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Monday, January 22, 2018

Just Being John by James Scoltock - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek

John is a geeky boy who lives with his grandparents in a small village. He loves history and is best friends with Xanthia. He adores Xanthia and they do everything together. John has been having excruciating headaches. While he's on a boat with Xanthia, a headache makes John fall overboard. During his unconsciousness he's transported back in time and wakes up in medieval Japan. Right before he got his headaches John bought a magazine about these ancient times. Can John adapt fast enough to the Samurai way of living to find his way home again?

John is such a sweet boy. His grandparents have a daily routine and John loves them very much. He never does anything out of the ordinary. John does well in school and is a kind and loyal friend to Xanthia. They've been close friends for a long time and I loved to read about how comfortable they are with each other. They are true friends. When John wakes up in the world of the Samurai he has no idea what happened. He isn't a fighter and the lifestyle of his new-found Samurai friends is different from anything he's ever known, but John has always been a quick learner. I love how smart he is and how he isn't afraid of admitting his fear. I fell in love with John straight from the beginning and I was hoping for him to find his way back home.

Just Being John is an intriguing story about a boy who gets more lessons in history than he ever wished for. I've always been fascinated by ancient times and I've read several articles about the Samurai. James Scoltock made the modern John blend in with these medieval times perfectly. This story is unique and not like anything I've ever read before. I love it when a writer surprises me with a refreshing story. James Scoltock is a new author for me and after reading Just Being John I can't wait to see what more he has in store for his readers.


If you like to read stories about myths and legends Just Being John would be a perfect choice.

About James Scoltock

James Scoltock studied journalism at Lincoln University and has gone on to have an award winning career in automotive publishing.

His first break in journalism was at The Sunday Times as a researcher and reporter on the business desk before moving over to the pan-European Automotive Engineer magazine, a title he worked on for almost nine years, three of those as editor.

In his time on Automotive Engineer he won the Market Engineering Automotive Technology Journalist of the Year award, as well as being named the Skoda Laurin and Klement Design Writer of the Year and the Cummins Commercial Vehicle Writer of the Year.

His passions as an author are three-fold: football, fantasy and science-fiction. His first book, Barclay Boy: Season in the Sun, a diary of Norwich City FC's rise through the divisions to the Premier League, was published in 2012.


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  1. Just Being John sounds like a beautifully written must-read for adults and teenagers alike, especially those of us who tend to hide our real selves from the world.

  2. This sounds so interesting. I wonder what he did?

  3. It sounds like an awesome adventure and I love Japan!

  4. Wow, this sounds very unique and intriguing! I think my boys would really like this! :D

  5. what a unique and absorbing story - just the thing for my daughter!

  6. I love time travel and that would be a very interesting period to go back to. I love Samurais!

  7. Thanks for the giveaway, James! Lubka

  8. I hope the winners of the giveaway enjoy the book, let me know what you think, it's always nice to hear from readers.