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A world she had only ever dreamed about would open her eyes to a world she never knewHer parents' marriage is falling apart Fifteen year old Posy feels her life is falling apart with it Posy retreats to an old library down the street where she selects a mysterious book in a secluded corner and is magically drawn into its storyPosy finds herself in a kingdom ruled by a cruel and manipulative king and ueen who have attempted to usurp the role that belongs only to the Author of their story With the princess having fled and the kingdom teetering toward rebellion Posy is joined by Prince Kyran as they fight against their slavery to the PlotPosy and the prince search beyond the borders of the story for the runaway princess They encounter mysterious places horrifying monsters and fierce battles They make both friends and enemies as their journey leads them into many dangers But some of the worst dangers Posy soon finds lie deep within her own heart Will she be able to find the courage and forgiveness needed not only to save the story but to heal the heartache she knew in her own world?


10 thoughts on “The Word Changers

  1. says:

    It was late at night when I turned the final page of the The Word Changers slid the book back into place on my shelf and breathed a mighty contended sigh Reading this book was like drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a cool evening It hits just the right spot and leaves you feeling warm and at peace with the world and yourself The Word Changers has a classic uality to it with all the timelessness and agelessness of the Chronicles of Narnia a comparison I don't make lightly Definitely a keeper


  2. says:

    But Posy wondered suspected even begun to believe that sometimes reality was too solid and too hard and that perhaps sometimes the clearest and straightest way to truth was through a fairytaleThis uote is a good example of what my opinions about life turned toward when reading this book The Word Changers is about a girl named Posy who gets placed in a book she was reading because a crucial character in the story the princess has run away and she must be replaced because her presence is imperative to the plot At least that is what you are initially led to believeThe truth is the plot in the kingdom is not the same as it once was and evil is afoot The princess ran away for a reason which leads Posy and Kyran the prince on a uest to find the princess and right the wrongs that have been done to the kingdom and the inhabitants My thought process So I'm a reader reading about a reader being sucked into a book what if this actually happens and there is a reader reading about me reading about a reader being sucked into a book?Now I'm kind of waiting to be sucked into a tale although knowing my luck I would be stuck in one where I'm alone in the middle of the ocean on a little lifeboat with nothing but meager rations and a piccoloAhem moving onI think my favorite thing about this book was the creative world and it's inhabitants I love fantasy especially when it contains good world building The different places and creatures were captivating Definite thumbs up to thatAnother thing I enjoyed about this novel is the action in it The story moved along at a satisfying pace that kept me interested Also the characters in the book didn't just go through physical perils but had to fight inward battles A lot of this inner reflection was addressed in their experiences in a place called The Glooming which held my favorite scenes Everything that happened in the Glooming was really cool and different In particular there was an Underwater Palace that played mind games with Posy and Kyran I really liked the contrast between the two experiences in the palace and wish they had spent time in it While this part doesn't feel rushed I would have really liked to see things that the palace could do to them; This was one of the few times in which Posy and Kyran were separated making it easier to shed light on their individual struggles Nevertheless their task reuired haste so I see why their stay was limited I feel like it would be a discredit to call the book a romance While it does contain romance there is a lot going on than the typical young adult girl meets guy let's pretend this book is a fantasy when it's really about finding a counterpart to complete you garbage The story is actually a Christian allegory in which the Author is supposed to represent God The Author actually feels personal which is a nice change A lot of times in Young Adult Christian Fiction the reader feels detached because of the way the book is portraying God and it can feel cliché Fortunately such was not the case in this tale The Author feels very realuotes about the author The plot here in this land beyond is one that may change and vary; it is one that is dependent on the choices of it's characters themselves It is not set; it is not the same every time the book is opened or the story told That is it's danger And that is it's beauty Surely the characters must believe that an author existed They were aware they were in a book where did they think the book had come from? Whether the characters answer to the king or not makes no difference in the Author's existenceThe characters were well rounded and developed None of the characters were perfect making them realistic because of their mistakes Many of the evil ones had an internal war between right and wrong I really felt for many of the characters in this bookThe main theme in this book is forgiveness In her actual life Posy's parents have intense fights and will most likely be getting a divorce Posy harbors resentment about what they have done to her family and is bitter about the pain they have caused There are many other characters in this book seeking or giving forgiveness which gives a relatable feelingI really liked this theme especially for a young adult book It didn't come off as preachy and taught a good lesson Remember Prince there is good and bad in everyone Dark and shadows depend so wholly on light that it is impossible sometimes to see where one begins and one ends Not a soul in this world or any other is ever completely lost in darkness not unless they choose to beMy only uibble is that the beginning of the book felt different than the rest of the story In the first two chapters it feels like the target audience is for a junior level However this feeling can be overlooked because the rest of the book fit young adult perfectly and it was only those first two that gave that impressionI liked the way the book ended It was a little open ended but also gave closure There is room for it to be a series but it could also work as a stand alone bookI would definitely recommend this to my fantasy loving friends It was an interesting read full of original ideas that left me not knowing what was coming next A well deserved 4 stars In the interest of full disclosure I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The opinions stated above are my own


  3. says:

    The Word Changers was totally unusual Ashlee Willis’s ideas are superb From the very first page I was hooked And once I switched from Kindle to paperback I read the book almost straight through Mysterious and delightful The Word Changers pulled me into a book inside a book Posy is a fifteen year old girl struggling with the pain of life and the hurt inside her own family She stumbles into a grand adventure while at the town library and well finds a path to love and forgiveness among other things This book was humorous and sweet and pretty action packed with some poignant themes It kept me guessing who was on the right side and who on the wrong? What even was the right side? It was magical surprising you just don’t know what’s going to happen I really want to mention some parts I found delightful but I think I’ll rather let it be a surprise for you  The Word Changers is rather for a mature audience –Since there’s definitely a romance going on and some scenes that could be frightening for some people So I would say at least 13; this book seems directed toward teens Posy at only fifteen seemed a little young for the depth of the romance she had with a young man in the book But I remind myself that I know of some beautiful love stories that started that young so I’ll say no on this subject  So I didn't feel that The Word Changers had an overall Christian allegory comparing it to books from authors like CS Lewis Anne Elisabeth Stengl or Molly EvangelineJaye L Knight but it did have some allegorical themes that I found really neat The Author of the story in The Word Changers didn’t seem to be allegorical other than speaking of authors writing their books changing plots letting their characters be real and so on Though it did speak of the characters of the book forgetting their author and the author giving them a free choice which parallels to things we see in our faith; I don't feel the Author in the book represented God as Aslan represents God in Narnia or anything I really like a strong Christian allegory theme but The Word Changers was still a fun thought provoking and mystical fantasy The one thing I have to mention that I didn’t like was the end A seuel please Ashlee I want to read of these lovely characters—I felt a little bit like I was left hanging And Kyran what of Kyran and Evanthe?? Are we never to see them again? sniff To sum this review up The Word Changers was a really creative fun scary thought provoking and tender story I don’t think it will be soon forgotten I received a copy of The Word Changers from the author in exchange for my honest review


  4. says:

    They say don't judge a book by its front cover WellI didshamed face Oh this cover was sweet and pretty But it didn't uite look like the sort of fantasy I was interested in plus modern day kids dropping into another world isn't my fantasy of choiceBut I was wrong on both accounts This is a fantastic bookAshlee writes with a clear confident style both refreshing and engaging to pull you into her story as much as the character is pulled into a book While I've read some fantasy where the plot is lost on the adventure as the characters encounter all kinds of fantastic beings Ashlee guided the reader along uite skillfully losing me only once probably because I was reading too fast in desperation to discover the fate of certain centaursWhile this world and idea may be akin to the Chronicles of Narnia and that is a beautiful thing it takes on an entire path of its own as it cleverly builds a world in which characters do not truly die but are bound to the Plot sworn to relive the same story over and over whenever a reader picks up the book in which they dwell But what happens when characters rebel? When they go outside the Plot? What happens when it is discovered that characters might have changed the Plot long ago? That the story is no longer how the Author meant it to be? The cleverness of this book and the profound allegory simply delighted meI was also impressed with the characters Posy in particular She wasn't the can't do anything fainting sort of girl nor the the one who could trample any of her problems She was real She was scared but determined to keep her head She didn't always make the right choice and was silly at times but attempted to make up for it Kyran also was a good character both immature at points and terribly mature at others And the villains I applaud the villains I actually wasn't uite sure who the real villain was and when I thought I knew it turned out someone else was influencing that person and so on It was really uite amusing to see them all try to control each other and think that they were winningBut my favorite part of this book hands down was the centaurs Let me make this clear I've always thought centaurs were weird I meanbare chested guys rising out the body of a horse? Weeeeeeird Okay so the ones in the Narnia movie were kind of impressive but still Well This book changed all that Think centaurs elven style Suddenly I was a fan Not only a fan but I've become a writer of them myself inspired for a short story exploring the prejudice and exploitation they might face Probably my biggest complaint with this book was that the centaurs were not on page enoughViolence There is battle but description is non existent Some characters appear to have been beaten and whipped while captured but that was off sceneSexual Posy develops a crush on Kyran of course and eventually romance blooms between them to the point that they share kisses It felt a little rushed and she was only 15 but still that felt kind of realistic too I really couldn't see them going through this without getting crushes on each other And personally I feel that this was the author uietly making fun of all the crushes we girls will get on a guy in a book buthe's in a book Not going to work It's vaguely vaguely hinted that the king might have had an immoral relationship at one point but who really knows? Not the readerLanguage NoneSpiritual This allegory paralleling our own messed up world who doesn't even acknowledge the Author any is uniue and stunning It beautifully explains the perfect love of allowing choice Really really well doneI really enjoyed this book and I look forward to whatever else the author has to offer More centaurs please ;


  5. says:

    I love allegorical stories when they're done right and The Word Changers definitely was Fantasy and fairytales can present truths in a way that nothing else can They help me think of things in a new light and in fact seem to grow my faith than any other type of fictionThe allegory in this delightful tale was brought about by the main defining fact of the story that it takes place in a book within a book The characters know they are in a book but many of them have stopped believing in their Author even though they know they are written characters Posy who is not a character at all but a girl from our own world is thrown into the midst of this and must try to understand it all for herself The whole idea and how it was done I found thought provoking and beautifulI loved how the story took place within a book The idea is just so awesome and was incredibly well done The whole thing was just so uniue and intriguing As a writer myself and an avid book lover I loved every single second of itThe characters were varied and interesting and so well drawn that for a long time I wasn't sure if several of them were good or bad which created an angle of mystery and suspense There was awhile there where I wasn't even sure if anybody was good besides Posy who was a sweet but relateable main characterThe story itself was gripping and very hard to put down It twisted and turned and kept me guessing The writing was a perfect fit for the story with a lovely sort of lilt It immersed me deeply in the world One of my favorite things about fantasy is the fantasy world itself and the individual feel of each I loved this one with its castles forests wild mysterious places and the creatures that inhabit it from talking owls to centaurs Also I love the blue mist Irrationally A lot It was just so original and intriguing I want a blue mist of my own 3Whew all the things I loved about this story and I haven't even gotten to the main one yet Which is Kyran The story would have been a favorite even without him but he added so much Even if this had been a story I disliked Kyran would have made me love it just by the fact that he was in it One of my top favorite characters Kyran is awesome; enough saidI only had two problems with the story One was very minor which was Posy's age Because of the romantic subplot which was very sweet and innocent and being the hopeless romantic that I am I really enjoyed that part of the plot itself but for some reason I felt like fifteen was a slightly young age for herThe only other thing was the ending though I'm not going to give it away It's the only thing that is keeping this book off the very select group of my absolute favorite favorite favorite books I felt it coming by the time it came but I still hoped against all hope that it would turn out just a little differently But despite my disappointment at least there are enough hints that I can imagine something might happen someday One thing I can't help but wonder is what about the book itself? I want a seuel If it did tear out a little part of me well such is the peril of loving a book and its world and characters so much As Posy herself learns But we wouldn't have it any other wayBottom line I haven't read a book this good in a long time and highly recommend it to everyone I just enjoyed this story way too much 3 I'm eagerly looking forward to books by Ashlee WillisI received an ARC ebook from the publisher in return for my honest review These opinions are my own


  6. says:

    Disclaimer I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Also I stole the idea for the introduction from Hannah Williams Thankssorry HannahI dislike the saying don’t judge a book by its cover because in a strictly literary sense I do When I picked up The Word Changers I saw a pretty cover that lacked polish And that’s exactly what I readPosy has a problem It’s not that her parents are getting divorced It’s not that she somehow finds herself in a book whose Plot has gone badly awry It’s not even that a malevolent owl is trying to kill herPosy’s problem is that she fails to fall in love believablyAnd that is what kept me from loving this book Neither Posy nor her love interest has the most dynamic personality—not surprising since they never do anything that doesn’t advance the plot note the lowercase p In this case I felt the novel suffered from an imbalance of scene and summary Willis chose to write ‘they rode for several hours’ instead of portraying some of the conversation that might’ve happened along the way Perhaps he reveals a scene from his childhood or she confesses to deeply love the color pink even though she finds it embarrassing But the characters never raised their heads from the plot again note the lowercase p long enough for me to learn anything about them or for them to display any signs of chemistry that might warn me of an impending romance I also wish I hadn’t known Posy’s age or maybe that I had known the love interest’s That was off puttingBut don’t stop reading yet I haven’t finished The Word Changers also had the best Christian allegory I have ever read To write a strong novel the Author cannot make things easy for their characters The Reader must believe they struggle tooth and nail to achieve their heart’s desire before they can believe in the PlotIn the same way God doesn’t make things easy for us He doesn’t tell us where we’re going or we would never get there Just because He doesn’t smooth things over for us doesn’t mean He’s not there Of course that begs the uestion of who the Reader represents in the allegory But I digressIn conclusion Ashlee Willis still has a lot to learn but she has what you can’t teach vision I will definitely be reading her next book


  7. says:

    Age Appropriate For 13 and up for romance mildly scary scenes and mild violenceBest for Ages 13 18I have to say I didn’t have high expectations for this book but I came away very impressed This wasn’t one of those books that I picked up because of the cool concept read it and then wished the author had spent time developing in Willis came up with an imaginative concept and developed it to its full potentialTo me the whole book had a Narnia feel to it The story was very different than any of the Narnia books but it had about the same level of fantasy and some of the same allegorical feel without being overly allegorical Since I liked Narnia having a Narnian feel was a good thingThere were a couple of moments that were a bit scary skeleton people and the mermaid castle If you have read all the Narnia books and liked them you shouldn’t have a problem with anything in this book Parents might want to read through the book before handing it to their young children or reading it aloudThe characters were pretty awesome Posy and Kyran were both well developed and interesting Posy was the perfect mix of sweet and strong skeptical and believing Her emotions were all relatable and well shown While the romance was a bit heavier and shallower than I normally like the rest of the story than made up for itWhile there was a large cast of supporting characters I was never confused as to who was who Willis did a great job of cementing in your mind who the characters were in a matter of a few sentences It is not often that you find a book with so many characters but makes it easy for you to remember them allThe ending is bittersweet but satisfying While some hope for a seuel to this book I think the story is completed just as it is However if Willis writes a seuel I will be one of those who pre orders a copyI highly recommend this book for those who like romance YA fiction and imaginative fantasy stories


  8. says:

    35 starsA shining beginning a darling romance and a bittersweet ending I lost a bit of connection with the characters somewhere in the middle but I still hopelessly adore the worlds Ashlee Willis creates


  9. says:

    A note You don't know true anguish and anger until you have written an entire review for an hour only to fail to copy and paste it and not have it save correctly So Here we go again I suppose a cruel thing may be done and its doer never knows the many wrongs and pains that happen because of it falling one on the other toppling like an avalanche on a mountainside I have a confession Even after Ashely reassured me that this book was good I still harbored skepticism I've been badly scarred twice by the falling in and out of a book plot Once when I was a kid and I read this bizarre novel whose title I have long repressed from memory It was off the charts creepy I'm pretty sure that whoever wrote it did so out of malice and hatred for children Either that or they had never actually interacted with one beforeThen I read part of Between the Lines You'll notice that I said part My complaints there belong to a different review entirelySo after both of those failures I had sort of decided to avoid that genre in general I had resigned myself to the fact that I would never really enjoy it and that it was best if I should never pick one up again Then Ashley had to go and suggest this book to me and it sounded very intriguing until I realized that the main character falls into a bookThe Anguish The GriefBut I ordered it from anyway my fingers crossed And I'm glad I did I'm not going to lie The first five chapters of this book were a bit of a struggle for me I had trouble connecting with the main character Posy and some of the sentences felt awkward But by the sixth chapter the writing had changed drastically The words began to flow together beautifully the scenes were no longer confusing A whole world of creativity opened up and I really enjoyed it The world building was strong and well thought out and some of the uotes actually got underlined in my copy and trust me I'm very picky when I do that and it doesn't happen often There were also two scenes that especially stood out to me as very clever and kind of scary That's the kind of thing I likeThe characters did hold a large amount of depth They had flaws and struggles and they had to work just like anyone else to overcome them There was also a good amount of character growth so than most young adult novels They learn lessons sometimes the hard way just like all of us do I felt like the romance moved a bit fast I won't say who it is although it's easy to figure out but it just seemed so sudden I mean you can totally see it coming and there is build up to it but the build up itself is sudden I should warn you that this next complaint is entirely subjective I just sort of wished that we could have seen Posy do things on her own There's nothing at all wrong with being aided or helped by others but it just seemed like with a few exceptions that the majority of Posy's conclusions were discovered by other people Many of the things she did were because someone told her to or in many cases someone often had to come and save her There's nothing wrong with this it's just a preference I have I wished she had shown initiative I guessI definitely recommend the book especially to fans of CS Lewis I'll also be looking for work from this authorSo is my prejudice against this type of book over?


  10. says:

    Ashlee writes with a clear confident style both refreshing and engaging to pull you into her story as much as the character is pulled into a book While I've read some fantasy where the plot is lost on the adventure as the characters encounter all kinds of fantastic beings Ashlee guided the reader along uite skillfully losing me only once probably because I was reading too fast in desperation to discover the fate of certain centaursWhile this world and idea may be akin to the Chronicles of Narnia and that is a beautiful thing it takes on an entire path of its own as it cleverly builds a world in which characters do not truly die but are bound to the Plot sworn to relive the same story over and over whenever a reader picks up the book in which they dwell But what happens when characters rebel? When they go outside the Plot? What happens when it is discovered that characters might have changed the Plot long ago? That the story is no longer how the Author meant it to be? The cleverness of this book and the profound allegory simply delighted meI was also impressed with the characters Posy in particular She wasn't the can't do anything fainting sort of girl nor the the one who could trample any of her problems She was real She was scared but determined to keep her head She didn't always make the right choice and was silly at times but attempted to make up for it Kyran also was a good character both immature at points and terribly mature at others And the villains I applaud the villains I actually wasn't uite sure who the real villain was and when I thought I knew it turned out someone else was influencing that person and so on It was really uite amusing to see them all try to control each other and think that they were winningBut my favorite part of this book hands down was the centaurs Let me make this clear I've always thought centaurs were weird I meanbare chested guys rising out the body of a horse? Weeeeeeird Okay so the ones in the Narnia movie were kind of impressive but still Well This book changed all that Think centaurs elven style Suddenly I was a fan Not only a fan but I've become a writer of them myself inspired for a short story exploring the prejudice and exploitation they might face Probably my biggest complaint with this book was that the centaurs were not on page enoughViolence There is battle but description is non existent Some characters appear to have been beaten and whipped while captured but that was off sceneSexual Posy develops a crush on Kyran of course and eventually romance blooms between them to the point that they share kisses It felt a little rushed and she was only 15 but still that felt kind of realistic too I really couldn't see them going through this without getting crushes on each other And personally I feel that this was the author uietly making fun of all the crushes we girls will get on a guy in a book buthe's in a book Not going to workIt's vaguely vaguely hinted that the king might have had an immoral relationship at one point but who really knows? Not the readerLanguage NoneSpiritual This allegory paralleling our own messed up world who doesn't even acknowledge the Author any is uniue and stunning It beautifully explains the perfect love of allowing choice Really really well doneI really enjoyed this book and I look forward to whatever else the author has to offer More centaurs please ;