From Johann To Tannenbaum by Ashlyn Forge ~ Reviewed by Paisley

When I was 8 years old I read my very first sci-fi novel, A Wrinkle in Time. I was the only girl in my fourth grade class who liked it, and I was teased by some of my friends, especially the girls.  I remember wondering what was wrong with me that I liked something none of my friends did?  Why was I so weird? Thankfully, my mom was a real advocate for reading, and felt I should read and explore a lot of different kinds of books. She told me never to apologize for appreciating a good story, and by the time I hit 7th grade I was knee deep in Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne and  H.G. Wells. Of course the Internet wasn’t invented then so I had no idea how many girls there were out there who loved sci-fi as much as I did. But now many years, and many Comic-Cons later, I appreciate the fact that I am different, and there are other girls out there like me. Also, thankfully there are writers out there like Ashlyn Forge, ones who aren’t afraid of creating something strange and different.

JohanntoTanneTitle: From Johann To Tannenbaum

Author: Ashlyn Forge

Publisher: Ashlyn Forge

My Rating:  4 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Johann Andreas IV is a rich loser who has a raw deal in life. He is handsome, yet with a poor self-image, clever, but still uneducated, and despite being the heir apparent in his grandfather’s will, he’s about to be thrown out with nothing.

In the underground colony of his birth, two things matter the most to its denizens: a name, which will guarantee his wealth and status, and a designated branding tattoo, the only thing allowing Colony-Dwellers to live safely underground. Johann has one year to secure both.

His grandfather’s unexpected passing has propelled Johann to the foreground of his family. He must learn the family business within the year. He’s up to the challenge but one thing stands in his way; his mother has plans of her own…and they don’t include him.

My View

Being an avid lover of science fiction I was looking forward to reading Ashlyn Forge’s next installment of the “Toys and Soldiers” books. The main concern I had though was that I had not read the first stories in this collection. I worried that the story would suffer as a result. It didn’t. Sure I had to use my brain a bit more because I knew nothing of the world I was thrown into, but I am very comfortable being dropped into strange worlds so that was okay.

“The Colony” where this dystopian tale unfolds is underground, and from what I learned cut off from the rest of the world. The plot is amazing and complicated, and made my little brain explode a few times – but damn I love it when an author does that successfully! I know I have been captivated by a story when I stop reading at midnight but my brain won’t turn off. I just kept lying there thinking about the perils of Johann, and wanting to wrap my head around what sorts of scenarios were going to unfold for him and Tanner.

The only thing that really bugged me at first was Johann’s mother. It seems there are so many M/M stories where the evil mother is the major cause of conflict. Yet even there I was led astray, and the author snapped me around like a helpless puppet waiting for the next twist and turn. A huge amount of imagination and creativity is poured into this story. The characters are very complex and the world building is interesting and unusual.

So, if you are a fan of science fiction and enjoy entering a world where the future may not be bright and shiny, but will be mysterious and exciting, then this is a great book for you. The characters are maddening at times, endearing at others, but overall very well crafted. The journey they take you on is not an easy one, but it is well worth undertaking.  I look forward to reading more of Ashlyn Forge’s work because she is very talented indeed.

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I would like to thank Ashlyn Forge for providing me with the eRC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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