The Breedling and the City in the Garden + Giveaway

Book Description:

Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.
These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.

Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.

Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

My Review

I wanted to check this book out because it sounded like it was in the steampunk genre. A genre that I enjoy reading. When I saw the author's picture, I knew that she shared the same love. This book turned out better then I had hoped. Always, a bonus. In addition, it was surprising to read that this is the author's debut novel. This book reads like it comes from a seasoned professional.

Right from the beginning, I was along for the journey. From the time period to the characters, and the plot. Charlie and Bartholomew or Buck were great together. Buck's inquisitive mind was refreshing. I saw things as he saw them (in some cases for the first time). Charlie was so patient and a good friend to Buck. Buck's ability to communicate with animals was great. It was kind of like Harry Potter. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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Author's Bio:

Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer's room, working her current "day job", or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture. ​

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~Pinterest  ~ Instagram

Which was the hardest character to write? Grocer Pawlak was by far one of the most challenging because it took a while to discover his true nature. In the end, the Disney classic Pinocchio provided the clarity I needed to see him right. The easiest? The Apothecary, hands down.


What advice would you give budding writers? Be prepared to live in two worlds. The “real” one and the one you are building. Be sure to find balance between them. Also, as Thomas Edison once said, “Many of life’s failures, are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”


What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? In the narrative, I don’t use contractions. I’m not sure why exactly, it has always been that way.


Do you snack while writing? Honestly, sometimes I put off eating, because I can’t eat and write at the same time, haha. However, when I’m editing, I do snack, because I’m reading more and don’t have to use my hands as much. Favorite snack? Currently its Avocado Oil BBQ Potato Chips.


If you could go back in time, where would you go? The Roarin’ 20s. I’ve always wanted to be a part of a “Great Gatsby” party


What is the last great book you’ve read? The Night Circus by Erin Mortenson

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Thank you again Cheryl for the fun interview and for the glowing review. I am diligently at work on Book 2: The Breedling and the Trickster. Look for it to come out June of 2017.

Happy Reading!
Ally Swanson said…
Congrats on the new book! I want to win this Chicago gift box, because my family is from Chicago and it's been a really long time since I've been back. I would love something from home as a nice reminder. Thanks!

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