Welcome to another exciting tour with Novel Publicity. This time with Author Sam Poling and his novel, The Part that Doesn’t Burn!
This tour is a review only tour, and features a rafflecopter with signed copies of the book & $25.00 Amazon gift card as well as special blogger only prizes for the best, most creative review! Check out this great trailer Sam had created for his book!
Review Only Tour from June 13, 2016 – July 4, 2016
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I thought that this book had a particularly interesting plot. I had a lot of sympathy for Mirabel at the beginning of the book… but I wasn’t really sure I liked her as more of the plot went on, even though there was some explanation provided for her attitude. I did find the way she talked to be really unique… even though I had the feeling she clearly didn’t take anything seriously.
I liked Felix a lot more and I thought that it was admirable he was trying to stick to his morals, even though, by the end of the book, I felt that he’d compromised too much on morals that had seemed an important part of his character. I would have preferred to see him keep those aspects of his character.
I really liked being able to see aspects of the world and it was interesting to see the use of technology and how it was considered, though I would have liked a bit more detail about the history and if it was an alternate future of our world or a different world entirely. I did find the geists interesting and I would have liked to have a bit more background about how they came into being and how banshees were different to the normal geists.
I really didn’t like Olivia as a character. While it was interesting to see someone that fanatical, I had no sympathy for her and I didn’t think she had a lot of character development.
It was interesting to see Mirabel’s relationship with her mother, although I really didn’t like her mother at all. I would have liked to know a bit more about the different types of demons… and I did feel there wasn’t much in the way of foreshadowing certain elements.
I did like the romance that developed between Mirabel and Felix, though it did kind of creep up on me. I did also like the ending of the book… but I would have liked some more background and a chance to see a larger part of the world. I felt that there was more of the world that could have been explored and I also felt that I was missing a lot of detail about both Mirabel and Felix. It would have been good to know more about the society Felix came from.
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About the Book
In an overpopulated city-state where technology and magic are forbidden by the corrupt church, young witch, Mirabel Fairfax, plots the creation of a deadly plague to cull the burdensome rabble.
That is, until she falls in love with the very alchemist she has been deceiving.
Now, with soul-hungry geists flooding the city, the church scrambling for their prey, and her own mind at war with itself, Mirabel must decide what she’s fighting for before she loses everything to the evils of Autumnfall.
About the Author
Sam has been writing fantasy and science fiction for the thrill of his entire life, from short stories to screenplays. His love for each of the sub-genres led to his dedication to writing genre-skirting fiction with all the elements that make up the human condition. Sam holds a strong enthusiasm for medical studies and currently work as a medical assistant in a large clinic while taking classes for nursing. He also serves on a Health and Safety committee, including disaster preparedness and infection control. His interests in epidemiology and medical science tend to spill over into my writing.
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