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The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

Here’s a brief synopsis:

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
One Planet.
Two Worlds.
Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.He belongs with the others.

There are so many things to enjoy about The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone. As you know, I am always looking for a multicultural perspective.  Stone gave it to me! I’m glad to say that because Stone is a person of color, her characters were also people of color.  Or so it appeared:  I loved how Stone gave the characters different shades and hues, just like people in real life.

Another appealing feature of The Talisman of El is the storyline.  I love the story of Charlie being an orphan and having powers that he’s not really sure exist, intertwined with Charlie’s story is Derkein’s story.  I like Derkein mostly because of his name, but he’s an American in Great Britain which, written from a Brit’s point of view, I find interesting.  Derkein is also an orphan of sorts so I like that he and Charlie have that in common. I enjoyed the friendships between Charlie, Alex, and young Richmond.

Traveling to the inner hidden universe was where the story became intensely interesting and confusing.  I love character definition and while there was development, I couldn’t figure out why Charlie reacted the way he did; I just knew that he would react the way he did, which was often frustrating.  I often felt the story dragged; as if the author wasn’t edited and felt the need to include every single situation.  Sometimes, it was just too much. Perhaps the first book should have been split into two or three books; it was a lot of information to process.

I have mixed feelings about the heavenly overtones with the angels and the other types of beings (Archons, werewolves, etc) and the fight between good and evil.  Is this a timeless message or one that has been overdone?  I’m not sure, but either way, despite my many misgivings, the story is a fast paced enjoyable romp through different dimensions and times.

I give it two paws, because the editing oversights and the sometimes confusing action scenes, but the book will appeal to readers of every ethnicity!

 

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Young Adult

N #AtoZchallenge and Maureen Johnson aka MoJo

Happy N day!

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What a great book I’ve picked for you today!

Name the Star

It’s The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson! I bet you thought I was going to pick Number the Stars, didn’t you?  Well that would be a good pick too, but I didn’t chose it; THIS time. Besides, I think I chose it last year..?

Anyway, The Name of the Star is the first book in the Shades of London series. Here’s an excerpt from Goodreads.

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!! Doesn’t that sound great? I’ mean, I won’t be reading this at night before I go to bed, but yeah I can’t wait to start this!

Did I mention that MoJo is a Philly girl? Yep; although she hasn’t had the honor of meeting me, but you never know, one day I might just pop up on her!  At least I can stalk her and laugh at her funny jokes on Twitter.

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Books Young Adult

Cover Reveal: Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

 
I am extremely excited to show you the phenomenal cover image for Rita Webb’s upcoming novella. Let’s take a looksie and be sure to tell me what you think in the comments.

 


Valentine’s Day.
 
And my 21st birthday.
 
Whoop-de-doo.
 
Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.
 
…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.
 
Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.
 
Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.
 
Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.

 

 
Find PLAYING HOOKY on the following websites:
 
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Find Author Rita Webb on the following websites:

 

Blog * Goodreads * Twitter * Facebook

 

One winner will receive a
necklace with a metal Feather as a pendant (image shown below), an eBook copy of
Transcendent, an eBook copy of Daughter of the Goddess, and an eBook copy of
Playing Hooky.

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Books Reviews Young Adult

The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

Here’s a brief synopsis:

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
One Planet.
Two Worlds.
Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.He belongs with the others.

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There are so many things to enjoy about The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone. As you know, I am always looking for a multicultural perspective.  Stone gave it to me! I’m glad to say that because Stone is a person of color, her characters were also people of color.  Or so it appeared:  I loved how Stone gave the characters different shades and hues, just like people in real life.

Another appealing feature of The Talisman of El is the storyline.  I love the story of Charlie being an orphan and having powers that he’s not really sure exist.  Intertwined with Charlie’s story is Derkein’s story.  I like Derkein mostly because of his name, but he’s an American in Great Britain which, written from a Brit’s point of view, I find interesting.  Derkein is also an orphan of sorts so I like that he and Charlie have that in common. I enjoyed the friendships between Charlie, Alex, and young Richmond.

Traveling to the inner hidden universe was where the story became intensely interesting and confusing.  I love character definition and while there was development, I couldn’t figure out why Charlie reacted the way he did; I just knew that he would react the way he did, which was often frustrating.  I often felt the story dragged; as if the author wasn’t edited and felt the need to include every single situation.  Sometimes, it was just too much. Perhaps the first book should have been split into two or three books; it was a lot of information to process.

I have mixed feelings about the heavenly overtones with the angels and the other types of beings (Archons, werewolves, etc) and the fight between good and evil.  Is this a timeless message or one that has been overdone?  I’m not sure, but either way, despite my many misgivings, the story is a fast paced enjoyable romp through different dimensions and times.

I give it two paws, because the editing oversights and the sometimes confusing  action scene; but the book will appeal to readers of every ethnicity!

 

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Books Reviews

Book Review – Past Lives #1: Rachel by Stephanie Abbott

 

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Genre – Science Fiction & Fantasy / Mystery
Rating – PG13

Synopsis:  A near-fatal car crash unlocks memories from Rachel MacReady’s past life, dredging up secrets taken to the grave. And even as Rachel discovers the hidden power that is her birthright, she finds herself drawn to the reincarnates of two very different men. In that past life, both loved her. One might even have loved her to death…

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Reading Past Lives #1: Rachel by Stephanie Abbott was a first.  Let me first note that this book is  NOT a YA book, which I innocently thought it was.  As always, I believe it is up to the reader (or their parent) to decide if the work is suitable for their own teens. The rating is PG-13, which I assume, is  for mild sex scenes.

I first highlighted Past Lives #1: Rachel back in February as part of Orangeberry Book Tours.  As a bibliophile, I discovered that paranormal was a genre that I had little knowledge of, so I was excited to read it and the book did not disappoint!  I’ll admit I was a little confused in the beginning of the book trying to follow the story line as the author pops between modern day and Victorian era, but the quick action compelled me to carry on.  I carried on and soon became friends with the characters, engrossed in their lives and concerned about their issues. To be sure, I’m still a tiny bit confused between a TK, a PK, and the other types, but I’m sure after finishing the series I’ll be an expert.

I love when a plot is not too predictable as to be boring but yet not so twisted to demonstrate the overt cleverness of the author (I’m thinking Michael Chabon).  Abbott can tell a story, drawing out the details slowly enough to prevent you from putting the book (or Kindle) down.  I look forward to more in the series so I can get  to know Brannon, Josh, Zach, and of course the seemingly impenetrable Hayden.

Kudos for Abbott for bringing a surprise (to me) cultural pluralism to the book and including lesbians as protagonists!

I give this, my first official Kindle read, 3 paws.

 

Unconventional Librarian 3 paws