19 Feb 2016

TOOTH GOBLINS.


TOOTH GOBLINS by ASH TOROID.

BACK COVER BLURB: Ever wondered what the tooth-fairy does with your teeth? Or if anything other than fairies might have an interest in them?

Ellie Merlson finds out the hard way that a small number of teeth have a much darker fate.

Caught up in the deadly war between fairies and goblins, Ellie must embrace her destiny to save a world.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter One}: Ellie was beginning to ache.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 57}: But as the fairies seemed to sing to the trees, tracing Dust-covered fingers along the bark, the tree began to change shape. The huge living organism was moulding itself to their will. One huge branch seemed to sweep down and around the trunk, turning itself into a spiralling staircase. Other, higher branches began to interweave themselves into basket-like structure, just right for a nine-year-old girl to lie in. Then, before her eyes, from the small branches that lined the basket, new soft green shoots burst forth to form a lush, living mattress.

SOURCE: Received for review from the author.

MY THOUGHTS: Think you know goblins .... or tooth fairies for that matter? Think again.

Ever wondered why twelve year olds seemingly go to bed only to awaken on their thirteenth birthday a different person? This book has the answer as Ellie's brother Duncan awakens, a teenager, having .... Ah, that would be telling.

A quirky, exciting and original read. It's just a shame that in my opinion neither the cover nor the synopsis conveyed the story, and certainly not the action and adventure, particularly well.

With two main protagonists, a sister and a brother, - nine year old Ellie every bit as strong and resourceful as her big brother (Oh how I love a feisty female lead) - their stories told in parallel story lines, this is a great book for readers of whatever sex. And with a twist to the more traditional fairy/goblin scenario (not that its all about fairies and goblins, the Arthurian legend of Merlin also gets an intriguing make-over) it should appeal to those like myself who are perhaps left feeling a bit jaded by the whole genre. 

The first in what promises to be a great series for those aged nine plus. I think Ash Toroid is on to a winner with Tooth Goblins.

20 comments:

carol said...

I'm not sure why, but just the title creeps me out a little.

Kelly said...

Not for my age, I realize, but I'm totally intrigued by this book! I love the cover, the synopsis, AND your review. The only thing that turns me off is your reference to it being the first in a series. Will it work as a stand-alone?


Funny...it brings to mind a book about the tooth fairy that was in the library at my elementary school. I haven't thought about that book in decades and I'm not sure I'd be able to track it down (if it's even still in print) given I don't remember the title or author.

Kelly said...

I just noticed it's currently free in the Kindle store, so I've added it to my TBR pile.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I actually like it when the book surpasses the blurb. However, it is a good criticism especially when the blurb does sell books. Sounds like a book I need to recommend.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

Like yourself, I am not particularly enthused by either the cover art or the synopsis of 'Tooth Goblins'

I think that the blurb might frighten off slightly younger readers, if they thought that some of their teeth might be being carried away by tooth goblins, rather than the tooth fairy.

For a slightly older children's age group, this would probably be an ideal read for activating the imagination, whilst touching on the beneficial qualities of what looks to be some very descriptive writing.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and enjoy your weekend :)

Yvonne

Suko said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this book so much, Tracy. Have a terrific weekend!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Sounds like a cute and imaginative read! Glad you enjoyed it. It could DEFINITELY use a better/more age-friendly cover though.

Literary Feline said...

Yes, I agree. The cover isn't especially attractive to me, but I love the way you describe this one, and you've definitely caught my interest, Tracy.

Melliane said...

I love the ideas there! I didn't know about it but it's great to see that it was a nice one and a great start

Deepika Ramesh said...

Ah, this sounds adorable. I really want to read it.

I am so glad to have discovered your blog. I love how it looks cheerful. :) Thank you. I look forward to interacting with you more here.

Brian Joseph said...

This sounds like it when creative story.

I tend to like it when old mythology is reworked and given a modern spin.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

This book sounds fun and unique. I love the twist on stories we know. I am curious about the teeth!Loved hearing your thoughts and I can't wait to read this one. :)

Brandi Kosiner said...

Great to hear that it was a fun and unique read

Sherry Ellis said...

That certainly seems like a different twist to the tooth fairy story. Sounds like a good read.

Gina R said...

I was going to say the cover was simply creepy but the story....ooh,sign me up! Great review. Thanks for sharing!

ashtoroid said...

Thank you so much for this review Tracy. After all this feedback, I think I will be changing my cover design. Thank you all.

Nikki-ann said...

I'd never given much thought as to what tooth fairies might do with the teeth... until now, that is!

Natasha Hill said...

Oh this sounds brilliant! I love the concept, will definitely have to try and read this at some point. - Tasha

ClaudineGueh@CarryUsOffBooks said...

Sounds good and a little creepy (which is often good)! I agree with what you wrote about the cover and synopsis even though I haven't read the story. Based on your review, the story sounds very interesting.

The Bookworm said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I don't like the cover at all but the story sounds good.