Why I Let My Hair Grow Out

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

It’s strange how in a matter of a second everything can change. One minute Morgan’s life was seemingly right. She was dating the self-assured soon-to-be-senior stud Raph, getting to shed her quiet nobody image, and she’s even taken to hanging with the cool kids – even if they are his friends and barely notice her. Raph may have been a lot of things but above all he was her boyfriend.
So what if he was more cocky than self-assured? That’s what she loved about him. So what if he made plans that never included her friends? So what if he wanted to change her image? Change is a good thing after all, isn’t it? 
But when that change suddenly doesn’t involve her anymore, Morgan finds her self being dumped in front of the vending machines. Okay, so maybe things did need to change, but they didn’t have to end up like this. In a rash state of mind Morgan chopped her once strawberry blonde hair off. Piece by piece her dyed locks fell to the ground, and with them Morgan’s relationship.
Seeing this as a desperate cry for help her parents ship her off to a bike tour across Ireland. Ok, so Ireland isn’t the worst place to be shipped off to – there’s the beautiful scenery, and the beautiful boy Morgan hopes will soon be her rebound boyfriend. But when Morgan flips over the handle bars of her bike, she doesn’t just land in a ditch. She finds she’s landed herself in a whole other time period, in a whole other world filled with fairy folk, evil curses, and the strangest yet: she’s been sent to save the land!
Why I let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood is the kind of book that will transport its readers into the heart of the action. Adventurous and quirky, readers will definitely love and sympathize with Morgan from the get – go. She’s a witty, unique, and often cynical character that truly represents the teen angst mindset.
 Playful and well written, Wood does a great job at providing just enough detail, but still manages to leave us wanting more. It’s a good thing this is the first in a trilogy! Quick paced and action packed readers will have a hard time walking away.
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out is genre-bending book fueled by reality and a heavy dose of fantasy. Wood seamlessly weaves two worlds into one, and not surprisingly, it works effortlessly.



One Lucky Leprechaun: St. Patrick’s Day Hop

Yes, it’s true, The BookBandit Blog will be participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Hop hosted by Kathy of I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Cindy from Books Complete Me.

One lucky leprechaun will have the chance to win a set of three books: Volumes 1 through 3 of W Juliet*, story and art by Emura.

W Juliet, Vol. 1: “Sixteen year old tomboy Jto Mirusa has been chosen to play Romeo in “Romeo & Juliet”! The problem? She doesn’t want the male role! So, who will be Juliet? The favorite for the part, beautiful and vain Tsugumi, my compete with the cute new transfer student, Makoto Amano. But Makoto has a secret, and if rival Tsugumi, or anyone in school finds out, it could ruin Makoto’s life, dragging Jto down as well!”

W Juliet, Vol. 2: “Sixteen year old Jto Mirua has become fast friends with her schoolmate and fellow drama enthusiast Makoto Amano. The problem? Makoto’s a boy who must pass as a female drama student in order for his family to approve of his acting ambitions. Just as Jto and Makoto begin to feel the impact of their strong attraction to each other, Takayo, a fiancee imposed on Makoto from childhood, and his sinister brother Takashi, have decided to transfer into Makoto’s new school! Add a college-age lothario and a spoiled rich girl actress, and what chance and gender-bending true love possibly have?”

W Juliet, Vol. 3: “Makoto Amano wants to become an actor, but his stern father has dictated that the only way Makoto can achieve his goal is to spend the last two years of high school as a girl! He pals up with tomboy Jto Miura, another gender-bending actor and his partner in crimbe – but are they more than pals? A high school field trip to an amusement park has Jto and Makoto switching clothes just to hang out together, and their friendship is threatened when a classmate sees through the ruse. Later, back in the drama-club, cute new student Kohei is determined to win the “woman” of his dreams: Makoto!”

The Details: The giveaway is open to all US residents (only). Giveaway is open from March 17th, 12:01 am until March 20th at 11:59 pm. To qualify you must leave a comment (saying anything) on this post. Winner will be chosen at random (via Random.org) and will be contacted via e-mail on the morning of March 21st. Winner will have two days (until March 23rd at 11:59 pm) to reply with mailing address. If address isn’t received by that time another winner will be selected.

And since this is a hop, make sure to check out the other blogs participating, and enter to win some really great prizes!

*These book are all discarded library books. They are readable (obviously) and are in good condition, but there is some wear and tear.