July 23, 2012

Brunswick Tour: Review

Author: Ann Haines
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Release Date: March 1, 2012

Summary from Goodreads:

When Jonathan wakes up beside a lake bruised and bleeding, he has no idea how he got there or where “there” really is. He must try to remember how he ended up in this place and why.

When he meets Grace and a group of people that seem to want to help him, he is thrown in to a world that he doesn’t know. Haunted by visions and voices in his head, Jonathan soon realizes that this world isn’t as safe as he’d hoped.

Taken from his life and asked to save a land he knows nothing about, from a menacing hooded figure, Jonathan must learn quickly to survive. As he struggles to stay alive long enough to get home he is faced with a deadly choice, Join It or Die. And when it becomes clear that so many would do anything to kill him he must stay close to those who would kill for him.

To stay alive and get home he must face the one thing he never wanted to, the figure in black. And when the hood comes down Jonathan is faced with a revelation that could break him and destroy everything he has fought for.


Brunswick is a young adult paranormal fantasy that follows the main character, Jonathan, out of his reality and into a world that is relying on him to save it. I thought that the idea of the novel was unique and interesting. However, I found the writing style to be lacking and it actually made what I thought would be a refreshing concept turn into a flat and dry story. I think what I disliked about the writing was the lack of character and story building as well as not enough energy and description for my tastes.

As I mentioned, the concept of this book is genius and has so much potential. The characters, setting, background - everything that is needed for a great novel is all there. Something about the writing didn't fit well with me, but that's completely my opinion and I'm sure others will love it. 

 About the Author:
Ann Haines is a debut writer from the South East of England. She is a married mother of two, a horror movie buff, Tweeter, Blogger and a self-confessed geek............................ and GLEEK (much to her sons annoyance). She has been writing from an early age and even took to illustrations as she went through her teenage years. Although she still sketches as a hobby she now prefers to focus on her writing. At nineteen she became a mother and had to put her writing on hold for a more lucrative job to support her and her son, as it was just the two of them. She never gave up the idea of becoming a writer though and when her son was four he gave her the idea for what is now her first book 'Brunswick'.

After two and half years of writing her book and researching the self-publishing industry, Ann's book 'Brunswick' was published on Amazon. She became part of the Indie Publishing community that she loves and is widely involved in. Over the years she has had many ideas for her work and so we can expect to see much more of this new Indie Author. 

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1 comment:

  1. I shouldn't have read this because now I've got even more books to read!! No, seriously, I love your blog and the gothic feel to it.:) It's different to all the other ones and sort of refreshing. Followed. :) Would you mind taking a peek at my blog, please? I don't believe it's as good as this but, hey, I've got something to aim for; http://ninjaswithmoustaches.blogspot.co.uk/

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