DNF: Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough

root bound coverRoot Bound
written by Tanya Karen Gough
published by Baba Yaga Press

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Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions(I received a copy for review purposes.)

Where I stopped reading: Nook page 56.

Why I stopped reading: I think this was a case that the book just wasn’t for me.

I enjoy reading middle grade books. There are quite a few series out there that I have really enjoyed. I think Root Bound was too young for me. I just could not get into it.

A lot of people have loved it, and I can see the potential. Check out the reviews from the blog tour.

What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Root Bound is 4.07. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were 14 4-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 5 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book: Root Bound is a fast-paced, action fantasy novel about a young girl finding her place in the world through a series of adventures involving magical creatures, and a journey to the centre of the earth. Root Bound is both a topsy-turvy riff on traditional literary children’s fantasy and an allegorical coming-of-age tale.

Emma and her father, a jazz musician, are always on the move, travelling from place to place as her father’s work demands. Their new home, however, is different. There’s a frightening woman who lives down the hall: she bears an uncanny resemblance to a witch. A mysterious light comes from her apartment, and a small boy seems to be trapped inside.

School in this town is no happy place either, with an odd principal and a gang of girls who make tormenting Emma their special project. And strangest of all is the fact that there seem to be brownies – basement brownies, in the air vent in her bedroom. They are searching for the Wanderer, a powerful being who can help free the Crown Prince of Under from the black magic prison that holds him. Emma travels through the brownie burrow to the valley of Hades to visit with the goddess Ceres, following a series of clues that lead her across the sea of memory to the centre of the world. There, on an inhospitable rock floating in a sea of steaming lava, Emma must find a way to free the prince, release her mother from the sea of memory, and restore magic to both the brownie burrow and the human world above.





  1. Thank you for including a DNF book. I loved this book (I was on the same tour) and this gives me added perspective on how to write my own DNF reviews for my blogs. I am a firm believer in including DNF books on blogs. I think it helps readers select their books. They need to see as many opinions possible in order to make the best choice for themselves.

    • You’re welcome! I know a lot of people LOVED this book. I wish I could have gotten into it. I may have to try it again in the future. Just to see.

      Thank you for your support of DNF reviews. I’m like you, as many opinions as possible is a good thing for readers to make informed choices. I like reading positive, negative, so-so, DNF, etc reviews. Helps me decide whether or not I want to read it. I’m glad I could help you with your DNF reviews. If you ever need anything, or want to chat about something, feel free to email me. =)

  2. Don’t you have to wonder how so many people love it when you can’t finish?
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    • I think the same thing about a lot of my DNF reviews and the low star rating reviews. Sometimes I wonder if I missed something, if I’m reading it wrong, or if it is something else all together. Who knows! Just gotta keep reading!

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