Welcome to my stop on the Joshua N’Gon: Last Prince of Alkebulahn blog tour, this is a MG/YA Sci Fi/Urban Fantasy. Huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.
Joshua N’Gon is a Fourteen year old foster child from Africa. He has grown up in a loving home in north London and for all intents and purposes he was an ordinary teenager. The reality though could not be further from the truth. Joshua is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and he is beginning to understand he has a destiny that is far beyond what he could ever have imagined.
On his tenth birthday he receives a mysterious package from his birth parents. He is given articles of technology that even his young mind realized were so far beyond what he knew and understood that they were almost magical. Joshua straps on a tribal hierloom of obvious alien origin – a miraculous multi-tool he calls his RCT– Real Cool Tool that bonds with his arm and is irremovable. And so begin his physical changes too, the headaches, the flashes of genius, the visions and the amnesia.
With his friends Brick and Mina they slowly help him to unravel the mystery of who he is. In the meantime dark corporate forces are gathering in the horizon as Joshua’s talents and his interest in finding his family has piqued the curiosity of powerful people. Soon as his life and the life of those he loves are threatened he must come to grips with his gifts and the miraculous alien technology that founded his people.
Joshua N’Gon is a good kid, he goes to a good school although he’s not academically astute, he has a good moral compass, he has good friends, and he knows how to have fun, mostly with his real cool tool a bracelet like device that sits on his arm and turns his life into a real life computer game. He isn’t any normal kid though and as he starts to unravel his past with the help of his friends the dangers he faces become very real.
For me, this book wasn’t a good fit, I just didn’t gel with the story right from the beginning and gave up mid-way through…but…the reason I went ahead with the review was because the writing was fantastic, the story was even fantastic. I just think I was completely the wrong target audience for it, it kept running through my head when I was reading it that if was 13-16 I would probably have sped through the book in record time. But I’m not, I’m almost 40 and it just wasn’t hitting the spot for me.
I have absolutely no doubt that those reading MG/YA novels who love SciFi/Fantasy/Gaming will eat this up. It has so much in terms of the elements these kids are looking for, Hewitt’s writing is is enjoyable and easy to follow. I definitely recommend it for those of you with teens who need a new book for their kindles.
Sending huge thanks to Anthony Hewitt, and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Anthony Hewitt
Anthony has been writing for over 15 years. Mainly writing for mature readers, his genre of choice has always been speculative fiction. The YA category is such an exciting category that he wanted to include a diverse set of character with a different cultural perspective. He’s enjoyed himself so much he intends to keep creating fantastic new stories for a 12+ audience.
I know I mentioned last week that my mental health is having a bit of a wobble at the moment, I’ve reached a point now where I’m really not well at all. I’m really close to tipping into a full manic episode so I may need to just take a break from blogging for a short while. I’ve already cut back on social media and popping in on you guys, apologies guys. I’ve got posts scheduled to a certain point so if I do drop off you may not notice it straight away. I’m playing it by ear right now, and doing everything I need to, to take care of myself…especially in light of my next piece of news…
So one of the things I have had to keep tightlipped about recently, my volunteering job at the mental health charity has been converted into a paid role. I’ve been going through the process of applying for it formally and interviewing and I have now been offered the job and will start tomorrow. It’s only 10 hrs per week so I will still have plenty of time for the freelance work I have, and the blog and my writing but I’m really looking forward to getting more involved with their digital marketing.
I’ve had an interesting invitation this week which I decided to accept. I was asked to be one of the reader judges for the Your Laugh Line awards. I thought it was a fab opportunity to read some humorous books, a genre I really don’t dip into enough.
The contest has two components. One is a Reader’s Choice Award. Readers can log onto https://yourlaughline.com/vote and enter the author and book of their choice. The author who receives the most reader votes will win $250 and an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.
The other component is an adjudicated contest for books submitted by authors and/or their publishers. The form is available at https://yourlaughline.com/laugh-line-humorous-book-awards. The cost to enter the competition is $20 per book. Those books will be judged by a panel of expert book reviewers. The winning author will receive $500, plus an assortment of promotional help from Your Laugh Line.
Authors can enter the competition between February 1st and April 30th. Reader’s Choice voting runs from February 2nd to August 15th. Books making it past the first round will be announced on July 1, second round list on August 1, and the final winner on September 1. Honorable mentions will be made for category-specific books.
So, there you have it…if you’re interested in entering your book you definitely should and if you’re interested in judging you should definitely get in touch with them, I’m sure they would appreciate it!
Right, here are this week’s book updates:
TBR Topple Winner
The winner of the TBR Topple poll this month with 55% of the votes was To Journey in the Year of the Tiger by H. Leighton Dickson. I’m thrilled this book won, the last book of Dickson’s I read was incredible so I am looking forward to getting started on this one. Keep an eye open for the review next month, and a new poll in the early days of February.
Welcome to another week in review. Honestly, I have no idea where this week has gone, I have been so busy, and there hasn’t been much time for reading or blogging!
I managed to do some damage to my legs with all the exercise I’ve been doing (oops!) My quads are in a bit of a state so I’m having to be quite careful at the moment and rest a lot more than I want to.
I took on some admin on a voluntary basis for the walking group but starting to look into it this week it’s an absolute mess, so will require a lot more input than I had committed to…not amused.
I’ve got a few things going on/on the back burner I can’t talk about just yet but as soon as I can I definitely will because they are really exciting/interesting.
I’m working on a really interesting marketing plan for a freelance client, it’s going to take me a few weeks to pull the first draft together but I’m digging up some really interesting information for it.
I’ve been beta reading this week so books aren’t showing on my reading list below but they have been read. I’ve been reading for two different authors. Both authors I’ve read for before and know what they want in terms of how I feedback. I also have another beta read coming soon so will be making space for that as soon as it lands. I’ve just jumped back into reading for some tours I have coming up so will be doing that for the next few days.
So this is an update covering a couple of weeks as I had a small break to go to Bloodstock, a heavy metal festival. This is becoming an annual migration to the midlands for me and a great chance to see loads of really good metal bands! Highlights this year were Amon Amarth, King 810, Skindred, Arch Enemy, and Megadeth. They’ve already announced two headliners for next year and as they are two of my favourite bands I’ll be getting myself tickets as soon as I can.
This week I want to send congratulations to an absolutely amazing blogger. You all know Jay at This is My Truth Now, well Jay has just signed a publishing deal for his first novel, Watching a Glass Shatter. Jay is a really good friend and has given me huge amounts of help recently so I wanted to send him a huge virtual hug to congratulate him I couldn’t be happier for this. I absolutely can’t think of anyone who deserves this more.
As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying (trying being the word here) to write a book. Juggling everything I’ve been doing has been really stressful and something had to give so I’ll be winding down things on the blog a little, there will still be posts, I’m not closing the blog but I’m going to slow things down a bit. It’s going to take me until probably mid-September to wind down everything I’ve already committed to but once that’s done things should get a little easier for me to cope with. I’m starting to feel like I’m drowning trying to keep up with the blog, writing, and volunteering and I had a bit of a meltdown this week and became so glad if my new workout regime which is really helping to work the stress out!
Finally, don’t forget there’s a chance to win a copy of Sybil Bartel’s Thrust, by leaving a comment on THIS POST, before next Friday! Want to know what I think of Thrust? Check out my review here.
Right, here is my bookish update for this week!
I’ve been beta reading a novel this week which is very hush hush but very exciting. I’ve also been beta reading a few chapters of another novel in it’s early stages so lots of exciting things happening on top of my normal reading.