Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: The Book of Tomorrow

By Melissa Amster



**Giveaway is now closed**

Have you ever wanted to know what would happen to you tomorrow? And if you had access to that information, would you change the outcome of the events as they were unfolding? Tamara Goodwin is given exactly that option when she finds a book in a travelling library while staying in a remote village with her family after a tragedy uproots her life.

Cecelia Ahern started out as a contemporary romance novelist with "P.S., I Love You" and "Rosie Dunne" (a.k.a. "Love Rosie" or "Where Rainbows End"). Then she started to inch her way into the fantasy realm with "If You Could See Me Now." She did keep up some element of romance in that novel, as well as with "Thanks for the Memories." As with "There's No Place Like Here" (a.k.a. "A Place Called Here"), in "The Book of Tomorrow," Ms. Ahern completely forays into a fantasy, fairy tale world and takes her characters along for the ride. However, unlike "There's No Place..." I found this story completely gripping and nearly impossible to put down. I wanted to keep reading until I found out what happened. And even then, Ms. Ahern would throw a few surprises in my path to devour and savor.

At first, I didn't know if I would enjoy reading about a spoiled sixteen year-old girl who had to live in a house half the size of the one she had left behind with a strange aunt and uncle. It immediately gave off a fairy tale feel and I usually have a hard time getting into such novels. However, I was so captivated by the story and Tamara's "voice" was so genuine that I just had to stick around to see where it went. In some ways, it gave off an Allison Winn Scotch feel and made me think of "The One that I Want." However, it was also completely different from a typical chick lit novel and I found myself loving it anyway. Aside from a few fact checks that could have been done (only a pop culture fanatic like myself would catch them), I was impressed and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a "curl up by the fire with a good book" type of novel.

I want to thank Elinor Fewster of Harper Collins (UK) for the review copy, as well as for the five extra copies she sent me to distribute to some lucky readers in the US and Canada.

How to win "The Book of Tomorrow":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted.)

For additional entries (each as a separate comment including your e-mail address, as well):
1. Please tell us: What is your favorite Cecelia Ahern novel? (If you haven't read her novels yet, which one interests you the most aside from this one?)
2. Please tell us: What would you do if you had access to information about the near future?
3. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
4. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
5. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

US/Canada only. Giveaway ends Monday, October 11th, at 6pm EST.

107 comments:

Marjorie said...

This book has an interesting storyline and I would like to read it and win it.


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Marjorie said...

P.S. I Love You would be a good book to read, I have never read a book by this author yet.

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Marjorie said...

I follow by google reader.

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Sheila B said...

1.) My favorite Cecelia Ahern novel is Rosie Dunne.

2. If I had access to information about the near future I would probably be distracted enough in the present to miss whatever was supposed to happen!

3. I will have to check, I think I may be following this blog already. I am better at following on Facebook entries.

4. I will post on Facebook.

5. I am a FB member.

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Wanda said...

I haven't read any of her books yet but I've always wanted to red "P.S. I Love You", ever since the movie came out.
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Wanda said...

If I had access to the near future, I would use the information either to correct the event or enhance the event.
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Wanda said...

I am a follower of your blog through Google Friend Connect.
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Wanda said...

I posted this contest on Twitter:
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Wanda said...

I joined Chick Lit Central on Facebook (Wanda Bergman) - wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I have wanted to read this book so bad:)

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Sarah said...

The only book I have read by her is "P.S. I love you"
I really enjoyed it.

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Sarah said...

I don't think I would do anything if I could see the future.

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Jencey said...

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I love Cecila Ahern's books. Although I have only read two, I absolutely loved, loved, loved. and etc...Love Rosie.

If I knew about tomorrow I would plot my career path.

I am a member of the blog and on facebook. I will post facebook and my blog.

Sarah said...

I am a loyal google follower:)

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Sarah said...

I posted on twitter @happymama82

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Sarah said...

I am a fb fan.

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PoCoKat said...

Thanks for the opportunity.

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PoCoKat said...

I follow on GFC.

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PoCoKat said...

If I had access to the future I am not sure what I would do...obviously try to ensure everyone I know is safe.

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Brittany Roshelle said...

Count me in!!

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Brittany Roshelle said...

I'm a follower!

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Colleen Turner said...

Oh my gosh, I want this book so bad! I just love Cecelia Ahern! And with a premise like this I don't think I could put it down. Please include me!
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Colleen Turner said...

My favorite of her books is PS I Love You (that book made me cry a number of time).
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Colleen Turner said...

Wow, if I could find out what was going to happen to me in the near future? Hmmm...that is a hard one! If it was bad news, I would probably make the best of it and spend as much time with my loved ones as I could. If it was good news...I would get ready to celebrate!
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Colleen Turner said...

I am a GFC follower of the blog.
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Colleen Turner said...

I am a Facebook fan!
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Laura Rachel Fox said...

This really sounds like an interesting read - something different.

Please enter me.

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Laura Rachel Fox said...

I haven't read any of Cecelia Ahern's novels, but "A Place Called Here" looks like an interesting read.

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Laura Rachel Fox said...

If I had access to information about the near future, I would probably drive myself crazy trying to control things. It's better that I just don't know.

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Laura Rachel Fox said...

I'm a follower of Chick Lit Central: The Blog!

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Laura Rachel Fox said...

I posted a link on Twitter

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Laura Rachel Fox said...

I'm a follower of Chick Lit Central on facebook

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Inspired Kathy said...

Please enter me.
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Inspired Kathy said...

I follow on GFC

Inspired Kathy said...

I Follow on FB
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Alana said...

PS I love you probably interests me the most.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I really like Ahern's books. Please enter me!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I follow by Google RSS

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Alana said...

PS I love you interests me the most :)

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Bonnie said...

Sounds like a great read! I have always wanted to read P.S. I Love You.
I am a loyal follower and shared on Facebook!
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

My favorite Ahern book would probably be Thanks for the Memories.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

If I had access to info about the near future, I'd check the stock market!

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Ruthie said...

This sounds like something I would enjoy. Please enter me, thanks.

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Ruthie said...

It would be too much of a burden to have access to future information, wouldn't want it.

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Ruthie said...

FB follower

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Sheila B said...

I have posted the review to my facebook page.

Sheila
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Sheila B said...

I have posted the review to my facebook page.

Sheila
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Stephanie G said...

Fabulous!

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Stephanie G said...

I already follow your blog.

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Stephanie G said...

I already follow you on Facebook

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Stephanie G said...

I have only read one other novel of her's, PS I Love You. But it was FABULOUS!!!

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Margie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Looks like an interesting book.
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Margie said...

Haven't read any of her books, but
The Gift looks intriguing.
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Margie said...

Don't think I would like to know the future. I'd prefer to just have it come as it will, and sometimes be surprised.
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Margie said...

blog follower via GFC
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Margie said...

Facebook fan
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Tiffany said...

I love her books!!

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Tiffany said...

I follow this blog!
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Tiffany said...

FB fan!
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Tiffany said...

http://twitter.com/cozyreadersnook

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Meg said...

Ooh, sounds great!

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Meg said...

My favorite Ahern novel is Where Rainbows End, which I think is actually called Love, Rosie in the U.S.? I got my copy in when visiting England and read it so fast -- a great story!

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Tiffany said...

hmm favorite novel.. PS I love you and Thanks for the memories! I can't choose.

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Meg said...

If I had access to the near future, I would probably try to avoid it at all costs... everything would become a self-fulfilling prophecy, it seems.

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Meg said...

I'm a follower!

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Meg said...

And -- last but not least! -- I'm a fan on Facebook. Thanks! :)

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Tiffany said...

information about the future... I would have to live my life the best I could to accomodate whatever it is I knew. Help people if they were going to be in trouble. Live to the fullest if soon to die.. etc.. just use what I know for the good..

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, babe. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

purplg8r said...

I love her books..please enter me!

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purplg8r said...

My favorite book by her is P.S. I Love You!

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purplg8r said...

I would love to have info about the near future. If it was negative info, I would do my best to change it!

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purplg8r said...

I am a follower!

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JHS. said...

Sounds intriguing!

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JHS. said...

Haven't read one of her books yet. But P.S. I Love You sounds good.

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JHS. said...

GFC follower.

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JHS. said...

FB member.

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Cherry McGill said...

Liked your style of writing. Interesting blog you have. I heard about the book before as well but wasn't sure whether to go for it or not but now I am definitely going to buy it.

debbie said...

I would like to read this book, it sounds really good.
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debbie said...

If I had information about the future that would effect my family I would try my best to protect them.
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Gwendolyn B. said...

This sounds fun and uplifting. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

I wanted to read THE GIFT last year around Christmastime but never did get a copy. It's at the top of my list for Christmas reads this year.

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Gwendolyn B. said...

. . . And, I'm a Follower!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Posted on my sidebar at A Sea of Books http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/

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Gwendolyn B. said...

What would I do with information about the near future? I'm sure I would overthink it! Like time-travel, these things can get really complicated! I know my intentions would be good, and I hope I wouldn't inadvertently screw things up!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Joined on Facebook!

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Anonymous said...

please enter me & thx for the contest
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a real librarian said...

Oh, I'd love to read this!! Thanks for the chance!

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StereoQueenBee said...

I follow your blog, I put this on Twitter and I would NOT like to know the future!

My email is queenofcrunk at gmail.com

holdenj said...

Her new book looks wonderful. Thanks for the info and chance to win.
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holdenj said...

I really enjoyed Thanks for the Memories. The characters were great and I really like the relationship with Joyce and her father.
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Heather said...

I have never read any of Cecelia Ahern's books. I didn't realize she wrote PS I love you. I did enjoy that movie! It looks like there are quite a few books of hers that I would enjoy!
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Heather said...

I would not want to know anything that happens in the future. I think it would be too stressful!
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Heather said...

I am a follower!
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Heather said...

I posted to facebook!
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Heather said...

I am a member of Chick Lit Central!
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Jeryl said...

I would like to read this book.

Jeryl said...

I would like to read Thanks for the Memories.

Jeryl said...

I don't know what I would do if I had access to information about the future; it depends what kind of information I had access to.

Anonymous said...

I am a member of chick lit central on Facebook.

Alyce said...

I'd like to be entered.

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Alyce said...

I haven't read any of her novels yet - There's No Place Like Here interests me most out of her other books.

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Alyce said...

If I had access to the near future I'd like to think that I'd use it to help whoever I could, but I also think it would probably become a tiresome burden at some point.

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Alyce said...

I'm following the blog.

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Rebecca Graham said...

Sounds interesting!

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piabernardino@bermillion.com said...

I haven't read any of her books but it would be P.S. I Love You!!!

I am a follower and will post this on my blog, fb and twitter.

flmom said...

I would love to win this!
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flmom said...

Bonus #1 - I have read Cecelia Ahern's If You Could See Me Now and enjoyed it immensely.
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