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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Viral Cat Press (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615464815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615464817
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,691,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tiffany Slotwinski DeBrosse grew up in Mantua, NJ and spent her childhood engaging in imaginative play with her friends and family. Tiffany attended Rutgers University, where she majored in English and Women's and Gender Studies, and was a Leadership Scholar at the Insitute for Women's Leadership. After teaching English in South Korea and making documentary films for the Rutgers Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Tiffany moved to San Francisco, CA where she received her MA in English Creative Writing. Today, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and filmmaking.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls is the thinking reader's Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Debut author DeBrosse creates a unique and complex mythology (think: biblically-inspired science fiction where Jackson uses Greek mythology) to frame her story, and it's a refreshing alternative to many YA authors who build off of another already-established fantasy world. The world that you'll encounter in DeBrosse's novel is totally original - you won't get a setting or story like this anywhere else. That, in itself, is a reason to pick up the book.

And it's not the only reason I loved this novel. While DeBrosse's inventiveness makes this a truly outstanding read, at the heart of it all is an exciting story. It's got just the right amount of intergalactic travel and battle to please your inner sci-fi nerd, and just enough romance to keep you turning the pages. You read because you want to know who Jeremy is (as a person and as the hero), what he's capable of, the story behind his world, and how it (and he) will affect the cataclysmic events occurring in ours. Some of the scenes are downright haunting - I dare you not to have creepy dreams about the Haze after a night of reading - and I guarantee that you'll want to buy a pet fizdruft by the end of the first chapter.

It's possible that some young readers will be frustrated by Jeremy, the protagonist. DeBrosse doesn't give you the handsome, kind, generous-yet-filthy-rich prince of Disney lore or the perfect male hero of the typical YA paranormal romance - she's too good of a writer to do that. Yes, Jeremy can be vain and self-centered. But you know what? He's royalty. And he's handsome. And talented. And he knows it. If you've ever met a guy like that, you'll find Jeremy to be a believable character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Savant on May 25, 2011
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This book was really good! I have never read anything like it before and I can't wait for the next book! The ending has me anxious!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DG on June 9, 2011
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This is a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to anyone who likes Fantasy. Ignore the blurb on the back cover- it's not descriptive enough.

For most of the novel, I was annoyed at Jeremy. The other characters are passable, but this guy is a spoiled brat. However, I guess he's not completely awful, -Spoiler alert- as he does do something good at the end of the novel -end of spoiler alert-, and he'll likely become less of a selfish snob in the next books (That's the way the plot seems to be going).

-Spoiler alert- I was offended by the blasphemy in the book (The Haze is better than Heaven, God couldn't decide what to do with Cain, etc), but I was less offended when I realized that much of this blasphemy will probably be proven wrong in future books. What would the plot be if it was true? Jeremy being struck down by God? Jeremy defeating God? I doubt it. -End of spoiler-

I am disappointed that I have to wait until next spring for the next book- But by then, I think this will be a bestseller. Why shouldn't it be? It is very creative, enjoyable, and Debrosse has a lot of potential as a writer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Figment Review on May 22, 2011
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by Morgan Smith

Jeremy Chikalto and The Hazy Souls is an entertaining read by T.S. DeBrosse. It centers on Jeremy Chikalto, the "Cajjez," or prince, of the distant planet, Watico. Jeremy has an incredible power: he has the ability to look into the Haze, which is the place souls pass through when they die. It is in the Haze that an angel sends Jeremy a message: Jeremy Chikalto must venture to Earth, a three year journey, to search for "Mantel", a figure vying for power with God and the Devil. Could there be an alternate destination after death, besides Heaven or Hell? Jeremy's friend, Maren, is unwillingly swept up in the mix with Jeremy as he struggles to determine the fine line between right and wrong.

T.S. DeBrosse establishes strong characters with equally strong personalities. The main character, Jeremy, is arrogant and insecure while his best friend, Maren, is kind, although somewhat timid. The conflicting personalities kept me on my toes, although most of the time I couldn't stand to listen to Jeremy's relentless whining. When a book has a decidedly frustrating main character, it tends to make the book something of a burden to read. It is harder to feel excited about the characters' breakthroughs and harder to feel a sense of connection to them. This book is no exception. Despite that fact, I found this novel still engaging and pleasurable to read.

Another point about the characters in Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls is that they are extremely stereotypical. The only main difference is that the typical personality for the antagonist is used for the protagonist.

Although the theme is original and unexpected, it would be strengthened by adding more emotion into the characters' actions.
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