Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Tangles Ties to a Manatee by Kalen Cap

This virtual book review tour is presented by Goddess Fish Promotions.
Here is the entire tour schedule:
July 4:  Books Are Magic
July 5:  Reviewing Shelf
July 10:  The Wormhole
July 12:  Reviews by Molly

Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour!

A pregnant manatee is rare at any zoo, and a first for the Grove City Zoo in Ohio. Ankh is a delight to zoo patrons, a concern to its staff, and the unintentional victim of two con men. She has no idea how many human relationships, problems, and dreams tangle around her. Jerry is a young developmentally disabled man who happily follows Ankh's pregnancy on the zoo's webcam. He has a shy crush on Janelle, a pretty college student who volunteers for his group home’s outings to the zoo. Jerry's Aunt Vera also loves nature and runs an environmental retreat center. But all is not well, with Vera or the center. The center needs money and is under investigation as a cult. Amid their college studies, Janelle and her friend Cecily try to help. Instead, Janelle re-awakens an old obsession in Vera when an innocent tarot reading hints at how the center might be saved. Two bumbling con men are attempting to sabotage the region’s electrical grid as part of a lucrative scheme. But Jerry accidentally gets in their way and becomes their captive. When the con men surprisingly succeed in bringing the grid down, it spells danger for Ankh, her unborn pup, and the many people tied to them both. With investigations of their own, Cecily and Janelle try to untangle it all to find Jerry, save a manatee’s life, and rescue Vera from herself. Tangled Ties to a Manatee is a humorous crime thriller with environmental themes. The novel is revealed through multiple points of view and centers around college-aged characters.

My thoughts:
This story is clever and original.  There are a host of characters and it is told from multiple viewpoints.  The author has created the many characters with varying depths and gives the reader an opportunity to get to know each with the multiple viewpoint style.  There is a complexity to the mix of the people and the writing style that keeps the reader on their toes.  The world that the author has created for these characters is realistic and yet imaginative.  I have not read a story like this one before.  There are times that it seems a bit difficult to follow all the strands, but it comes together for the reader in the end.  No spoilers here - to learn more, you'll have to read the book.

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