Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Review & $25 Green Gift Card Giveaway: Tangled Ties To a Manatee

Original Title: Tangled Ties to a Manatee
Author: Kalen Cap
Release Date: May 5th 2012
Genre: Humor, Crime Thriller



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 that is revealed through multiple points of view. The novel emphasizes college-aged characters, though not all, such as the developmentally disabled ones, are in college.

REVIEW

There are numerous characters in the novel, who all have different stories of their own.  And all these characters get somehow tied to a pregnant manatee at the zoo.  All these characters are aware of one another at some point in the novel and its really clever to build the plot like that.  I would loved to read more about the said manatee, but unfortunately, there was very few paragraphs alloted to that.

The author has tried something completely different in the way of writing.  But, although I really appreciate it, this would have better worked with 3-4 main characters..not for more than 10 characters.  It took me too long to understand the plot and characters.  By the time I understood them, I was near completion of the book.  I have to admit, when I did understand, I loved it.

The problem is you need patience..in a vast quantity.  I didn't tell you about the synopsis or plot, because this is one of those books, where opinions might vary widely.  While I loved the characters individually, due to the problem in remembering 'who is what', and the confusions in bringing them together, I lost the interest somewhere.

The ending was satisfying though, mainly because after a lot of struggles, I understood the plot and I was able to remember the characters.

Very good try on plot building!  But, could have been more understandable and less confusing.


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25 comments:

  1. sounds different i havent read any such book yet... thanks for the giveaway

    anubha56(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Anubha, I'm glad the book is being noticed as something different for readers.

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  2. This book reminds me of the first Ace Ventura movie :)

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    1. Thanks Leah, I hope it is as much fun for readers.

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  3. Thank you, Vidya, for the review and hosting my debut novel today. I appreciate it.

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  4. Hi Kalen...Congrats on the debut. I haven't seen anything that says this is a YA book, but with the ages of some of the characters and the themes, it sounds like it might be a YA. BUT, from this review, with so many characters, maybe it's not YA. What's your take on the potential for this book among teen readers?
    Happy July 4th...
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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  5. Hi Catherine, A couple of reviews have mentioned it would fit for the YA reader. There is more of a new adult emphasis, so that would be more of a crossover effect. Thank you for asking.

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  6. It does sound intriguing...thanks for the candid review.

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org

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  7. Congratulations on your debut novel! The diverse charactes & subplots that come together towards the end remains me of a book that I read years ago: Thornton Wilder's Bridge of San Luis Rey.

    I think your title, blurb and cover accentuates well the tangled aspect of the book.

    strive4bst at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you strive4bst. Derek did a great job with the cover.

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  8. I love stories that have more than one main story line. This sounds really intriguing to me.

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    1. Thanks MomJane. It does allow intricacies that way.

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  9. The book sounds interesting! Very different from what I usually read though. Great review, and congrats on the debut novel!
    laceyblossom1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Lacey. I hope the novel provides something different for frequent readers that they will like.

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  10. A very different book indeed. I'm not sure what I think about it yet.
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway.
    autumnflower6ATaolDOTcom

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  12. Thank you for the giveaway!

    missymyt(At)gmail(dot)com

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  13. The words Humor and Crime Thriller caught my eye! With that combination, I'm sure I would like this book! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  14. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ladystingray72118(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Mysterious...

    gilnambatac@gmail.com

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  17. Sounds like a good mystery.
    Thanks for the opportunity to read and review.
    Leona
    mnleona at aol dot com

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  18. interesting

    thx for the giveaway

    karlaihdez@gmail.com

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