Friday, February 5, 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & 2 GIVEAWAYS: An Italian Adventure (Italian Saga, #1) by Gaia B. Amman

An Italian Adventure by Gaia B. Amman 

(Italian Saga, #1) 
Publication date: November 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


A humorous coming of age tale of friendship, sisterhood, and family drama set against the gorgeous backdrop of northern Italy.

Recommended for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Green, Neil Gaiman and Sherman Alexie.

Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a bookish tomboy whose life is turned upside down by shady Nico, who just moved north from Sicily. Their unlikely friendship will evolve through a whirlwind of adventures leaving both kids transformed. Ultimately, Leda will discover that adults aren’t always right, marking the end of childhood and the beginning of everything else.

Recommended for ages 13 and above. Some swearwords, mostly in Italian.

The book is the first in a series following the same characters throughout their life.


REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 1 month


This book was electrifying. 

My favorite part is when Leda starts crying that Nico is dead because you can tell she likes him. Then he is magically not dead and it's really funny because she doesn't know whether or not to hit him. 

My favorite character is Leda because of her tomboyish nature. She doesn't let anyone tell her what to do and she does whatever she can for her family and friends. 

I recommend this book for anyone who likes stories of friends, coming of age, and, of course, adventure!

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up. 


Gaia B Amman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her PhD in molecular biology. She’s currently a Professor of biology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted “the professor of the month” by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature.

A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing as well as her teaching. She authored the Italian Saga, an irreverent series of humorous and insightful young adult novels taking place against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love and self discovery.

Among her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.

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