Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen


Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
262 Pages
Reviewed on 01/21/2014
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Author Biography

J.L. McCreedy is a budget traveler and (confused) attorney who prefers writing stories over legal briefs. She spent over a year living in Rodenbach, Germany, in the State of Hessen, while preparing the original draft of Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen.

She first learned a love of writing (and developed an incurable condition of wanderlust) while growing up in Southeast Asia as the child of missionaries.

She currently lives in a cute, crumbling apartment in Tianjin, China with her husband, a pet gecko and an assortment of dehydrated, potted plants.

Wherever she might be, she loves to hear from readers and can be reached at JLMcCreedy (at sign) libertyfrye (dot) com. Or, you can drop her a comment (no message-in-a-bottle needed!) at www.TongaTime.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite

J.L. McCreedy begins the book, Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen, with a warning. "This is a tale about a remarkable girl who is forced to face unimaginable things. It should not be read by those who despise anything out of the ordinary, who disapprove of smart (and somewhat stubborn) young ladies, or who disdain any hint of adventure. Nor should it be read by those who believe that the world around them is as it seems, because at least in this case, it definitely is not. No, this tale is filled with treachery and mystery and with exploits so daring that only the very stalwart should dare to read. And so, if one should find this document and feel compelled to proceed, it is strongly advised to do so with caution, in a supervised manner, and no matter what, never, ever read this tale within one hour of eating."

It should also include, "Don't read this book when you have anything else to do, such as feeding kids, feeding yourself, using the bathroom, or any task that requires the book to be put down for even a moment."
Liberty Frye, considered odd by many, becomes friends with Ginny Gonzalez, who lives with foster parents that don't particularly care for her much. The author takes the reader from small-town USA to Germany, with plenty of action and well-written prose. When first beginning this book, it came off as perhaps a Harry Potter knock-off, but in reading further, it is anything but. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy. This book is the best I've reviewed. An amazing story.