I was invited to join a blog tour by Wow! Women On Writing for Egypt: The Uprising. What, in heaven’s sake, is a blog tour? Well, publishers now share advance copies of books (yay!) with bloggers and we can review the books, they get reviews and links, we get content and traffic – and best of all, I get more books! It’s good all around. Pragmatic Mom also posted on this book – check out her review and comparison to the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan here. Great take, as always by Pragmatic Mom.
I have to thank this book for being my starter book. What am I talking about? Well, I started reading the book on iBooks on my iPad (oh, I do love my iPad) but was not drawn into the book at first. I liked it but wasn’t connecting…was it the format, I wondered? Was reading a new novel on an electronic device different than reading the print (or “real”) book? I found that initially it was. Maybe I am not quite far along in my learning curve (I am a digital immigrant, after all, and a pretty old one at that) but when Pragmatic Mom let me borrow the ‘real’ book, I was engaged. Weird, right? Now I am switching easily between the two formats. I think this was my starter book (everything else I have read in ibooks has been work related or a classic and I was re-reading those) and now I am all set for the digital world of books. So thank you to this blog tour for helping me bridge a learning gap that I didn’t know I had.
What? The book? Oh, yes, the book. I love Young Adult books – I pretend I am pre-reading for the children, but I am really just reading for pleasure. It is so wonderful that there are so many well-written Young Adult books now, and this is no exception. The writing is lovely and the story quite compelling – put together a young girl searching for her brother, a little mysticism, a bit of science fiction, stir in some serious Egyptian Mythology and you have a really great read. The fast paced story is a true page turner and you want to know what happens next to our intrepid heroine, Aya. I found myself wanting to learn more about Egyptian Mythology, and cheering for her young heroine who is funny, smart and thinks on her feet. Click here to see a trailer about the book and here for an interview with the author. Amira Aly is a fascinating woman with a fascinating story to tell – don’t miss this book! It starts out with messages from a goddess Ma’at who is co cool she is even on-line! YA readers will love this.
Chalk up another reason I am switching between electronic and print copies – my copy keeps disappearing!
You can order the book in several ways, you digital natives and immigrants.
Go to the author’s website, or Amazon in my sidebar (I will make about 3 cents) and I still can’t figure out my links to Amazon – Pragmatic Mom, I think I need another tutorial or maybe I broke Amazon!