Jun 9, 2013

Blog Tour: The Island by Jen Minkman Review & Giveaway

The Island by Jen Minkman
(The Island Novella, #0.5)
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Publisher: Createspace; 105 pages

‘I walk toward the sea. The endless surface of the water extends to the horizon, whichever way I look.

Our world is small. We are on our own, and we only have ourselves to depend on. We rely on the Force deep within us, as taught to us by our forefathers.

If I were to walk westward from here, I would come across a barrier – the Wall. Behind it, there are Fools. At least, that’s what everyone says.

I have never seen one.’

Leia lives on the Island, a world in which children leave their parents to take care of themselves when they are ten years old. Across this Island runs a wall that no one has ever crossed. The Fools living behind it are not amenable to reason – they believe in illusions. That’s what The Book says, the only thing left to the Eastern Islanders by their ancestors.
But when a strange man washes ashore and Leia meets a Fool face to face, her life will never be the same. Is what she and her friends believe about the Island really true?

Or is everyone in their world, in fact, a Fool?

I have recently become a big fan on dystopian novels, and I have only read a few so I was excited to read a different dystopian novel. I really enjoyed the idea of this story, futuristic but not space age-y.

This book moved really fast, but then again it was a novella, and they tend to move faster. This book could be drawn out to a full length novel though, just expand certain parts of the story. I would totally love to read that. But the idea in general is very good. I did get a bit confused when the whole star wars references came into play.I'm still not sure how I feel about that aspect of it. However, at the end, it does make a little bit more sense.

I guess I guess i just didn't like how fast the story moved. The story itself I did love, also wasn't a fan of the star wars thing, but it had a very good pot line and it made you connect with the characters and want to see hat happens to them. The cover was a big draw for me, I really liked the cover. If there is more with this series, I will totally be reading them!

About the Author: 
Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.

In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!).



  1. Thanks Ashley! Yes, there will be a second part to this story. I decided to turn it into a duology, so keep an eye on my Goodreads page to find out more for the next release (probably Sep/Oct)!

  2. Sounds fantastic!!! Congrats to Jen on the new release! I love dystopians b/c it's a thrill to see how many ways the world can end and how the characters respond :)

  3. That anything can happen. It's as far as your imagination can go. That's what I love about it and how the human spirit continues to conquer

  4. Congratulations on the new book! I love dystopian novels because they show how the human spirit can overcome adversity.


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