Book Review & Giveaway: The Breedling & the City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian



Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.

These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.

He chose defiance.
Imprisoned for centuries as punishment for his decision, Bartholomew wastes away—until he creates an opportunity to escape. By a stroke of chance, Bartholomew finds himself in the human world and soon learns that breaking his bonds does not come without a price. Cut off from the grace that once ruled him, he must discover a new magic in 1930s Chicago.
Armed with only a cryptic message to give him direction, Bartholomew desperately tries to resume the mission he had started so long ago. Relying on the unlikely guidance of the streetwise orphan Charlie Reese, Bartholomew must navigate the depressed streets of the City in the Garden. But in order to solve this riddle, he must first discover if choice and fate are one in the same.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
The Breedling and the City in the Garden is part fantasy, part historical fiction. The fantasy part is pretty confusing possibly because it’s not explained in enough detail. If you’ve read many of my reviews, you know that it’s rare that I say that. The historical fiction part, however, is very good and I enjoyed that part of the book.
Bartholomew/Buck, an immortal soul catcher, ends up in Chicago in the 1930s, when he escapes prison after being there for centuries for not revealing an ancient, dangerous secret to his masters. He is saved from a fire by Charlie whose character I love. The teenager is street smart but has a big heart. Together they battle challenges both supernatural and typical for teens at that time.
I look forward to reading more by Kimberlee Ann Bastian, especially historical fiction.

About the Author

2016-11-24_11-09-41Kimberlee Ann Bastian has a unique love affair with American nostalgia, mythology, and endless possibilities. This melting pot of elements is what prompted the creation of her epic ELEMENT ODYSSEYS series, starting with the reboot of her debut novel now titled THE BREEDLING AND THE CITY IN THE GARDEN.

When she is not in her writer’s room, working her current “day job”, or consuming other literary worlds, she enjoys hiking and cycling around the bluffs of your Southeastern MN home and catching up on her favorite pop culture.

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  • 8 winners will each get a print or ebook copy of The Breedling & The City in the Garden (print open to USA & Can / ebook open Int’l)

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2 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: The Breedling & the City in the Garden by Kimberlee Ann Bastian

  1. Kimberlee A Bastian November 25, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Dawn, thank you kindly for the review and for your feedback on the fantastical elements. Also, thanks for being apart of my book tour and for spreading the word.
    Happy Reading and regards,


    • sleepygirl2 November 25, 2016 / 9:31 am

      I appreciate it when authors accept/appreciate feedback. I enjoyed your book and look forward to reading more in the future.


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