Monday, March 14, 2016

The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash + Huge Giveaway!


The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash

Review by Lauren

source: copy sent for review/sponsored review; all opinions are still my own

Official SummaryAfter a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

Review: The History Major is a novella, listed at only 152 pages. Therefore, it is easy to read this book in just one day. Despite its short length, I felt this was still a fully formed story. Main character, Amanda Greene, is portrayed well and I liked getting to know her and her personality through a few well-placed flashbacks.

The History Major begins with Amanda waking up with an extreme headache. She can't remember much of the previous night, but she does know she had a really bad fight with her boyfriend, and she desperately wants to make it up to him. Before she can do that, her roommate (who is not who she remembers as her initial roommate) tells her she is going to be late for her first day and then hands her her schedule. Amanda realizes her first class is History and she definitely did not sign up for history, so she tries to rectify the matter. Unfortunately, Amanda is essentially forced to take this class and so she enters the huge auditorium and meets a strange young man named Nick, who looks decidedly familiar.

I don't want to go too much into the story since it is short and almost anything could be construed as a spoiler. Let's just say that this history lesson is not what one would expect! I didn't really know what to think going into this story, though I found the summary interesting and I am a fan of history! What I got in this small tale is definitely interesting, full of surprises and interesting moments. Amanda is easy to relate too, whether she's desperately trying to leave this weird class, or thinking about her boyfriend and how she can't choose between him and her friends. Like I said above, Amanda is pretty well formed for a novella and I really appreciate that! It makes the reader more invested in the story.

Overall, I would recommend this one. It's a quick read and it's definitely a book worth discussing! If you like history/historical fiction, there are some moments throughout that will especially appeal!

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About the Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip Cash is an award­winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written eleven books including the best­selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist, and Battle for Darracia series. Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full­time with his  screaming monsters in the background.

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Sunday, March 28, 2016

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21 comments:

Melliane said...

I'm always anxious when it's about novella but it's great to find one ike that!

Erika Sorocco said...

I do love a good quick read and this one sounds fascinating - may need to pick it up!

xx

Kindlemom said...

Glad this was a solid quick read for you!

kellyr78 said...

I would like to win because I enjoy reading new books and the Chromebook would be useful to me.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm a huge historical fiction fan, so I'd love to read this one.

A Canadian Girl said...

I usually avoid novellas because they're so short that it's hard to go in depth into anything, but the premise of this one sounds interesting and I like that you thought it was well-formed. I might have to give this one a try then!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Now I am curious to know what happens.

Linda Kish said...

I am so curious about this novella. It sounds crazy good.

The Bibliophile Babe said...

You definitely have me curious!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this looks good. When a short story like that makes a big impact, I usually love the story. Not too many authors can do that. Brilly review!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

This sounds like a really cool story! I should read more novellas :)

Joyous Reads said...

You have my attention! I'm sitting here drawing conclusions of my own. :D

sandyhills x said...

I would have to say because I love to read and I also write - shaunie

Medeia Sharif said...

That's a tantalizing description. It makes me want to read and find out more.

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I like a good amount of history in my books as well.

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

Ooooh color me curious! I'll have to read this one.

Kristi Schrampfer said...

Sounds like a good story! Very intriguing premise!
Would love to win!

Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger said...

This does sound really entertaining! And I'm glad it was a well-developed despite the fact that its a novella. I love when that happens! :D

Lexxie Lin said...

I love shorter stories that are still complete, Lauren. And I'm always looking for some good ones, for when I'm in the mood for something I can read quickly :) Great review!
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Jennifer Humphries said...

Novellas make me a little nervous sometimes, but this one sounds great! Something I can actually find time to read without one of my hoodlums interrupting me :)

Naomi Hop said...

Good to see that you enjoyed this one despite it's length. It is sometimes hard to pull off a novella like that!