Friday, December 7, 2012

The Realm of the Lost Blog Tour: review and giveaway

Tour Schedule

Realm of the Lost by Emma Eden Ramos (Novella)

What happens when you die before your time?

Thirteen-year-old Kathleen "Kat" Gallagher has had it with her family. The eldest of three children, Kat feels trapped ever since her parents’ separated and she has had to take on more responsibility than she feels prepared for. Everything changes on a frigid morning in mid-December when an accident propels Kat into unfamiliar territory.

Stuck in the place where people go when they have died before their time, Kat must face obstacles she could never have imagined.

With the help of other young inhabitants of the Realm of the Lost, Kat learns the true meaning of friendship and family.


Praise for The Realm of the Lost

"Who would have thought that in that few pages one can make a magical, wonderful and well-written story?... I recommend this book. Most especially to children out there!"
-Samaine from Bookworms Avenue

"What a truly magnificent and unique plot and concept! Where do you go when you pass away too young? Emma Ramos has created a truly facinating and absorbing novella that leaves the reader pondering this question- characters and plot devices are spot on- fast moving and deeply moving, THE REALM OF THE LOST comes very highly recommended!"
-Rick Friedman from The James Mason Community Book Club

"...Ramos offers the right balance of plot and description...allowing the suspense and tension to build to the twist." 
-Serena Agusto-Cox from Savvy Verse and Wit

Author Emma Eden Ramos

Emma Eden Ramos is a writer and student from New York City. Her short stories have appeared in Stories for Children Magazine, The Storyteller Tymes, BlazeVOX Journal, and others. Emma's novelette, Where the Children Play, is included in Resilience: Stories, Poems, Essays, Words for LGBT Teens, edited by Eric Nguyen. Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems (Heavy Hands Ink, 2011), Ramos’ first poetry chapbook, was shortlisted for the 2011 Independent Literary Award in Poetry. Emma studies psychology at Marymount Manhattan College.

Review: I always find it harder to review novellas over novels due to the shortness of their length. I usually find myself wanting to know more about the characters or their background to better connect with the story but with Emma Eden Ramos' novella, The Realm of the Lost, I didn't have those concerns. The author gave us just the right amount of information about thirteen year old Kat Gallagher from the piece of of jewelry her grandmother gave her to her parents' divorce to how she feels about leaving New Jersey's suburbs for apartment living in Manhattan. When her mom makes her go to school on a snowy morning, she loses her patience with her slower moving younger sister and grabs her arm, trying to hurry the girl up. A fight ensues and before we know it, Kat takes off running, hears the screech of brakes then awakens in a foreign place.

This realm she learns is one of four. The one she is in is for those who died before their time. Though the concept isn't new, the execution is refreshingly well done, full of inventive details, characters, and creatures. Kat learns a few things about herself and her life before the predictable but still smile worthy ending.

Middle grade readers will welcome the outspoken and strong Kat, seeing in her some of themselves or their friends. The Realm of the Lost may be a quick read but it is satisfying, fun, and readers may wind up appreciating what they have in life a lot more.

Rating: 4

Book source: I received an e-book copy from the tour host in return for my honest review during a tour.

Tour Schedule
December 3rd
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Tour Kick Off

December 4th

December 5th

December 6th

December 7th

Tour Giveaway
2 Ebooks of Realm of the LostOpen Internationally. Ends 12/12/12.

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