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Friday, July 25, 2014

Cousins and Robbers Review and Giveaway

The Great Recession is punishing families across the land: lost jobs, lost dreams, lost hope. Tough times bring out the best, and worst in people. The sleepy South Jersey shore towns are being hit by a crime wave, a band of robbers boldly breaking into homes right in the middle of a summer day. The Cousins of Black Jack Jetty devise a plan to protect home and family. That plan will drag them into the mean streets of the meanest neighborhoods in Atlantic City. That’s where the tale twists and turns like a treacherous rip tide. Lucky will tell you the rest. Cousins & Robbers is the second in the Tales of Black Jack Jetty series. The South Jersey shore is once again the setting, a mindset that the author knows well.

Our Review

I haven't had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, but I have thoroughly enjoyed book 2! The cousins remind me of myself and my cousins when we were younger. There was always an adventure to be had. I won't give spoilers, but the narrator of the story is unique and very likable. You can feel the love and family camaraderie between the cousins and their new friend Angel. This is a story meant for ages 8-12 but has a quite a little story line punch. We really loved the pictures from South Jersey shore that were interspersed throughout the book. The pictures helped put very clear pictures in our heads as we read. I read this with my 9 year old and we both laughed and really enjoyed this book. He has now taken on the task of reading this great adventure to his little brother. You will smile, laugh and even feel your heart speed up a little reading this. I give this story a big 5/5 for middle age and grown up readers alike! 

About the Author

A native Philadelphian, Michael has spent much of his career in advertising as a Creative Director. Black Jack Jetty: A Boy’s Journey Through Grief is his entry into children’s literature and reflects the loss he felt as a young boy over the death of his own father.

The story takes place in Margate, down beach from Atlantic City where Carestio spends his summers with friends and family.

Mr. Carestio has two daughters, two granddaughters, and two World Series Championships thanks to his beloved Phillies.


1st prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers

2nd prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers

3rd prize: $10 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers


  1. Hello Jenn,
    On behalf of Michael Carestio and Book Marketing Services, I would like to thank you hosting Michael today on Jenn’s Blog Review. We are thrilled you enjoyed the book and appreciate your comments! If anyone has any questions and/or comments they would like to share with, please leave them in the comment box. Michael will be by later in the day to respond.
    Michael is having a giveaway during his tour. 1st prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers; 2nd prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers; and 3rd prize: $10Amazon Gift Card, and an autographed copy of Cousins and Robbers. Click here to enter:
    Please follow Michael’s tour next week. It begins again on Monday, July 28th on The Write Stuff Please join us there to see Rosi’s review of Cousins and Robbers.

  2. Hi Jenn,

    What a tender review of my book, Cousins & Robbers. Thank you. The fact that you and your son 'laughed out loud' is really pretty cool. I'm glad you also appreciated the 'punch' the story packs. This is a tale about the power of family, and you got it. Thanks, again.

  3. Michael,
    What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
    The book sounds great, I hope to read it with my son soon!