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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Life of Genius Blog Tour

So this is my first Blog Tour. It was an exciting and intriguing book to get to review and blog about!

The Book: Life After Genius
Author: Ann Jacoby.

Book Summary

Toni's review:
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't think that the front flap grabbed me and I still wasn't 'grabbed" in the very first few pages. I was not even sure what the description implied by an "academic thriller." I even thought the main character Theodore Mead Fegley was going to an annoying character that I couldn't grow to like. You know how sometimes you are just not in the mood for something. Well I am so glad that this Blog Tour served as motivation to read and finish the book!!!

I loved it.

I was very pleasantly surprised because book just got better and better for me. I liked the way the book goes from past to present creating suspense. The narrative voice that lent us insight intol Mead's thoughts and actions is key in this story and most excellently done. The story keeps unfolding and unfolding and really kept me entertained and drawn into the character Mead.

Along the way Mead's parents, as well as, Uncle Martin, Aunt Jewel, Percy become that "small town simple family" with circumstances that I could relate to and with whom I could sympathize.

Mead is a quirky guy. It is interesting and heartwarming to see him grow up and become more responsible for his actions and some of his own misinterpretations. It is very interesting and compelling to find out just what will Mead do next!

The end was quite gripping and I was unable to put it down. For me the book has some characteristics of the HBO series Six Feet Under. As well as many other books or movies that I have read or encountered in other story lines that have the main character being bullied, mistreated and misunderstood. I was reminded of Dolores in Wally Lamb's, She's Come Undone and other coming of age characters all the way back to my childhood. Even in the Beverly Clearly books.

For me the end was heartwarming, fair and VERY much a "can't put it down" story. I liked the unique quality of the plot and the easy reading that is sprinkled with humorous quirks of Mead. This book caught me on a light and easy mood making it the perfect book to read at this time.

I wish to thank Miriam from Hachette for providing this book to me. Happy Reading Everyone!!!!! It comes out today!!!

Life After Genius: My space link.

Check out others involved in the blog tour at:



SmilingSally said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Anna said...

Great first blog tour! I enjoyed your review. I agree that it didn't seem like an academic "thriller," but it was a great coming-of-age story. Hope you'll stop by my blog for my review! And I added your link to the list of participants that I posted on my blog.

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

I really enjoyed the book too though I didn't find it to be a gripping thriller. I really love how you call Mead QUIRKY! That is so true!

I've added you to the links on my tour post. I'll generate some traffic here for you! At least I hope so.

Toni said...

Hi Everyone!!

Thanks for linking me up! I am having fun reading all the reviews and being a part of the Blog Tour... It is like a big all day book chat!!

I will try to stop by everyone's Blogs today!!


Jenn's Bookshelves said...

Great job, Toni! I love the new look of your blog. The picture from the Library of Congress brings back wonderful memories! Keep up the awesome work!

Toni said...

Hi Jenn.. thank you!!! Do you think I should crop the pic a little. I had fun with the tour yesterday. Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

That list is HUGE! :)

Anonymous said...

Great review!

I wanted to write you to let you know that www.sjfreed.wordpress.com is no longer active. My new site is www.anovelmenagerie.com and that's where the Life After Genius review is posted. Also, if any of your readers are interested in the book, I'm hosting a giveaway of the book.

Take care...
Nice site!


Darlene said...

Great job Toni! I didn't think this book sounded all that interesting to me but from what you've said here I may have to change that opinion. lol. Anyhow, your blog looks great! And I'm glad you enjoyed your first blog tour. I'll have to do one of those one of these days.

Toni said...

Hi J. Kaye and Dar. It was a lot of fun to do the blog tour!

Dar.. I think you would like the book and the characters.

Thanks for the comments