Blog Tour: Relativity by Antonia Hayes – Review

RelativityI’d like to welcome Antonia Hayes to Novel Kicks today and the blog tour for her debut novel, Relativity. 

Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.

His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can’t shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.

Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father’s absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.

My verdict on Relativity: 

First of all, I have to say how much I adored the cover for this novel. It is so beautiful and whimsical – it totally suits the story.

This book is told from three different perspectives which I liked as you got to understand the motivations behind each character. It’s told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Ethan, his mother, Claire and Mark (Ethan’s father who’s been absent from his son’s life since Ethan was a baby.) Ethan’s current situation is tied in with why Mark had to leave.

You know when you read the blurb for a novel and know you are going to like it? That is what happened between me and this book. From the moment I picked this book up, I couldn’t stop reading, to the point where I lost out on sleep because of it. I just kept saying ‘one more page.’

Ethan is such an endearing character. He sees the world in such a unique way. I’d like to see it this way. Where anything is possible and there is beauty in everything.

relativity_blogtour_twitpic_fridayClaire is a flawed character and has shut herself off to many things. However, she is a good mother to Ethan. All she wants is to protect him.

I did worry I was going to get confused over all the science but it is intertwined with the story so well, it didn’t worry me at all. It was fine.

This book is a wonderful, beautiful story. It would suit fans of Anna McPartlin. A lovely writing style. A great debut novel. Hurry up with your next book, Antonia. I want to read it.


Hayes, Antonia - credit Angelo SgambatiAbout Antonia: 

Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, currently lives in London with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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