The Newstead Project
Author Melanie Schulz
I live in Upstate New York with my husband and three children, where I’ve pretty much been planted my entire life. Which is fine, because it’s beautiful here. My only complaint is that most people assume that New York means NYC, which it doesn’t. There. I’ve done my part in exposing the truth. Truth. The truth is I’m not a writer; storyteller maybe, but not a writer. It wasn’t something I spent years dreaming of, or even what I went to school for. I’m a nurse. I love being a nurse. So why write? I don’t know. I do know when it started, though. September 3, 2010. I know this because I nature journal, and on that day Joel made it into my notes. I guess that’s fitting. Someone like him needed to be birthed out in the woods. If you were to meet me, and I hope someday you do, you would not connect me with this story. I’m a wife, a mother, a nurse. The person who wrote this should’ve been a guy, first off, secondly he should be some militaristic strategist; that’s who you’d expect to see if you were to come to a book signing, not me. But I’m there, in every line. So if I don’t have the good fortune to meet you in person, I hope to see you in THE NEWSTEAD PROJECT.
What I liked most: I am struggling a bit on exactly what to say here. Not however, because of the book, but because I don’t want to be a spoiler. Okay, here it is.
I LOVED the topic of the Nephilim. I have only read one other book with this topic (shout out the Progeny by Shawn Hopkins) and I loved that book too. All I can say is brilliant! I loved it. The topic and story are so mysterious and scarey because it could be real. I feel into this story hard and couldn’t put it down.
What missed a bit: The only miss for me is the fact that I did not get full closure since there is another book (due out in November 2013 and I have marked my calender). This miss is offset by the fact that I am thrilled to be able to reconnect with these great characters.
Overall: Brilliant! I loved it. It has it all action, mystery, great characters and character development, young love, action, you name it. I raced through the book. One thing I particularly enjoyed is the way the author peeled back the story like one would layers of an onion. We were given just enough information so we knew what was going on, but not enough to ever feel comfortable about what would happen next or the final outcome. Five stars all the way. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book today. I for one will be eagerly awaiting the next one.
A quick reminder before you go to check out all the other great events happening around here right now. Check out Literary Loom: The Big Debate Book Blast and Giveaway (ends 5/8), the Newstead Project Book Blast (ends 5/19), the Alexander Drake Blog Tour (ends 5/15), the Alexander Drake Book Blast (ends 5/15), the Trail of Bones Blast (ends 5/24), and the Book Reviewers Blast (ends 5/31). Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what Biblical based story you like the best.