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Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2018
  • 9781938517839 1938517830
  • 398 pages
  • $12.99
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  • 02/2021
  • 978-1-953080-13-4 B081TQ6KVD
  • 432 pages
  • $1.99
J.J. Cunis
Author
Itchiwan
J.J. Cunis, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Evil homicidal beings of Wampanoag legend are unleashed on present day Cape Cod via a time portal long buried in the woods and discovered in 1968 by four, wise-ass, 13-year old, unlikely friends from diverse backgrounds. They become saddled over multiple possible lifetimes with closing the Pandora’s Box they’ve opened for reasons that strikes close to home … all the while they must protect the secret of the orb from inquiring minds at all costs. And one of them has a tremendous crush on an alleged witch they met on their travels to 1720 … that could be a problem. ITCHIWAN is an old fashion bedtime story for adults that they won’t want to ever end.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Cunis's story of the discovery of a mysterious time portal by a group of teenagers is at once bewildering and highly enjoyable. Although the plot suffers from being a little meandering, it packs a hefty punch that will leave readers dazzled and giddy.

Prose: This bizarre time traveling adventure is executed with supreme attention to detail and evocative imagery. Its short chapters are packed with depth, detail, and the occasional pop culture reference.

Originality: The novel's blistering opening is full of humor, mystery and wonder. The different time periods visited during the course of the novel are effectively brought to life with minute attention to detail.

Character/Execution: Cunis's text features myriad characters that are all excellently rendered in pinprick detail. From the evil homicidal maniacs of Wampanoag to the disparate group of goofy teenagers, Itchiwan's pages are filled with well-crafted and effervescent personalities.

Blurb: A frenetic, intense, and thoroughly enjoyable journey through time.

Date Submitted: August 07, 2023

Reviews
Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Top 50 Reviewer

“The language of the story is at times appropriately naughty, enhancing the wild characters who speak it, and always invigorating and full of about every attentive response imaginable – horror, hilarity, gripping suspense, and breathlessness. Covering a span of time from 1968 to 1992 to 2018 (with a few hops further back), this story just ploughs through relentlessly, keeping the reader involved and entertained on every page. This is a book to savor ... Stories such as these are too infrequently encountered. Treasure it.”

Joanne Briana-Gartner, The Enterprise - Cape News.net

"Itchiwan … didn't look like a novel that would interest me but after only a few pages I found that I couldn't put it down. The book is action-packed, gruesome in more than a few places, but laugh-out-loud funny in others. … as the mother of four sons, … I was drawn to Mr. Cunis's four young protagonists: Timmy, Amos, Vernon and Brett. They are well defined, likable, and easy to root for. … It's gratifying, given some of the divisiveness that we're seeing today, that the boys not only come together despite their cultural differences, but some of those differences are even shared and celebrated …”

Kirkus Reviews

"A supernatural novel … thrills and chills of mythical marauders terrorizing everyone in their path. A violent and funny … adventure that leaves no one safe." Kirkus Reviews

READERS' FAVORITE

… an extraordinary book. Reading Itchiwan … was one wild ride. I could not put the book down and … could see this as a movie. This was a non-stop thrill journey with an assault on all your senses.

Anelynde Smit, Readers' Favorite

READERS' FAVORITE

I expected to be taken on a wild ride when I saw the cover to this book … and boy, did it deliver! Itchiwan's rare mix of legend and fantasy is a delight to the senses.

Joshua Olokodana, Readers' Favorite

News
09/03/2022
Readers' Favorite recognizes "Itchiwan" by J.J. Cunis in its annual internationa

The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to
NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for
Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among
Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these largesubmission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James
Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming
to America).

"When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers' Favorite." --Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "Itchiwan" by J.J. Cunis won the Finalist Award in the Fiction - Mythology category.

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Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2018
  • 9781938517839 1938517830
  • 398 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 02/2021
  • 978-1-953080-13-4 B081TQ6KVD
  • 432 pages
  • $1.99
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