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For starters, thank you, lovely readers, for visiting my blog and taking your time to read today's post which is dedicated to the new novel, The Six by KB Hoyle, coming out on April 5th. I was lucky to be part of The Six Blog Tour organised by The Writer's Coffee Shop.
I'm guessing that first you'd like to know what The Six is about. Well, here's summary:
Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad’s job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.
When Darcy begins to experience strange magical occurrences, she comes to believe she’s either losing her mind or on the brink of a discovery that could give her purpose in life. After unwittingly stumbling through a magical gateway to a new world called Alitheia, she convinces Sam and the other four teenagers to travel there with her, and despite their earlier hostilities toward her, they eventually concede leadership of their small group to Darcy. Once there, they learn the “arrival of the Six” was prophesied hundreds of years before, and that they must expel an ancient evil from the land. In the end their lives, and the fate of Alitheia, will hinge upon Darcy. Will she have what it takes to fulfill her mysterious purpose? Or will she fall prey to a deadly foe?
It's obvious that this is a book for younger readers - main characters are 13 and 14 years old, but I assure you - even older readers will enjoy it. Think of Harry Potter! Or yourself as a child!
I remember that I liked "to explore" small woods behind house where I used to live with my younger sister. My mother dreaded those "expeditions" - more than often we used to come back with scars, bruises, torn clothes and tangled hair full of leaves, bugs and who know what else. Trophies were the best part. We believed that they were gifts from "wood's people". Oh, yeah! You heard me right! I was totally crazy. We searched for gnomes, leprechauns, wizards, ghosts, unicorns, Liliputians, faeries, Peter Pan, Excalibur, Lady of the Lake and "souls of the trees". But those are the happiest memories of my childhood. When you get older, you start to forget lots of things - I have to admit I forgot. But than I took this book in my hands and it all came back. I couldn't stop smiling and I kept imagining all the characters in the novel as my friends and myself.
Thing is The Six is the story made out of this kind of memories - KB Hoyle said it herself:
"I was inspired to write The Gateway Chronicles by my childhood camp experiences. The Six, as the first in the series, sprang out of this desire to translate my camp memories into a fantasy story for teenagers that combines the classic magical transportation to another world with modern teenage lingo and realism. In doing this, I've been able to create something new out of something old, and not only pay homage to my favorite childhood haunt, but also to my favorite genre of literature. The Six is the beginning of a larger story that young people can grow along with and love!"