollowed out tree in her backyard, avoiding the ire of her stepmother for an incident that occurred while Poppy was babysitting her little sister. All her life Poppy has had questions about her real mother, who disappeared when she was an infant. She gets an unexpected answer when an ill-tempered pixie captures her and takes her through the tree and into Winsome, a magical kingdom that is suffering from a powerful and evil force known as the Gloom.



My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Gloom (The Gloom Trilogy, #1)(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Piper Kelley.)
Poppy is sulking in the garden after an argument with her step-mother Maggie, when she is abducted by a pixie called Nixie, and dragged through a hollowed-out tree stump to another world.
Poppy finds herself taken to a large castle, where she meets a woman who looks strangely like her.

Eventually Poppy finds out why she has been bought to this strange place. The woman who looks like her is Queen Augusta, her mother’s sister. Her mother – Peregrine, had an affair with a human and had Poppy, but was then forced to return to the fairy kingdom.
Now, Peregrine is missing, and a large grey cloud hangs over the forest in the kingdom. Everyone who enters under the cloud either loses their wings, their sanity, or their life, and now August wants Poppy to go in there. She believes that Peregrine is behind the cloud, and that if Poppy goes in there and finds her, she will lift the cloud.

It seems that Poppy doesn’t have much choice in the matter though, and now it’s Poppy versus ‘The Gloom’. Can she enter the Gloom without harm befalling her though? Can she find her mother? And what else might find Poppy first?

This is a lovely little Middle Grade story about a girl in a fairy tale world. Like in a fairy tale, something is wrong, and it’s up to Poppy to fix it! Poppy is a bright girl, and she keeps going even when things look bad. She makes some magical friends in the forest, and is startled by some of its stranger inhabitants.

As with many fairy tales there’s a (possibly) evil queen, pixies, trolls, an absent mother, and lots of little magical touches and surprises to keep the story moving along. There’s also plenty of other special touches, with silver lakes, and living walls in caves.

Overall; Kids will love this, so if you’re running out of fairy tales – give this a try (and it’s not bad for adults either ha ha!)
6.5 out of 10.




The Doldrums (The Gloom Trilogy, #2)

Blurb (from Goodreads): Since her first adventure into Winsome, Poppy has encountered magic and power greater than she had ever imagined. But, what will happen when evil finds its way into the human world? In this exciting final installment of The Gloom Trilogy, Poppy finds herself in the Dregs, a run-down industrial park with danger lurking around every corner. Somewhere hidden in this wasteland of factories and warehouses is an old foe of Winsome, who has eluded her twice before. Here, Poppy must put an end to this terrible force for once and for all, before both Winsome and the human world fall victim to her enemy’s dreadful magic.


The Doldrums by Piper Kelley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Doldrums (The Gloom Trilogy, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Piper Kelley.)
It’s been a year since Poppy went on her first adventure into the fairy land of Winsome, and she’s been going back to visit people, so much so that her little isster has noticed her talking to the tree in their back garden (which is the portal to the fairy world.)

This time Poppy is going back to the castle for a party, and we get to meet up with all of Poppy’s friends from book 1 – Gus, Sug, Tilly, Nixie, Brady etc.
Trouble is in store though when a little girl that Poppy met in the gloom (Annie) has been kidnapped from the castle, and Poppy and Brady sneak away to try and get her back. Annie has been taken to the doldrums though, a network of caves lived in by goblins, and many people go in and don’t come back out.
Can Poppy and Brady save Annie? And can they survive the Doldrums?

This was a fast paced trip through the fairy land of Winsome, taking us along with Poppy and her friends on another whirlwind adventure. All of Poppy’s friends made a cameo, and we learned more about her strange family. There was also a hint of romance in the air!
Great middle school book, and a great second book in the trilogy. On to ‘The Dregs’!
6 out of 10.

 



The Dregs (The Gloom Trilogy, #3) Blurb (from Goodreads):
Over the past year Poppy has made many trips back into Winsome, catching up with the friends she’s made. On the anniversary of her first visit to the kingdom, a gala is cut short when Augusta’s aide, Benny, is found gruesomely injured, and Poppy’s friend, Annie, has been abducted and taken into the mysterious goblin caves known as the Doldrums. Poppy decides that she must travel into the elaborate mountainside maze to rescue her friend and halt the efforts of an old adversary.

 

The Dregs by Piper Kelley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Dregs (The Gloom Trilogy, #3)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Piper Kelley.)
This is the third book in the ‘Gloom’ trilogy, and picks up not long after ‘The Doldrums’ left off.
Poppy is back in the human world, and dealing with her younger sister Daisy who still thinks that Poppy talks to the tree in the garden. Poppy has a new problem though, and something much more difficult than distracting Daisy – she has wings!
Poppy has been worried about growing wings since she found out her mother was a fairy, but she’s not ready to leave her human life and live in Winsome yet!
Another adventure awaits Poppy though, this time in the human world. Darius is still determined to have Poppy’s mother (Perigreen) for himself, and has kidnapped Poppy’s parents in an attempt to get Perigreen to turn herself over.
Can Poppy rescue her Dad and step-Mom in time? And can she save Perigreen from Darius once and for all?

This book was a wonderful end to the trilogy, with more adventures for Poppy, and a real ending to the story. All the old favourite characters made an appearance, and things were finally settled between Poppy, her parents, and her faerie life.
This series has really been a magical fairy-tale adventure, perfect for middle graders and adults alike.
6.5 out of 10.






Interview with the Author - 

Piper Kelley



Hi Piper! Welcome to the Blog!
When did you start writing? 
I've been writing in some capacity for most of my life.  My first story was called the Breakdancing Turtle.  I wrote it in first grade, and illustrated it myself. 
What was your inspiration for The ‘Gloom’ series? 
I was lying in bed, right about to drop off to sleep, when I saw this terrible cloud in my mind's eye. I thought, "Well, that's gloomy."  And I shook myself awake just enough to write it down.
What three words would you use to best describe The ‘Gloom’ series?  
Bravery, family, discovery.
What are your favourite things about Poppy?
 I love that she’s brave and determined while showing such compassion and kindness.
How do you think you would react if you found out that a member of your family was a fairy?
 My reaction would be something like Daisy's was in the book.  I'd need proof, a lot of proof.  More than a hairbrush levitating across the room!
Can you tell us what you’re working on at the moment? (if you are!) 
I have a few different projects in the air right now.  One of the books, tentatively called Trash, is about a young girl who lives in a junkyard. She endures bullies every day, and tries to remain as invisible as possible, until she meets two little piles of junk … with the power to change her situation.
Other than your own, what are your favourite books?  
I love biographies (especially if a comedian wrote them), and I love a good horror story.  I love to laugh, and I love to be scared!
Random Questions
-          what’s your favourite treat?
 I don't really eat sweets to be honest. People usually look at me like I have a third eye when I say this, but it's true. I don't like sweets. A treat for me would be something like a deep fried onion. Onions are my favorite food, hands down. I'm sure my husband appreciates that!
-          What’s your Favourite place to read/write? 
My favorite place to read is in bed. My daughter and I read two stories every day together, and I am at my happiest when the cats, the kid, and I are all cuddling together. Writing happens in about the same way. I usually write on my laptop after everyone has gone to bed. I set myself up in bed, and write.
-          If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending money on? 
My husband and I have fantasized about this more than once, and I think everyone has daydreamed about this.  The first thing I would do would be to buy my father a house of his own, somewhere by the beach where I grew up.  It's where he's at his happiest, and I'd love to be able to give him that one day.
-          If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? 
I used to think I'd go back to the beach in San Diego where I grew up, but then I recently visited Savannah, Georgia.  I absolutely fell in love with that town. The food, the squares, the history … all of it was awesome.  I could definitely be happy in Savannah.  And if you find yourself in Savannah, go to the Olde Pink House restaurant. The best fried pork shop and collard greens I've ever had!

Thanks so much to Piper for stopping by the blog, and for making this giveaway possible!

Find Piper Kelley Here:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6440925.Piper_Kelley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PiperLeeKelley
Website: http://www.piperkelley.com/Home_Page.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PiperKelley
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Giveaway!

1 Winner will receive a complete set of all three books! If the winner is in the US they have the option of paperback or ebook, people from outside the US will get ebooks.
There will also be 3 runners up prizes of 1 ebook from the trilogy - winners choice!


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41 comments:

  1. I love fairytales. :) Thanks Piper and Sarah for the giveaway! :) I enjoyed reading the interview.

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  2. Great interview! I love fairytales, I'm still a child on the inside :) Thank you both for the amazing giveaway!

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  3. LOVE them:)

    Thank you:)

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  4. Thanks for the awesome prize. I love fairytales. Both when I was a child and now.

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  5. Thank you Piper! I do enjoy a good fairytale. :)

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  6. "Pixie named Nixie" ... How adorable!

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  7. I loved fairytales as a child and I still do! Thanks Piper for your books! :D

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  8. I love fairy tale stories! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! julierupert@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks so much for the chance. I love fairy tales :)

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  10. Thanks Piper! I love Fairy Tales!!

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  11. Thank you very much Piper and yes I do enjoy fairy tales. :)

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  12. Thank you for the giveaway, Piper! I do enjoy fairy tales.

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  13. I love fairytales and thanks so much for this giveaway Piper!
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  14. Thanks Piper for the generous giveaway! Fairy Tale lover from way way back!

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  15. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  16. Appreciate the giveaway. I do like fairy tales.

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  17. Thanks Piper!! I love fairy tales :)

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  18. Thank you Piper! And of course i do !!

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  19. Thank you Piper! & yes I do love fairy tales :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  20. I love fairy tales! Thanks to you both for this giveaway!

    Like you, Piper, my favourite part of every day is snuggling with my kids and reading aloud! My elder daughter is now ten years old, and she still enjoys when I read to her!

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  21. Sounds like a great series, Love the covers. Thx for the hop.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

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  22. Thank you for the awesome prize Piper! :D I looove fairytales! :) Thank you for the chance! :)

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  23. I like fairytales! Thanks Piper for this awesome prize!

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  24. Hi Piper and Sarah Elizabeth :D Thanks for this awesome international giveaway :D And yes, I love love fairy tales :D - Ara

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  25. Thanks for having the giveaway!

    I love fairy tales; I read for escapism and escaping into a happy place where it all works out in the end is the best thing ever :)

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  26. thank you for having a great giveaway! I love fairytales.

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  27. I absolutely love fairytales!

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  28. I adore fairytales~<3 Thank you, Piper, for the chance to win this one!

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway! I love fairy tales!!

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  30. Thanks for the great giveaway and the chance to win! I love fairy tales, my favorite being Beauty and the Beast!

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  31. Thanks Piper! Yes Snow White is my fav

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  32. I really enjoy reading fairytales and The Gloom Trilogy sounds great! Thanks Piper and Sarah for the reviews, author interview and awesome giveaway!

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  33. Thanks Piper!
    and I looove fairytales :)

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway! I love fairy tales, especially retellings or dark versions of them.

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  35. Thanks for the great giveaway. I love fairy tales.
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  36. Thanks Piper for the great books! I do love Fairy Tales very much! I have for a very long time too!

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  37. Thanks Piper! :)
    I love fairy tales; always have and always will.

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  38. Thanks for this, Piper.
    I love fairy tales.

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  39. Thank you piper :)
    and yes I love fairytales

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  40. Thank you so much, Piper :) I LOVE fairy tales, as does my 12 yr old daughter... it's awesome being able to share them with her!

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