Friday, 1 August 2014

Kaleidoscope Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Title: Kaleidoscope
Series: Stim #2
Author: Kevin Berry
Release Date: January 3, 2014
Publisher: Waspie Publishing
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
The sequel to STIM…an Aspie new adult contemporary novel set in an earthquake zone.

Chloe is different. She has Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and probably a few other inconvenient conditions as well. She’s a quirky, resourceful and clever psychology student, but her world is literally about to be shaken apart. A devastating earthquake sparks a chain of events that spiral her life out of control. She’s off her meds. Her oddly-named cat is missing. She doesn’t know what she wants out of life any more. Misfortune and uncertainty don’t mix well with bundles of energy and Chloe’s tendency to ignore consequences. It’s as if mayhem and trouble are her constant companions.

Will Chloe be able to cope with the earth-shaking events that rock her world?

The story picks up a few months after the events in Stim ended. Both Robert and Chloe are still adjusting from the events of the earthquake that changed their daily life on a flip of a dime.

The events that Chloe endures within this story are barely manageable for even a person who isn't autistic. She pulls through like a champion. But like all champions, she has some low points. Although we do have to remember what is a low for someone whose autistic, can be kind of extreme. 

The flow of this book is very similar to Stim. This, is a good thing. Not often I'd say that, but I feel it makes you understand Chloe more. I wanted to be with her and try to understand her, because as we read about her current dealings, we also learn more about her family dynamic, or should I say, lack thereof. She's one who needs more friends who understand her. 

Normally, when the main character of a book is down and such, the secondary character comes and tries to help. Well, in this case, that doesn't happen. And in a normal situation one would get mad at a character while reading this book. But with Robert, you can't expect the "norms", all because of how his brain works. Simple things as sarcasm and saying "penny for your thoughts" are over is head. It's just the quirk of the autistic mind. He tries hard, truly. It's just he doesn't pick up on such things.

Overall, I love this book. It was hard to see Chloe hit that low, but at the same time, we got to see how she thinks things through and in the end, she finds her place in this world. 

As I was reading, I found 2 pages that I loved. And I thought I'd share with you what pages they were.

I think this page pretty much describes how any book lover feels when in a bookstore.

Any story that can reference Doctor Who wins an award in my books for awesomeness.

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About the Author
Kevin Berry is an indie author. His particular niche is writing Aspie New Adult contemporary novels set in an earthquake zone. The first of these is STIM, published in October 2013.

His first novels, co-written with Diane Berry, are Dragons Away!, Growing Disenchantments and Fountain of Forever (humorous fantasy). These are available as paperbacks and ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.
Links: Website - Twitter - Goodreads
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