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As a writer of Paranormal Romance, I was looking forward to reading Bone Dressing. Most of the books I review tend to be non-fiction or horror; all that is about to change…

I tend to try to avoid reviewing books from the genre in which I write for fear of accidental plagiarism. There is no need for me to worry, as from what I can gather from reading Brooks’s Bone Dressing; we all write VERY differently.

Brooks main character Syd is a tortured teenage soul due to losing both of her parents, and spends most days in the cemetery where they are buried. It’s one of her favourite places, or as the character says, “her neighbourhood”.

Syd lives with strict but caring foster parents, and Brooks carries the natural angst and feelings that such a situation would create, cleverly onto the page.

Our protagonist, Syd, is first person narrator throughout the story and Brooks does not disappoint with her ability to keep in age perfect character throughout. There are moments of adult speak, but didn’t we all think that we were grown ups at that age???

As the genre category suggests, this is a love story, and Syd finds love in the form of Beau (clever naming). Thank goodness that he does not have sparkly skin, nor does he drink blood.

(One of my novels is a vampire story so I really shouldn’t say that!)

This is a fast-paced book cram-packed full of adventure, fear, joy and lurrrve (on top of the angst-filled teenage stresses). Oh yes, and there is an evil teacher thrown in there too, i’m sure that we’ve all had one of them *daydreams*…

…I was once forced to stand on my desk and chew chewing gum – in an exaggerated fashion – for a whole lesson, with boys looking up my skirt! My only crime was not putting my gum in the bin / trash before I got to my desk! Evil.

Anyway, congratulations to Michelle I. Brooks for a grand job, and for creating a thoroughly fabulous read!

4/5 🙂

Perfect for teenagers!

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Persistent Writer is proud to be part of The King Whisperers by Kerwin Swint Blog Tour.

If you follow along you will also have the chance to win a free hardcover copy of the book by looking for the secret word on each of the blog entries and putting them all together to form the give-away phrase. Look to the very bottom of this post for the next word in this series. Two more copies will be raffled as part of the GoodReads author program. You may also join the Q&A with Kerwin Swint Group to discuss the King Whisperers (including questions from the official book club guide), the author, and his previous works.

You can learn even more about the author by visiting the tour page or by reading Novel Publicity;” our twitterview with him“.

Below please enjoy the book trailer for The King Whisperers and the review of this amazing book.

*Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to get the next word in the secret give-away phrase!

When Emlyn (Chand, Novel Publicity) first contacted me with regards to reading and reviewing The King Whisperers for my blog, I have to admit I was somewhat excited. We British love our history, and the more we know about the great leaders of our times the better. At the time of the Empire under the reign of Queen Victoria, the British were known for their somewhat “Machiavellian” approach to leadership themselves.

Having recently been on a trip to Cuba I was particularly interested in the section on Che Guevara (pg 193, The Icon: Ernesto “Che” Guevara) and Kerwin did not disappoint. I learned so much from The King Whisperers that I had not read in any other text. For instance; did you know that Che Guevara wrote a book called, The Motorcycle Diaries? You may have known about this and the subsequent movie, but I certainly did not.

Also, who knew that Dick Cheney was so “Machiavellian”? Ahem.

The writing style and language used by Kerwin is far from the boring, academic and historical style that I have previously read in similar non-fiction works. This book is as exciting as Dan Brown, though instead of conspiracy, it is filled with the most amazing facts and true stories of power, leadership and control.

The “King Whisperers” are sectioned into ten archetypal groups: Machiavellians, Empire Builders, Kingmakers, Spies, Silver-Tongued Devils, Generals, Rebels, the Truly Evil, Fixers, and Schemers. Each category is explained before telling the individual stories of the four to seven examples of characters detailed.

These are not all stories of corruption, evil and terror, there are some amazing tales contained within this beautifully put together tome of true leadership; sometimes never recognised.

I have my personal favourites of course, as will all of you, but the pages on the spies of our times enthralled me the most.

This book is unputdownable (I don’t care if this is not a real word!). Kerwin has a real talent of conveying non-fiction in a format that makes it as exciting as fiction. There is an extensive bibliography at the end of the book for further reading if you so wish.

I look forward to reading more!

I rate this book 5 star


YOU COULD BE A WINNER!

Give-Away Phrase:

The PERSISTENTWRITER secret word for the book give-away is KERWIN. Learn more about the give-away and enter to win 1 of 3 copies on the official King Whisperers blog tour page.

http://youtu.be/cC9-vbJRZto – Visit here to enjoy the exciting trailer for The King Whisperers.

For more information, please go to: http://www.novelpublicity.com/tour/

Tour Notes

Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting http://www.novelpublicity.com/kerwin-swints-the-king-whisperer-tour/ The official King Whisperers blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

And don’t forget to stop by the http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/46446.Q_A_with_Kerwin_Swint And the Kerwin Swint Group to discuss the King Whisperers (including questions from the official book club guide, the author, and his previous works.