Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway | Antipodes by Michele Bacon

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Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life on her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certainly studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. Years ago, a mission sounded like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s itchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories at a time. As she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world, she finds that when life turns your world upside down and you’re far from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.


The fact that the story is set in New Zealand is what captivates my heart to read right away. I've always loved New Zealand and I truly want to visit the country one day. The place looks peaceful with the beautiful scenery is what I can feel from reading Antipodes. The way the author has describing the place is very pleasing.

Erin's main character of Antipodes - she is a bright student and independent student. She has already set her ambition and working hard to stay on her journey to achieve her ambition but things happened that forced her to take part as a transferring student in another country to help her university application and New Zealand is the place she will stay for one semester.

Erin's character is very annoying at first and I get so pumped up about her when she's being so irritating almost everything right when she arrives in New Zealand. But throughout the book, Erin's start to grow, start to accept and she gets used to her daily life and accepts also learning about life and about herself and the pressure from her parents is what makes her behave like the way she does.

The story flow is well-ordered with a chapter that is about her past which makes the story become more interesting to read. There are many wonderful things about this book, the characters, the story itself really does relatable to our life and the way the author describing the scenery is spectacular! So, I do recommend you guys to read Antipodes by Michele Bacon as it is different from other contemporary books.


I was born in Trumbull County, the only square county in Ohio, where books were my favorite means of escaping an unhappy childhood. Writing was my transparent attempt to create the things I craved: big happy families, international adventures and unconditional friendship. From a young age, I was drawn to people’s stories, and I still want to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.  

In high school, I embraced my inner geek and wrote my first novel. In college, there were short stories and still more novels. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with concentrations in critical theory and creative writing. 

Full-time work sapped my creative brain for several years, but my professional life was one of reinvention. In state government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, I adapted easily and absorbed the languages of different professions. My last paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. That was seven years ago. 

Since then, I have been writing and traveling (and, let's be honest, chasing down small people who don't like to wear clothes). I've traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries, always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. I recently spent a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I may have left my heart at Ilam School. Now that we've settled back in the States, I'm writing for adults and young adults, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a fiend. (You'd thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it's not. Something is different about kiwi butter.)  
When an idea strikes, I scrawl sweeping plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest blank spot of paper. My current manuscript was born of those torn slips of paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and--once--that little paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it's time to use it. My manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.  

Outside of writing, I am a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. I also am a mentor at the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copyeditor. 

I live in Seattle with my husband and three growing children. 


3 winners will receive a finished copy ANTIPODES, US Only. 

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