Book Review and Blog Tour: A Dastardly Plot + Giveaway

Book Review and Blog Tour: A Dastardly Plot + Giveaway

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Book Review and Blog Tour: A Dastardly Plot + GiveawayA Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy
Series: A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem #1
Published by Walden Pond Press on September 25, 2018
Pages: 384

The adventure series, called A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem, is set during America’s “age of industry and invention,” and is inspired by the works of Jules Verne.


I always enjoy strong female characters and with a world against them, I love to see how they rise above and become more than they could imagine. A Dastardly Plot is one of those stories. Molly is the daughter of an inventor who has not been recognized because of her gender. Since her father passed away, Molly has quit school and sells pickles in order to help her mother have time to invent. When they gain the opportunity to display her flying invention at the World Fair, she thinks all her and her mother’s troubles have ended. Of course, that privilege is revoked quickly and given to an official guild member (men only). They venture off to sabotage the inventor to gain back their spot and find a world of trouble – including a plot that may endanger the world.

With the help of a Chinese boy, who was an inventor’s assistant, and her mother’s inventions, they may be able to foil the plot. I really enjoyed this steampunk adventure, full of mayhem and zany moments that made me laugh out loud. There’s a lot more than just fun, danger and trying to save the world. One of the main themes is the discrimination against gender and race – constantly underestimating a person because of how they look.


I really enjoyed the depth and the adventure found within this book and highly recommend it! Here’s a clip from the audio book if you enjoy audiobooks!

A Dastardly Plot Audiobook Clip

About the Author



Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, as well as its two sequels, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle and The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an actor, an ad copywriter, a toy store display designer, a fact-checker, a dishwasher, a journalist, a costume shop clothing stitcher, a children’s entertainment reviewer, and a haunted house zombie. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and a dog named Duncan. You can visit him online at



Follow the Tour

24-Sep     Novel Novice  Post by Christopher Healy

25-Sep     A Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust

26-Sep     Unleashing Readers

27-Sep     Teach Mentor Texts

28-Sep     Novel Novice  Review

29-Sep     Maria’s Melange

1-Oct      The Flashlight Reader

2-Oct      Nerdy Book Club

3-Oct     Book Monsters

3-Oct     Novel Novice Q and A with Chris

4-Oct     Bluestocking Thinking

5-Oct     Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


Thanks to Walden Pond Press, we are offering one copy of A Dastardly Plot for giveaway (US only).

Ends October 10th.

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**Thank you to Walden Pond Press for providing copies for review and giveaway!**

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4 responses to “Book Review and Blog Tour: A Dastardly Plot + Giveaway

  1. John

    “Tell me a middle grade novel you read recently and loved!” “The Wonderling”! Our hero was so good and charming, and the plot was pretty gripping!

  2. Shana

    I just finished several books: The Giver, Grump by Liesl Shurtleff, Frank Einstein book #1 & Flora & Ulysses. Busy week of reading for grad school.

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