This was one of the books I read for the finals of BBNYA 2020 and it was such a fun read! It’s a short standalone novel that I would personally put in the New Adult to-range if we speak about audience. Calico Thunder Rides Again ended up on the 7th place of BBNYA 2020 and I am just really excited to share my thoughts with you today!
But first, what is BBNYA? The Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors . The goal is to give under appreciated, lesser known indie authors a chance to make themselves known without being overshadowed by the big names, but also show the world the power of book bloggers! More info at the end of this post and on www.bbnya.com.
My review of Calico Thunder Rides Again
I received this book to read and review as part of the BBNYA 2020 competition.
All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.
The story of Calico Thunder Rides Again is about Jake Strickland, who inherited the ownership of a magical circus after the passing of his father, but he also inherited his debts. He manages to turn the show into a profitable business, working off all debts and keeping the circus alive. But when a dangerous mobster comes to collect an old debt, Jake has to go to extremes to get all the money together, with his responsibility for the circus and the lives and livelihoods of every person and animal in the circus weighing down on him.
To be honest here, I don’t think I would have ever picked up this book if it weren’t for BBNYA. But I am really glad I was assigned this title, as it was such a fun little book. Aside from the interesting setting of a magical circus, Calico Thunder Rides Again is full of themes like found family and dealing with broken and imperfect (family)relationships. The book is really character driven, so these themes really compliment that.
I like the writing style in this book, as it was just easy to read and go through, but it did hold the correct emotions at the right moments. I was able to read a lot in one reading session, because of this nice writing style. I wasn’t getting bored or didn’t want to put it down because I needed a moment to process what was going on.
The one thing that stood out in this book that I really disliked was the pacing of the plot. The book was nicely paced for most part, maybe a bit on the slow-side sometimes, but nothing too bothersome. But then the ending was squeezed in such a small part of the book, wrapping up the plot REALLY quickly in just a relatively small amount of pages. It made the ending a lot less satisfying than I hoped and it was just a bummer. It was still a good ending, don’t get me wrong, but the body of the book was a lot better.
I really recommend this book. It’s short, fun, has a dragon, has found family, great writing and an interesting story. It’s absolutely worthy of being one of the finalists of BBNYA 2020 and I am glad that I got the chance to read this.
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Content warnings: animal captivity, animal abuse (including animal death), bullying & extortion, alcohol use, references to death/dying, blood, violence. (Source.)
About the author
T. A. Hernandez is a science fiction and fantasy author and long-time fan of speculative fiction. She grew up with her nose habitually stuck in a book and her mind constantly wandering to make-believe worlds full of magic and adventure. She began writing after reading J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings many years ago and is now happily engaged in an exciting and lifelong quest to tell captivating stories.
She is a clinical social worker and the proud mother of two girls. She also enjoys drawing, reading, graphic design, playing video games, and making happy memories with her family and friends.
BBNYA, the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award, is a competition for indie authors (both self-published and published by small indie presses). Our goal is to give underappreciated, lesser-known authors a chance to gain some recognition without being overshadowed by the big names, but also show the world the power of book bloggers!
The contest will be judged by a large and diverse panel of book bloggers from all around the world. The panel will put the books through several rounds of judging based on a wide set of criteria. As each round goes by, we will announce the results – until finally, we arrive at our finalists. After further intensive reviewing, we will choose our favorite and declare it the ‘’Book Bloggers Novel of the Year’’!
The winning author will receive a whole bunch of prizes, as well as the honour, recognition, and vindication of being our winner and the endorsement of book bloggers. You can read all about the prizes for the winning author and top finalists here.
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