Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#Review: Polaris by Beth Bowland | #Giveaway @chapterxchapter @BethBowland @TantrumBooks

by Beth Bowland
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher:  Month9Books
Bixie, Montana, is in the middle of nowhere, not connected to any place, and not used as a pass through to get anywhere. But one snowy evening, a lone visitor walking down an old country road changes 13-year-old Aaron Martin’s life forever. Aaron thinks he’s being a Good Samaritan by inviting the nearly-frozen visitor into his home, but he’s unwittingly initiated The Game. A group of Elders, known as the Council of the Legend, come together from time to time to enjoy a rousing event they playfully call “The Game.” Now, Aaron’s town is the playing board and he and his fellow townspeople are the players. The rules are simple. Win. Because if Aaron loses, he won’t just lose his family . . . he’ll lose his very identity.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review, as part of this book tour. A special thanks to the author and to Chapter-By-Chapter-Book-Tours for the opportunity.

This book was very interesting to get into. The way the author introduces the first character is different than most books that I have read. She introduced him as the Visitor. What comes to your mind when you see that? Exactly. You wonder if this visitor will be a friend or foe. That's clever. It drew my attention in and held it. I love the snow! I know, possibly irrelevant to my review, but I have never actually played in the snow and every time snow is involved, I'm done for.

I have really been enjoying books with aliens lately. Following Aaron as he tries to win a game in order to keep his life is a thrill. From the moment Nakal enters his house, everything turns topsy-turvy. I love the way the author mixes astronomy into the plot.

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars.
The journey Aaron takes to playing the games had me on the edge of my seat. I kind of joined the tour at las minute, but I am so glad that I had a chance to participate. I really like Ms. Bowland's writing style. Its very different from what I am used to and I cannot wait to see what other works the author has.

About the Author
Beth Bowland, a native Ohioan, has always enjoyed reading and creating stories of her own. As a child she devoured every book she could get her hands on and spent numerous hours at the library each week. She loves writing stories for tweens and young teens and her characters are often described as quirky and fun, but always relatable. When she’s not writing, she loves watching HGTV. She has one daughter and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband, Phillip.

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