Tenderfoot: A Review, Blog Tour, & Giveaway! - Reading List

Tenderfoot: A Review, Blog Tour, & Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Abby Drinen

There is something about stories where regular people, living fairly regular lives, end up in some unknown world facing an adventure of a lifetime that calls to me.  Maybe it's because life can be so daily?  Or the routine that keeps sanity in my house can leave my mind screaming for some kind of shake up?  Do you know what I'm saying?

Either way, I was pretty excited to get a chance to check out Abby Drinen's premier book that promised to take the reader away to a new land and on a serious adventure.

Tenderfoot by Abby Drinen  A Book review

Story Overview - from Goodreads

Tenderfoot (Enova #1)
Abby Drinen
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: June 25th 2016

“No lights, no sound. But my skin knows this isn’t home. Why aren’t I afraid?”

Orphaned teenagers, Linnea, Sammy, Logan, and Daisy, have never met until they’re drawn into the fabric between worlds, crossing over from Earth to a place called Enova. Leaving behind lives filled with pain and loss they find hope in this new place. Adopted by caring, Enovan families they begin to settle in, but an assassination attempt on their lives changes everything. These four strangers must now band together and unravel the mysteries behind their purpose in Enova if they want to survive.

About the Author

I call Northern California home and share my hearth with my husband, three kids, and a red Rottweiler named Paco. I like to write about real characters in unreal worlds. The question I ask myself when I sit down at the keyboard is: how can I make this next scene a whole lot of fun to read?

Email: abbydrinenwrites@gmail.com (I LOVE to hear from readers!)

Pinterest: pinterest.com/abbydrinen (lots of pictures of Enova, plus characters, and other extras!)

Wattpad: wattpad.com/user/enovalady (rough drafts of my novellas)
Movellas: movellas.com/user/enova/movellas (rough drafts of my other stories & novellas)

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Personal Likes

The diversity of the four Earthers was wonderful. Linnea, Sammy, Logan, and Daisy are completely different, from different parts of the world, and yet when they end up in a new world, they soon realize working together is the key to their survival, and the unity between them was refreshing, even though it had a rocky start.

I also enjoyed the visuals Drinen gives of Enova (the new world).  The sana (sort of like water, but not) was interesting. The way she develops it throughout the story helps to keep the reader going, and makes it more real as the characters also learn slowly, through experience.

Tenderfoot by Abby Drinen  A Book Review on Reading List

Personal Dislikes

I wish I had connected with one of these characters.  There ended up being about 8 regular characters, and I never once felt a pull towards any of them.  Maybe it was the decision to give a different character's perspective for each chapter, or the fact that this is a setup book for a series, but I never once cared if a character really pulled through or not... which isn't good.

And, for regulars on Reading List this will sound like a broken record, I was greatly distracted by poor editing on the grammar and story structure.  There were many small grammatical issues that alone should be ignored, but when they added up to so many, and I wasn't distracted by a great pull to a character it was just too much.  Maybe the story structure issues spawned from an introductory book, but overall it was distracting for me.

Reading List Rating

I can only give this a three heart rating.  I read the entire book, and it was fun enough, but for me, that is enough.  All that being said, I know many fantasy/sci-fi fans will enjoy this, so do not be deterred by my noncommittal rating. 

Check out My Review on Goodreads

Tenderfoot (Enova Book 1)Tenderfoot by Abby Drinen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

~~I was given this to review ~~

I was interested in Enova and the new world but somehow I never connected with any of the main characters... Or their guardians for that matter. With the lack of connection issues with editing and grammar stood out like a sore thumb and I simply could not ignore it.

This is certainly a teen fantasy book as the world and special capabilities of these earthens go through a crazy adventure. While this book did not interest me greatly, I am sure young high fantasy fans would get into this story as it is full of spins and twists. Overall it is completely clean and acceptable for young teen readers.    

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My Suggested Audience

I would suggest this for teen readers who enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, new world series. While there are some flirtatious scenes, it is clean and harmless, only a few times alluding to previous decisions made on earth. And there is some violence that fits right into the sci-fi genre, but nothing unexpected or mature. As far as the adult sci-fi fans... this one might be a little young.  That might be why I personally did not connect... but then again, I am only one person. 


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**** Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author & YA Bound Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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