This second installment in the planned Stork trilogy sends Kat and Jack into the hidden realms of Norse mythology and novel that also retells Hans Christian Andersen’s "The Snow Queen."
Kat has finally begun to fit in well in her new town in Minnesota, where she learned that she has paranormal powers as a “stork” and can, as a member of a group of elderly “storks,” control pregnancies (Stork, 2010). Her boyfriend Jack, who has paranormal powers to control the weather (he’s really Jack Frost), suddenly cools toward her when a beautiful climate researcher comes to town. The age-neutral Brigid charms everyone but Kat and takes enraptured Jack to Greenland for climate research—where they disappear. Meanwhile, Kat travels to Iceland with her grandpa and meets the equivalent of Andersen’s “robber maiden,” who helps her journey into the spirit world to rescue Jack. Delsol keeps this sequel nicely self-contained, while she follows the framework of the fairy tale. She paints Kat as a fashion-conscious modern California girl with enough spunk to challenge a powerful Norse goddess. Readers get a taste of a travelogue to Iceland, complete with a festival, local food and a hint of supernatural creatures. Once Kat’s spirit journey starts, the narrative takes off into a suspenseful adventure and sets up the next sequel.
Well-paced narration will keep readers interested—a superior paranormal adventure. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)