Review: Forty Days by Stephanie Parent

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Tour Host: YA Bound

Source: Stephanie Parent – I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation.
Publisher: Stephanie Parent
Series: Neima’s Ark #1
Edition: Ebook, 123 pages
Genre: Young Adult Historical Post Apocalyptic
Purchase: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 5/5

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

Forty Days is a new way of looking a very old story, more specifically the story of Noah’s Ark. Stephanie Parent takes on the task of delving into the story and adding some depth to the family of Noah. This is not a overly religious story but instead it is a YA historical novel about family and love during a very scary and peculiar ordeal.

We are introduced to Neima before the Flood and we are treated just how her family is perceived by the other villagers. They are outcasts thanks to Noah’s strange fixation with a coming flood and his building of a monstrous Ark; it’s a source of immense tension through out the village and as a result Neima only has two friends, Jorin and Derya. I loved that Parent took the time to let us get to know Neima’s rather large family and I also enjoyed seeing the progress on the Ark as the deadline closes in. There is a immense attention to detail as Parent lists the animals involved, as well as occupations and their roles during the Bronze Age. She paints even the smallest of details in a big way giving the story a life of its own.

Neima, our main character, is the obedient granddaughter of Noah but she has a will of her own and a sort of passive bravery. I can’t even imagine the sort of panic and terror that she has to go through as the Flood starts, but Parent really gives you access to the character’s mind so that you can better understand how she’s dealing with everything. Most of the men in this novel are rather fierce and outspoken, one of which is Keenan. He is the cousin of Neima, and her mostly like suitor. He’s charming but he’s also egotistical, and he’s a man of the times…meaning he plans to be in charge when it comes to relationships. Jorin is the exact opposite of Keenan and the others. He’s sweet, soft spoken and willing to listen, and his intentions seem to be good; however he’s not Neima’s family.

This does end in a cliffhanger and it’s one that snuck up on me, even though I was fully aware it was coming. I blazed through this book in a day and then when I read the last page I went into panic mode because I need to know what happens. I can’t wait for the second book, Forty Nights! Stephanie is well on her way to becoming an author I put all others aside to read.

I recieved this in exchange for an honest review.

5 stars

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15 Responses to Review: Forty Days by Stephanie Parent

  1. I wasn’t sure about this one, but from your review I am definitely going to have to give it a try. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Well boo for the cliffie, but I do like the sound of the premise and Neima

  3. Lucy says:

    I like the sound of this one! Maybe I’ll sneak it in during the read-a-thon this weekend. And Defy the Stars also looks awesome.

  4. This looks really good and sounds good from your review! I think I’ll check it out soon!
    I also really like the cover art of the book

  5. Despite the cliffhanger you have me intrigued and honestly I wasn’t even considering this before..thanks for sharing it!

  6. Trish says:

    5 stars really, I would have swept right past this one without a second glance. Not any more, will be keeping an eye out for it after this review. You’ve convinced me to give it a shot 🙂

  7. Lauren says:

    I do get angsty when it comes to cliffies, but it sounds like it was an enjoyable story in spite of that. Wonderful review, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  8. Well, now, this sound very intriguing! I wasn’t interested when I first saw the cover and glanced at the blurb, I’m totally curious about it now. Great review, Michelle.

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