Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT #scifi #fantasy The Hat by C.S. Boyack @virgilante

Today’s team review is from Robbie, she blogs here https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

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Robbie has been reading The Hat by C.S. Boyack

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My review

The Hat by C.S. Boyack is such a great read. The main characters are a young girl, Lizzie St Laurent, a twenty-one-year-old college dropout whose grandmother has died and who has been left to fend for herself in a city far from home and the Hat. Lizzie is working a couple of jobs to pay the bills and keep a roof over her head. She also has a deal with the landlord whereby she keeps the garden tidy and trim in return for free utilities. Lizzie is struggling and when her uncle doesn’t want to give her a keepsake from her grandmother’s estate, she helps herself to one from the back of the removal van. Boy, does she make a good choice. She ends up acquiring a hat that can communicate with her, transform its shape, transfer her to a “safe house’ built by her grandfather and teach her how to play a musical instrument. What is even better is that the Hat is magically bound to Lizzie’s family and is there to assist her out of tight spots in life. When the baby of a friend of Lizzie’s is stolen, the Hat is right there by her side to help her rescue the babies form a band of ruthless kidnappers.

Along the way, Lizzie will have some fun experimenting with great fashion items and meeting some interesting musicians. The Hat is a fast-paced novella which will keep you turning the pages, giving you lots of laughs along the way.

I rated this book five stars out of five.

Book description

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

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Sunday Connection – books we’ve reviewed this week, plus links to the Blogosphere #SundayBlogShare

This week we’ve been reviewing the following:

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Monday – Karen reviewed superhero fantasy The Hat by C.S. Boyack

That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

Tuesday – Cathy reviewed Irish romance That Summer At The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan

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I reviewed romantic suspense Inconclusive Evidence by Reily Garrett

A Clerical Error (The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries #3)

Wednesday – Barb reviewed cosy mystery A Clerical Error by J New

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Thursday – Guest author Tim Walker talked about his Arthurian book Uther’s Destiny

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Friday – Sean reviewed scifi X0 by Sherrie Cronin

Plus links to the blogosphere

Writers: Advice on how to promote yourself

https://storyempire.com/2018/03/28/promoting-yourself/

3 Mistakes new writers are making

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/three-mistakes-new-writers-are-still.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+TerryTyler+(Terry+Tyler)

How to write an Amazon Book Blurb

https://deborahjayauthor.com/2018/02/26/4-steps-to-writing-your-amazon-book-blurb-notes-from-20bookslondon/

Formatting from a Word document to Kindle

https://chrismcmullen.com/2018/03/24/kindle-formatting-magic/

 

Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT superhero #fantasy The Hat by C.S. Boyack @virgilante

Today’s team review is from Noelle, she blogs here http://saylingaway.wordpress.com

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Noelle has been reading The Hat by C.S. Boyack

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The Hat is a delightfully fun, whimsical fantasy with overtones of chick lit and Disney magic. As a novella, it is a fast, fast read, and I was disappointed when I came to the end.

Lizzie St. Laurent is a 21-year-old college dropout who is having a difficult time following the loss of her grandmother, whom she loved and with whom she lived. She moved to an apartment, but her roommate abandoned her, and now she is working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Her uncle is in control of her grandmothers’ estate, and when she visits her grandmother’s house in the hopes of having something by which to remember her, she finds everything boxed up and on a moving truck. In frustration, she snatches a box from the truck and brings it home.

From the book’s title, the reader can guess what Lizzie finds in that box – a hat – but not just any hat. This Hat can talk and can alter its look to any fashion appropriate to Lizzie’s wardrobe. More importantly, the Hat can transport Lizzie to other places, once it’s on her head. Lizzie is taken by the Hat to a cabin owned by her grandmother, a place which no one knows about, and discovers she can play a mean jazz bass, when the Hat plays through her fingers. The banter between Lizzie and the Hat is pure comedy and made me laugh.

In a serious subplot, the magical and paranormal abilities of the Hat take Lizzie on a roller coaster ride to uncover a ring of baby snatchers and find her best friend’s kidnapped child. How does it do that? You have to read the book.

The ending left me thinking there will be more adventures of these two odd companions, and I’m looking forward to them! C.S. Boyack has created a magical mystery tour de force.

Book description

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

About the author

About the author:

Craig Boyak was born in Elko, Nevada, which the author claims has always been a little behind the times and gives him a unique perspective. He moved to Idaho in the early 2000s and jumped into his writing career where he found other writers and critique groups. He likes to write about things that are unusual, and his books are science fiction, fantasy and paranormal designed to entertain his readers. The Hat is his twelfth book.

C. S. Boyack

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT superhero #fantasy The Hat by C.S Boyack @virgilante

Today’s team review is from Karen, she blogs here http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com

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Karen has been reading The Hat by C.S. Boyack

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My Opinion

This book introduces you to Lizzie St. Laurent, working several jobs to pay the bills.

With The Hat, C. S. Boyack presents us with a hilarious paranormal suspense story in novella length. The story is skillfully elaborated and has a great flow. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people instead of mere characters; even if the hat is not human – it has personality. I was drawn into the story right away, very close to Lizzie and – the hat. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a wonderful time reading The Hat. It is a highly enjoyable read – hopefully the first in a series.

This is for you if you like stories in novella length, paranormal events, hilarious moments, superheroes, and very likeable characters to cheer on.

This is a book to read again. Highly recommended!

Book description

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs, and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.

About the author

About the author:

Craig Boyak was born in Elko, Nevada, which the author claims has always been a little behind the times and gives him a unique perspective. He moved to Idaho in the early 2000s and jumped into his writing career where he found other writers and critique groups. He likes to write about things that are unusual, and his books are science fiction, fantasy and paranormal designed to entertain his readers. The Hat is his twelfth book.

C. S. Boyack

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