Sunday, 20 May 2012

YA Book Review-Talisman of El

Source: Net Galley
Published: May 20th, 2012
Publisher: Centrinian Publishing
Series: Talisman of El #1

One Planet.Two Worlds.
Population: 7 billion....Humans. Others ... unknown.
When 14 year old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it's happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder.
He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him...because it was just 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.

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.)

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