Book Review: Tales of the River Vine – The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His Pocket by Jean Lee

Tales of the River Vine: The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His PocketTales of the River Vine: The Boy Who Carried a Forest in His Pocket by Jean Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stumbled across this author through her blog and enjoyed her writing and comments. When an opportunity to read a short story / prequel of her upcoming novel, I was interested in giving it a chance. I’m not normally a fantasy reader, so I wasn’t sure how it would end up. I can now say it went extremely well and based on the short story, I’m looking forward to reading the book in the coming months. It launches at the end of October 2018, but for now, I wanted to share my thoughts on the story about the boy who carried a forest in his pocket. HMMM… that sounds very cool!

The story itself is under 15 pages, but it’s a fantastic introduction to the type of book her full-length novel (See Below) will be when it’s released on Halloween 2018. And she’s giving away 1000 copies — how awesome is that? So… a small town… a religious woman… a kind woman on a farm with a few kids… which is the better mom? Their interaction and dialog is very telling. Then… the kids meet a stranger, and this stranger performs a magic trick. Add in a squirrel, some very unusual children, and a curious mind, then you’ve got quite the beginning to what seems to be a very well-thought out universe of characters and stories. I’m curious to read more beyond this one, and with a title about a forest in a pocket, how could it not be awesome. I can’t wait to see all the imagery and graphics that appear in my mind from the author’s creativity.


Fallen Princeborn: Stolen. Coming Halloween 2018

In rural Wisconsin, an old stone wall is all that separates the world of magic from the world of man—a wall that keeps the shifters inside. When something gets out, people disappear. Completely.

Escaping from an abusive uncle, eighteen-year-old Charlotte is running away with her younger sister Anna. Together they board a bus. Little do they know that they’re bound for River Vine—a shrouded hinterland where dark magic devours and ancient shapeshifters feed, and where the seed of love sets root among the ashes of the dying.

Fallen Princeborn: Stolen is the first in a series of young-adult dark-fantasy novels by Jean Lee. Watch for book 2 in March 2019. Read Tales of the River Vine, a collection of FREE short stories based on the characters in the Fallen Princeborn omnibus.


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Middler's Pride

Who is Jean Lee?

Jean Lee is a Wisconsin born and bred writer excited to share her young adult fiction with those who love to find other worlds hidden in the humdrum of everyday life. Lee’s short story collection Tales of the River Vine is currently available for free download on Amazon, Nook, and other markets. Her serialized fantasy Middler’s Pride is available via the Indie E-magazine Channillo. Lee’s first novel, Fallen Princeborn: Stolen, debuts Halloween 2018 from Aionios Books. She currently lives in the Madison area with her husband and three children.




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Instagram: @jeanleesworld



About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.



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