Blog Tour: No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman [ARC REVIEW + GIVEAWAY]

Title: No One Dies in the Garden of Syn (The Garden of Syn #1)

Author: Michael Seidelman
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Release Date: April 26th 2016
Purchase at: Amazon USAmazon CAAmazon UK |  Barnes & Noble | Book Depository 
Synthia (Syn) Wade is a teenage girl who struggles with cystic fibrosis, an incurable life-threatening disease. One day she is pushed into a pond by an unseen figure and wakes up in a new world – a mysterious garden where illness and death don’t exist.
Welcomed by the garden’s residents and now free of her symptoms, Syn decides to stay. But, before long, she realizes that this apparent utopia holds many dangers and dark secrets. 
Surrounding the garden is a fog that Syn is warned never to enter. She encounters bizarre creatures that defy reason. And always lurking in the shadows is a masked woman – a woman who may have a connection to the disappearance of Syn’s parents many years ago. A woman whom no one will speak of, but whom everyone fears.
While No One Dies in the Garden of Syn, Syn will soon discover that some fates are worse than death.
*I received a review copy for the Blog Tour. It didn’t, in any way, affect my review*

I signed up for this blog tour because I got fascinated with the cover of the book and with the intriguing title. I tried checking Goodreads for book reviews, but there’s basically not much because the release day is today, April 26th, and I believe that this is the author’s debut novel. I was so excited because I pretty much went blind into this and I really didn’t know what to expect.

No One Dies in The Garden of Syn was an intriguing, mysterious and very light read that every Young Adult and fantasy readers will surely love. 

The story revolves around Syn, a young lady stricken with cystic fibrosis who was unexpectedly transported in an out of this world dimension which is very much alike but very different at the same time, on her real world.

At first, due to the situation of Syn having a cystic fibrosis, I thought this book would be like those depressing novels with a very ill and dying protagonist but it’s absolutely so different from those. Honestly, I didn’t know much about the said illness, but while reading, I learned that it’s something like an illness which mostly affect the lungs; mucus build up in the lungs that causes for the patient to have a hard time breathing.

Michael Seidelman was a great story teller. My reading progress was very short and fast because of how light the writing style was. His words were easy to follow considering the medical and scientific terms needed in the story. Every time Syn was having an episode, it’s almost pretty much like I was actually experiencing the same hard time in breathing as Syn.

But of course, it’s not just about the illness of Syn. It’s about the world where Syn was taken because of her illness, and that’s the thrilling and mysterious part of the whole book. Syn was pushed into their pond at home,  and when she woke up, she found herself on a cabin in the Garden of Syn.

When Syn got transported into another world, it kind of reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, except Wonderland was more magical and unearthly. Garden of Syn was an alternate world of Syn’s real world — it’s still very mundane but the thing about this world was well, no one dies in the garden of Syn. lol. The world-building was really great. It was both out of fantasty and sci-fi imagination.

There’s so much mystery about the Garden of Syn that I found myself reading until 3AM — which I only do when I really really like a book and when I’m just getting in too deep into it. I’ve never read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children yet, but Garden of Syn kind of reminded me of when I saw the movie trailer of Miss Peregrine’s. It’s spooky and eerie in a good way, and very very much Tim Burton-ish (if you love Tim Burton’s movies and a fan of him, you’ll get what I mean).

Overall, No One Dies in the Garden of Syn was a great mixture of mystery, some adventure, and spooky feeling all in one book. It’s a great debut novel and I just found myself wanting for the sequel immediately after finishing this one.

Congratulations to Michael Seidelman and happy release day!!!

My name is Michael Seidelman. I was born in Vancouver, BC Canada where I continue to reside. When I was growing up, my passions were reading, watching movies, nature and creative writing. Not much has changed since then. In high school when I had an opportunity to write short stories in class, I relished reading them out loud to my classmates who would gasp at the unexpected twists and applaud when I was done. I took several creative writing classes and have continued writing over the years while working in Interactive Marketing.
About two years ago, I decided to take some time off to focus on my writing and work on a Young Adult trilogy. The first book in The Garden of Syn series – No One Dies in the Garden of Syn – will be released on April 26th. Meanwhile, I am working hard on the second and third books in the series.
Getting up every morning and sitting down to create new characters and bring new worlds to life is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. Beyond the trilogy, I have many ideas plotted out and I look forward to sharing them all with the world!
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