October 11, 2017

Monsterland Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2017/10/monsterland-by-michael-okon-awareness-tour.html


Monsterland
Author: Michael Okon
Release Date: October 13, 2017
Publisher: WordFire Press
Ages 14+

Publisher’s Synopsis:  
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.
Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.


But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?
Available Here:
Amazon - http://amzn.to/2xGTpCQ 
Monsterland is an imaginative and unique young adult novel that will appeal to a variety of readers. It was definitely different than anything I've ever read, which is always fun to come across. I'm going to break down the big pros and cons for me:

Pros:
The plot was interesting and enjoyable. The idea of a monster theme park sounds fascinating, especially if it turns out that the creatures are what they say they are. I'm sure lots of paranormal fans have thought about what it would be like if a place like Monsterland existed. This gives them a view into the possibilities - and all the craziness that would come with it. The author used vivid imagery and detailed descriptions to bring Monsterland and the characters to life in front of my eyes. I found myself getting swept away in the world he created right from the beginning. The characters were all pretty well done with distinct personality traits and flaws, which made them realistic and easier to identify with.
Cons:
The biggest issue I personally had with the book was the writing style. The whole story was written from the third person point of view, and followed several characters throughout the entire story. Each chapter followed a different character and it tended to bounce around a lot, even though there were only a handful of major characters that the story focused on. I'm a huge fan of the first person POV, so this was a let down for me. I found it confusing at times and it definitely didn't allow me to connect with any of the characters or lose myself inside the story. This is my personal opinion, of course, and other readers won't have these same concerns.

Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable book that fans of several genres including young adult, paranormal, fantasy, and others will want to pick up.


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.


Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.
Be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat  @IAmMichaelOkon #Monsterland!
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 Enter for a chance to win a Monsterland swag bag; plus, there are loads of runner-up prizes, too!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
Monsterland Swag Bag:

A copy of Monsterland, signed by Michael Okon
A signed poster
A t-shirt (Large)
A wool hat
A fidget spinner
A wrist band (entrance)
Pencils
An exclusive collectors item
 
Ten (10) winners receive:
A copy of Monsterland, signed by Michael Okon
Ten (10) winners receive:
Monsterland t-shirt
Ten (10) winners receive:
Monsterland hat
Ten (10) winners receive:
Monsterland fidget spinner
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Age Range: 14+
Giveaway begins October 1, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 31, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by Michael Okon




Disclosure: I partnered with The Children’s Book Review and Michael Okon for this tour.