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Friday, February 1, 2013

*[Blog Tour Review & Giveaway] The Thing With Feathers by Anne Sweazy-Kulju


The Thing With Feathers
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Summary:
 
As the inhabitants of Cloverdale, Oregon, welcomed in the twentieth century, they were not unaccustomed to hard times and thorny situations.
Small communities banded together for protection and hope. Heroes and villains were often difficult to decipher.

When an itinerate Baptist preacher arrived with his baby daughter and a wife lost on the trail, there was no one prepared to suspect what lurid
secrets and heartbreak he might be concealing. As the preacher sets his sights against those who might oppose him, the names and the lives of the
good people of Cloverdale may not be spared.

Yet in the midst of the machinations of a mad man, virtue and valor can persist. The Thing with Feathers is known to fly through wars, depressions,
and natural disasters. Will the Marshall clan and the good people of Cloverdale find it in time?
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 328 pages
Source: Review Copy
Available Formats: Print & E-book
Publication Date: September 11th 2012 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC
 
I'm not a huge fan of novels set in the 20th century but as soon as I saw the beautiful cover of The Thing With Feathers and read the summary I had to sign up for the tour especially since the title is almost the same title of the famous Emily Dickinson poem "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers" and give the book a shot and I'm really glad I did.
 
I didn't really know what to expect when I first started The Thing With Feathers but somehow I knew that it would turn out to be an interesting and enjoyable read and I was completely right. While the novel started off with a but of confusion and I was a little bit lost for a little bit things worked themselves out and the story really started to flow.
 
I thought the setting of the novel was perfect, I really got a feel for what life was like during the time The Thing With Feathers took place and the author did a good job of creating a story line that brings the reader into the story which was really enjoyable. I liked Anne Sweazy-Kujul's writing style a lot and I have to say she has a really unique and interesting literary voice that I'm really glad to have discovered.
 
I thought that the characters while they were certainly interesting left me with a lot of questions and they were really well developed and were all different. I liked how she created such wonderful dynamics between certain characters and while some were brutal they were well done. I liked the historical aspect of the novel best of all and I think that's where the author's true strength lies.
 
While I did enjoy the novel I didn't connect to the characters as much as I wanted to and I feel like I was left with many more questions than answers when I finished the novel which isn't a bad thing at all it just gives me the perfect excuse to re-read the book in a couple months and see unravel it's secrets again and find new ones along the way.
 
I would recommend this novel to people who enjoy historical fiction that is less fluffy and more literature based. I highly recommend giving this author a try and I hope she comes out with another book soon!
 
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. I was not compensated in anyway to give a positive review and all thoughts and opinions herein are my own.

I read this book for the following challenges:

2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

2013 150+ Books Reading Challenge

Liked It!
★ ★ ★ 1/2

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Author Bio

Anne Sweazy KuljuANNE SWEAZY KULJU has won awards for editorials and honors for short stories, but now she writes historical fiction adventures, exclusively. Her debut novel, “the thing with feathers,” was released by Tate Publishing in September 2012. Her book, “Bodie,” a total thrill ride, is expected to release in early 2013, and she is currently busy on her next book, “Grog Wars,” set in 1850’s Portland, Oregon, the Shanghai capital of the world. Anne lives near Pacific City, Oregon, and divides her free time between the beach and Mount Bachelor. Readers may learn more about Anne and correspond with her on her website at www.AnneSweazyKulju.com .
 
 
Giveaways:
 
TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY:
 
  Winners Choice for a Kindle paperWhite or Nook Book Glowlight Character Name chosen by one lucky winner Rafflecopter:
 
 
GIVEAWAY #2
 
Anne has graciously offered to give away a swag pack (pictured below) that is up for grabs!
 
Leave your name, and e-mail address where you can be reached in the event you win.
Giveaway ends FEBRUARY 5th 2013.
Open to US/CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
You will have 48 to respond to the e-mail notifying you of your winning the giveaway, if you do not respond within 48 hours another winner will be selected.
 
 
 
 

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your review. It sounds like an interesting story, and I think the cover is beautiful, too.
    Deanna - pit crew

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  2. Yes, the cover is one that gets your attention.

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  3. It surelly is a great cover!

    BTW I would love to land in the Renaissance,it's my favorite era :)

    Ruty

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  4. I would love the early 1800's in the US.

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  5. Great review Kimberly, I am glad all the characters were unique but sad you didn't connect as much as you would have liked.

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  6. The Arthurian era :) Probably because I just finished a marathon of Merlin, but yeah.

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  7. Great review, very helpful and insightful. Thank-you!

    Michelle
    Pit Crew

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