Friday, October 5, 2012

Book Tour: Sprite by Leigh Michael

Title: Sprite
Author: Leigh Michael
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Self-published
Publish Date: April 30, 2012
Source: I received a copy of the book as a part of the book tour.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a Young Adult fiction fan.
  • You're a mythology fan.
What's the Story?:

Synopsis: "Annabelle Walsh thought she had it all. She was the star of her swim team, had a loving family, a great boyfriend, and to top it off, she’d be starting at UCLA in the fall. One day, she’d be referred to as Dr. Annabelle Walsh.

She was living every girl’s dream – until her life was turned upside down. All starting with finding out that she's not just a human, but also a water spirit. Half-human, half-sprite to be exact. Although not just any sprite, Annabelle is prophesied to be the only one who can save both the sprites and mankind.

With a mix of current events, anecdotes from Greek mythology, tidbits of folklore, and Leigh’s own imagination, we join Annabelle in her journey to restore order beneath the sea. Each step of the way her mind, body, and soul are pushed to the limit begging the question, how much can one half-human, half-sprite take?"

My Two Cents:

This book is a very quick read about a girl, Annabelle, who finds out that she is part of a world that she never knew existed. One minute, she's a high schooler who took like a fish to water on the swim team and the next second, she's part of an underwater world being chased by people who she has no idea what they want from her.

This book jumps right into the action, which is good in one way as it moves the story forward quickly. On the other hand, because we don't get to see a lot Annabelle before her transformation, we don't get a chance to really get to know Annabelle before she finds out what she is.

Furthermore, at about 160 pages, there was not much that happened in the book that was not part of the main story arc. So you only get to know the characters in the context of the story arc and not much about who they really are outside of it. It sort of left me with a lot of different questions about the motives of the various characters.

One thing that I did like about the book is the inclusion of Greek mythology. I love mythology so it was really cool to learn a little bit more about it. I also liked seeing how the author was able to weave in some of the Greek mythology in order to explain Annabelle's story.

I also liked that the book was sort of written in a conversational tone. You almost feel like Annabelle is talking to you as a close friend.

Bottom line: A good, short story with a healthy dose of mythology!

Important Info:

Purchase information:

Sprite (Annabelle’s Story Part One) can be purchased at:
Barnes & Noble

Kin (Annabelle’s Story Part Two) can be purchased at:
Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:

Leigh Michael is an author of YA fiction. She's worked within the advertising world for nearly a decade before writing her debut series, Annabelle's Story. Leigh lives in Washington, DC with her husband and goldendoodle. Please learn more about Leigh and her works at

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  2. Hey Meg!

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and for participating in the AS Book Tour.

    I think you'll find that part two in the series (KIN) dives deeper into the secondary characters and various background, providing details that go beyond the story arc and also motives :)

    Thanks again!



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