Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Realm of the Lost, by Emma Eden Ramos

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What happens when you die before your time?

Thirteen-year-old
Kathleen “Kat” Gallagher has had it with her family. The eldest of
three children, Kat feels trapped ever since her parents’ separated and
she has had to take on more responsibility than she feels prepared for.
Everything changes on a frigid morning in mid-December when an accident
propels Kat into unfamiliar territory.

Stuck in the place where people go when they have died before their time, Kat must face obstacles she could never have imagined.

With the help of other young inhabitants of the Realm of the Lost, Kat learns the true meaning of friendship and family.

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This is a short middle grade novella about young Kat’s experience in the Realm of the Lost – a place you go when you die before your time.  It was an interesting look at what might happen after we die.

I enjoyed the concept, and the writing was engaging.  I wished that it had been a little bit longer, and that there was more information about the Realm of the Lost and the different corners there.  That world was fairly vague, and I wanted to know more about it and the animals that come out after dark.

The characters were very interesting.  I think the oldest child in every family can identify with Kat.  She is trying to keep her family together, while they annoy her at the same time.  She gets frustrated with the ones she loves (who doesn’t?), but still wants the best for them.  Mikey and Rosario were great additions to the story.  Mikey was a typical, annoying and selfish little boy that you just can’t help but love.  Rosario was warm and loving, a true friend that becomes an adopted sister for Kat.

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There was a bit of suspense, but nothing inappropriate for the age group. In a couple of places it was difficult to tell what was going on, or who was speaking to whom.  But I am guessing that since I read an Advanced Reader’s Copy, those have all been cleared up.

All in all, it is a pretty good short story that would be fun for a middle grade reader.  It is entertaining and thought provoking.  I am hoping that there might be a follow up or sequel.

The Cover: While the cover depicts the main character the way she is described in the book, I think it could have been better.  With a concept as interesting and promising as this one, it needs a cover that will match it.  It’s not bad, but not fantastic either.

 

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Praise for The Realm of the Lost

“Who would have thought that in that few pages one can make a magical, wonderful and well-written
story?… I recommend this book. Most especially to children out there!”

-Samaine from Bookworms Avenue

“What a truly magnificent and unique plot and concept! Where do you go when you pass away too
young? Emma Ramos has created a truly facinating and absorbing novella that leaves the reader
pondering this question- characters and plot devices are spot on- fast moving and deeply moving, THE
REALM OF THE LOST comes very highly recommended!”

-Rick Friedman from The James Mason Community Book Club

“…Ramos offers the right balance of plot and description…allowing the suspense and tension to build to
the twist.” 

-Serena Agusto-Cox from Savvy Verse and Wit

Author Emma Eden Ramos

Emma Eden Ramos is a writer and student from New York City. Her short stories have appeared in
Stories for Children Magazine, The Storyteller Tymes, BlazeVOX Journal, and others. Emma’s novelette,
Where the Children Play, is included in Resilience: Stories, Poems, Essays, Words for LGBT Teens, edited
by Eric Nguyen. Three Women: A Poetic Triptych and Selected Poems (Heavy Hands Ink, 2011), Ramos’
first poetry chapbook, was shortlisted for the 2011 Independent Literary Award in Poetry. Emma studies
psychology at Marymount Manhattan College.

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Tour Schedule 

December 3rd
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Tour Kick Off
Cuzinlogic – Author Interview
Paranormal Urban Fantasy Reviews
Review
Fictitious Musings – Review
& Interview

December 4th
Brooke Blogs – Review & Interview
Bookhounds – Interview
Up in the Bibliosphere – Review &
Interview
Lovely Reads – Review

December 5th
Publishing the Parnomal – Review &
Interview
Books for Kids – Review
Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Review
& Character Interview
Books in the Hall – Review

December 6th
Storeybook Reviews – Review
Bittersweet Enchantment – Review
Blkosiner’s Book Blog – Interview
Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review

December 7th
Reader Girls – Review
Cindy C Bennett – Interview
Rachel Rooney – Review
Peace from Pieces – Interview

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Ilana Waters
    December 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Interesting you weren't crazy about the cover. The cover is what drew me to the book–and your post! Though, admittedly, the girl depicted looks a bit more YA than MG.

  • Reply
    ccarpinello
    December 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Like to see more books on this topic. Death is a tough concept for adults, let alone young kids. I've not read this, but from the reviews I've seen, Emma does a good job. Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl C. co-host

  • Reply
    Jambo
    December 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for a great review, the book sounds really interesting. I am now following along on your blog and twitter, so I will look forward to your future reviews, cheers Julie Anne Grasso

  • Reply
    reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
    December 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Ilana, I think that with a little more work, the cover could have been amazing.

    ccarpinello, it is definitely a difficult topic to write about, but I thought that Emma did a good job.

    Jambo, thanks for following! It's always nice to have another friendly face here.

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