Oct 7, 2013

Blog Tour: The Waves by Jen Minkman Review, Dream Cast & Giveaway

The Waves by Jen Minkman
(The Island, #2)
Release Date: October 4, 2013
Publisher: Jen Minkman; 120 pages

The first memory I have of my grandfather is of a moment that we share together.
I’m sitting on his knee looking out over the harbor. Grandpa is smoking a pipe. He points at the horizon. “Look, Walt. Our ships are out there. And one day, another even more beautiful ship will appear at the horizon. A mighty ship to take us all away. And Annabelle will be at the front deck with open arms, inviting us all to join her on board.”
“Why don’t we sail to her ourselves?” I inquire wide-eyed.
“Because she promised she would come,” granddad replies. “And in that promise we trust. It’s only the Unbelievers who think they can do everything themselves. They have no faith in the Goddess.”

Walt lives in Hope Harbor, an island community that has put its trust in salvation from across the sea. The townspeople wait patiently, build their ships to sail out and welcome the Goddess, and piously visit the temple every week. Horror stories to scare their children are told about the Unbelievers on the other side of Tresco.
But not all is what it seems. Walt has questions that no one can answer, and when his best friend and cousin Yorrick is killed in an accident, he digs deeper to find out the truth about the origins of Hope Harbor’s society… and the secrets of the temple.

Return to the world of The Island and discover what Walt's life was like before and after he met Leia!

The Waves is not a continuation of The Island, but The Island in Walt's POV. In The Island we discovered how live was on the east side of the island, the unbeliever side. Leia's side. In The Waves we get to see how life is on the west side, the fools side of the island. Walt's side.

I think that either one you read, either The Waves or The Island first, you won't be confused. Since its pretty much the same story in a way. But WOW was this one much much better! I didn't dislike The Island, the whole Star Wars aspect of it completely threw me off though. If you read The Waves then The Island, I think it wouldn't have thrown me off at first.

I loved Walt's story so much. It was much more believable and easier to read. Like Leia, Walt and the other kids in his town were also told to stay away from the wall and told untrue stories about the people who live on the other side. Calling them unbelievers because they didn't believe in their goddess, Annabelle. I loved the correlation between the two books and make them fit together very nicely. This one also had a bit of a dark twist to it, when it came to the priest and Yorrick. I'll leave it at that, don't want to ruin anything.

I really enjoyed The Waves. I do almost wish I read it first, or t came out as the first one, instead of The Island. I think it would have worked better, BUT needless to say, I really enjoyed this series so far and am anxious to see what happens next! And I'm totally IN LOVE with this cover!!!

The Waves Dream Cast

Young Alex Pettyfer as Walt

Alice Englert as Leia

Dave Franco as Yorrick

Britt Robertson as Alisa

Bernard Hill as Grandpa Thomas

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, chick lit 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!).

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