Book Review - Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire


February 20, 2017


   I bought a brand-new book I've never read before and zipped through the thing in under 24 hours. Which basically means something very odd is going on with Savannah's brain*. The book was in a genre I never read, but it was LOVELY. Which means I had best review it ;).

*the 'buying a book I've never read before' is terribly abnormal. I don't know what was wrong with me. But the 24 hours bit is not abnormal. Savannah is still a magic speed reader. 


4 Stars

   It probably (read: definitely) would have been rated higher by someone who is a fan of the genre. But I'm mostly a reader of speculative fiction, not realistic. And yet I still highly enjoyed Martin Hospitality. 


 The characters. Oh good gracious, Abigayle did an AH-MAZING job with the characters. There was a whole boat-load of them (read: at least 20 or so), but they were all unique enough that I could remember who was who. And I loved them. Characters can make or break a story for me, and Abi's definitely made it.


   - The Christian message. While it could come off as a tad forced sometimes, it wasn't very preachy. She did a great job with it. I've never been able to get a message across (in my stories) so smoothly, so I'm kinda impressed with what she's done with it.


   - The cover is insanely beautiful. So maybe this shouldn't count as a point of it's own, but hey, I'm a shallow little bookworm*. I'll definitely want to buy a physical copy of the book if the cover is to die for. A Martin Hospitality looks GORGEOUS sitting on my shelf. If you decide to self-publish, make sure you put effort into the cover. It does actually matter xD.

   - The world-building is great. Sure, it does take place in the same world we live in**, but it was still an awesome setting. Which means a lot, coming from me, as I normally won't like ANY story-world unless it's a very well-crafted spec. fiction story-world. But now I kind of want to go stay at a little farm in Kansas ;).  

 
*no one ever claimed that I wasn't. Some times I try to convince myself that I'm not. But I am. Covers get me every time. The end.  
** most of the books I read don't. Obviously I read fantasy books because I live in one of those other-worlds. I'm just visiting earth on vacation. I come in peace.

   - I read this book with my editor eyes on. I knew that Abi had self-published this book, and mostly done everything herself. So I was a little suspicious as to how the good the story would be, which meant that I was a little bit nit-picky until the middle of the book. I stopped mostly because I was annoying myself, partially because I couldn't find much to nit-pick. The story is just beautiful.  


   - It's ... not a fantasy book.You guys should have seen that coming. This is definitely a 'me, not you' kind of thing. My sister (who loves realistic fiction) is already begging for me to hand this book over to her*. So definitely give it a shot anyways!  I mean, I gave Martin Hospitality four stars. There has to be something to it xD.


   - Mixed name syndrome. This book definitely had it. I have the terribly tendency to see a name that starts with a 'G' (say, Ginger) and get it swapped with another characters name (say, Gemma.). I would often half to go back and figure out who was talking because my brain could not remember all the names**. Of course this got fixed by the latter half of the book, but still. Even if the Mixed Name Syndrome is something that happens only to me (it can't be), I had to mention it.       
 

*she wants to, as she says "steal it". What kind of sister is she (a lovely one, a lovely one. BUT STILL *hides all my books*). 
** I've said it once and I'll say it again. I have a  goldfish brain xD. 
   Overall, I thought it was a beautiful work of art. I was very impressed with how good it was. I usually judge self-published books a little differently - but this one didn't have that 'self-published feel' that some other books have. It totally felt like a book I would have picked up from the library and been impressed with. If I hadn't already known that this book was self-published, I would never have guessed it.

   All that aside - it was a great book that I definitely suggest you go out and get your hands on ;). 

~ Savannah Grace 

   Have you read Martin Hospitality before? What genre do you like best?

37 comments :

  1. I wanna read this SO BAD!!!!!

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    1. I hope you can get your hands on it! :D

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  2. Fascinating. My favorite genre is totally fantasy (which you probably know), and after that I'd say historical fiction. Still, I know you're not a realistic fiction person either, so maybe I'll enjoy Martin Hospitality too? You've definitely got me interested. In all honesty, I would usually rather take any genre over realistic fiction, but this book does sound good. . .

    I don't mix up names often, but I know I have before!
    Okay, so I started The Silmarillion, and oh my word! THOSE names! I already had to write a family tree on my book mark, and not all the Middle Earth creatures have even come into existence yet! In The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, he said one of the critiques called the Silmarillion names "eye splitting". I think Tolkien's names are lovely, but they ARE overwhelming! :)

    Okay, this comment is getting insanely long, but one more thing: I read Eragon. There were some things I didn't like, but overall I enjoyed it, and I'm glad I read it. But I was super matchmaking two characters, and a friend recently told me they don't get married in the other books. I'm still pouting about it right now, but after I get over it, I'll probably try to read the others. ;)

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    1. Yes, I definitely know that ;). I think you might really enjoy this book! Ariel finally got her hands on it (she's more of the realistic fiction reader of the family) and she's loving it so far :D.

      Ooh, you did? That's so awesome - I started on Silmarillion at one point ... but for me, it's one of those books that's a little hard to read xD. I didn't end up finishing it, but I feel like I should try again at some point! Tolkien always comes up with the best character names <3.

      *gasps* Really? I love that series - though there definitely were some things I wasn't pleased with. And I THINK I can guess which two characters you were matchmaking - probably the same ones that Skylar did when she read those books :D. I'll have to email you so we can talk about it!

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    2. I would recommend it! I think it's beautiful, but I understand that it can't be everyone's cup of tea.

      Yes, please do! Well, it's not the obvious pair. . .

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    3. GAH totally forget to include any Eragon-related thoughts in my latest email *facepalm*. But do tell me who you were pairing up in your reply! I'm super curious now :D.

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  3. I'm with you, realistic fiction is not my thing. In fact, I used to NEVER read it. Ever. But, oddly, I've been more open to it lately. Still, I just want to read one OCCASIONALLY. I definitely want to stick with spec-fic the majority of the time.

    That said, this book looks super sweet. Just from those two snippets, I can already tell it's a gem. "Because I've been here one more day than two." GOLDEN. XD

    And yes, dat cover. I could stare at it forever! I'm totally a shallow bookworm as well. NO SHAME. (Well, maybe a little but... *cough*)

    I HAVE MIXED NAME SYNDROME YES. I totally do that as well. Of course, I sometimes mix characters up who have utterly different names also... Like, names that don't start with the same letter or ANYTHING. My brain is just USELESS.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I loved your review!

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    1. Spec-fic for the win! I normally will only read realistic fiction if I have nothing else to read, or if I think that the book is something I REALLY can't pass up. In this case, it was the latter ;).

      That was one of my favorite quotes from the whole book :D.

      Oh yes - and it look ten times more gorgeous in real life! I'll have to post pictures of it at some point ...

      GOOD I'M NOT ALONE. Funny that I'm so character-oriented in a story, and yet I'm constantly mixing up character's names? xD

      Thanks for reading, Christine! Your comments always brighten my day <3.

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  4. I really want to read this book now!! Thanks for the review, Savannah!!

    I am not a big fantasy reader but I don't really like modern day either. I really like Anne of Green Gables like settings. So I think I'd really like the little farm in Kansas. ;)

    - Lilly Shyree (alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com)

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    1. You're welcome, Lilly!

      Ooh, Anne Of Green Gables! I love that book - it's one of the only realistic fiction books that I've re-read multiple times ;).

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  5. My favorite genre is a mix between fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and horror. Which is a lot to ask of one book, so I'm happy with pretty much anything. And it's why I read more than one book at once! That why I can read science fiction one second, fantasy the next, then mystery, and then a little bit of horror!
    But I REALLY want to read that book now, I need to buy it... *wanders off, mumbling about searching for it on Amazon*

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    1. Ooh, have you ever read Illusionarium (by Heather Dixon)? That seems like a book you might like - I know that I really enjoyed it!

      *happily drops the link right here*

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/1539783871/

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  6. I absolutely want to read this book! I've been following the Martin Hospitality blog tour and it looks great!

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    1. Wait... Florid Sword, as in THE Florid Sword from The Wingfeather saga?!?! Have I just found a Wingfeather fan?!?!?!?

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    2. @Florid Sword Awesome! I hope you enjoy it when you read it ;).

      @Gray Oh gracious, more Wingfeather fans? I SERIOUSLY need to read that series! :D

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    3. UH, YES. You do!!! I love that series so much!! XD

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  7. I *JUST got this book in the mail today! I'm excited to see what's in store, and glad to hear you liked it. :D I usually read speculative fiction, fantasy, and lots of historical fiction. For some reason my love for hist fict has never left ;P
    Jeneca @ jeniquablog.wordpress.com

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    1. Really? Awesome! *highfive* Historical fiction is one of the genres I read the least, and there's only one historical fiction series I ever really enjoyed (Pirates And Faith by Molly Evangeline) - it's so cool that you enjoy such varying genres! :D

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  8. I haven't read Martin Hospitality, but I'd like to. I like Realistic fiction the best. I'm writing that genre right now. :)
    Have you read Martin Hospitality before, Savannah? What do you think of it?

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    1. Ooh, you are? Are you willing to give me any hints about the book? :D

      It was definitely worth every one of the 4 stars I gave it - I probably would have rated it higher, except that it was in a genre I don't normally read much. I think you would like it, though, seeing as realistic fiction is your thing ;).

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    2. It's about God being so faithful and getting us through hard times. It's going pretty well so far!
      xD I've been trying to get it done, but it just takes so long to get everything organized! *sighs tremendously*
      Thanks for answering me! Yeah, my sister's into animations and things like that (she like movies with real people in it, but it's mostly me) but i'm into more real life stories. I'm gonna look into it! ;) Do you think you could do a blog on when you have too much or too little characters? I'm really trying to figure it out. I don't want to confuse me readers. :)

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    3. That sounds awesome, LHE!

      I'm not sure if I'll ever broach that subject (mostly because I don't much experience with it, haha) ... but maybe I'll do a shorter post with character-related questions that people ask that don't warrant a whole post. If so, your question will be one of them! ;)

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    4. Thanks! xD
      That would be nice! *smiles excitedly* :)
      Yeah, for me, I usually like to read more of the genres I'm interested in. I like stories of made-up character's past and lives.

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  9. Ohhhhh, this looks really really interesting!
    And I TOTALLY DO THE NAME THING TOO!!! You are so not alone.
    Weird side note: your writing throughout this post made it so easy and enjoyable to read. (I say this as a self confessed 'skimmer'of review posts)
    oxoxo
    elissa // letters-to-jayna.blogspot.com

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    1. OH GOOD - we can all mourn the mixed-up character names together ;).

      Oh good gracious - THANK YOU! I'm always worried about my posts+reviews being boring and hard to read, so that was great to hear <3.

      Thanks for reading, Elissa!

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    2. IT WAS NOT BORING I ENJOYED READING THIS POST TOOOOOOO!
      -Ariel

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  10. Savannah, I tagged you in my recent blog post. ;)

    -Lilly Shyree (alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com)

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    1. Ooh, thank you so much! I'll go and check it out ;).

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  11. AHH YES THIS BOOK JUST ARRIVED IN MY MAILBOX YESTERDAY!! I was one of her alpha readers, and can't wait to read the finished version. (as well as take pictures of that beaaaauitful cover once the sun comes out. *flails*)

    katie grace
    a writer's faith

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    1. EEP, YAY! It's so exciting to get a brand-new book in the mail xD. And OH WOW, you were one of the alphas? *was pretty sure I spotted your name in the acknowledgements* That's so cool! And I totally want to see your pics of the book once you take them ;D.

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  12. This looks REALLY good! I'll have to check it out! Though, I don't read much realistic fiction myself either. Fantasy will always be my favorite genre. :)

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    1. I'm glad my review made you interested!

      Spec-fic for the win! It's definitely the best - I have SO many fantasy books in my to-be-read pile that I still need to get to xD.

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  13. Cool!!!! Your thoughts are so fascinating to read!!!!! Love em!!!!

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  14. Aw thanks so much for reviewing this Savannah!!! I'm so glad you liked it so much considering you're not a real world person XP I totally understand that. Tbh this isn't a genre I ever thought I'd write but it needed saving in my opinion, as does self-publishing so I'm glad I was able to break through some of the stereotypes for you. I'm obviously a shallow shameless reader as well XD And YEESH look at all those comments girl. *crowns you queen of book promotion*

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    1. You're so welcome, Abi! Yes, even aliens can love Martin Hospitality, it would seem xD. And OH MY did you break through stereotypes, I was super impressed! *highfives*

      *happily accepts the crown* I can't wait until you publish your next book - I'll definitely promote that one as well! :D

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