Thursday, May 9, 2013

BLOG TOUR/GIVEAWAY: The Storm Bottle by Nick Green


 
THE STORM BOTTLE
by Nick Green


Swimming with dolphins is said to be the number one thing to do before you die. For 12-year-old Michael, it very nearly is. A secret boat trip has gone tragically wrong, and now he lies unconscious in the hospital. But when Michael finally wakes up, he seems different. His stepsister, Bibi is soon convinced that he is not who he appears to be. Meanwhile, in the ocean beyond Bermuda’s reefs, a group of bottlenose dolphins are astonished to discover a stranger in their midst – a boy lost and desperate to return home. Bermuda is a place of mysteries. Some believe its seas are enchanted, and the sun-drenched islands conceal a darker past, haunted with tales of lost ships. Now Bibi and Michael are finding themselves in the most extraordinary tale of all.  


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Praise
'I loved it... An absolute winner.' - LA Weatherly, author of the Angel Burn trilogy 'A writer who knows how to grip the imagination, make you sit on the edge of your chair, and make you laugh out loud.' - Michelle Lovric, author of The Undrowned Child, The Mourning Emporium and The Book of Human Skin 'If you only ever buy one Kindle book in your life (although that sounds a bit unlikely, now that I stop and think) this has to be it.' - The Bookwitch blog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Green is a UK children's and YA author, best known for his trilogy The Cat Kin, published in the UK by Strident Publishing and in Germany by Ravensburger, and also as a BBC audiobook. He has appeared on BBC radio talking about his books, and has been shortlisted for two UK children's book awards. He regularly does school visits and other children's literary events. The Storm Bottle is his first straight-to-Kindle novel.

 
REVIEW

I confess, I'm a big fan of animal stories and stories about the ocean.  This book has many things that I enjoy reading about, the ocean, other places (Bermuda in this case), animals, and magic.  Switching places is not an uncommon storyline, but I've never read one quite like this. Dolphins are an animal that I find endlessly fascinating, both beautiful and savage at the same time. There are of course stories of dolphins saving human lives, but not quite the way Rodrigo saves Michael. It was intriguing to read about the incredible adjustments that would be necessary to live as a dolphin does.  I loved the imagery that Green provides, I could almost smell the ocean air and feel the ocean swells. I really wanted to be there and see the dolphins.

I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the plot.  Bibi is one of those characters that make me smile because of her spunkiness.  Her stepbrother, Michael, who nearly drowns in the first chapter, brought out my empathy, he's having to adjust to having a stepfather and stepsister, like Bibi, but he's also moved to a place very different from the home he has known and that is always a shock.  And Hal, the squatter and fisherman, who takes Bibi out on his boat and 'plays' sailing games with her, a true friend. The setting was beautifully depicted, very important in a story like this one.  And the plot, looking at life on land and sea reminded me that while we humans have learned a lot about this world of ours, there is still so much to learn and see and enjoy.

A fabulous read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I can heartily recommend this book to those who enjoy stories about life and what it means to be truly free.


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