T.S. DeBrosse teaches English Composition at Gloucester County College and is the author of two young adult fantasy books, "Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls," and "Jeremy Chikalto and Leviathan Island." She has an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a BA in English from Rutgers University.
on Oct. 21, 2016 :
Fourteen-year-old Jeremy Chilkalto is the heir to the kingdom of the planet Watico, established when his people were banished from Earth many years ago. Jeremy is arrogant, rude, mean, and not very well-liked. There's also something a bit strange about him: he sees hazy patches, hears voices, and experiences blackouts. When Jeremy is sent off to boarding school on a neighboring planet, he is kidnapped along with Maren and Lyrna the fizdrust (a kind of talking cat). This sets off a chain of events that could have a disastrous effect on the entire universe.
This story is a blend of young adult science fiction, fantasy, thriller, and romance. It brings us an exciting, original concept, especially the world of Mantel's Maze, which is populated by an assortment of interesting creatures. The author maintains a brisk pace by rapidly switching between scenes. As the story progresses, we can see the growth in Jeremy, as he gradually becomes a better person. I look forward to seeing even bigger changes in him as the series continues.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Full blog post (22 October): https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/10/jeremy-chikalto-by-t-s-debrosse.html
(review of free book)
on Aug. 18, 2013 :
This book was really good! I have never read anything like it before and I can’t wait for the next book! The ending has me anxious!
(review of free book)
on Aug. 22, 2012 :
"Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls" is the first book in the Hazy Souls series. Jeremy Chikalto, prince of the Farmoore Galaxy, is deemed crazy by his peers. Something is trying to communicate with him from beyond death's veil. What follows is an action-packed, paranormal adventure that follows the lives of two star-crossed lovers as they venture to Earth and learn of their roles in the impending Apocalypse.
This book is unlike anything I've ever read. Incredibly original, "Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls" is certain to hold your attention and keep you guessing. The pacing can be a little jarring with some sections reading slowly and others reading at warp speed, but I found myself routing for the protagonists and wanting to see them reach some sort of an understanding with each other as well as with the higher order of things. Religion plays a integral role in this series and elevates the adventure to something of a thought-provoking meta-conversation. If you enjoy an unusual, fresh, paranormal romance adventure, than I highly recommend "Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls."
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on May 27, 2011 :
"Jeremy Chikalto and the Hazy Souls" is a young adult paranormal fantasy written by T. S. DeBrosse and is the first book in The Hazy Souls series. DeBrosse paints a very unique world that is both haunting and memorable. And you'll absolutely want a pet fizdruft, an adorable talking feline that accompanies Jeremy on his journey!
Jeremy Chikalto is the Cajjez, or prince, of the distant planet Watico. He is very arrogant, proud, and paranoid and is an unusual choice for a protagonist. I was very intrigued by his character; he walks a fine line between being the "good guy" and the "bad guy."
Jeremy is visited by an angel and given a cryptic message about the impending Apocalypse. Soon after, he meets Ms. Fritz and the Intergalactic Intelligence Unit and is led astray. Through Ms. Fritz's "guidance," Jeremy goes on a journey through the Haze, the place where the dead go before they're sorted into heaven or hell, and crosses dimensions, arriving on Earth.
What ensues is an adventure with so many twists and turns, it's sure to keep you guessing. Mantel's Maze was the highlight for me, with ghosts, demons, and a furry monster named Urm!
I recommend this book for anyone looking for an interesting and unique read, who's up to the challenge of taking on a new kind of mythology. What a gem! Five stars!
(reviewed the day of purchase)