Friday, 27 February 2015

Enter the astonishing world of Oksa Pollock by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf - Published by Pushkin Children's Books

Today we're fortunate to be included in a blog tour for a very special book series. You may not have heard of Ann Plichota and Cendrine Wolf's "Oksa Pollock" series yet, but trust us, you'll definitely want to know more if you have an eye for the supernatural, and for mighty girl characters (both things we hold close to our hearts here at ReadItDaddy!)

So who is Oksa Pollock? She's the last best hope for restoring the fine balance of a world in chaos. Through three novels we've followed her adventures as her true powers become apparent, and her family call on their own amazing qualities in order to protect her.

Oksa Pollock - The Last Hope (Book 1)
We join Oksa on the day of her birth, as her family wonder if old prophecies will be fulfilled. Oksa's future is uncertain, but with the aid of her shape-shifting father Pavel, her amazing grandmother Dragomira whose menagerie of mythical creatures are formidable opponents, and Oksa's mother who fears for her daughter's safety given her predetermined role in saving the planet.

Oksa Pollock - The Forest of Lost Souls (Book 2)
Some books beg to be read until the wee small hours as they immerse you in a tightly woven alternative reality that may seem familiar, but does its best to jar your senses by throwing you into a maelstrom of action. I devoured Book 1 in short order, though it has to be said that "The Last Hope" doesn't reveal its hand too quickly. Some may feel that these books take a while to get into, and then suddenly before you know what's going on, it's 3 AM, your eyes are practically falling out of their sockets but you can't bear not to read more.

Oksa Pollock - the Heart of Two World (Book 3)

As Book 3 opens, Oksa, her family and The Runaways must find the entrance portal to Edelfia, a parallel world where Oksa and her kind can exist in peace. New allies must be made amongst enemies, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Several reviewers have described Oksa Pollock as "The French Harry Potter" which is a little unfair, as the books only really share a fantasy genre. It's really worth pointing out that although the series has a female hero, both boys and girls are going to fall head over heels in love with Oksa and the books. If there's any justice, more people will get to know her and start to line her up alongside some of the greatest female fantasy heroes in literature. Find out more, dive into the books and be ready for fast paced, dark, immersive and totally gripping adventure!

(Books 1 and 3 kindly supplied to us for review by Pushkin Children's Books)

Don't miss the other fab booky folk joining the tour over the next few days!