Tribal Affairs + Giveaway

Book Details:

Book Title: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann
Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Matt Dallmann
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

Book Description:

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

My Review

I just love when a book exceeds my expectations. This book is solid. At first glance when you read this book summary, you may think "fantasy". Yet, this book is more than just "fantasy". It kind of dealt some into the mental psyche as well.

Liana and Taffi were great main characters. They were relatable and engaging. Both the young and adult readers will enjoy this book. Plus, the other characters and locations that Liana and Taffi met and visited along the way were cool. There was more to Liana. As the story progressed, these attributes were revealed. There was a romance between Liana and Taffi but it was not the main strong focul point of the story. I liked this as it did not distract from the overall story.

There were moments within the story where it would flash into the past. These moments helped add to the present and the connection between Liana and the bracelet. This was such an easy, smooth read. I finished this book in one day. I look forward to reading more books from Mr. Dallman.

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Meet the author:

Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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How Justifying Genie Powers Got me interested in Quantum Physics by Matt Dallmann 

While most superheroes, wizards, aliens, robots, gods and genetically modified dystopian humans are capable of some amazing things; they are all still grounded within some set of rules/reality. Genies do have a small set of basic rules, but can otherwise create, conjure or do almost anything; all you have to do is wish for it. That’s a pretty awesome power to contain in 60,000 words or less. So when I stumbled onto a discovery about how tiny particles may know what is going to happen before it actually happens, I thought it might be my link from the genie world to reality. My central take away was that particles don’t actually become anything/anyone until they are observed. Remember the question; if a tree falls in the woods and there is no one there to see or hear it, does it still fall? Well, according quantum theory the answer is no; it only falls/makes a sound if someone knows, or something in the future knows, it is going to fall. There is also the famous Schrodinger’s Cat theory; if there is a cat in a box, it isn’t alive or dead until you open the box and look at it. Of course, that is simplifying it a bit, but my thought was; what if genies could manipulate these particles before they were observed? What if they could see the particles existing in space and time, before any human or animal could, and then nudge them into being? I mean, if Haley Joel Osment could see dead people, certainly genies could see quantum particles. I did have to be careful, of course, of not turning my book into a really long thesis paper on quantum theory. I have come across a book or two that planted a non-fiction theme so deeply that it outweighed the actual story. As fascinated as I had become by quantum theory, I doubted that my book would become the catalyst to bridge the gap between particle behavior enthusiasts and, basically everyone else. I can only hope that it tickles the curiosity bone of some readers just a little bit.

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Unknown said…
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!
Jana Leah B said…
This book has the coolest cover.

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