Source: Net Galley
Published: May 20th, 2012
Publisher: Centrinian Publishing
Series: Talisman of El #1
Charlie is a 14 year old boy who's had a rough life. He's lost his mother, then his father, and now his adoptive dad turns out to be a criminal.
But things are about to get even more difficult...
Alecia Stone paints a beautiful picture of Arcadia, a heaven below the earth.
Charlie and his gang go through turmoil and conflict that will test even the bravest among them in a world full of fantasy, angels and demons.
I really enjoyed the world of Arcadia. It's often described so perfectly that it was very easy to imagine the world as I read this book.
The people and creatures of Arcadia are also fun to experience.
This book is a YA novel, but even so, I felt the plot was somewhat muddied at times. I often found myself confused when transitioning from one scene to the next, and keeping the hirearchy of Arcardia straight was difficult.
That being said, this is a fun little book. It would be a perfect starter book for your not-into-reading preteens/young teens between 11 and 14 or so, and this would definitely be a great starter book for boys.
This is only the first in a trilogy, and I expect many more great adventures are in store for Charlie and his gang in the next two books.
(You can purchase Talisman of El here.)