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I have not left a star rating I am in my 40s and unless I move into a retirement community in Eastbourne, I am at the stage in my life that I am not going to be referred to as a ‘young adult’.I’ll start by getting my two main bugbears out of the way, primarily because these will be the first things that the prospective reader will be confronted with, namely the artwork and the title Not that there is anything inherently wrong with either, but to my mind both misdirect from the core concept enjoyable novel which follows I have no real point of reference in the YA literary world, but as I read the book I found myself imagining did find myself drawing comparisons with the cartoons I loved in my childhood: Willo the Wisp, Chorton and the Wheelies (not that any of the market audience will have heard of these), with touch of the surrealism of Captain Star I often find myself directing the scenes in my head as I read, and in the case of Aliens in My Garden, the image wascartoonish, while the cover I have seen does not capture this Thankfully this is a criticism which borders on the churlish (and may be mitigated with the blurb on the back cover when published), and within only few lines the reader is brought into fantastical universe Gwynaire’s creation, dominated by playful dialogue and narrative wit which ensures that the story is never at risk of tasking itself too seriously.The heart of the novel is the fusion of genres, namely fantasy folklore and science fiction In this case with the relative ‘normalcy’ of the lives of wizards, witches, familiars, dragons, and goblins being disturbed by the arrival of extraterrestrial interlopers With such a broad canvas the Gwynaire does well not to clutter the story with unnecessary detail, keeping within the parameters of established character descriptions while pressing them into the same story arch A witch is a witch, an alien is an alien, and a talking potato is just as I have written it That is not to say there isn’t a lot going on and Gwynaire maintains a lively pace to proceedings Yet for the host of characters well familiar with a universe full of fantastic possibilities the meeting is not so much an identity and cultural shattering collision, but the latest of frequent incredible encounters, managed with the clumsiness and awkwardness similar to the meeting of two busloads foreign exchange students.Here the underlying thread of gentle comedy is critical, carrying the reader over the corruption of established the traditional genres, and negating the possible rejection of willing disbelief Both science fiction and fantasy are deeply embedded in their own lexicon, and to ensure a successful melding together of these concepts I get the impression that Gwynaire has gone to great length compare and contrast the views of the aliens and the magical host, in many instances demonstrating this is littlethan variance in language and familiarity As a result the aliens become less alien, and the magical less mystifying This is not a criticism, but rather a core theme of the book, which is one of perspective Therefore, while the reader will see all the entire ensemble as extraordinary, for the characters, where the weird and wonderful is commonplace, the experience seemsmundane In a word of such anarchic anthropomorphism, magical Machiavellian incompetence and borderline slapstick disorder, the arrival of an intergalactic fleet barely raises an eyebrow. This review is also posted on my website Behind the Pages: Aliens in My Garden.Everything was normal in the Garden Skoros was away scheming in his castle, Harper was crashing through the woods trying to be a graceful owl, though not quite making the cut, and Alditha was being her regular witchy self But all that changed when Celeste, arrived in her teacup of a spaceship on a mission to find her lost kin Skoros sees her as a way to further his technological advances After all, if he's the most powerful wizard he can make his claim as ruler of the Garden But the denizens of the Garden will not be so willing to allow him to rule.A week ago, if someone told me they were blending a world of magic and dragons with aliens and technology, I wouldn’t have believed it was possible Jude Gwynaire has a talent for making the impossible happen with Aliens in My Garden.As you travel the world of the Garden, vegetables, and minerals come to life You’ll meet characters such as Tom the potato, a Gardener known for his talent at digging holes, and the Green Man, a gentle tree who loves to eat strawberry marshmallows This brilliantly crafted world is filled with heartwarming characters that use their humor and wits to wriggle out of the most difficult of circumstances.I think what truly makes this book come alive is the amusing comebacks from characters like Alditha, “You do know that people only understand about half a teaspoon of what you say don’t you?” When anything close to technical speech comes out, Alditha is quick to say what’s on the reader's mind and ask for the language to be simplified It breaks the tension and makes you laugh as the two worlds, magic and technology slowly blend as the characters begin to understand each other.And for all the humor it holds, Aliens in My Garden isthan just another story It shows the reader that even though you may be different from your neighbor, it doesn’t mean they should be treated differently By working together, great things can be accomplished.This novel is a fastpaced, adventurous read You won’t want to put this book down! It's a colorful and creative ride, taking you places you'd never expect From spaceships to dragons, this has everything a fan of the scifi and fantasy genres is looking for. #FREE DOWNLOAD à Aliens In My Garden õ ALIENS IN MY GARDEN takes ALDITHA the witch and HARPER the talking, though not terribly bright owl from their usual business serving the residents of the Garden on a path that pits them against SKOROS The wouldbe evil wizard is useless at magic, great at engineering, has a brass wand, a smart alec who plans to take over the Garden When a giant teacup lands in their world, they are introduced to CELESTE, a teenaged alien girl who's really much older than she looks and ALPHA, her biomechanoid copilot, who looks like a typical Grey alienThe book contains themes of friendship, acceptance, social pressure and the power of community, but above all, it tells an exciting epic story through believable characterization within a fantastic universe, with fast pacing and the effective use of humour There's something about a fantastical young adult fantasy that draws me in and this one promises witches, a giant tea cup, a talking potato, spaceships and aliens in one magical garden. I was pleasantly surprised by this story I was expecting alien invasions (there kind of was one) but it was so muchIt wasfocused on the people of the Garden Of how they interacted with each other, how they came together to fight and save their homes It was so interesting and kept you on your toes You didn’t know what to expect You had flying teacups, talking owls, and even some dragons (You can never go wrong with dragons)Every single character was multilayered You could really tell the Author had spent a great deal of time building each individual character The world building was also on point You had two worlds mixing together Fantasy (magic) with scifi (science) and it really worked It was great to see both sides interacting with each other.(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Publisher Does not affect my review) Oh My Goodness! This book is everything Like literally everything You have Scifi, fantasy even hints of magic realism all in this quick read Explaining everything would make it soundcomplex than what it is But, imagine witches, wizards, aliens (astarians), a groot, snitches from harry potter, hellboy, and even an owl similar to a combination of Hedwig Errol meshed together all to make a perfect book, this would be it I don't want to spoil to much, but when a Teacup with a girl, Celeste, and a grey alien, Alpha, land on the Garden everything changes for the Gardenfolk This adventure will leave you surprised in every chapter Get ready for a rollarcoaster ride Note: I receives an ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review. A charming melange of science fiction and Wind in the Willowsstyle whimsy I really enjoyed the light, deft tone and the sense of magic hidden in the everyday Really, a book for anyone looking for a fresh take on classic fantasy. Aliens in My Garden tells the story of the rich and unique worldbuilding within The Garden, where potato farmers can be actual potatoes, owls talk, dragons claim whole forests as their domain, witches and wizards practice a whimsical (and sometimes terrifying magic), and an alien presence reveals a connection between magic and sciencea connection that runs so deep that it becomes clear that they are in fact one and the same We follow Alditha the witch and her trusty companion Harper, the unusual owl, and shenanigans ensue (to say the least) when the alien Celeste and her biomech Alpha arrive in the Garden in a flying teacup Because of the abundance of worldbuilding and the uniqueness of the premise, I will say that I felt the story initially started a bit slow, and I wasn’t sure what direction the plot was going to take We are introduced to a myriad of characters, from Old Tom the potato farmer (who is, in fact, an actual potato) to Jasper and Dramm, the sentient spellbooks (Dramm is adorable Just had to put that out there), and I spent the first few chapters wondering how all of these different characters would come into play in the future But when the plot picks up, it REALLY picks up, and I commend Gwynaire for tying so many of the initially trivialseeming characters to the most vital parts of Astarian and Gardenfolk history The strongest thing about the book was its creativity in terms of the wacky characters that appear in this world One of my favorites, despite being a minor character, was Old Tom the potato:the thing about having potato where a brain should be was that even things you especially wanted to remember sometimes leaked out and disappeared until something particularly reminded you of them all over again (Kindle Locations 406407) Prodigy Gold Books Maybe I just find potatoes naturally hilarious, but I found Old Tom to be a delightful addition to the book and he's just one example of the many characters that make an appearance The themes of otherness and mob mentality were probably another favorite of mine, as Harper the wellmeaning but misguided owl tries to warn the townspeople about the alien invaders and how they will bring change in the worst way This plotline led to my favorite quote in the book: “So that was what the leaflets were full of— fear Fear that people could understand, according to Gunkin Fear of hunger while other people ate Fear of being turned out of their homes while aliens used their favourite chairs to park their alien backsides Fear of change, which Gunkin said, nine times out of ten, people knew was likely to be change for the worse Fear of all those things, and then a plan to band together and stand up against the aliens, so their fears never came true.” (Kindle Locations 22112215) Ok, I'll admit that some of that fear was warranted because a certain Astarian leader really did fully intend to wipe out all life in the Garden, but considering we end the book with the farreasonable Astarian commander and the other new arrivals who are willing to give living in harmony a shot, the message that other doesn't necessarily mean bad becomes abundantly clear.Something else about the book I really enjoyed was the masterful trope subversion throughout One of the most obvious is the subversion of the “magic” trope, in which science and magic are essentially unrecognizable from each other, and the creation of sentient life in the Garden is revealed to be, not just the “god” Ven Tao as initially believed, but the Gardener belonging to an advanced alien race The “magic” users, instead of following one uniform system, all have their own distinct ways of using their respective abilities We have the fireballflinging traditional wizard, Odiz, the nature and balanceloving witch Alditha who can always be counted on to use her magic to help her community, and the bizarre, techsavvy steampunk wizard, Skoros To top it all off, we have the Astarians, a technologically advanced alien race that isn’t so different from the magical beings in the Garden after all There’s plenty of great character trope subversions as well I love that the goblin henchman Gunkin, instead of being dumb and obedient to his dark, evil lord, is clever and helpful despite his following his mother’s advice to become an evil henchman for “the job prospects.” His motives might occasionally be questionable, but he would make a great leader, and how often do we see goblins represented well in fantasy stories, after all? The minor elf character, Brangle, serves as a quick snipe at the notion of an entire race/species being entirely good or entirely bad, as his haughty insistence that “‘There are only good elves” is promptly ignored, and Brangle eventually left in the back of the crowd of townspeople Even the smallest of tropes, like the classic “bad guy holds good guy hostage and threatens to break their arm if they make the wrong move,” is not only subverted, but outright mocked, which I found to be great fun I was left wanting a bit when it came to Skoros the evil steampunk wizard I see potential for a sequel considering we are left wondering how the Astarians will adjust in the Garden and what becomes of the evil wizard when he leaves the atmosphere I certainly hope that there WILL be a sequel, and I highly recommend this book, especially for those who love worldbuilding and magicbuilding (with a nice sprinkle of humor) as much as I do! Teacupgirl, he said You’re the teacupgirl You’re an alien HELP I’VE GOT ALIENS IN MY GARDEN And you’re a talking owl, said Celeste, calmly, but we have bigger things to concentrate on at the moment Talking owls, witches, wizards, flying teacupsI mean spaceships, teenage aliens, and blue dragons OH MY! Alice in Wonderland meets Winnie the Pooh meets Every Heart a Doorway meets ET meets Chicken Little meets Hocus Pocus Aliens in My Garden was such a pleasant surprise! I expected a scifi alien invasion story with fantasy elements What I got instead was sort of a weird little fairytale It has that classic tale feeling but with a modern twist Alien pyramids just popping up out of the ground? Today’s just got one of them days written all over it, hasn’t it? But then I thought about that little owl I sometimes see And I thought perhaps I didn’t need a pot of gold that badly after all Perhaps there areimportant things than gold I recommend Aliens in the Garden for anyone but if you're not into scary gory horror then this is the perfect spooky read for Halloween! 🍃🌲🦉🗣☕🐉✨🤷🏼‍♀️🚀😈👽🔮⚡💾💣🤖📚🚫👑💖🏘🐛🌱 (good luck figuring out those spoilers 😂) I will be purchasing a physical copy! Release date is October 9, 2018Thank you so much to Jude Gwynaire and Prodigy Gold Books for the opportunity to read an early copy!!! Aliens in my Garden is a fun blend of fantasy and science fiction for tweens, teens, and the young at heart It reads like a bedtime story, with the narrator pausing to talk to the reader before we return to characters such as Harper, the Green Man, Celeste, and Skoros The cast is indeed colorful and unique—even witch Alditha’s broom carries personality from its first introduction The dialogue bounces from character to character with quirky wordplay that keeps both friendship development and plot moving right along.Author Jude Gwynaire revels in the genre blending by giving readers a vast storyworld with the Garden Not only do we have dragons and talking animals, but magic mirrors that need rebooting and potato farms farmed by actual potatoes Aliens have come to the Garden to find mysterious orbs in the midst of young wizard Skoros’ plan to make himself an evil sorcerer worthy of respect Of course, the aliens muck up this plan—as aliens are oft want to do—but when he steals some of their devices, Skoros begins to devise a new plan to conquer the Garden, and it is up to Alditha, Celeste, Harper, and others to protect the Garden on their Earth and every other Earth A whimsical adventure full of humor and character, Aliens in my Garden promises to be a delightful read for any who come across it.