Friday, 17 May 2013

Newstead Tour and Review

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The Newstead Project

the giant.
Joel Cranston shouldn’t exist. He just doesn’t know that yet. He’s lived a pretty normal life for the last sixteen years. If you consider being almost seven feet tall and good at about every sport you’ve ever played normal. Normal ends the day Newstead shows up with an invitation to come to their school.
the school.
Newstead is a private high school in Central Vermont by the Green Mountains. It’s a great place to hide a few hundred people who shouldn’t exist while you train them to become tomorrow’s rulers, tomorrow’s dictators, tomorrow’s gods.
the unexpected.
Rachel Newell thinks she’s just passing through. She never stays any place more than four months and with Newstead so close to Weston, she has even more reason to make this her shortest stop ever. The last thing she expects is to have a reason to stay. Together Rachel and Joel uncover the truth behind what is the newstead project.

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This story is an interesting fantasy story.  First have Joel who is a large boy, who loves sports and is invited to attend Newstead.  He lives alone with his mother and has never met his father.  Then we meet Rachel who lives with her cousin and Aunt and seems to move around a LOT.

This book had a few spots that were hard to follow or just a repeat of what you had previously read.  The author chose to write from the two points of view Joels and Rachels, so we do have quite a bit of repetitive storyline when we switch between the two POV's.  Personally I didn't think it was necessary to go over every single thing like that.  At times we've moved on from the particular moment and we are sucked back in time again to go over the other POV. This does have a confusion aspect to it and does make the reader go "huh?" and wind up re-reading that spot.  

As for Character creation, I do like Joel, but I do think he was a bit submissive of a child for someone so large and powerful.  I also think he does grow in the story which I always like.  Rachel meanwhile is an interesting young girl.

I will say I did enjoy this book.  I enjoyed the school and the characters.  I really have to say I liked Joel and Rachel.  I can't wait to continue on this story to find out what happens in the lives of Joel and Rachel.  We were left a bit hanging in that we don't really know what Rachel is or who she is.  There is some Biblical relevance in this story and particular things from the Bible are mentioned.  So if you have something against the Bible I would advise against it. But all in all this is a fun story to read and more so since it happens to be about a particular thing... sorry can't say or it may spoil the story for you.

I give this book 4 stars and will definitely continue the story.

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

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Author Melanie Schulz

I live in Upstate New York with my husband and three children, where I’ve pretty much been planted my entire life. Which is fine, because it’s beautiful here. My only complaint is that most people assume that New York means NYC, which it doesn’t. There. I’ve done my part in exposing the truth. Truth. The truth is I’m not a writer; storyteller maybe, but not a writer. It wasn’t something I spent years dreaming of, or even what I went to school for. I’m a nurse. I love being a nurse. So why write? I don’t know. I do know when it started, though. September 3, 2010. I know this because I nature journal, and on that day Joel made it into my notes. I guess that’s fitting. Someone like him needed to be birthed out in the woods. If you were to meet me, and I hope someday you do, you would not connect me with this story. I’m a wife, a mother, a nurse. The person who wrote this should’ve been a guy, first off, secondly he should be some militaristic strategist; that’s who you’d expect to see if you were to come to a book signing, not me. But I’m there, in every line. So if I don’t have the good fortune to meet you in person, I hope to see you in THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT.

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