Monday, January 22, 2018

Blogtour: Bridge of the Gods

 Title: Bridge of the Gods (Generation Son Chronicles #1)
Author:  C.J. Rose
Genre:YA Mythology/Folk Tale
Book Summary- Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luthor figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?

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Review from a local reporter-
Phil Angelo -writer for the Daily Journal

It is, perhaps, since the dawn of time, the fantasy of every teen boy.
Give me superpowers. Make me Spiderman. Make me Harry Potter. If I'm not Batman, Robin will do.
In that vein, C.J. Rose, of Bourbonnais, tells the fictional story of Luthor McAlester, a San Diego, southern California 18-year-old tapped by the gods of Greece to rescue them. If you have to rescue someone, it might as well be Zeus.
Rose's book is called "Bridge of the Gods," a Generation Son novel.
This is Rose's first book and she writes under the pseudonym C.J.
Rose. She's a hairdresser, but has always had a big lover for science fiction fantasy.
We were given a 450-page manuscript to review. It's a lot of book.
The two main characters are Luthor and Gwen, high school students. Luthor emerges as a traveler, someone with the gift of traveling through time, though the specific target is back to the days of Mount Olympus. Gwen is his guardian. They have a budding romance, just a bit more than a crush. There is no graphic sex in the book.
The powers that these two have are apparently hereditary. Most teens just get the car keys from their dads. Luthor gets the ability to see visions.
Labriola spins out the story as a series of riddles. Much of the action in the early part of the book involves Luthor, and the reader, just figuring out what a series of visions mean. In addition, Luthor reads a diary his father left behind. Much of the story is told through dialogue.
You get the picture. The action in this book is as much cerebral as it is physical. The real physical fighting takes place in the latter third of
the book. Luthor has a task to perform and he must overcome an opponent.
A working knowledge of Greek mythology would help you get through the book. It would have helped for the author to include a glossary of the Greek gods and their powers up front. Labriola borrows from other science fiction genres. Like Superman, Luthor seems to talk to a hologram of his deceased father.
There are times when the point of view in the book wanders. Sometimes the story is told through Luthor. Sometimes it is told through Gwen. Sometimes it even seems to be told through the dad. There are moments when the switch can be disconcerting, especially if the pronoun leaves you wondering who is really saying what at the moment. There are passages in Latin, which seem confusing if you have Greek gods. Better the passages would be in Greek.
Labriola gets high marks for plot here. This is a thinking person's book, not just a series of explosions and battles. It's certainly suitable for teens who like this kind of adventure. And, as we often take into account, a reasonably priced summertime read.

                                           Title:Official Companion Cookbook (Generation Chronicles 1)
Author: C.J. Rose                                              
Genre: Nonfiction Cookbook                            
 Let your taste buds come along on a ride through some of the most classic to the old world recipes. These recipes follow the character of the Generation Son Chronicles series as well as some of the favorites from the people involved with the books.

Review: I love a good mythology story, and was excited to pick this one up! Luther and Gwen make a great pair, and I loved seeing the story unfold before them. I haven't read many Greek mythology stories in a while, and this one was a joy to read. Well written, fast paced, and highly entertaining!

Author Summary- Now a little bit about her. RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

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