Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The House of Kane [Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

Hello there!

Title: The House of Kane
Author: Barbara Casey
Publisher: Archebooks Publishing
Published Date: 14th January 2006
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to iReadBookTours for the review copy*


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Synopsis: Aislinn Marchánt, a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by the major New York publishing company, Kane Publishing House, to help determine why several submissions sent to them have mysteriously disappeared only to be published later by another publisher. Are the editors at Kane simply not being diligent enough with the in-coming material, or is there something more sinister going on? Working from her West Palm Beach home, Aislinn quickly becomes involved with the House of Kane as well as with Caldwell Kane, the man who hired her.

As Aislinn works toward uncovering the various layers of truth of her former husband, her elderly neighbor, and Kane Publishing House, she continues to research her own novel, the story of a love between two people that becomes fractured because of the misunderstandings created by two different cultures. Her research takes her to abotanica where a Santerian priest reveals the truth in her own life and a destiny that is joined to that of Caldwell Kane.

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Review: The House of Kane was more so a novel I picked up on a whim. I’m always curious about writing and publishing houses, especially as I want to delve into the publishing community as a career path in my future. That was the main reason I agreed to read this one. The cover wasn’t appealing to me at all really – but I beg of you, please don’t judge this book according to its cover. Because it was much, much more than that and actually quite a good read.

Anyone who likes writing may appreciate this novel because you get to see the ins and outs of the publishing houses and what it can be like to write and pursue writing. I have done my own research into what gets a manuscript into the publishing houses but I was a bit unaware of the amount of people who end up reading your script – and it can still get rejected even if many people except the top one thought it held promise. The saddest thing is, when you get a rejection you never know how far your novel made it into this progress.


This novel is a pretty hard one for me to pin-point when it comes to genre. I would settle for it being a mystery combined with a gentle thriller. There is definitely rising suspense in the novel towards a problem that has been accumulating in pieces throughout the novel and involving different characters… but for me it was the characters that made the novel for me. And because of the wide spread point of views (this makes it sound like quite a lot but there weren’t that many) you get to know some things other characters don’t and that is what makes the novel more interesting. The reader has a lot more knowledge than the characters do. It was interesting seeing this reverse. The mystery was intriguing because we knew everything and had to root for the characters discovering it in their own time, and hopefully not before it became too late. So maybe it wasn’t the shocking plot twist type, but it was incredibly engaging.


As I said before, the characters were what made it for me. We get to know quite a bit about each of their lives, and as it is told in third person, about the three main characters. The secondary characters are also developed very well with enough depth that the focus doesn’t shift to them, but I still ended up caring about them quite a lot. In fact, it was perfect. By the end of the novel it felt like all the characters were my good friends – I wanted them all to have good endings and I didn’t want to part with a single one.


The romance was soft, but it was there. It was mostly strung out in one point of view, and wasn’t the main focus of the novel. I knew which point of view would be most centered on the romance, so you could prepare yourself for it. I liked that. I liked how slow and gentle and meaningful it was. The main character did have to make a choice, but it was a fair one and it wasn’t like… I don’t know – Team Edward or Team Jacob or something like that. It was more so she had two options available to her and she had to make a choice based on pretty good reasons too. And in case you were thinking, no, the romance point of view is not Aislinn’s. In fact, it’s one of the male main characters. Which was a nice change as well.


I’ll just say it one last time… please don’t judge this one based on the cover! It’s a worthwhile read, especially if you like thrillers but them not being too intense and scary in any way.

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Links: Check out the book on Goodreads and Amazon! Or come visit the author's website!

About the Author: Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

Giveaway! Enter to win 1 of 3 copies of The House of Kane (Print or ebook - your choice!) or a $25 Amazon Giftcard. Open internationally!


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Olivia’s Question: What job do you have? Or if you’re still a student like me – what career path do you hope to pursue?

Olivia-Savannah x

22 comments:

  1. You know if you wind up in publishing you're gonna have a long trail of blogger-buddies sending you manuscripts ;) lol!

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    1. That wouldn't be so bad, if I think about it ^.^

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  2. Olivia,

    Your review is one of the most interesting I have had so far for my book THE HOUSE OF KANE. Thank you so very much for hosting me and for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed reading it. I wish you and your bloggers all the best.

    Barbara

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    1. I hope interesting is good! I was happy to read and review your book. Hope it goes well with future novels of yours :)

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  3. You convinced me, Olivia. I added it to my TBR list, which isn't close to being as long as yours. :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think you'll be able to like this one! Yay for adding it to your list :D

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  4. I really like the idea of this book being informative about the publishing houses, I think that could be quite helpful to anyone wanting to know a little more without having to feel overwhelmed by info. I just might add this one to my TBR out of pure curiosity as to what's going on with the characters :D Awesome review!

    As for your question, I'm still figuring things out for careers, I have way too many interests! Although, working as a cover design artist wouldn't be too shabby at all!

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    1. I love the idea of a cover design artist, and I am sure you could put your photography to good use that way too. It really is good for giving out information in that way ;)

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  5. I have 2 sisters who love to read and one of them I know would enjoy reading this. Thanks for the opportunity at winning this giveaway

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    1. I'm glad this is suited to their taste! I hope you recommend it to her. :)

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  6. I haven't heard of this book before but it sounds like something I'd love to read, especially because of your great review. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. You'd make a wonderful author, Olivia! I have no doubt that with the amount of work you're putting into reading/writing/researching that I'll see your name on a cover in the near future! <3

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    1. Aww, thanks Lonna. I hope so, one day <3

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  8. I'll take your word and won't judge the cover. It's easily done but so easy to miss out.

    Thanks for the giveaway and great review!

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    1. I agree. It's so easy to do (I do it all the time). In this case I took a gamble and it worked out.

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  9. This sounds very interesting! I don't think it's the kind of book I'd read, but it seems to be perfect for you, since you want to work in that later on :) And the romance part sounds very sweet and realistic. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Not every book is for everyone, and I was a pretty good audience for it. Thanks for stopping by, Carla!

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  10. The cover wouldn't make me want to read the description. I know we aren't supposed to judge a book by It's cover, but in this day and age it happens a lot. Which is why so many books go unnoticed. Until a reviewer like you makes other readers aware of it. The cover looks like one from a classic. I'm glad you enjoyed this and learned more than you already know about the publishing industry.

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    1. I know the feels, girl. It's really hard not to and most of the time I do but this one was my exception and it worked out for me. I guess that's why reviewers are important. :)

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  11. I would love to win this book because it sounds like something I would enjoy reading.

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    1. It definitely is worthwhile reading. Fingers crossed for you!

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