Blog Tour Guest Post & Book Review: The Marian by Taylor Hohulin

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin! I’d like to thank Taylor Hohulin for including me in his blog tour and giving me the opportunity to read and review his book! This blog tour post is a special one for me as I have never had an author guest post and I’m excited to have Taylor as a guest on my blog today as well as excited to share what I thought of his book! In this post you will find the synopsis, Taylor’s guest post where he talks casting (awesome!) and lastly, my review! We hope you enjoy this post!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]Fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He just woke up one day inside the body of its captain.

The Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt in search of water, despite laws granting exclusive harvesting rights to a corrupt organization known as HydroSystems Worldwide.

HydroSystems is closing in, tensions are mounting aboard the Marian, and on top of all that, Ethan is beginning to think the dreams he’s been having aren’t completely harmless. If he doesn’t get home soon, Ethan could die inside someone else’s body in this wasteland of a world. The only way back seems to be through a place known simply as the Cloud, but how can he convince the crew to take him there when it means confronting a dangerous cult and venturing into a place where the very fabric of reality has worn thin?

Casting the Crew of the Marian
Ethan Denby – Tom Hiddleston
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This was a hard role to cast. Whoever played Ethan would essentially spend the movie playing a teenager with a pretty good life trapped in the body of a wasteland-hardened adult. I settled on Tom Hiddleston, mostly based on his portrayal of Loki in the last few Marvel movies. He’s able to handle the action-heavy scenes, but still maintains a youthful glee. Obviously, Loki would need to have much worse skin, and a nice scraggly beard. Dude looks like a Covergirl commercial.
We don’t get to see Ethan in his own body in The Marian, but if we did, he’d totally be Asa Butterfield of Ender’s Game/The Boy in the Striped Pajamas fame.
Jackie Sparks – Dylan O’Brien
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I had trouble finding someone for the Marian’s wild, wisecracking teenage engineer, but then my wife suggested Dylan O’Brien. Apparently, he’s best known for his role on the Teen Wolf TV show, and will appear in the film adaptation of The Maze Runner. After a few YouTube clips of him cutting up, I was sold. Give him some crazy red hair and a bag of tools, and he’s got the look I’d imagined, too.
Tucker Frye – Thomas Hayden Church
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Tucker is the Marian’s doctor, unofficial encyclopedia, and voice of reason. He needs to be portrayed by someone is able to appear simultaneously likeable, wise, and exhausted…something that I think Church achieved pretty darn well in Easy A. Should that be a guilty pleasure movie? I don’t care. It was surprisingly fantastic.
Percy Hale – Tom Hardy
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Percy was the Marian’s quartermaster until he learned the person inside his captain’s body didn’t have a clue how to run a ship. As second in command, he declared himself captain, much to the dismay of a few members of the crew. Percy is a big, scary man, and there are some who wonder if his loyalty is for sale. It would be interesting to see Tom Hardy take on this role. He’s an imposing physical presence, but he’s also got some real acting chops.
Bonnie Sparks – Emma Stone
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Remember the five minutes Emma Stone spent as Hollywood’s “it” girl before Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss Everdeen and dominated our nation’s consciousness? I like Jennifer Lawrence, but I always preferred Emma Stone…and still do. No matter what movie she’s in, she manages to have instant chemistry with every other person on screen. That’s essentially Bonnie’s character. She’s a peacekeeper when tempers flare and a Jill-of-all-trades around the ship.
Lester – Jared Leto
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No one knows much about Lester. The crew of the Marian thinks he might have been alive when the bomb was dropped and Earth transformed into a waterless wasteland, but no one can be sure because he rarely speaks. He’s a mean-spirited beanpole of a man, and Jared Leto might seem like an odd casting choice for him…unless you’ve seen Mr. Nobody. Among other things, Leto plays a pretty convincing 120-year old man, thanks to some impressive makeup work. The performance is over-the-top and almost cartoonish at times, but Lester is kind of an over-the-top, cartoonish character.
The Navigator – Bill Murray
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I’m of the firm belief that any film, no matter the genre, benefits from Bill Murray’s presence. The Navigator has been a blast to write. Like Lester, he was alive when the bomb was dropped and the earth changed forever. The only problem is he either didn’t notice the bomb and its effects, or he’s completely blocked the memory from his mind. He thinks the Marian is a deep-sea fishing vessel. Bill Murray’s comedic chops and ridiculously high likeability quotient make him the perfect candidate for the Navigator.
Buddy – Jorge Garcia
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Buddy is the Marian’s big, loveable engine operator. He needs to be portrayed by someone who can inspire pity without being a guy who whines all the time, and who can be instantly likeable. Jorge Garcia’s portrayal of Hurley in LOST definitely fits the bill here.

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Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, where they are owned by two cats and a dog. His greatest fear is working a job where he is required to shave daily. And spiders.

Title: The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin
Genre: YA – Post Apocalyptic/Steampunk
Page count: 198
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

When I read the synopsis for The Marian I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review it! Not only do I lack considerable experience with steampunk-esque novels, but the synopsis drew me in and I wasn’t disappointed!

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because I definitely think this is a book that you’d want to read and I don’t want to spoil it but I did want to talk a little about the story. The Marian is a ship, crawling through the desert of the ocean whose crew specializes in water smuggling under the nose of the government corporation that holds “all” of earth’s remaining water. Ethan Denby suddenly finds himself aboard The Marian and thrust into this life of constant danger as part of this crew, always looking over their shoulder and hoping to make a difference in a world where hope is scarce. The big question is, will he ever get back home?

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really enjoyed this book and this world. This is my first steampunk novel and I really enjoyed the steampunk influence and being thrust into this world of post apocalyptic machinery. I love how the ship has been outfitted to crawl on the ocean floor and drill into “water wells”. The world building and the history of how the world got this way was so interesting to me and I found myself lost in this world and the characters.

One of the best things about this book, besides the well crafted world, is the cast of characters. I love all of them! I’d have to say my favorite character is Buddy and the sort of conundrum he is to me. I see him as this big burly guy yet he’s this teddy bear of a man who loves reading and writes poetry, I love it! I also love Bonnie, the fierce female of the crew who can hold her own amongst the men in a seemingly all male industry like water smuggling where danger abounds.

The plot of this book is so interesting and definitely different than any other post apocalyptic book I’ve read so far. It made me think of what could happen if one day we found ourselves in a similar predicament. I liked this story because the “pirates” were the good guys and we live in a world where pirates rating is bad so it was good to see a positive spin on pirates in this book!

All in all I loved this story and I can’t wait to continue reading it because, good news, it is the start to what I think is going to be a killer trilogy. If you are a sci-fi or fantasy fan you need to check this book out and embark on a truly interesting and entertaining journey that will leave you at the edge of your seat!

Free preview chapter download: http://books.noisetrade.com/taylorhohulin/the-marian-excerpt

Blog Tour Book Review – Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder by Wilson Feliz

 

 

Title: Forbidden Forests: The Dragon Holder written Wilson Feliz
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 128
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

The Forbidden Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder is a young-adult fantasy novel set in the magical land of Sindergan. Once protected by the now-extinct dragons and their holders, Sindergan is under attack. The evil Decent Brotherhood and their shadow warriors will stop at nothing to destroy the kingdom and all the light within it. Hope for survival lies in the hands of twin witches, Hope and Destiny; a mage warrior, Anaya; an elf, Danche; an ogre; and Liam, the last dragon holder.

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder. I am extremely grateful to both Mythos Press and the author, Wilson Feliz for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

The Dragon Holder is the first book in the Forbidden Forest series which promises to be a spectacular series judging from this first book. I had so much fun getting lost in the world of The Dragon Holder and I can’t wait for the series to continue. If you hadn’t gleaned from the cover and the synopsis above, this book is a work of fantasy complete with magic, dragons and warriors…all things that I love to encounter in a fantasy story. My most favorite thing about this story was the way in which the author delivered it to us. The story is delivered from the perspective of multiple characters which I loved and made the story feel very well rounded. Wilson Feliz is a superb storyteller, the language was descriptive, the pacing just right and the world building was done perfectly. All of this created a very enchanting, magical and interesting story that I could not help but find myself completely lost in. I loved all of the mystery, the magic and the peril that the characters face as they each find themselves in the middle of prophecy. I really enjoyed seeing a strong female character like Anaya in this book and I love that she’s this completely badass master magician character. I also love Liam’s character and the bond that he and Shade develop as well as seeing Liam grow into his own on this journey.

I think if you know someone who struggles with the fantasy genre or who is just getting into reading fantasy this would be one of the books that should be required reading but longtime fans of the genre will find it just as enjoyable. At 128 pages this book is a super light, super fast read that delivers a great story and fantasy experience. I cannot wait to read more and I expect to read some fantastic works from this author! At this point, I’m a fangirl and I’m not afraid to say it.

Buy the Book at one of the links below!

 

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Wilson Feliz is a new Young Adult and Adult fictional

writer based out of the United States. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Feliz

is currently serving his country as a member of the US Army.


While his day job keeps him grounded on whatever post

he’s stationed at, Feliz’s work as an author allows him to whisk his readers

away to different worlds at the turn of a page. According to Feliz, writing has

always been an outlet. “Even when I was a kid, I’d write poems and short

stories as a way to get out of my head and focus on something other than everyday

life. My imagination was always a little strange and out there.”
 

It was his “out there” imagination that led Feliz to

craft the world of Sindergan in his first full-length novel, The Forbidden

Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder.
 

“The Dragon Holder literally came out of nowhere,”

Feliz stated. “I had read stories about dragons and fantasy worlds, but Liam’s

story was something that came from my heart.”
 

It was Feliz’s strong family bonds and sense of

loyalty that played heavily on the creation of his characters. “What you’ll see

in all my books is that there is no bond like love…All of my characters have a

strong sense of loyalty and a deep need to protect their own. The Dragon Holder

was my first attempt to express that part of myself. Yes, the book is a fantasy

novel about a different land — full of magic and mystery — but at its

heart, The Dragon Holder is about a young man stepping into his role as a

protector, taking everything he learned as a boy and using it to take care of

others.”
 

In his own life, Feliz takes his theme of family

loyalty to heart. When he’s not writing, Feliz is a homebody who loves spending

time with his family.
 

Feliz is currently working on The Dragon Holder

sequel, as well as a non-fantasy fictional novel, Mason Cartel. 

 

Blog Tour Book Review: Along Temptation’s Edge by Nik August

 
Title: Along Temptation’s Edge AKKADIA written Nik August
Genre: Fantasy – Romance
Publisher: Libertine Press
Page count: 309
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 4/5
A sleepy Hamlet on the east end of Long Island… A peaceful
playground, but what lies beneath may change human civilization, even human
evolution… Forever.
Danny, a self-centered playboy, has finally fallen in
love. Or, is he an unwitting pawn in the young woman’s quest to save her
ancient, secret world. How can he be sure of her motives, when even his own
memories are suspect?
Danny, his best friend, Aaron, and Aaron’s girlfriend,
Sarah, get caught up in a tangled web of sexual pleasure and deceit, as they
try to save another society from impending extinction.
 During Danny’s misadventure, many will seek to destroy
him. Others will give up their home world to help him. Yet, will they pay the
ultimate price? A war is imminent, but how can the human race defend themselves
from an unknown enemy?
 

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Along Temptation’s Edge AKKADIA written by Nik August. A big thank you to Nik August and Libertine Press for allowing me to read and review this book!

Along Temptation’s Edge is a fantasy story with a strong romance element. It centers around Ilmartutar and Danny, two unlikely people who find themselves in the middle of a Romeo & Juliet type story – except far more sexy and imaginative. Theirs is an unlikely romance due to the fact that Ilmar is not human but who comes from a race of people that dwell, secretly, within the Earth. Aside from this romance are other small romances throughout the book, as well as the problem Ilmar’s people have of keeping their existence a secret from humans while humans are trying to unravel mysteries that may lead them to discover the hidden race!

As you can see, there is a lot happening in this book which resulted in my literally devouring the book. I really liked this book and I had so much fun reading it. It’s one of those “just like candy” books where I can’t put it down because I’m enjoying reading it so much, the story was so interesting and fun. I really liked learning about Ilmar and her people, their politics and customs. I loved seeing her people go to the surface and attempt to interact with humans, overall I just really liked reading about the relationships between the characters and seeing those develop throughout the book.

The only thing I didn’t like about it is there are a lot of spelling and grammar errors but I liked reading the story so much that this is one of those books that I didn’t really care so much. Sometimes if I’m not enjoying the book as much as I did this one, that kind of thing can irk me, but it wasn’t so with this book. One thing I can definitely tell you is this book is definitely very sexy, which was a good thing! I don’t read very many romances that have a ton of sexy times but I was glad this one did and it happens to be a pretty central focus of the story as well since it’s part of the conflicts between humans and Akkadians.

All in all, I liked reading this book very much! It was a great, fast and entertaining read. I can see it turning into a sexy, yet funny and dramatic film one day and I would be more than willing to read another book set in this world! Fans of fantasy romance may enjoy this book as much as I did!

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Feet on the ground, head in the stars.
The first child of very talented parents, Nik spent
the formative years at an advertising agency in Manhattan, along side a father
who allowed and encouraged creative expression. With an affinity for
illustration, Nik spent hours immersed in any form of artistic conduct. Whether
writing and preforming short plays for the family as a child, or memorizing
movie dialog and old radio shows, Nik found imagination could be enhanced
within the pages of books.
Science Fiction held so much mystery and
possibilities,. Nik read and read, until the desire to create the fantasy
worlds became a driving force. Nik created over 40 comic book characters, then
wrote and illustrated 4 original comic books. Some of Nik’s comic characters
were published in a local magazine. Nik’s recent novel writing is a course
change. While writing has been a part of the work throughout Nik’s life, it has
now become a focus. Look for Nik’s work of insane wine infused ramblings in the
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Blog Tour Book Review: Hunter No More by GD Tinnams

 
 
 

Title: Hunter No More written G.D. Tinnams
Genre: Sci Fi
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 140
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 4/5

 
 The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’
disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy
Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either
destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach
with extreme caution.
 
On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces
Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of
‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been
keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.
 
Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth
dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human
population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit
that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.
 
In order for the unit to
succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for
all, that it is a Hunter no more.
 
 
Welcome to my stop on the Hunter No More blog tour! Thank you to GMTA Publishing and G.D. Tunnams for allowing me to participate and review this book!
 
I had been itching for a good Sci-Fi book to read so when I saw that Hunter No More was going on tour I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Hunter No More is exactly what you want in a Sci Fi read complete with a mechanical species threatening the human race, emotional distress, fast paced action and a heart breaking and rather beautiful conclusion. I was riveted from the beginning to end. At 140 pages it is a fast, light and yet satisfying read.
 
While I enjoyed this book and the story enough to give it four stars I really wish it was longer but that’s just selfish of me because I liked the story alot and felt like the action and drama could have gone on awhile longer. I loved the story itself and was really interested in the civil war going on with the humans and the hunters themselves were fascinating to me and their way of thinking about and dealing with humankind. I do like how Josella, at the start of the story seems to be a minor, sort of sidekick type character but ends up being a pretty central focus of the story. I think that was great. I feel like all of the characters, except maybe Anna and Skylar each were equally important (at least perspective wise) to the story. I love books that are written from multiple perspectives, I always like to see the differences in the story as it occurs character to character. This book was no exception to that, I really enjoyed the delivery. One thing I loved about this story is that it never stops with the action and I love my Sci Fi reads to just be full of gut punch action where you can feel the adrenaline pumping almost like you are experiencing it for yourself. Hunter No More was like that for me.
 
The ending to this book was rather stunning…surprising to me and sad. In a good way. I rather enjoyed reading this book and I think that Sci Fi fans in need of a light read would enjoy it too! I really dig the cover as well!!
 
 
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G.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre
operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this
time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like
Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game,
Robert Charles Wilson’s Blind Lake and Greg Egan’s Permutation City. He is very
fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing
some. ‘Surface Tension’ is his second novel.
 
 

Spotlight on The Marian (The Marian #1) by Taylor Hohulin

Hello everyone! I wanted to take a moment and spotlight an exciting new release. The Marian (The Marian #1) which is written by Taylor Hohulin is releasing on September 19, 2014.

The author recently revealed the fantastic cover which you can see below for your viewing pleasure!

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I have the honor of participating in the blog tour for The Marian! Be looking forward to a guest post from the author as well as a review from yours truly on September 17th. Get excited!

Below I have included a few very important links that you will want to check out in anticipation of the release! If you haven’t had a chance yet to read the synopsis, check it out and add it to your TBR list!

As always, Happy reading everyone!!

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

QueenTitle: The Queen of the Tearling written by Erika Johansen
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Page count: 434
Format: Hardcover
Rating – 5/5!

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend…if she can survive.

The Queen of the Tearling introduces readers to a world as fully imagined and terrifying as that of The Hunger Games, with characters as vivid and intriguing as those of The Game of Thrones, and a wholly original heroine. Combining thrilling action and twisting plot turns, it is a magnificent debut from the talented Erika Johansen. (Goodreads)

It’s been months since I first heard about The Queen of the Tearling, and over those few months I had succeeded in hyping this book up for myself. When it was finally published early last month I sent my husband to the bookstore and got my hands on a copy. It took me a few days to prepare myself to read it because I just knew it was going to be epic…and it was.

The Queen of the Tearling is 437 pages of a wonderfully written, beautifully detailed fantasy novel. It’s a dark fantasy set in a dystopic world that seems to take place centuries after our time. The best thing about this book is it’s strong heroine, Kelsea, whom is unlike any other heroine that I have read of so far. She’s not your typical beautiful heroine that everyone falls all over themselves over. She is plain, not very feminine or graceful but is strong, courageous and intelligent unlike her mother, the queen before her that was vain and petty. Kelsea is without a doubt a badass.

I don’t know if it was my built up anticipation to read this book but I fell in love with it instantly. The vast universe that Johansen has woven for us  is so interesting and literally delicious to absorb. Once I began reading it, I couldn’t bear to be away from it for more than a few seconds at a time. It is so absorbing, sweeping and so detailed in scope.

When I first saw how big the novel was I thought that maybe it was a standalone but having finished this book, I know for certain that this is the first book in what is going to be a KILLER series. From what I understand this is also going to be a movie which I am super excited about because there are these epic, amazing moments in the book that just HAVE to be translated to the big screen, they just have to be. I’m expecting amazing things from this author, since her debut was so earth shattering for me. I cannot wait for the next one.

If you haven’t heard of this book or are contemplating reading it, do it!!! You will not be disappointed!

Happy reading everyone!

P.S. What a beautiful cover right? There is also another version that I thought was really cool (see below). Which do you like more?

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Lost Catacomb by Shifra Hochberg

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Title: The Lost Catacomb written by Shifra Hochberg
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Enigma Press (an imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 257
Format: Ebook (read on Nook App for Microsoft Surface)
Rating – 5/5!!

An intoxicating blend of Vatican thriller and heart-rending love story, THE LOST CATACOMB is a stunning debut novel set against the backdrop of the Holocaust in Italy. At its heart is Nicola Page, a beautiful young art historian who flies to Rome to assess a newly discovered catacomb of enigmatic provenance. Its magnificent frescoes hold the clues to a centuries-old murder and the existence of a fabled treasure from the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

Assisted by a handsome Italian archaeologist, Nicola is quickly drawn into a tangled web of intrigue and peril, masterminded by a powerful priest who is determined to destroy those who would reveal the dark secrets of the past. And as Nicola uncovers layer after layer of this deadly past, she is brought face to face with shocking facts about her own family history—facts that will forever change the course of her life.

Happy Thursday and thanks for stopping by my stop on the Blog Tour for The Lost Catacomb! Special thanks to GMTA Publishing and Shifra Hochberg for allowing me to participate!

The Lost Catacomb was an absolute blast to read. It is a thrilling mystery whose narrative cycles between the present and the period of the Holocaust. The narrative is fascinating, action packed and gut wrenching. My goodness, this was a great book. It’s one of those books that’s just like candy and you just can’t get enough of it. From the get go this book had me so engrossed in it’s pages that I literally did not put it down. My whole day off of work was devoted to staying under the covers and reading this book, it was just THAT good.

There were a lot of things that I loved about this book including the historical fiction part of it. I’m always fascinated with a good historical fiction plot and I think that the World War II period is my most favorite period to read about. It just always reminds me of the dark side of human history but also reminds me of hope and compassion and the fact that we must never allow anything like that to ever happen again. This book was no different in that respect. I don’t want to give too much away about the actual plot and the plot twists but there are really amazing plot twists that concern our main character Nicola that just had me spinning. Well, the whole story had me spinning actually…and biting my nails!

Another thing that I just loved about this book was the main character herself. From the start I got the sense that she was a strong female character but she still had this sort of “lost” quality to her like although she is so successful in her career and academic accomplishments, her personal life is just…there. I LOVED seeing her “find” her identity, that was so satisfying for me. The ending was spectacular in that it was so chilling and makes you think. There is resolution…sort of and it was just the perfect way to end the book. I wish there was going to be another one but maybe there is! Great writing style, wonderfully built characters, just enough amount of romance (which wasn’t a lot but it was a good amount for this story), just the right amount of action and suspense. A superb read! I can’t tell you enough how much I really enjoyed this story and I would definitely be up for rereading it in the near future. I am expecting to read some awesome stories from this author in the future.

I would recommend this book to any historical mystery fans, especially readers that love Dan Brown books. In my opinion this book is definitely on that level! I would LOVE to see this as a movie! I think it would be both thrilling and beautiful at the same time.
If you are interested in reading this book, I have up to 20 free copies of the ebook to give away. Please let me know in the comments if you are interested!

 

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Shifra Hochberg has a Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and teaches at Ariel University in Israel. She has published over 20 academic essays and is currently writing another novel

 

 

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