Things Are Not What They Seem Blog Tour and Review

Hi everyone, it’s Kara again. I wanted to share this wonderful book “Things Are Not What They Seem” with you today. Below is a blog tour, giveaway, and my review.

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About the Book

Title: Things Are Not What They Seem | Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks | Publication Date: April 9, 2014 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 268 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the playground? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon?

That is the quandary in which Jennifer (almost 13 years old and probably a bit too smart for her own good) finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old (very precocious) brother James and his mopey, allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair’s blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

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5 out of 5 stars

I received this book from the author for an unbiased review.

First of all, I loved the talking pigeon in Central Park. As you start the book, you quickly find out his name is Arthur Whitehair, and he is actually a man trapped in a pigeon’s body. I don’t know if it is because I love all things British, but I found him enchanting. Arthur was witty, never crass, and also a good role-model. Jennifer was also a great character, she is smart and a good sister/friend. She gets involved in this very complicated situation when she takes her brother, James, to the park. James has a lot of personality, and is very different from his sister. James often gets them in more trouble than they began to be in. Sleepy, one of James’ friends,  is also one of my favorite characters. Sleepy reminded me of Piglet, a bit scared to be involved in anything, but cute and endearing at the same time. I really loved Mr. Bags, the homeless man in the story. He speaks in rhymes but unlike many people think, he knows exactly what is going on. There were even more characters but these were some of my favorites.

This story had an incredibly well thought out plot, there were so many twists and turns. I couldn’t put this book down and it was action packed once Malman got involved in the story. Malman is the arch-nemesis of Arthur Whitehair.

I loved the mystery, time-traveling, magic, friendship and moral story in this book. Also at times this book was laugh out loud funny. The moral story taught honesty-not lieing to your parents, manners, and friendship.

Children: Children will love this book!  It is considered a middle grade book, so it would probably be best for children 8+, also great for tweens, teens and young adults.

Parents: Despite this book being action packed, there is very little violence. I enjoyed this book immensely even as an adult. This book maintained a good moral story while being full of action and plot twists.

I look forward to reading more of the books in this series! This would make such a great animated movie for kids, and could help get children involved in reading more.

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“I LOVED “Things Are Not What They Seem”!! It is funny, exciting, and touching, and very fun to read. The characters are relatable and interesting, so I really cared about all of their adventures while I was reading. “~ 5 Stars, Hermione, Amazon

The story line is original and makes for an incredibly fun read. This is a book which is VERY hard to put down, all of their adventures will definitely have you on the edge of your seats and you read from page to page. All of the characters in this book (both large and small) are well developed and their personalities definitely come off the page.~ 5 Stars, Alex, Goodreads

“The characters are well-developed and fun. The story moves along at a brisk pace. Lessons on love, friendship, kindness, and finding your inner strength shine through. And the humor is plentiful! Great for tween readers, as well as a quick, fun read for adults. ” ~ 5 Stars, HFBrainerd, Amazon

“Things Are Not What They Seem is a well written story and a joy to read. I was hooked from the start.” ~ 5 Stars, Granny’s Hill, Amazon

“What a sweet, interesting, and overall wonderful book! I love the interesting, multi-layered, realistic characters, the numerous, unexpected but extremely interesting plot twists, and the use of Latin phrases to enhance the magic. I love the simple, yet powerful message that was woven throughout- that things are not what they seem- even in the rough, harsh world of New York City. That message strongly resonates for kids, teenagers, adults, and anyone in between. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who reads this review!! ” ~ 5 Stars, Pat D., Amazon


About the Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks

Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth HicksWhen Anne Rothman was a student at Bryn Mawr College and Kenneth Hicks was a student at Haverford College, they began writing together in an independent-study course with one of Ken’s professors. A brief interlude ensued while Anne wrote wonderful poetry and Ken wrote a book about hitchhiking (The Complete Hitchhiker Tobey Publishing, Dell Distribution), but they soon got back together as writers when Ken was in law school at Columbia University and Anne was paying the rent by working in publishing. They have continued to write together for about forty years and in that time have published four adult novels, eleven non-fiction books for children, two fiction books for middle readers, and two photography books. They also produced three children whom they love even more than writing.

Their most recent middle reader book is Things Are Not What they Seem, published by the MuseItYoung division of MuseItUp Publishing, and available in all formats. Their three latest adult novels are Kate and the Kid, a mainstream novel, Mind me, Milady, a mystery thriller, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, a thriller.

Between projects, they started a web site In case you were wondering about the address, “R” is for Rothman, “H” is for Hicks, and “71” is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere.

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“Things Are Not What They Seem” Blog Tour Schedule (2015)

February 20

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Excerpt)

February 21

2ReadBook (Review)

February 22

Deliciously Savvy (Review)

Adventures of a Military Family of 8 (Review)

February 23

Sher A Hart (Review)

Contest Patti (Excerpt)

February 24

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

Heart of a Philanthropist (Excerpt)

February 25

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Review)

February 26

Sally Writes (Review)

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Review)

February 27

The Book Lovers’ Lounge (Review)

The Library of the Seen (Review)

February 28

Eloquent Articulation (Review)

Sunshine, Bubbles and Books (Guest Post)

March 1

Sweet Little Pretties (Review)

Stitch Says (Review)

March 2

Debra Shiveley Welch Love and Writing (Review & Author Interview)

March 3

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

For the Love of Reading (Review)

March 4

Cat’s Kid Lit Book Reviews (Review)

March 5

WhenIGrowUpIWannaWriteAKidsBook (Guest Post)


* Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon $50 Gift CardPrize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Contest closes: March 19, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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  1. Congrats, Ken and Anne, What a nice review. I wish you all success with your tour and your book.

  2. Wonderful review, Kara, for Things Are Not What They Seem.

    Congratulations, Anne and Ken!

  3. Pingback: Blog Tour Launch, Review & Giveaway: Things Are Not What They Seem | Mother Daughter Book Reviews

  4. Thanks so much for taking part in the “Things Are Not What They Seem” blog tour and for sharing your thoughts about the book. So glad you liked it! I really enjoyed the way you outlined your review with the sections for children and parents’ consideration. I also loved your comparison of Sleepy to Piglet – that totally nails it!! 🙂

  5. Hi Ken and Anne,

    What a great review of THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM!

    Congratulations and best wishes for a successful blog tour.

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