Apr 22, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Forty Days by Stephanie Parent

Blog Tour: Forty Days by Stephanie Parent
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Today as part of the blog tour for Forty Days by Stephanie Parent, you have an opportunity to read my thoughts about this interesting realistic retelling of biblical story about Noah's Ark and enter a giveaway for your chance to win a Forty Days ebook and Amazon gift card.

Book Cover: Forty Days by Stephanie Parent

Forty Days by Stephanie Parent

#1 in Neima's Ark series

Genres: YA Paranormal

Format: Ebook, 123 pages
Published On: February 10, 2013
Source: Received as part of blog tour.

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First Sentence: "My grandfather is a madman, and the entire village knows it."

Summary for Forty Days:

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

Author Photo: Stephanie Parent

A Little Bit More About Stephanie Parent:

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.

Other books by Stephanie Parent: Defy the Stars, Precious Things


My Thoughts:

Everyone knows story from the Bible about Noah's Ark. Stephanie Parent in her new series Neima's Ark retells this famous legend from a fresh and new perspective of a sixteen-year-old Neima, Noah's granddaughter. Told from a viewpoint of average teenage girl, process of building the arc seems like everything except an act of faith. Nobody believes in Noah's God and everyone think he is mad. So poor Neima, except usual teenage problems of first crush, low self-confidence and overzealous matchmaking cousins, has to fight against the ridicule of entire village since she is dubbed the madman's granddaughter.

I liked Neima. She is not week, and although she is obedient, as it was custom in those days, she questions her elders and does not just listens blindly. And we both share love for animals. Neima's descriptions of animals that are part of arc's cargo were my favorite part. Not just baby elephants, although they were super cute, but also the tigers, flamingos and the rest. The only flaw that I could find in Neima thinking is irritating cliche of brunettes being dull as mud.

If you are looking for a christian fiction where 'God will give us strength' and 'We must have faith in our lord' are motivational sentences that pop-up on every page - look elsewhere. The only religious talk you will get is from Noah and it is usually regarded with skepticism and disbelief. Forty Days is a realistic retelling of Noah's Ark myth, or at least as realistic as it can get since the rain falls non-stop for forty days.

And don't be fooled by kissy cover. There is a budding romance, but it's not the center of the story, so people who are looking for a lot of steamy kisses and make-out sessions are going to be disappointed. But non-existing sexual content makes Forty Days a book that you can freely recommend to any teenage girl to read.

With a little bit over 120 pages, Forty Days is quick read with cliffhanger ending that will make you check out to see when will Forty Nights, the next part in Neima's Ark series, be released. I really don't know why did they split this into duology I guess it's some illogical decision that only money-making oriented publishers can understand. I personally would have prefered to read this as one book.

So if you are looking for a realistic, historical retelling of a Noah's ark myth with likeable heroine then hurry up and grab Forty Days, since until the end of the blog tour ebook will be available for a promo price of 0.99$. Or you can enter the giveaway below and hope you will get it for free. ;)

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

I recommend this book to fans of: retellings of historical legends from young adult perspective; coming of age stories; animals; ...


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  • ONE e-book of Forty Days and $10 gift card to Amazon
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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. I'm not sure if it's precisely my thing, since I try to avoid anything biblical, but I'm glad it didn't read like Christian fiction.

    Brunettes are totally not boring. Interesting that happened since Parent appears to be a brunette herself.

    1. I love retelling of myths, even those from the bible if they are not written like christian fiction. I especially liked here that Stephanie write God with big first letter in Noahs dialog and with small g in Neima's dialog. What a cool way to show the strength of someone's belief. :)

      And since Stephanie admitted that she is in a brunette club, just like you and me, I think that it's not fair that her heroine also suffers from hair-brown-as-mud syndrome. ;)

    2. I think her hair will be mentioned again in the second installment... :D

    3. I hope that there will be some flattering description (something like "her hair shone like polished wood in the sun") or I am going to complain again. You have been officially warned. :D

  2. Very fun concept and I like the sound of Neima. Great review and thanks for putting on my radar.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. It is fun concept, I haven't read any ya historical that is set so long ago. Thanks, I am glad I helped you find something new and interesting. :)


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