I am happy to host the blog tour for First Night by Tom Weston for Pump Up Your Book Promotions.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Alexandra O'Rourke, aged 16, is not a happy camper. It's New Year's Eve. She should be partying in San Diego with her friends, but instead she is stuck in Boston, with just her younger sister, Jackie, for company. As if that wasn't bad enough, she is being haunted by Sarah, the ghost of a seventeenth century Puritan. Oh, and there is the small matter of the charge of witchcraft to be sorted out.
Armed only with big shiny buttons and a helping of Boston Cream Pie, the sisters set out to restore the Natural Order. Can Alex solve the mystery of the Devil's Book? Can Jackie help Sarah beat the sorcery rap? And can they do it before the fireworks display at midnight? Because this is First Night - and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.
This was a cute story. I really liked the characters. I found a little bit of myself in both Alex and Jackie--at times I can be moody like Alex and other times I can be outgoing like Jackie. And I really liked the character of Sarah--I felt for her. And it was fun to read about Sarah not understanding the culture of today. While you are reading it, you can tell that the book was very well researched. I think people from Boston would definitely enjoy the book. I think there might have been a little too much history involved for me, as I found myself spacing out during some of it. And I had a hard time following the end--what happened to Sarah and why, but overall I enjoyed it.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
This book fullfilled items in the following challenges:
Paranormal 999 Challenge: Ghosts
“And to drink?” asked the waitress.
“I’ll have a beer, if I may?” replied Sarah.
“Can I see some ID please?” asked the waitress. “Sorry, but we have to check.”
“She’s just joking,” interrupted Alex. “She’ll have some water, like us.”
“Surely, you are not going to drink the water?” asked Sarah. This world differed so greatly from her world, but even these people must know the danger of drinking the water?
“Yes, why not?”
“Do you want to die of the colic or worms of the brain?”
“We have something called sanitation now,” sniped Alex. “If you’d had it in the seventeenth century, you might still be alive.”
“Or dead!” offered Jackie.
“Or dead, yes, absolutely,” amended Alex.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from England, Tom now hangs his hat in Boston, Massachusetts; with occasional spells in such faraway places as London and Luxembourg. Tom has a degree in Computer Science, and he claims to speak three languages: English, American, and Visual Basic. Before turning his hand to fiction, Tom had a successful career as the CEO of a systems consulting company, conference speaker, and writer of industry articles and business books.
As well as the novel, First Night, Tom has also written the screenplay, Fission, based on the true story of scientist, Lise Meitner, and the race for the atomic bomb. While Fission has yet to find a home in Hollywood, it garnered enough critical acclaim, including being named as a finalist at the London Independent Film Festival, that Tom was encouraged to keep on writing, resulting in his latest work which is, of course, First Night.
You can learn more about Tom and First Night by going to his website: http://www.tom-weston.com/
Thanks to Jaime at Pump Up Your Book Promotions for this opportunity.