Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway - The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G. Stefani

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Review by Suze
Courtney has terrible dreams and she sees aliens. She knows there's a family link. Her grandfather was believed to be crazy as well. Courtney even has a tattoo to prove this. When Courtney's visions are starting to get worse her mother makes sure she's being locked up. Courtney is fifteen years old and she doesn't feel like she's crazy and maybe her grandfather wasn't either. She's young and wants to have normal a life. To achieve that she has to find out what's going on. Is she mentally ill or is she part of something big that most people can't see?
Courtney is a nice girl. She's sweet and a little bit naïve, but she's terribly brave at the same time. When someone she's known her whole life via astral projections offers her help and information she decides to take a chance and finally she gets some answers about her grandfather, the past and what's going on with her. I loved reading about her abilities. Courtney is weak and vulnerable, but she's definitely a fighter too. These contrasts in her character are making her a fascinated multilayered person to read about. I liked that Brady G. Stefani constantly made me wonder if she was crazy or not.
The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is an incredibly strange book. I loved the way Brady G. Stefani's mind works. He's created an interesting world and I enjoyed reading about it very much. There's a lot of amazing creativity in this story. It's also action-packed and there are plenty of unexpected twists and turns. The story is definitely surprising and I haven't read anything like it. I loved that I had no idea if everything that happened was all Courtney's imagination or not. The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a fabulous bizarre read.


Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She's being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they're starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a "chosen one" with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it's too late for everyone.
About Brady G. Stefani

Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor's degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun.

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  1. It's so rare to see something really new in a story!


  2. This book sounds very interesting. I love to read different types of books, I think I will really like this one!

  3. Thank you for the blurb, review and giveaway.

  4. this looks awesome, and im putting it on my queue

  5. This sounds like a perfect read during the Halloween season!

  6. I've already got this one on my to-read list! Sounds amazing!!

  7. I've worked in the Mental Health field for years as a caseworker and as a direct support worker, with mental health consumers. I would love to read this book ;)

  8. Great premise for a novel and one sure to resonate with many who feel 'different' from their peers.