17 October 2009

Seeking Eleanor eBook Review

eBook: Seeking Eleanor
Authoress: T.L. Tyson
Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Story Length: 562 pages (subject to change)
Book Availability: Sadly, at this time the book is still not available for purchase.

My condensed version: Devon is charged with the duty of protecting souls. But after 150+ years he is tired and ready to give it all up. Until he meets the girl that should have been his final charge.

Author's summary: "When a scruffy stranger claims to be her protector, everything changes. Eleanor is thrust into a world she never thought could exist. Impending danger looms overhead, but there is an even greater danger. Devon and Eleanor have to confront the feelings they hold for one another. How can they be together when immortality tears them apart?"

What I have to say:

WOW!

I know this will sound trite but this book is SO goooood. I can NOT believe it has not been published yet. Seeking Eleanor is, in my humble opinion, just as good as some of my favorite works of published young adult fiction. I hold this book in the same ranks as Meridian. The story is inventive, creative, fresh, refreshing, romantic, and tender. It pulls at your heart strings while weaving a strong fantastical tale.

Eleanor is the funky bookworm every bookworm can relate to. Devon is the strong old soul that causes women to catch their breaths.

2 for 2:
Characters: Fleshed & quirky
Plot: Clever & exciting

The Meter Readings:
Adventure-o-meter: High. Devon spends nearly the entire novel trying to protect Eleanor from impending dangers.

Kiddie-o-meter: While there is no sex and only mild levels of violence there are some occasional curse words and a strong sense of longing and desire.

Adult-o-meter: Fantastic tale for any adult.

Love the love?: Absolutely! Devon and Eleanor's relationship is chaste yet filled with longing, passion, and tenderness. I cherished every moment they were together.

Crush?: I have a no-longer-a-secret crush on Devon's soul-protecting brother Phineas. Phineas is described as having "Elvis' fashion sense and James Dean's looks" with "dirty blonde hair brushed back into a messy ducktail, which he combed constantly with the black plastic comb he kept in his back pocket." I can not stop imagining what he nor his smile looks like. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a boy with 50s fashion sense.



My rating: 5 stars; I can not wait until I can purchase a hardcover copy of this book. Are you listening HarperCollins?

Worth-a-read?: YES! YES! YES!

Shout outs: Thank you T.L. Tyson for writing this awesome book and giving me the opportunity to sing it's praises. It was worth every single minute. Thank you Rebrebs for bringing Seeking Eleanor to my attention. I know this sounds crazy but in my mind Eleanor looks like you. I think what sealed the deal for me was the hat with ear flaps she wears at the end. It made me think of your profile picture.

Noteable: Seeking Eleanor is part one of the Sought After Series.

Final say:
*sigh*
My heart is full of such longing.
I haven't felt like this since I finished New Moon for the first time.
*sigh*
I will surely be thinking of Devon and Eleanor for days.

Review Copyright © of Tales of Whimsy.com

35 comments :

  1. This sounds so cool. I will definitely read the taster chapters. How great would it be to help a big publisher discover an amazing new talent? Thanks JuJu!

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  2. Oh cool I LOVE the Authonomy site! I have read many wonderful books over there. I will for sure have to check this one out! Thanks JuJu for a wonderful review :)

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  3. It does sound like a cool book. And thanks for the comment that you left for me...I can see you as a purple gal.

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  4. This is just THE coolest YA book going. If it doesn't get published, there is simply no sense or justice in the world!

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  5. Isn't the power of the Internet amazing?
    Your blog is a feast for readers as well as being one for the eyes.
    It's books-a-popping round here.
    Thanks for dropping by the daytrippers :)

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  6. My friend Jack wants to invite you to his stone cottage in the woods.

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  7. Hey TL Tyson just gave you a shoutout over on authonomy! Your review rocks! And she's soo excited, as she should be. She's got an AWESOME book. Glad others are taking note too!
    Jenni James

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  8. I love your review! Phin is my favorite too!

    Thanks for the blog mention :)

    TL and I both have ear flap hats, we call them our Eleanor hats lol

    Thanks for helping get the word out there! This book needs to be on my book shelf!

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  9. Juju, thanks for posting about this! I've bookmarked the link for sometime this weekend when I can settle down to read the chapters. Hadn't heard of Authonomy before, so thanks for the heads up.

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  10. Great review! It's really awesome that you're spreading the word. I'll be sure to check it out.

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  11. Becky: You are SO right. That's my hope.

    Crap Blog Detective: Thanks for the smile holmes ;)

    Frances: Thank your darlin'! Your photos are gorgeous.

    Giddymom: Thanks for the heads up :D

    Rebrebs: YAH! Someone to share my Phin love with. I'm thinking of going back and reading all the Phin scenes. Sick huh?

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  12. Wow, you made this sound amazing! I'm definitely going to check this one out, thanks. :)

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  13. Juju: that's not sick, I've read it like 3 times and it's not even published

    You should get yourself an Eleanor hat, in comes in handy in the winter, although I believe you live in Flordia so I don't know if it would work for you. Maybe you need to visit us up north

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  14. Wow, Juju, what an enthusiastic review. I love how you find such great stuff everywhere!

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  15. I'll go put in my vote. And kudos to Rebrebs for scoping this out! Nice job!

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  16. Wow, this is definitely my kind of book. The way you talked about it makes me want to read it! And I will, definitely! I just wish it was published. :)
    Ooh, since you mentioned New Moon, I think I'll be reading this sooner than I thought.

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  17. re: Steampunk. Check out my post here. Take care!

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  18. Wow. Thanks Juju! I really want to get my hands on this. It IS being published hardcover, right?

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  19. This sounds amazing! WANT. Thanks for the awesome review!

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  20. Heather: Sadly not yet. She is still looking for publication. But I'm hoping that if enough of us (the super strong bookworm blogosphere) generate enough interest - HarperCollins (or the other publishers that also check Authonomy) will take notice and take action.
    :)
    Bookworms know bookworms we're a powerful force
    :)

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  21. this sounds amazing!!!!! I'm going to HAVE to read it!!!!!

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  22. OMG I adore that photo of Mr Dean. I lost my concentration for a second there.

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  23. Sounds like a good read, I'll definitely be adding it to my list (and hopefully seeing a hardcover on the shelves soon). Great review!

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  24. I had never heard of this- what a great find! I'm adding to my TBR list :)

    I hope it does come available soon!

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  25. Beach Vintage: Isn't it awesome? It's actually a look alike from a flooring ad from Armstrong. The tag line is: "It only looks like the real thing."

    Here's a link to the full size image:
    http://adsoftheworld.com/files/images/Lookslikerealthing_Armstrong_Laminate_lo-2.jpg

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  26. "The more backings she receives the higher her ranking. The five people with the highest rankings get their books read by a HarperCollins editor with the hopes of getting published."

    That's a neat program. And you gotta love a free book. Hmm...

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  27. Holy smokes, Juju! With your recommendation and New Moon reference, I'll definitely pop over and check it out soon!

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  28. Hot! I also am a sucker for 50's fashion sense. ::swoon::
    I've never heard of authonomy, but I'm headed over there right now to check it out.

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  29. Hey Juju I have an award for you at my writer's butt blog.

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  30. Sounds cool! I hope someone decides to publish it.

    I've got an award for you here.

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  31. Wow! This sounds really great! An original read that I will want to give a try to. Thanks for a great review!

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  32. Great review! You've definitely piqued my interest. :)

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  33. I love this idea -- and you're review!I wanna read it!

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