#Blog Tour #For the Strange and Surprising (Where They Are #1) by M.F.Adele #Science Fiction @Xpresso Book Tours
For the Strange and Surprising: Where the Mongrels Are
For the Strange and Surprising is one of those books where you get swept away and transported in a new, fascinating orld right from the word Go. I loved the riches and colour scheme of the cover book and couldn't wait to delve in into this story which proved out both imaginative and totally original.
Twenty two year old Ada is still grieving the death of her father and is on a fishing trip when she gets into a terrible storm. Ada has to swim for her life to escape a watersprout and sharks and I was absolutely mesmerised by how the author engaged all my senses in these opening scenes. The book got better and better with every page and kept me up until small hours. In the aftermath of the strorm Ada ends up on a mysterious island which is not on Earth where she has to navigate a new world full of unexpected dangers.
I really liked the protagonist Ada- she's complex and flawed and the author does a wonderful job revealing the hidden depths of this strong and open-minded character as the book progresses. There are also four male protagonists, Ecaeris, Tallodus, Imryll and Connac,each of which is bringing out a different angle, a different side of Ada's personality. The banter is delicious and the tension is palpable. I'm not ususally a big fan of multiple POVs, but here it works surprisingly well.
A very entertaining start to a new series with fantastic world-building, intriguing characters, adventure and humour- can't wait to read the second book!
Thank you to Giselle from XBT, the publisher and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.