Thursday, June 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Evertaster--The Buttersmiths' Gold by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Evertaster Tour

The Buttersmiths' Gold


Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you'd want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you'd want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you'd stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He's a Viking through and through – he's thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That's what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan's muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.

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About The Buttersmiths' Gold
The Buttersmiths' Gold is a spin off novella in the Evertaster series that tells the story of two Viking brothers and their adventurous past. The Evertaster series (Book #1 released June 14, 2012) is about Guster Johnsonville, who goes searching for a legendary taste rumored to be the most delicious in all of history. Along the way he meets a slew of mysterious characters, including two Viking brothers Torbjorn and Storfjell. The Buttersmiths' Gold is their story. 124 pages. By Adam Glendon Sidwell. Published by Future House Publishing. 

This is a fun book in a great series for kids!! We meet the Vikings Torbjorn and Storfjell in Evertaster (more on that below) and we get to hear more about their story. Sidwell does such a great job of making you believe that this is a true story! Braxton knows the Vikings' butter is creamy, rich and smooth but he wants to know what makes their butter so special. They tell the story of their ancestors and how the butter became an important part of the mission we learn about in Evertaster

Torbjorn and Storfjell are such fun characters and it was fun to meet their forefathers as well. One of them, also named Torbjorn, who lived many, many years ago, is selling muffins and meets Rotte the Righteous who wants to know the secret of their butter. Torbjorn realizes that he doesn't really know and Rotte gets angry and throws him out. Torbjorn later asks his father about it. His father tells him and he comes into contact with Rotte again, even though he tries to avoid him, and during their conversation, slips and tells Rotte their secret. He immediately realizes what he's done and hopes there won't be any consequences. But of course, there are. This is a great series to read with your family and your children will be entranced with this story!

My Rating=5 Stars

Evertaster, Book #1:
A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy.

When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.
Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.

I was perusing the book section in Costco one day and came across this book. I thought the cover looked fun so I picked it up. When I read it was about a picky eater, I was interested at once! My son is a picky eater and when I told him what it was about, he rolled his eyes at me. When I told him we were going to read it, he groaned. By the end of the first chapter, he was definitely interested and this quickly became a favorite book of ours! When I saw a blog tour come up for this book, I didn't even hesitate to sign up.

Guster is picky and his mother is tired of it (I can relate). She takes him to find something to eat and he's drawn to the smells in a certain pastry store. They find a Master Pastry Chef and when he finds out that Guster is picky, he starts talking about the One Recipe and gives them a huge eggbeater. As soon as he hands it to him, a red-aproned chef appears and the Master Pastry Chef's dying words to Guster are, "Get it to Felicity!" Guster, his mom and brother are able to get away but that is only the beginning of their adventure to figure out what the pictures on the eggbeater mean, who Felicity is and just what the One Recipe is and what it means for Guster.

There was so much action and adventure in this book. Sidwell is incredibly descriptive and I could picture exactly what was happening. The family (everyone except their father) takes off on the adventure. Guster is 11 (hmm, same age as my son), he has an older brother, Zeke, an older sister, Mariah, and a toddler brother, Henry Junior. There are sibling arguments, family divisiveness and unity, mystery, bad guys, evil guys, interesting characters that were helpful and lots of fun and adventure! I like that the mom is involved and toting a toddler around as well puts them in some interesting situations. Braxton works for their aunt and he's their pilot when they take off in her plane. He joins them until he's left with the Vikings Torbjorn and Storfjell (the Buttersmiths) and that's where the second book comes in.

Another thing that influenced my decision to buy this book was the "About the Author" bio in the back (the same one given below--I used to live near LA and what he says about that really made me laugh). I thought it was funny and creative and he seemed like the type of author I wanted to support. I saw that the author was doing a book signing at my local Costco last week so I took my kids and two of their friends and we went to meet him and get our books signed. They enjoyed being able to meet him and got their picture taken with him. They were a little shy but did ask him a couple of questions. We found out that he's on chapter 2 of the second book so it will be a while before it's finished. He's almost finished with a totally different book and will probably be releasing it soon. We will definitely read more from him and I just can't say enough good things about this book! So, get it and read it and see if you agree!

My Rating=5 Stars

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Author Adam Sidwell 

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.

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