Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Newstead Project by Melanie Schulz [Review + giveaway]

Publication Date: May 1st 2013
Publisher: Black and White Publishing Co.
Series: Newstead Trilogy, #1
Pages: 321
source: from tour host
Summary from Goodreads (here):
the giant. J
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 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 be 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.
Going into this story I was intrigued by the story plot. I mean kids that shouldn't exist and then there getting trained to "be tomorrow's rulers, tomorrow's dictators, tomorrow's gods" Um, wait for it...*Mind Blown* I really liked this concept and couldn't wait to start it.
Once i started reading, however, it wasn't what I was expecting but i did like it. Normally I don't comment on the writing but on this book I actually did. I thought the writing was okay-ish. It didn't evoke much emotion in me *I'm a feeler, ME NEED TO FEEL* Other than that little bump I did like other touches the author put. Like the chinese letters? *i really don't know what they were but they were interesting* and that the chapters started with a quote. PLUS there were alternating POVs *which I do love in books!*
Story and character wise, it was okay too. I liked Joel, though at times i wanted to give him a hug. He is a complex character that I loved getting to know more about. Then the school was interesting. How he was invited and then attending. Things were pretty bad he was outcasted AT that school too! I mean you're in a place where the other kids who are supposed to be like you *different* but even there you don't fit in, now thats tough. I liked Rachel, although I did want her to question some things that happened to her, she was overall an interesting character to read about.
OVERALL: This was an interesting debut book. It had a certain charm that kept me reading and I did love a lot of things that happened in the book. Although I can't say what because then I'd ruin it :P I would recommend this book for lovers of mysteries, private schools, and interesting characters & plots!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


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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