Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock

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Adela Arthur is your average teenage girl trying to make it through her school life unscathed by the popular girls, until the day of her sixteenth birthday, when her life is changed forever by learning that she is a special human being called a Volsin. Adela discovers that her seemingly blind grandfather is actually a dragon and together they travel through a mirror into a world called Cielieu. Adela and her lifelong friend Hector are sent to the Elpida Castle of Light where they are taught the history of Cielieu, how to use their light, and play the Volsin sport of choice- Natorbi. Inside the enchanting castle, the young Volsin are safe from any outside forces, but in the forests of Cielieu, dark forces of light lurk in the Shadows. Through her journey, Adela learns of her powerful lineage and the support that she receives from her classmates and elders alike in order to defeat Prince Delapeur, the power hungry Volsin leading the dark forces of light. Adela struggles with learning how to control her light as Prince Delapeur continues to steal the light of other Volsin while tapping into Adela’s mind, until the fateful night that Adela receives a gift called the Creator’s Clock. What is the significance of the Creator’s Clock and what power does it hold? What do Adela and Prince Delapeur have in common after all of this time? And what will happen to the Volsin of Cielieu if Adela isn’t able to defeat the dark Prince?

In this exciting fantasy novel by Judyann McCole we are shown the life of a young girl named Adela Arthur. Adela has to adjust to her entire life being a false representation of who she was in just a short amount of time, but she seemed to do this without any issues at all. Adela is somewhat of a celebrity when she reaches the Elpida Castle of Light, but most of her peers are resentful because of their lack of optimism in Adela’s abilities to defeat Prince Delapeur. Jeremy was my favorite character in this novel because of the mystery that he presented to all of his peers and his predictable infatuation with Adela. This novel is filled with twists and turns that you may or may not see coming, but will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat! Adela and her friends battle Chimeras and a troll, help deliver a baby dragon, learn how to protect their minds from the Prince and use their light, and try to win the passionate competition game of Natorbi. Fans of the Harry Potter series will rejoice in the release of this exciting new novel. 7/10.

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The World We Live In

Straight past the busy street

With cars as fast as a shooting star

Blurring past you in the night

To the quiet neighborhood

With houses lined up side by side

Sleeping next to one another

For warmth, comfort, strength in numbers.

The dull glow of the street light

Takes place above the neighborhood

As if it were a glowing planet

Keeping watch, keeping us safe.

 

Turn right down the winding road

That slithers like a snake

Passing more sleeping houses

With the occasional dim television night light.

One more right will lead you to

Transplanted palm trees reaching out to the heavens

With birds resting in the palm frond fingers

And cats prowling the trodden earth

With hungry eyes- disturbed by the

Put-put-puttering of an old

Busted white Chevy blundering down the street.

 

Pass the park that preserves youth

And you’ll find yourself at a crossroads

Ahead of you (and even behind you)

Lies a quiet neighborhood slumbering

Looming in the unknown darkness.

Look to the left, now to the right

And see the street stretching before your eyes

Overpowering lights reflect from your eyes to my own

As you stare at me with wonder

At the beauty of this place where we live.

You take my hand and together we are

Launched into space on a trip to the unknown.

Untimed

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Charlie always thought there wasn’t anything particularly special about him because he just wasn’t one of those “memorable” people. But he didn’t realize that the reason nobody except his aunt and father knew who he was stemmed from the fact that he was a time traveler. Through trial and error, Charlie learns the ways of time travel and drastically changes the past leading to a very unexpected future; where clockwork men referred to as Tick Tocks seem to be in charge. How will Charlie and his new friend Yvaine undo events from a couple hundred years in the past to preserve the future that we know today? What would happen if Ben Franklin was never the successful inventor that we know him as? What if the French Revolution didn’t have the same outcome that we think? Find out in this thrilling novel expertly written by Andy Gavin.

Andy Gavin successfully establishes the eras in which Untimed takes place through successful accents and imagery that makes the past come alive right before your eyes. Something that I personally enjoyed was how the author weaved in references from movies and pop culture that we know today even when the main character was stuck in the past. Time travel is always a touchy subject to delve into, but Andy Gavin has explanations for everything in a way that made me wonder how time travel isn’t being used today if it’s so simple! The author expertly crafted an adventurous story teeming with debauchery, intense fight scenes, and even love -all throughout different eras of time! Untimed truly is a science fiction story fit for any reader looking for an adventure. This one’s a 9/10  in my book!

“I guess life is more about who you’re with than where – or when – you are.”