Friday, March 4, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Welcome to my tour stop for the exciting Blog Tour for Lauren Nicolle Taylor's Nora & Kettle! We will be sharing our thoughts on this Young Adult Historical Fiction. Follow the tour, HERE!

Young Adult
Historical Fiction
Publish Date:
February 29, 2016
Clean Teen Publishing

"What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?"

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having "one drop of Japanese blood in them" things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

For months, they've lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.

In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.

Set in 1953, Nora & Kettle explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, "a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world."



**About the Author**
Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honors in obstetrics and gynecology.

She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.

She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist and a USA Best Bok Awards Finalist.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

I am profoundly stunned at this amazing read. Lauren Nicolle Taylor wrote an intricately compelling and poignant story of two young people from different walks of life which were, nevertheless, intertwined with each other. During a difficult time in history, Nora & Kettle was a story with a Peter Pan and Wendy twist. Their story took me on an emotional journey through hardship and obstacles they go through.

Lauren Nicolle Taylor wrote a realistic and emotional tale of survival, growing up, and friendship during a time of harsh realities and cruelty during the World War II era. She did not avoid the hard issues that these characters endured. Lauren ability to bring such realism to these characters and their world(s) made their story so touching and unforgettable.

Nora & Kettle is an enduring and eloquent story of two young people surviving and enduring the hardships during that time period.

A definite must-read!

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  1. Wow this sounds like a great read! Glad you liked it, Jasmine! Lovely review! :)

    1. It was...a great read! A definite page turner! Thank you! I really had to think about what to write in my review!

  2. Thank you for the lovely review Jasmine :)

    1. It was totally my pleasure! I am so glad that I chose to review this!