Forty Days [Blog Tour & Giveaway]

Posted April 24, 2013 by Stephanie in / 0 Comments

Welcome to my stop on the Forty Days blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!
Title: Forty Days
Author: Stephanie Parent
Series: Neima’s Ark, #1
Release Date: February 10 2013
Source: eCopy for honest review and blog tour, about 125 pages
Average Rating: 4.04
Challenge: 2013 Page Challenge

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic……until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive? With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story. FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending. Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

First Lines:
“My grandfather is a madman, and the entire village knows it.”
My Thoughts:
How about that for a first line, huh? This book has a very interesting subject. Who has retold the story of Noah’s Ark? I don’t think it has been redone. So, I was very intrigued with being able to have the chance to read and review this short novel.
It is a very east read, it can be read in a few short hours. All-in-all, I liked the story and the whole gist of it. However, there were times where it was monotonous and the plot at times felt like it was going a little slow. But, other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think that the characters were pretty well done. I would have liked to see a little bit more characterization in all of the characters, but that can come in the second part, right?
I think that if you are into historical fiction, with some action and romance, you should pick up this book and at least give it a shot.  But beware, there is a cliffhanger ending! I know, the problems that happen when you’re a book lover. Honestly, I will be checking out Forty Nights when it comes out!

(Technically, I’d give it a 3.5)

About the Author:

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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