Nov 22, 2016

The Breedling and the City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian || Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

HELLO AND WELCOME! I'm excited to do my very first blog tour with iRead Book Tours. May I present to you Kimberlee Ann Bastian, the author of The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys). Join me in celebrating the release of her new book on September 20th 2016. Read on for details about the book, my review, and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post for a chance to win 1 of 8 copies of the book, along with other bookish swags!



Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.

These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

Publication Date is September 20th 2016: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult (YA)

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book review rating 3 out of 5

IN HER DEBUT novel, The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys 1), Kimberlee Ann Bastian thrusts readers into a historical fiction with memorable characters and a thoroughly developed new fantasy world.

Imprisoned for centuries by the three Fates for his defiance, Bartholomew manages to escape into the human world to fulfill his mission. But he can't do it alone. Armed with only a cryptic message, Bartholomew seeks the help of Charlie Reese, a street-wise orphan.

Ms. Bastian taps into myriad elements to architect this new world. Influences from Greek mythology, Christianity, and even novel concepts of her own fertile mind, combine to build a unique historical setting of the 1930s Chicago era, otherwise known as The City in the Garden.

Perhaps even more intriguing than the setting are the characters that inhabit this world. Ms. Bastian's precise diction not only portrays Bartholomew's character as a centuries old soulcatcher embodied in a simple teenage mortal shell, she also uses his bond with Charlie to enrich both of their characters' development. Charlie is intuitive and nurturing, and is one of the most compassionate characters I've had the pleasure to read. He quickly takes Bartholomew under his wings, and finds himself caught up in being a pawn in Bartholomew's world.

Yet, I also found the prose to be heavily descriptive, with very meticulous attention devoted to describing banal, everyday tasks between Bartholomew and Charlie that contributed to a slower pace. As a consequence, my initial intrigue for Bartholomew's cryptic mission lessened, but not before realizing that there will be many questions left unanswered in this series opener.

The Breedling and the City in the Garden seems to capture Ms. Bastian's love affair for American nostalgia and mythology very well. Personally, I didn't feel that this love for her impassioned new world quite carried to me, nor did the climax end with satisfactory answers. However, Ms. Batian's heartfelt characters did resonate with me. I think this is a commendable introduction and the start of a potential series that I look forward to returning to in The Element Odysseys 2.

{Thank you to the author or publisher for kindly giving me this book free of charge, which does not influence my review.}



Kimberlee Ann Bastian

Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN. When she is not in her writer's room, working her current "day job", or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture. ​

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• 8 winners will each get a print or ebook copy of The Breedling & The City in the Garden (print open to USA & Can / ebook open Int’l)
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