BOOK REVIEW: The Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys Book 1) by Kimberlee Ann Bastian


Book Details:

Book TitleThe Breedling and the City in the Garden (The Element Odysseys Book 1) by Kimberlee Ann Bastian
Category: YA fiction,   280 pages
Genre:  Historical Fantasy; is also intended for Adult (18+) readers
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: September 20, 2016
Available for review in:  ebook (mobi, ePub or PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 31 to Dec 9, 2016
Content Rating:  PG-13 This book is rated PG-13 for time period slag (no F*words), violence and mature themes associated with the historic time period such as smoking, drinking, gambling, and death (no sexual scenes).

Book Description:

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.

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Kimberlee Ann Bastien

Meet the Author:

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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This novel is set in different worlds, one a fantasy and the other in 1930’s Chicago.  The novel begins with the fantasy world which, to be honest, had me totally confused.  I was about to stop reading the book when pouf! we are transported to Chicago during the the Great Depression and we meet Charlie, an orphan with more guts than common sense (but who has a really good heart) who takes a foundling under his wing.  This particular foundling is not of his world and even though Charlie doesn’t really understand where he’s from, he is committed to making sure he’s safe.

Times are hard and and the local gangs threaten from every corner.  Charlie must use his street smarts to stay alive and protect “Buck” as he affectionately calls his foundling.

This novel is part of a series as the novel abruptly comes to an end.  We are bound to learn more about the “other world” in the next part (I hope so because I  feel that this fantasy world wasn’t adequately developed in this first instalment). Charlie has a way of “growing on you” and I’m sure we’ll find out more about this spunky little guy in the next part of the story.


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