Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos - Virtual tour and giveaway

Tour Schedule
This review is done in conjunction with the author's tour with I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos
Fantasy/Paranormal Middle Grade
68 pgs
Rated: 2.5 Stars 

What happens when you die before your time?

Thirteen-year-old Kathleen "Kat" Gallagher has had it with her family. The eldest of three children, Kat feels trapped ever since her parents’ separated and she has had to take on more responsibility than she feels prepared for. Everything changes on a frigid morning in mid-December when an accident propels Kat into unfamiliar territory.

Stuck in the place where people go when they have died before their time, Kat must face obstacles she could never have imagined.

With the help of other young inhabitants of the Realm of the Lost, Kat learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

My Review:  First, I have to say I completely enjoyed the author's voice and skill.  I had no problem reading this story from beginning to end quickly and never had a complaint about the quality of writing in the least.

The characters were vivid and interesting and the setting well created.  But, I had some issues with the storyline itself.  I enjoyed the basic premise behind the idea of The Realm of the Lost.  I thought this version of purgatory was fascinating and original.  But my frustration arose with Kat's journey.  There was very little actual conflict in the story, aside from Kat learning her way around the new world she found herself in.  She didn't have anything to overcome to make her grow, a hero's journey to accomplish.  It had the feeling of "a day in the life" more than a story with beginning, middle and end.  I wanted more:  more depth, more conflict, more growth from our heroine.    Truthfully, this could have (and perhaps should have) been expanded because, as I noted, it was an interesting idea.

Perhaps the target audience (in my opinion somewhere between 8 - 12 year olds) wouldn't have the same problems I did.  There was some excitement and action and certainly things that would appeal to that age range.

Still, my reservations about the story itself aside, I was quite impressed by the author. She absolutely knows her writing and I would be completely open and interested in reading more from her in the future.

Author Emma Eden Ramos

Emma Eden Ramos is a writer and student from New York City. Her short stories have appeared in Stories for Children Magazine, The Storyteller Tymes, BlazeVOX Journal, and others. Emma's novelette, Where the Children Play, is included in Resilience: Stories, Poems, Essays, Words for LGBT Teens, edited by Eric Nguyen. Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems (Heavy Hands Ink, 2011), Ramos’ first poetry chapbook, was shortlisted for the 2011 Independent Literary Award in Poetry. Emma studies psychology at Marymount Manhattan College.


Tour Giveaway
2 Ebooks of Realm of the Lost
Open Internationally
Ends 12/12/12

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Tour Schedule 

December 3rd
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off
Cuzinlogic - Author Interview
Paranormal Urban Fantasy Reviews - Review
Fictitious Musings - Review & Interview

December 4th
Brooke Blogs - Review & Interview
Bookhounds - Interview
Up in the Bibliosphere - Review & Interview
Lovely Reads - Review

December 5th
Publishing the Parnomal - Review & Interview
Books for Kids - Review
Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - Review & Character Interview
Books in the Hall - Review

December 6th
Storeybook Reviews - Review
Bittersweet Enchantment - Review
Blkosiner's Book Blog - Interview
Christy's Cozy Corner - Review

December 7th
Reader Girls - Review
Cindy C Bennett - Interview
Rachel Rooney - Review
Peace from Pieces - Interview

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