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Forty Days

(Neima's Ark #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-ye
Kindle Edition, 123 pages
Published February 10th 2013 by SP
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This copy was given to me for review/blog tour purposes. See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads

'"that Noah believes a great flood is going to destroy the world!" And there it is: the reason Grandfather has devoted himself to this interminable project, has forced my father and uncles to neglect their own duties in order to help him.'

Stephanie Parent strikes again, with her new book, Forty Days. A historical retelling of 'Noah's Ark', Steph throws in romance and a action filled jo
Everyone knows story from the Bible about Noah's Ark. Stephanie Parent in her new series Neima's Ark retells this famous legend from a fresh and new perspective of a sixteen-year-old Neima, Noah's granddaughter. Told from a viewpoint of average teenage girl, process of building the arc seems like everything except an act of faith. Nobody believes in Noah's God and everyone think he is mad. So poor Neima, except usual teenage problems of first crush, low self-confidence and overzealous matchmakin ...more
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Growing up in a Christian school, I'm very familiar with the story of Noah's Ark. I've heard it too many different ways to remember, but none were like Forty Days. The author has taken a well known story and turned it into some kind of awesome, exciting, historical, apocalyptic tale. Despite my upbringing, I would not consider myself a religious person at all. I have to say that you definitely don't need to be religious to enjoy this one! The author also includes a very well written Author's Not ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover depicts the book well, with the Ark in the background, with the storm going on around it. Then there's the dove that Neima nurses as it has a broken wing. The couple in the forground of the cover could be Kenaan forcing his unwanted attentions on Neima, or I'd prefer to think that it's Neima, and Munzir's son Jorin in a loving embrace. The fonts and placing of the book title, series title and author are all well placed and fit well with the cover, leaving the actual cover to d
Lelia Taylor
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: full-reviews
OK, let me get rid of the bad stuff first. What did I not like about Forty Days?

Um, well, let me think…oh, yeah! It’s too short.

Yep, that’s all I can come up with—it’s too short.

Forty Days is exactly the reason I often don’t like novellas, novelettes, short stories, what have you. If I don’t connect with the story or the characters or the writing, the truncated offering is a good thing because it means I haven’t spent a lot of time on something I didn’t care for. On the other hand, when I DO rea
Zachary Flye
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars*

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Protagonist: Neima begins this book looking down on her grandfather for his crazy theory that the world will be destroyed in a massive flood and that he built a massive ark to survive it. Honestly there isn't all that much character development for her in this first book, mainly she wards off the advances of her cousin and tends to some of the animals she's befriended on the ark. Thou
Rachel Patrick
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not quite 3.5, so 4 Stars.

Lately, I've been reading a lot of books that I thought I would love but ended up just liking. So I am surprised--and happy--that I ended up liking Forty Days more than I thought I would. I was intrigued by the synopsis--Noah's Ark, a concept I've always loved, because, hello, a boat full of animals, and I love animals--and the pretty cover. Sure, it was short, and it's not my favorite, but I liked it more than I thought I would, and that's just excellent.

There really i
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
What would you do if your family had the person who the whole village pegged as crazy? That is Neima’s grandfather, Noah. Noah has been telling people of the end of days for years now and is now putting all his resources into building this ark.

Neima is affected by everybody thinking that her grandfather is crazy. There are some people in the village who won’t even associate with her because of it. It isn’t fair how it doesn’t affect other people in her family like her cousin, Kenaan.

Then Noah c
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Wow! Completely, totally, utterly fascinating!

I'm so very impressed with Forty Days. To take a well known story and not just re-tell help me live through it along with someone who's living through it...someone so close to Noah...brilliant! What better story to build upon than Noah's Ark? Stephanie Parent has woven a unique and fascinating tale. Noah's Ark from a different perspective - that of his teenage granddaughter.

Noah's Ark is a story we all know. And I must admit to questioning t
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

Forty Days as the title/cover suggests is a play on the Biblical tale of Noah's Ark except with a decidedly Young Adult twist! I admit, I was a bit hesitant concerning this book. I didn't want to be preached at and I certainly didn't want my characters ie Women to be like those in the biblical version. Thankfully, this was not the case! To my pleasant surprise Stephanie Parent made this story completely her own and I for one couldn't be happier about that.

One of the things I really enjoye
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
For as beloved as retellings are, it's rare to find a novel revolving around the Bible. Religion is very taboo for many people. Depending on your outlook, such books could either be labeled historical fiction or mythological fantasy. I won't make that decision for you, but for those who don't like characters being inserted into religion, FORTY DAYS might not be for you. It retells the journey leading up to the great storm from Noah's granddaughter Neima's POV. The only other retelling of Noah's ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
You can find this review along with others on my book blog Babbling of a Bookaholic

Wow, you guys! I wasn't sure I'd like Forty Days, I had no clue what to expect, but I had high hopes and I was blown away. I'm really interested in retellings of anything really because I haven't read many. I've heard the story of Noah's Ark several times throughout my life so I was interested to see exactly how Stephanie would twist this story into something unique and her own. I was very impressed with the writi
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Forty Days is a new way of looking a very old story, more specifically the story of Noah’s Ark. Stephanie Parent takes on the task of delving into the story and adding some depth to the family of Noah. This is not a overly religious story but instead it is a YA historical novel about family and love during a very scary and peculiar ordeal.

We are introduced to Neima before the Flood and we are treated just how her family is perceived by the other villagers. They are outcasts thanks to Noah’s stra
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We’ve all heard of the story of Noah’s Ark one way or the other. As children, we’d fantasize about living in close quarters with a bunch of fuzzy animals while it rained and rained and rained outside of the security of the hulking ark. But surely it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Have you ever wondered what it really was like? Forty Days give us a glimpse at just that.

I loved how Stephanie incorporated the realities of living on a huge boat with a bunch of animals. I’ve never really thought of
I picked this up as a freebie on Smashwords along with a whole bunch of other books, and didn't really have any clear idea of what it was about. I must admit, it was a surprise to find that it was about Noah and the great flood from the Bible. Or, more specifically, it was about Neima, Noah's granddaughter.

This is a short book, actually the first of a two part novel, and a quick read. It does also end on an absolute horror-bag of a cliffhanger—I was cussing away for quite a while when I realised
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Can I just say I LOVED this book. I saw the author ask for honest reviews on Twitter and I was intrigued by the novel's premise. To be honest, I was not sure I would enjoy the book. At one point, after having difficulty getting the book on my tablet (all my fault, nothing to do with the book or author), I entertained thoughts of giving up and not reading it. Boy am I glad I didn't do that. I actually ended up reading this entire novel in one sitting late one night even though I was bone tired an ...more
Excellent premise, so-so execution. The character development definitely leaves something to be desired. Not sure I'll read the second book. ...more
Megan  Nicole
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This review first appeared on Books i View.

When I heard about this book I had mixed feelings. On one hand I love the story of Noah’s Ark, it’s one of the first stories I learned as a kid. On the other hand I feared this could have been too biblical for a YA book. Once I started reading it I was pleasantly surprised, over the years I’ve heard/read/watched many different versions of Noah’s Ark and Forty Days is my new favorite.

What makes Forty Day’s my favorite is that it’s not Noah’s story, it’s
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Forty Days is an age old story with a twist. I love how Stephanie pulled off re-telling the story of Noah's Ark and put a twist to it for modern day reading. Everyone knows the story of Noah's Ark of how he built an ark and told his family to prepare for the world ending and the villagers thought he was cray but when it started raining and did not stop they wanted on the ark with Noah and his family. In Forty Days we see the same story but with a few twists and turns and a cliff hanger to die fo ...more
"It must be done. Tonight."
You're kidding!!
I love historical fiction so I always have high expectations for the story, especially since this is a re-telling of Noah's Ark and the idea sounded so amazing
This book definitely lived up to my expectation, the story was told so well and I love the way it was written.
I love Neima, she has so much going on but no one to talk to about anything. But I didn't think anyone else on the ark had someone to really rely on, except for Arisi and Japeth. Neima an
Veronica of V's Reads
Holy Moly! So to be clear, while the center of this story is Noah and the flood, the heart of the story is Neima–the awkward, ungainly grand-daughter of Noah. She’s sixteen and an independent thinker, even if she doesn’t say what she thinks often.
Still, she’s dutiful, and follows orders even when it means loading the Ark. The Ark that she’s hated her entire life. Because that Ark has poisoned her entire village. It looms over everyone, and the villagers find her whole family tainted by Noah’s pe
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: his-fic

I loved Neima’s story!

After The Sinners and the Sea The Untold Story of Noah's Wife almost induced me to sin and kill myself, Forty Days seems to have restored the balance in the universe by telling a more likable story of Noah’s Ark and the flood.

At the beginning of the book Parent explains a few facts about the flood, and why she chose to write the story the way she did. So read that first before contending anything on the story?

Candidly told in Nei
Carey Heywood
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book intrigued me because I like the idea of a romance set around a story we are all familiar with, Noah's Ark. This story isn't Noah's though, it's his granddaughter Neima's. I am going to admit some ignorance and tell you right now that I have no idea of there was a granddaughter Neima in the bible version. The Noah's Ark version I remember is basically the children's one from a picture book. You know, God told Noah to build an Ark and get two of all of the animals on board. The next pict ...more
Stephanie Kaye (In Wonderland)
How about that for a first line, huh? This book has a very interesting subject. Who has retold the story of Noah’s Ark? I don’t think it has been redone. So, I was very intrigued with being able to have the chance to read and review this short novel.

It is a very east read, it can be read in a few short hours. All-in-all, I liked the story and the whole gist of it. However, there were times where it was monotonous and the plot at times felt like it was going a little slow. But, other than that, I
Liz Seach
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully written, remarkably so, considering that it is self-published. Clearly, it's seen both an editor and a proofreader.

I love that it retells a story from the bible without being beholden to a religious perspective. And it excels at sensory description. Both of these things together made it read like The Red Tent for YA. (How interested young adults will be in this setting/source is a question. I have a feeling Forty Days will mostly be read by older, more literary adults wh
Elizabeth Lee
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure the majority of us have heard the story of Noah's Ark more times that we can count. In Forty Days, Stephanie Parent manages to capture readers with a fresh retelling of the age old story. I can't say enough good things about this book. Neima is shaping up to be a brilliant heroine and each page is crafted with vivid details. You feel like your on that Ark and you'll consider getting an elephant as a pet!

I'm looking forward to the next book of the series. I feel like the first book did a
Linda Kage
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Grr! I wish I had waited until June to start this book so I could head straight into the next one and find out what happens next. But so far, this series is absolutely amazing. And I'm so glad I was right on my guesses about what might happen in this story.

The Neima's Ark series is an account about the flood unlike any I've ever read before. All the vivid details and remarkable characters makes it just so freakishly real. With the romance aspect thrown in, I'm in love with it. It also makes me
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was a really great book. I didn't care for the pretrial of a great prophet and there wasn't nearly enough romance, but it was wonderfully written, with great characters, and great descriptions. Totally want to read the next one...if only there had been more romance!

No swearing but a bit graphic at times.
Kimberly Russell
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie, short-stories
I was lucky enough to get this early from Ms. Parent. I loved it! Here is my official blurb:

"I thought I knew the story of Noah's ark but Stephanie Parent has taken it to a whole new level. I lost time while reading Forty Days. You will be utterly entertained."
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
such a quick read but very interesting! curious to how this biblical imagining will end.
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