Monday, April 27, 2015

G590 Book Review of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire Book I Kidnap by Sally Ann Melia

Name of Book:  Guy Erma and the Son of Empire Book I Kidnap

Author: Sally Ann Melia

ISBN: 9781508945956

Publisher: Self published

Part of a Series: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

Type of book: Science fiction, aliens, politics, fighting, determination, kidnapping, manipulation, friendship, threats, modeling, destiny, class

Year it was published: 2015


KIDNAP: Book 1 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire

An Action Adventure set a long time ago on a planet far far away...

The new serialisation of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire!

"Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia is a fast-paced and exciting YA military sci-fi read. Don't miss this one!" — Brent LeVasseur, author and illustrator of the Aoléon The Martian Girl series.

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?
13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.
13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.
Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?


The main characters include Guy Erma, an illegitimate and a very determined young man who wants to become the greatest fighter. There is also Prince Teodor who strikes me as a bit spoiled and already thinks he's the best of the best. The girl characters  of the book such as Nell and Teodor's mother aren't very developed in the story, and I feel that I barely know them or their motives.


I'm not sure what the message should have been, maybe not everything is what it seems?


The story is written in third person narrative from multiple characters' points of view. Towards certain elements I wanted there to be more explanations such as why is it forbidden for some people to acknowledge certain children they have, or where the politics of the different worlds came from. I am also curious as to why the fighting system that Guy Erma participated in, how it developed and came to be. What is important while reading the book is that the story is broken down into three parts. Originally the story was a complete novel, but now its broken down into three parts.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Pre-order the Book:     Amazon

Sally Ann Melia author pic
Meet the Author:

The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest


So far the author has built a pretty fascinating world that slightly reminds me of Traitors by Kathryn Rusch, but it's definitely for young adults because it seems that while the world is fascinating, it isn't fully fleshed out as one hopes. (Maybe in the future installments it will become more vivid and dimensional?) I also would have wanted a bit more background about how the world became the way it did, because while some previous science fiction stories I read did this gradually so to speak, this story plunges you straight into the science fiction elements. I do look forward to reading future installments because the ending made me pretty curious about how it will all play out. By the way, I did like the pictures/concept art of the characters which seem to be fitting in with the characters.

This is for iRead Book Tours

Tour Schedule:

April 20 - Room With Books - review
April 20 - Bluerose's Heart - review
April 20 - Horror Maiden's Book Reviews - review
April 20 - Book Stop Corner - review
April 21 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review
April 21 - Life as Leels - review
April 22 - Mama Knows Books - review
April 22 - Adam Oster, Adventure Novelist - review
April 23 - In This World of Books... - review
April 23 - The Autistic Gamer - review
April 23 - Readers Muse - review
April 24 - Vic's Media Room - review
April 24 - Moon Shine Art Spot - review
April 24 - Life With Katie - review
April 24 - There Will be Another Sunrise - review
April 27 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
April 28 - Bound for Escape - review
April 28 - Working Mommy Journal - review
April 29 - T's Stuff - review
April 30 - The World As I See It - review
April 30 - JBronder Book Reviews - review
April 30 - Christy's Cozy Corners - review
May 1 - Green and Glassie - review
May 1 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review
May 4 - Young in Rome - review
May 4 - Brooke Blogs - review
May 5 - Reading Authors - review
May 5 - A Bit Bookish - review
May 6 - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks - review
May 7 - Crossroad Reviews - review
May 7 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review
May 8 - Blooming with Books - review
May 8 - The Bookfairy - review
May 11 - Bookroom Reviews - review
May 12 - Girl With Camera - review
May 12 - Library of Clean Reads - review
May 13 - Freda's Voice - review
May 13 - Pinky's Favorite Reads - review
May 14 - Jessica Cassidy - review
May 14 - Feminist Reflections - review
May 14 - Create With Joy - review
May 15 - I'd Rather Be at the Beach - review
May 15 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - review
May 15 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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