Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blog Tour Review: Bran Hambric - The Fairfield Curse

Author: Kaleb Nation
Review Copy Provided by: Sourcebooks

About the Book: Bran Hambric was found locked in a bank vault at six years old, with no memory of his past. For years, he has lived with one of the bankers, wondering why he was left behind -- until one night, when he is fourteen, he is suddenly confronted by a maddened creature, speaking of Bran’s true past and trying to kidnap him.

Bran finds that he is at the center of a plot that started years before he was even born: the plot of a deadly curse his mother created…and one that her former masters are hunting for him to complete.

Haunted by the spirit of his mother’s master and living in a city where magic is illegal, Bran must undo the crimes of his past...before it is too late.

Who could possibly have put a six-year-old into a locked bank vault if not mages or gnomes? The answer is larger than Bran. In fact, it is larger than Dunce. It just might be larger than magic itself. It might be about as big as the universe. And Bran is the key. But what’s the lock?

For more about the book see Bran Hambric.

My Review:  This was a fun, Middle Grade book!  Fun because it was chock full of magic.  What tween doesn't love magic?  I liked the fact that the main character is a boy.  I haven't read a lot lately with male main characters, so this was a welcome treat.

When I first started this story, I was reminded of Harry Potter because like Harry, Bran is basically alone.  He lives with a family that usually ignores him, just like Harry did.  If you are a Harry fan, then chances are you will enjoy this one.  It did start off a little slow, but once it got going, it kept me intrigued.

Kaleb Nation is a great writer!  There is such imagination in his words, especially for him being so young.  He got the idea for Bran Hambric when he was just fourteen, but spent most of his teenage years writing it.  Now, at the age of 20, he's got his first published book, that is sure to be a hit!

I found myself laughing out loud many times during the reading of this book.  It was just funny at times!  One scene in particular, at the beginning, when they are chasing the burglar, just kept me in stitches.  The people in Dunce, where Bran lives, do some strange things.  It takes a lot of imagination to write a story like this, because so much is going on, magic, mystery,  mayhem, and menace.

Bran learns a lot about himself throughout the story.  Where did he come from?  Who was his mother?  What are these magical powers he has?  Find out all of this and more by reading Bran Hambric.

I have a hardback copy of this book to give away to one lucky commenter.  Good luck!!  I will run the contest from today until next Wednesday, so you have a week.  Extra comments for promoting this on any social network or blog.  U.S./Canada only.  I am extending this contest through the 27th, because a new prize has been added:  Sourcebooks has generously offered an autographed poster of the cover art for one of my readers.  Please spread the word!

Here is the complete tour list.  Make sure you check out some of the other stops on this great tour!

Sunday, August 30th 
Jenn’s Bookshelf
Homespun Light

Monday, August 31st
Dolce Bellezza
Bobbi’s Book Nook

Tuesday, September 1st
The Looking Glass Review
Beth Fish Reads
SMS Book Reviews
James Holder’s YouTube Channel

Wednesday, September 2nd
Reading Rumpus
Katie’s Literature Lounge
Ultimate Bookhound

Thursday, September 3rd
Brimful Curiosities
Charlotte’s Library

Friday, September 4th
Bran Hambric by Kaleb Nation

Saturday, September 5th
Library Lounge Lizard
Sarah’s Random Musings

Sunday, September 6th
Cindy’s Love of Books

Monday, September 7th
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
Grasping for the Wind
Life After Twilight vlog channel

Tuesday, September 8th
Shooting Stars Magazine
Mrs. Magoo Reads
Lori Calabrese Writes

Wednesday, September 9th
The Brain Lair
The Children’s Book Review
TV Watch Online

Thursday, September 10th
The Friendly Book Nook
Book Journey
Stephanie’s Written Word
Home School Buzz

Friday, September 11th
The Inside Scoop With Chandelle
Booking Mama

Saturday, September 12th
Zoe’s Book Reviews
Lit for Kids

Sunday, September 13th
Never Jam Today
A Bibliophile’s Reverie

Monday, September 14th
Café of Dreams
Marta’s Meanderings
A Book Blogger’s Diary
The Reader’s Quill

Tuesday, September 15th
a book in hand
Not Just for Kids

Wednesday, September 16th
Write for a Reader

Thursday, September 17th
Howling Good Books
The Written World

Friday, September 18th
Always Riddikulus
YA Books Central

Saturday, September 19th
Ms. Bookish
Into the Wardrobe


Pam said...

This sounds like fun! I'd love to read it!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Catherine said... Tweeted it!

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Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

This sounds like a very fun book!


Anna said...

I'd like to be entered!

ayeseabee12 at gmail dot com

Cheyanne said...

I'd love to have this book!


Anna said...

I tweeted:


bermudaonion said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this! No need to enter me - I have the book.

holdenj said...

Would love to win and read this! It looks great, thanks for the chance and super review!

Hot Cover Girls Central said...

nice article, this book would be fun to read, thanks for sharing.

-cathy young

Ninja Fanpire said...

Oh I want to win!

Ninja Fanpire said...


Ninja Fanpire said...

Made a blog post about the contest

*Samantha* said...

I want this so bad! I've entered just about every contest for it I can find!

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
I really do want to read this book I have been looking at it for sometime now and am glad you have a copy to give away!!! YA!!!!

Thanks for the chance!!

Cindy said...

Wasn't this such a great read?

I loved the book and wish Kaleb all the best. This is one book I will actually end up buying for our shelves.

Kate said...

I have been hearing such wonderful things about this. Please enter me. I would love to read this.

Beth said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

lizzz0915 at aol dot com

Jasmine said...

I am a fan of Kaleb's from Twilight Guys and would love to read his new book


Dolphin Girl said...

I would love to win this book!

Alice H said...

Thanks for introducing this book to me! And for the chance to win! alicedemskehansen at

Kris said...

Sounds like a good book!


Anonymous said...

I would love a chance to read this book

sensitivemuse at gmail dot com

ossmcalc said...

This sounds like a book that my nephew would really love to read - after his aunt, of course.

Thank you,


Marie said...

I've heard really good things about this book, would love to read it!

Rebecca N. said...

Oh my gosh! I want to win this book so bad!!! This book looks awesome! All I've heard are great things about it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

Rebecca N. said...

Oh my gosh! I want to win this book so bad!!! This book looks awesome! All I've heard are great things about it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

Rebecca N. said...

I tweeted!

imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

etirv said...

I would like to be entered, I want to read this book!


Ninja Fanpire said...

Oh, autographed poster? I really want to win that!

I posted a Journal on DeviantArt:

Oh and if you need my E-Mail,

elnice said...

Wow, I just caught this one in time. Please enter me, I would love to read this.


Nikki said...

I'd love to be entered. I can't wait to get my hands on my own copy and it would be awesome to win it.


L.J. Boldyrev said...
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L.J. Boldyrev said...

I found out about this book through a friend. She showed me Caleb's youtube channel. I was amazed and inspired by how young he is to be a published author!

I tweeted at and I blogged it at


ladystorm said...

I would love to win this for my niece and nephew...oh who am I fooling I want to read it too! LOL


Shawna said...

SHawna Lewis

I am a new follower of your blog and I just LOVE it!!!

I would love 4 u to enter me into this giveaway!!!

Shawna said...

SHawna Lewis

I tweeted

Shawna said...

SHawna Lewis

I blogged

Shawna said...

SHawna Lewis

I posted on facebook

Laurie T. said...

Please enter me!

Jessica Kennedy said...

I'd love to enter! :)


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