To all my beautiful people,
I feel like I say this every time that I post here now, but it’s true. I love, love, LOVE being a part of blog tours for young authors getting their start with self-publishing. And boy, do I have a treat for you today. A gloriously fun action thriller comedy called Blank Mastermind by the lovely Rosey Mucklestone.
Who Wrote Blank Mastermind?
Years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a young lady named Rosey Mucklestone. She was a part of an online writing curriculum, and then she was a part of the writing forum, Neverland, with myself and many others where I had the chance to further talk with and mentor her.
To tell you a little bit about her before we get started, Rosey writes quite a bit of comedy and thriller material. Blank Mastermind is quite a wonderful example of that which I can’t wait to share with you.
Rosey Mucklestone is the oldest of nine crazy kids and the daughter of two awesome parents. She lives with her family and two dogs in Missouri, spending her time writing, reading, baking, and waitressing. Topics she’s passionate about include: the ocean, the Bible, mountains, fandoms, stories, and characters in general. She’s never gotten amnesia and doesn’t plan on it, but life is full of surprises, so who knows?
What is Blank Mastermind About?
Blank Mastermind is an example of both thriller and comedy–though primarily the former, and it’s a story that I find unique.
Amnesia is annoying. The poor hero has to find out everything about his wonderful life again and re-meet all the lovely people he knew before, then go to stop the villain. But what if the life that starts showing itself isn’t wonderful, the people aren’t lovely and the villain is… yourself?
Blank Mastermind is about a character named Wolfgang. Wolfgang is one of my favorite first person narrators that I’ve read in…years.
In this story, Wolfgang loses his memory, his understanding of why he is a villain, and goes through the journey of rediscovering himself, his family, and his life.
What Did I Like About This Book?
Personally, I don’t care for first person narratives. I have a hard time getting close to the character. However, this is a story in which I honestly didn’t mind it. For the most part, the first person narration flowed well and had a good variety of sentence structure.
However, what I liked most about it was Wolfgang’s voice and the slow discovery and development of it. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing several drafts of this story, and this aspect is something I’ve watched grow with each one.
Overall, I can say that I really enjoy his voice. He’s serious enough but also had a humorous, sarcastic undertone when he’s in his head that I enjoy. That said, he can also be very serious and moving at times we well.
His voice, overall, has a very good balance.
What Could’ve Been Stronger?
The only thing that really stood out to me was that in some areas I would have liked to see stronger world building. While I enjoyed the sensation of re-learning the world with Wolfgang, there were some things that I felt like I needed more of or needed to know beforehand.
For example, until we met Wolfgang’s superhero counterpart, almost one hundred pages in, I had no idea that this was not just a regular realistic fiction world setting. I think it would be easy to toss in some world building details to heighten reader’s understanding that there are elements of supernatural, futuristic worlds, or magical realism at play in this story.
Honestly, I think I would’ve liked to spend some more time getting to know some of the side characters. I liked them all well enough, but I think my empathy and connection with some of them could have been heightened if I saw Wolfgang interacting with them more on a personal or heart-to-heart level.
What Blank Mastermind Character are you?
I took this quiz, and honestly the answer surprised me. I ended up being the character of Dallas (the quiet introvert). I wasn’t expecting this because it’s not how I see myself, but thinking on it I can certainly see the similarities. 😛
If you want to take the quiz yourself, click here! Post your results in the comment section, I’d love to discuss with you (because these babies are adorable).
How Can I Get a Copy?
If you’d like to purchase a copy of Blank Mastermind for yourself, click here. And if you’d like to see other reviews, information, and articles about this book and its characters, check out the listing of other blogs hosting the Blank Mastermind Blog Tour at the bottom of this post.
I’d encourage you guys to go out and get a copy of it yourself. Rosey has put a ton of work into a really fun ride, and it’s a story with some great characters and great moral issues to work through. Definitely give it a chance.
Your unaffectionate supernova,