Gabe Stewart’s Blog Takeover Book Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Gabe Stewart’s Blog Takeover Book Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Peeps! Thanks for the welcome! I am so stoked to be taking over the blog today from Fiona.
Recently, I started getting into the classics. Mostly to impress girls, but also because my best friend K told me I would grow as a person if I read more. Well, I checked my height the other day and I’m pretty sure I’m the same. Oh, well.
Okay, so anyway. The Secret Garden. I just had to read this because there’s a garden and well, it’s secret. You can’t get much cooler than that, right?

The story starts with this girl Mary Lennox who lives in India. She’s kinda whiny, always carrying on about the heat. I mean, buy a box fan or something, you know? Okay, K just told me they did not have box fans when this was written. I get it, but this Mary should just go fan herself.

Anyway, this kid’s family gets sick from cholera and everybody just dies. She’s the only one who lives, so she gets sent to this freak-fest of a house in England owned by her Uncle Archibald. I do mean freaky. Like all of the doors are locked and everyone’s miserable. I guess I kind of understand why the kid’s so snotty.
Then Mary discovers this walled garden that’s been closed up for ten years–since Uncle Archibald’s wife bit it. When Mary finds the key with the help of a bird (who I really believe was a Shifter in disguise) she gets in. With the help of this sickly boy, Dickon, Mary starts to bring the garden back to life. But the garden isn’t the only secret in the house. Her uncle has a son, Colin, who’s spoiled and basically ignored by his dad. What’s up with the ‘rents in this tale?
So Mary gets them all to go into the garden again and everyone gets healthy and they all have a big HEA.
Gabe’s Take: Who needs cold medicine and anti-depressants when you can just get one of these gardens? If you just put a bunch of bricks around your tomato patch and leave it for a decade, I think you’re good.
Gabe Stewart is a fictional character in Stephanie Keyes’ The Star Child Series. This piece is intended as a parody review and should not be interpreted as a true analysis of the book. 
 
Read more about Gabe, Singer, Kellen, and Calienta in A Faerie Wedding and Into Faerie. www.stephaniekeyes.com
About the Book
 
A Faerie Wedding (The Star Child #4.5)
by Stephanie Keyes
Release Date: February 12, 2015 
| Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Genre: New Adult | Designer: Naj Qamber
 
Gabe Stewart has everything he ever wanted. Mortal Earth is safe. He’s a super-hero Protector whose best friend is within telepathic shouting distance. And then there’s his soul-mate, Singer. He knew right away she was the one he’d been waiting for.
 
But Gabe’s world shatters when Singer professes she doesn’t love him. On top of that, his mother admits she’s been messing with his memory making him doubt everything he’s ever known. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, his best friend in the whole freaking world, Kellen St. James, wants Gabe to stop being his Protector. Being a Protector is who Gabe is. What will happen if he’s not standing between the prince and danger?
 
When the man who’s sacrificed his freedom is faced with life alone, which path will he choose? Will he remain the last Protector? Or will he finally get the happy ending he deserves?
 
*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novella and features adult language and situations.
 
 
Keep The Magick Going!
Love The Star Child series, but want to hold a book in your hand? Want them all in one e-book? Pick up your copy of Into Faerie: The Star Child Novellas today!
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
 
 Stephanie Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which includes The Star ChildAfter FaerieThe Fallen StarsThe Star CatcherThe Last Protector. The Boy In The Trees, part of the Blood In The Shadows anthology, released in November 2015.
The Star Catcher won first place in the 2014 Dante Rossetti Young Adult Novel Awards—Mythological Category. The Star Child was a finalist in the 2015 BTS Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards. Keyes was also selected as a 2015 Rutgers University One-On-One Plus Conference mentee. She’s an active member of SCBWI.
Steph lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Mr. Keyes, her boys, Hip-Hop and Bam-Bam, and dogs Duncan MacLeod and Princess Riley. Steph is a hopeless romantic and Whovian who’s shamelessly addicted to Nutella and spontaneous singing.
*Author photos courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo
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  • Stephanie Keyes

    Thanks for hosting Gabe today, Fiona!