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Monday, March 27, 2017

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones...Review& Giveaway!



Who needs a book to read? I just finished up a couple over the weekend (I read instead of doing chores and I don't regret it a bit!). One of the books of the books that caused me to procrastinate was Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones and it was well worth the mountain of laundry I am currently ignoring to write this post! Here is the scoop...

A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them.
He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks.

For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes—always on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.

A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story— funny, bloody, raw, and real—told in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.


My Thoughts: At its' core this is a coming of age story.  It is about growing up and the emotional rollercoaster that can be.  However....this isn't any old "regular" tale of growing up...the narrator is a werewolf.  Yup.  Not exactly your typical teen angst!  That being said, one might say every young person has something they are afraid of or ashamed of about themselves and Jones certainly has a way of weaving the normalcy of those feelings into this book.  I am not typically a fan of werewolf/vampire/monster type stories but this book was way more than that.  Yes, there were some more graphic bits (they are werewolves after all!) but it is a wonderfully written book about life and relationships and about growing up and that is fascinating no matter what you do under the cloak of darkness!  This is a well written book that I was sorry to see end.  You can pick up your copy HERE.

I am so  pleased to tell you that the publisher, Harper Collins is giving one lucky Reviewed by Mom reader a copy of Mongrels.  Thanks so much to the sponsor and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

36 comments:

  1. I read one of my favorite books to my son last night, The Lion the witch and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

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  2. My favorite book of all time is Gone with the Wind.

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  3. My Facebook user name is DS Owen - I commented.

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  4. @patrick. I like that answer! The best one is the next one. LOL.

    I'm going to say the Blue Sword because it does rank up there as one of my faves.

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  5. I love the Bible!

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  6. To Kill a Mockingbird is my all time favorite!

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  7. I also commented on this non-giveaway post: https://reviewedbymom.blogspot.com/2017/03/trader-joes-wonton-soup-recipe.html

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  8. My favorite book of all time might be one by Evelyn Waugh. "Decline and Fall"? "A Handful Of Dust"?

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  9. Any of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

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  10. I love Anne of green gables

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  11. my favorite book is me before you. it's so good.

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  12. This is a hard question as I have read so many books. I will have to pick "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank. It was written in the late 1950's at the height of the cold war. A great book!

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  13. My favorite book of all time is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson! :D

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  14. "Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank, published in 1959.

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  15. my favorite book of all time is the twilight series

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  16. My favorite book would have to be Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey!

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  17. I am sticking with "Alas, Babylon" written in the 1950's.

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  18. I love The Funhouse by Dean Koontz.

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  19. My favorite book to read is The Host. I can read it over and over.

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  20. My favorite book(s) is the Blessings Series by Beverly Jenkins!

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  21. One of my favorite books of all time is The Outsiders. I also love all of James Patterson's and Harlan Coben's books.

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  22. Wow! Favorite book of all time?! Tough question. I have read so many great books. I loved The Shining by Stephen King and Intensity by Dean Koontz...but also loved the Twilight series, so well written. A Time to Kill, Absolute Power...too many to choose just one. Does that disqualify me?

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  23. My favorite book is The Notebook

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  24. I loved all the Harry potter books

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  25. The Illustrated Man Book by Ray Bradbury.

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  26. Lord of the Flies; a 1954 dystopian novel by William Golding.

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  27. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut with the Ice nine form of water.

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  28. The whimiscal Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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  29. The Nineteen Eighty-Four dystopian novel by George Orwell.

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  30. The controversial Catcher in the Rye novel by J. D. Salinger.

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