Book Tour + Giveaway[closed]! Olde School

Olde School by Selah Janel 
Fantasy, Adventure
Published March 18th 2014 by Seventh Star Press
eBook $4.16 CAD, paperback $19.95 USD
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Note: As a tour host selected by TLC virtual book tours, I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own. 
Trolls with security cameras on their bridges, and laptops for their records. Cinderella fangirls searching for their prince on online dating websites. Unionized housemaids and waitresses. A mixture of progress and tradition, Kingdom City is trying to welcome in modernity while still glorifying the Golden Age. 
Paddlelump Stonemonger is a successful businesstroll, earning his fortune through the tolls from his bridge. It seems he has been a bit too successful, because now the Lord Mayor is after his land. Furthermore, Padd recently hired a maid from a website to help out at home. Her name is Nobody, and she’s a little shady. Padd, however, is too gentle to confront her. As he tries to figure out what she’s up to with the help of his friends, Padd gets in deeper than he expected. Not only so, but there have been some strange goings-on in the forest beyond his bridge. First he thinks he’s got enough on his plate. However, he soon learns that he can’t ignore Thadd Forest. 
When I read the synopsis for this book, it intrigued me right away. With an interesting and creative premise, I thought it would be the perfect book to dive back into fantasy. I love the blending of fairytale and modernity:

“Now [Paddlelump] took his bookwork home and finished his records in comfort. Besides, he could always send his attorney after any trespassers he caught on the security cameras he’d installed the month before. Ippick would bash him upside the head for it, but it was a changing realm and he had to keep up.”
When I began reading, it took me a while to get into the story. You’re immediately thrust into this strange new world, and many of the introductions felt a bit stilted. I know this is often a tough one for authors. They need to introduce the reader to everything, but they don’t want it to feel like that’s what they’re doing. It should feel natural. Unfortunately, for the most part the introductions to main characters all came at once and with too much description. I have nothing against description, it was just an overwhelming amount in one scene. This lead to the scene feeling a bit garbled and bogged down. 
Once I got passed the introductions, it seemed to take quite a while to get into the meat of the story. While all that passed in the first half the novel was good, it could have been shortened and paced better. That being said, once I did get to the meat, it was pretty good! The story was quirky, witty, fun, and humorous, with a touch of the serious— a fantasy dramedy, if you will. I loved the idea of the princess fangirls, all vying for their chance at happily ever after. I found Padd a compelling protagonist, even if he was a little thick at times. The whole thing reminded me of Shrek (although Shrek is an ogre, and Padd is a troll). 
The main mystery of the forest was clever and compelling, with links to the magical past of the realm and to Padd’s ancestry. The way everything connects was interesting, exciting, and well thought out. 
Overall this is a clever, hilarious, and creative novel. It’s a very interesting premise, and, for the most part, I liked what Janel did with it! 
This book is not for everybody. That being said, if you are a fan of fantasy novels (with ogres, trolls, pixies, and the like) you should give this one a try! It was really fun, and I enjoyed it.


About the Author

Selah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either. 
She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but has a deep love of children’s and YA literature and can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane. 
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