Wednesday, June 12, 2013

THE BOOK Official Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Today I have a special treat for you. I'm thrilled to be a part of this blog tour. As I do on rare occasions, I've taken the liberty to step out of my children's lit box to share a great read with you. The book is adult, however, it is written at points from a child's perspective. AND I have TWO giveaways for you! Check them out at the end of this post.


Title: THE  BOOK

Author: Jessica Bell
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Pages: 154

I'd like to thank the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book for an unbiased review.

Favorite Lines/Passage: I can hear my Ted's voice in the kitchen. Plates and stuff are making sounds that Mummy says will wake me up. I know that, because sometimes, when she lets me fall asleep in her lap on the couch, my Ted goes into the kitchen and moves stuff around. It's always late and she does a shooshing and tells him that he'll wake me up. But I'm already awake. I just have my eyes closed. I like listening to stuff that no one knows I can hear. Because it's when some of the grownups invisible words stop hiding. (page 52)

Description: This book is not The Book. The Book is in this book. And The Book in this book is both the goodie and the baddie.

Bonnie is five. She wants to bury The Book because it is a demon that should go to hell. Penny, Bonnie’s mother, does bury The Book, but every day she digs it up and writes in it. John, Bonnie’s father, doesn’t live with them anymore. But he still likes to write in it from time to time. Ted, Bonnie’s stepfather, would like to write in The Book, but Penny won’t allow it.

To Bonnie, The Book is sadness. 
To Penny, The Book is liberation. 
To John, The Book is forgiveness. 
To Ted, The Book is envy.
But The Book in this book isn’t what it seems at all.

If there was one thing in this world you wished you could hold in your hand, what would it be? The world bets it would be The Book.


MY SPLATS: Bell takes the reader on a journey of parenting, marriage, and childhood that warms the heart and tantalizes the mind with brilliance!

When I first began to read I had no idea what to expect. I'd read the blurb, like most of you do before you begin a book, so I knew the basics. But I couldn't figure out how Bell was going to present and move the story forward.

Structure is how she did it. The delivery was superb, and I don't say that lightly. There are so many positives to say about this story. The length was perfect for a short, quick read. Don't think because I mention it was a short, quick read that it didn't pack a punch; it did. Bell's journey from mother to father to the child, Bonnie, stayed with me days after I finished reading. I just couldn't stop thinking about that small family, the miscommunications they had, the choice that came from those, and then the ultimate ending - which I obviously won't share with you here.

The writing is wonderful with a real feel from both mother and father. And then when five-year-old Bonnie begins to speak through her own journal entries, the voice takes on even a more authentic truth. There were moments, especially towards the second half of the story, where I caught myself choking up or even shedding a tear. Or two. Or three. This book is definitely worth the read.

I would recommend it to any mother, father, parent or guardian, and anyone who has ever been a child. I also think it would be a good read for older teens as well.

If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she'd give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she currently resides in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she's written. Jessica is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and annually runs the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. For more information, please visit her WEBSITE | BLOG | GOODREADS | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

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What do you think? Do you like reading from multiple point-of-views? What about a child's POV?


  1. Oh Sheri, thank you SOOOOOOOOO much! Your support for my work has been amazing. I wish so much that we lived in the same country so that we could go have coffee and chat face to face. Love you bunches!

    1. Love you bunches, too!!! But I only give my thoughts honestly. If I didn't feel it was merited, I wouldn't have written the review I did. Proud of you!

  2. Congrats to Jessica. She's such a talented writer. This sounds really good.

  3. I think you've written a fabulous review, showing how the book shines and how it affected you. The book seems right up your alley, and I can understand why you'd love it. :-)

  4. I need to retire so I can sit in the bathtub all day and read. Whew! TBR list...

    1. made me chuckle. I know, right. But this is a short one, honestly. I read it in two short reading periods. Think sunny beach day read....

  5. So happy you enjoyed it! I love it when a book really resonates with you like this. Great review! :)

    1. Thanks so much, Giselle. Jess did a wonderful job with this one. I normally read all KidLit, because that's what I write. So this was a nice change, yet the POV from the child was easy for me to relate to. :)

      I really appreciate you stopping by!

  6. Glad to hear how much you enjoyed Jessica's book.
    I'm reading Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) right now and am reminded how much I can enjoy multiple POVs when it's done right.

  7. I've been meaning to read it. The blurb is so intriguing! And Jess is a fab writer!

    1. Yes, she is. And the book is so different. I wasn't sure what to expect, at first. I'm SO glad I agreed to read it!


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