Return to Cardamom Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Return to Cardamom Blog Tour

Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews

We are thrilled to be a part of this fabulous blog hop and giveaway for Book Two of the Caramel Cardamom Trilogy: Return to Cardamom

Grasso is a mother, author, and blogger (Check out her blog: When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kid’s Book).

 Title:  Return to Cardamom (Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Book #2)

Author: Julie Anne Grasso

  • Publisher: Independent
  • Publication Date:  July 17, 2013
  • Pages: 136 (Paperback)
  • Recommended Age:  9+

Summary:  Life is sweet for Caramel and things are finally getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be for a telepathic elf who can train trees and control computers, but she soon finds life on Cardamom is not all cupcakes and apple cider. A saboteur is hiding in the rainforest canopy, and the elves’ precious cardamom export has been wiped out. Caramel is certain it’s another trick of Alexander222 and her Aunt Isabel, but no one will believe her, and the clock is ticking. She must expose the saboteur in time to save the crop or the Elves of Cardamom will lose their livelihood. Caramel won’t rest until her theory is proven. While she is on the hunt, she makes a shocking discovery, one that will change everything.

Return to Cardamom - cover


Clones, mind-reading, an Intergalactic Council, family and a chubby cheeked elf heroine are all a part of the action and excitement of Return to Cardamom. The sequel to the Escape from the Forbidden Planet opens with a prologue that hooks the reader very quickly with dialogue and the fast moving action of Isabel and Alexander going back to the island of Cardamom; it got me hooked right away!

Princess Gabriella “Caramel” Cardamom is the main elf heroine in this action packed mystery novel.  Caramel and her family, including her Grandfather Garlin, learn of horrible news; the cardamom stems have been sabotaged. Caramel immediately suspects Alexander222 and Isabel and goes to her great friend, Jorde for help in figuring out the saboteurs.  Caramel’s mother, Arianna, dismisses Caramel’s thoughts on who might be behind the destruction of the cardamom pods, but Caramel knows it has to be them.

Thus, Return to Cardamom begins with Caramel’s adventure in finding the real suspects behind the disappearance of the harvest. The characters have the ability to mind read, so that adds a lot of intrigue and power to the plot.  Caramel uses that ability to help her family and fellow elves through many obstacles throughout the book.  One of my favorite lines from the main character, who is funny, smart, and great at saving other elves from sticky situations, is when she says, Can things get any weirder? Its hard to predict what will happen at each moment, and that is what makes this book a fun and exciting read – not know what will happen next!

Young adults and intermediate readers will love reading this fantasy/science fiction action packed adventure led by Caramel.  The details of the technology of the elves make it easy for the reader to become immersed in the world of Cardamom. Despite the futuristic obstacles that Caramel lives, she is a normal young girl with friends and parents.

Return to Cardamom is available now, but also check out Book #1, Escape from the Forbidden Planet, is FREE on Kindle this week (July 17-21).

Book Website:

Author Blog: WhenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook

Facebook page: Julie Anne Grasso Books

Twitter: @Jujuberry37

Goodreads Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Return to Cardamom Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

July 17

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

The Wise Owl Factory Book a Day (Review)

Jemima Pett (Review)

July 18

Amanda’s Books and More (Review)

Tales of a Bookworm (Review)

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

July 19

Sher-A-Hart (Review)

This Kid Reviews Books (Review)

July 20

Fiona Ingram (Review)

swlothian | author (Review)

A Library Mama (Review)

July 21

Imagineer – ing (Book Spotlight)

Stanley and Katrina (Review)

July 22

Published Bestsellers (Author Interview)

The Jenny Evolution (Review)

July 23

Word Spelunking (Guest Post)

Stitch Says (Author Interview)

July 24

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

R.K. Grow- reading.writing.blogging. (Author Interview)

Diane Estrella @That’s What I’m Here For… (Review)

July 25

Guiltless Reading (Review)

July 26

Kid Lit Reviews (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

July 27

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

Learning and Growing the Piwi Way (Review)

July 28

My Devotional Thoughts (Author Interview)

Daisha Korth Books (Review)

July 29

Fiona Ingram (Author Interview)

Published Bestsellers (Review)

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

July 30

Nayu’s Reading Corner (Guest Post)

Stitch Says (Review)

July 31

Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Guest Post)

Nayu’s Reading Corner (Review)

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog (Review)

Prize: One winner will receive a copy (print in U.S./Canada & e-copy interntionally) + a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash

Contest runs: July 17th to August 7th, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: WW

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    1. Thanks for stopping by – I really enjoyed reading it! I know youngsters who are into technology and reading sci-fi/fantasy will love this book!

  1. Thanks so much Brittany for a lovely review and for taking part in my blog tour. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Virtual cupcakes to you….

  2. Great review, Brittany. I adore the wonderful descriptions in Julie’s books as well. What a lovely review. Happy to be visiting your blog.
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M.
    Techie for Stanley & Katrina

  3. Great review Brittany. I love your line; a normal young girl with friends and parents. That is so true, and despite the “weirdness” that seems to keep jumping up at Caramel, Ms. Grasso does a wonderful job of reminding us of the fact you pointed out. Great job. Best wishes to you and Julie!

    Paul R. Hewlett

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