I read The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Naranjo (a fellow author published through WiDo) earlier this year. And recently, I interviewed her on my website, which you can reread here.
At that time, I said I would post my review of the book. Well, I apologize that it has been so long since I got around to it. Life has been extremely busy here and the blog has somewhat been neglected (I will write about that at a later time). However, here is the review I said I would post. I liked the book; I thought it was great, and I highly recommend you buy it and give it a read. That being said, here is my review:
The Fourth Wall was a compelling novel that was profoundly sad at times. We see the aftermath of a family trying to cope with difficulties that life brings them. One of my favorite parts of the book is the love the father shows his children, and the struggle he goes through as he tries to do what is best for the family. That resonated with me and was quite moving. I think Naranjo has a gift with language. It is very vivid and evocative. While Naranjo could have made Marin very cynical and jaded, she didn’t (which I’m glad of). She was a just young girl who had to deal with very adult things. Overall, I enjoyed this novel very much and look forward to other stories that she writes.
So the last few weeks have been relatively busy. In between teaching classes at the local community college and teaching my own girls at home, I finished the sequel to Scar of the Downers and submitted to my publisher.
I’ve also been busy marketing. On October 21, I went to a local school and spoke to the middle school and high school students. This event was so successful due to the very positive promotion and detailed planning of it by the librarian, who also happens to be a friend of mine. I spoke to the students for about 10-15 minutes, read a portion of my book, and then fielded questions. The most surprising aspect of the day was the questions. The students asked a lot of great questions. I was impressed, as well as pleased (I love answering questions). They were engaged and truly excited. I had a great time.
Then, on October 30, I attended a Halloween festival on the local military base at the clinic where my wife works. Her boss (who was also planning the event) had an idea for me to do readings of Scar of the Downers while the children were trick-or-treating and going through a "Haunted Clinic." There was a rather good turnout for the night, and my kids got a lot of candy. Overall, both events were rather successful.
Tonight, (November 5th), I will be at the Carthage Free Library from 6-8 pm for a public reading and book signing. They are hosting a young adult fantasy night, and I am honored to be invited (I will post pictures later).
Here is the write-up that appeared in the local newspaper, the Carthage Republican Tribune, last week:
Finally, on November 15th, I will be attending a book signing from 4-7 pm with many other local authors at the Salmon Run Mall, which will be hosting an Evening of Giving. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.
I've had so many great opportunities and I am thankful for all of the support and encouragement of the people in our lives. No man is an island, we all need others to help us on the journey.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.