Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Book Review: Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock by JudyAnn McCole

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4/5 stars

Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock

Author: JudyAnn McCole

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Synopsis: To Whom Ever This May Concern.

I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen year old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared from crazy old grandparents to crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe.

I never would have thought they lived on the other side of our mirrors in a world called Cielieu. But they do...

I never would have thought there were humans, better known as Volsin that lived among them with the ability to create light from a single thought. But there are...

I never would have thought I was one of them... But I am...

I am the last Arthur and I was brought to the human world after a Volsin, filled with greed, began to strip the light from our kind.

The human world was supposed to be a safe haven... but he s found us and the only way to stop him is to go back to Cielieu and begin training as a student in the Elpida Castle of Light.

Like I said I wish the contents of this book were purely fictional and not my life . . .

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Review: Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock is a fun and entertaining read for middle grade fiction fans who love a story filled with brave characters, crazy adventures and fantastical creatures!

As with any great story, this one begins with a girl named Adela Arthur who is sixteen years old and who believes there is nothing extraordinary or noteworthy about herself. She’s a nerd who isn’t popular or really an outcast. She just exist and roams the halls of her school trying her best to keep her head low and get through each day with her best friend Hector. Her favorite time of day is when she gets to go home and be with her grandfather who may be blind but has faster reflexes and better hearing than a professional football player. But one day, after being assigned to work on a group project with her best friend and the dreaded mean girl, Willemenia, Adela’s life flips upside down and a world she never thought impossible comes crashing into her own. Big secrets are revealed and Adela and Hector set out on adventure that will change their lives.

Adela is a character many young girls can relate to. She’s navigating her way through school and through life, trying to discover who she is and if there’s anything really special about herself. One of my favorite aspects of her characterization was how much of an awkward nerd she is! She can be shy and likes to hang back in the shadows but underneath that exterior, she’s a fighter. Even when she’s scared she’ll stand up for herself and her friends. She’s got a big heart and can be brave when the time calls for it and she’s a loyal friend. Hector is a bigger nerd than Adela and even quieter. He doesn’t say lot so when he speaks he really has something to say. He’s a bit awkward and closed up at the beginning but he has good reflexes and a good heart.

The world building and magical elements to the story, especially the creatures from the world of Cielieu were wonderfully crafted. It’s was great discovering what abilities existed within each one and the Elpida Castle of Lights was a beautiful place. The best aspect was how the magical abilities were created. I loved that the Volsins could control and project light as a way to protect. There are four different groups of Volsins: the Red Diamonds, the Emerald Dens, the Golden Hives and the Sapphire Falls and the light they each manipulate can be used to create lightning bolts or arrows which was a really great element.

From chimeras to dragons to mermaids, Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock is a story not simply filled with a lot of really interesting creatures with unique magical abilities but it’s a story that offers good lessons to young readers and a story about self-discovery. It has action, betrayal, and a world made of wonder that fans of fantasy and middle-grade fiction (and early YA readers) will thoroughly enjoy reading.

About the Author: JUDYANN MCCOLE was a senior in high school when she started working on Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock during her history class. It started off as short story for a group of young kids she babysat for and grew into an adventure she herself wanted to go on. She is currently attending college in Virginia. Where she hopes to finish the next adventure in Adela Arthur’s life. She begin writing when she was in middle school most of it was just simple poetry but she was inspired by Maya Angelou and even a little of Dr. Seuss.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much! I really hope to see you review on goodreads and amazon!


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