SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS: Review and Wine Pairing

SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS

I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things. This book was so much fun. I’m a fan of Jane Austen retellings and this is certainly one of the most creative ones that I’ve had the pleasure of reading.


About the Book

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About the Book:

Title: SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS

Author: Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw

Pub. Date: August 8, 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 272

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot in this humorous and heartfelt debut about a loving, quirky family on the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch.
Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.
It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, hunting for yetis. But now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, in front of an aristocratic prep-school crew including a boy who disdains Samantha’s family.
But when he scorns her humble Ohio roots, she becomes determined to take him down. As they go to war, their friction and attraction almost distract them from the hint that Sasquatch may actually be out there somewhere…


Wine Pairing

I firmly believe that there is a perfect wine for every book, and this Sasquatch Red Table Wine is obviously proof. On top of having the perfect label to match this book, this wine has a bit of a woodsy taste with a surprisingly sweet finish, which I think goes hand-in-hand with this story.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*


My Review

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There are so many things about this book that I just absolutely loved! First of all, I’m a huge Jane Austen fangirl, and Pride and Prejudice is, of course, my favorite of her books. So any retelling is bound to pique my interest. I also really enjoy books that poke a bit of fun at reality television. So combine those two elements in a setting that is truly unique and absolutely hilarious, and you have a recipe for a novel that is guaranteed to be a good time.

There are certainly some parts of this story that parallel P&P, but it definitely has enough of its own storyline to keep readers guessing at what is going to happen next. The nods to the original story were fantastic though, and will certainly add an extra bit of fun for readers of Austen.

I adored the Berger family. The fact that the parents were such enthusiastic and unabashed believers in Bigfoot (aka Wood Ape) was absolutely charming. I think any fangirl/fanboy can relate to that kind of devotion. The Berger sisters themselves were perfect adaptations of Lizzy, Jane, and Lydia and each had their own modern twist and original take on the classic characters.

The romance in this story was as sweet and endearing as one would expect from an Austen retelling. And I really enjoyed how the authors gave some additional depth to some other characters who didn’t necessarily have that in P&P itself.

The fact that this story is all about a reality show competition where two teams face-off to try to find Sasquatch is absolutely hilarious. I adore that premise. It is so creative, original, and just so much fun.

This is definitely a book that would be enjoyed by readers of many, many different genres, and I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to enjoy it myself.


About the Authors

Betsy is a former magazine editor turned communications professional who avoids math at all costs. Therefore, she’s held a series of artsy jobs at Opera News, Museums Magazine, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where she tried to remember everything she learned in Hebrew school. She now works at Purchase College, SUNY, where she is inspired daily by the cool and creative students and professors. She lives and works in New York.

Carrie is an arts administrator and has worked for world-renowned organizations such as San Francisco Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Victory Theater. She is a passionate advocate for high quality performing arts for children and has written two plays for young audiences, which were produced and performed throughout

New York City. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Website | Betsy’s Twitter | Carrie’s Twitter


Enter the Giveaway!

1 winner will receive a finished copy of SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS & swag US Only.

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Follow the Blog Tour

Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this tour! Be sure to check out their website here as well as the other amazing posts on this tour!

Week One:

7/31/2017- Swoony Boys Podcast Interview

8/1/2017- Book Princess Reviews– Review

8/2/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post

8/3/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

8/4/2017- Such a Novel Idea Interview

Week Two:

8/7/2017- YA and Wine– Review

8/8/2017- Novel Novice– Guest Post

8/9/2017- Nerdophiles– Review

8/10/2017- Lisa Loves Literature– Excerpt

8/11/2017- Bibliobakes– Review


Will you be snagging a copy of Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things when it hits bookshelves tomorrow? What are some of your favorite Jane Austen retellings? 


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24 thoughts on “SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS: Review and Wine Pairing

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Right?! They had me at P&P as well! Plus throw in Sasquatch hunting, and it’s all just so much fun! I was so excited when I found that wine. 🙂 Thank you!

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    YAAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY. SO very glad that you enjoyed this! And I totally forgot you loved Austen. Totally glad you included the P & P aspects because I wasn’t quite sure what they are. Wonderful job, Krysti! 😉 And now we can officially go on the hunt.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Mandy, I’m so ready now! And oh my goodness, I had so much fun with this book. I’m so glad you told me about it way back when. It seems like a long time ago now. LOL. I live in prime Sasquatch territory. My dad even says he saw it once. So you just let me know when you’re arriving. 😀

  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    This is a FASCINATING premise for a novel! I am sooo curious to hear how Betsy and Carrie came up with this and how they decided to integrate Austen-like elements. I find that sometimes when books are identified as a retelling I struggle with enjoying the book since I’m too busy hunting all the parallels. But it sounds like this book will keep me entertained and distracted from that scavenger hunt.

    Great review, as always, Krysti!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I would love to know how they came up with it as well. It’s such a clever idea. I like retellings if they are of books that I love. And well done. I like searching for the parallels while reading the story. It’s like hunting for Easter Eggs. And this one is just so creative that I definitely feel that it would keep you entertained. There’s a whole lot of silliness and general fun. I really enjoyed reading it.

      Thanks, Jackie! <3

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I am a huge proponent of silliness. I feel like literature is lacking a lot of silliness, which is desperately need more of in my life. That alone makes me want to read it.

        I’ve never thought about retellings being like Easter Eggs. That’s a perspective I really should adapt–
        It would make me a much more patient and excited reader! I appreciate your positivity.

        Any other great retellings or books ripe with silliness you’d recommend? As long as we are on the topic, that is…

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I could not agree more. That’s honestly one of the reasons I read YA. Silliness is much more abundant. 🙂

        It does have to be a really GOOD retelling though. Otherwise, I find myself just seeing the ways that the original was better.

        Have you read When Dimple Met Rishi yet? I would highly recommend that one. 🙂

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I DEFINITELY want to read When Dimple Met Rishi, but I didn’t get approved from the ARC, so I’m waiting until I can convince my kids lit book club to read it. 😉 I’m so sneaky. I am hoping I can convince them this month!

      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Oh, I hope you can convince them as well. It’s a really wonderful contemporary novel. Let me know if you end up reading it. 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I didn’t either until I read more about it, and it was so much fun! I can’t recommend this one highly enough. 🙂

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