Blog Tour: THE HUM AND THE SHIVER By Alex Bledsoe [Review]

the hum and the shiver

Where to start with THE HUM AND THE SHIVER? Before I get into the story I want to say that Alex Bledsoe’s writing style is second to none. Not only did the plot of The Hum and the Shiver have me hooked from the start (actually if I’m being completely honest from the moment I read the synopsis), but the way that Bledsoe describes the world that he’s creating is astounding. It is beautiful writing, and even if you don’t care for the story (which you will), the prose is enough to stand on its own.

The Hum and the Shiver follows Private Bronwyn Hyatt, a wounded war hero returning to Needsville Tennessee. The Tufa people have been around since before the first European settlers hit Tennessee and Bronwyn is a “true daughter” of the Tufa. The only problem is, Bronwyn has lost touch with these roots, and is struggling to find herself again.

Upon her return, Bronwyn is informed by her mother that a ghost has been hanging around wanting to give Bronwyn a message. It is up to Bronwyn to find a way to save her family from the possible death the ghost warns her about, but as she’s struggling with her own inner conflicts, this isn’t an easy task for her to complete.

The question “Who are the Tufa?” is asked several times through The Hum and the Shiver, and thankfully the question IS answered in the novel. Not only is this question answered, but Bronwyn finds herself drawn back into the musical ways of the Tufa and reconnecting with her past.

The Hum and the Shiver may sound a little off from most novels, but that is what drew me in. It was a fast read, but REALLY interesting, and it helped that a huge part of the novel is based around the music of the Tufa. Music used in the way that Bledsoe creates isn’t something that you see in a novel every day.

I loved The Hum and the Shiver, and was extremely happy to find out that this was meant to be a series. However, for those of you not wanting to invest your time in a new book series, rest assured that The Hum and the Shiver works just as well as a standalone novel.

Well done, Alex Bledsoe!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Tor Books | Pages: 352 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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