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 was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook

“The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook” was the absolute best book that I could have read at this point in time in my life. Why? Because Christy Potter showed me how to be thankful for what I have, showed me which authors I need to know and recognize, and reminded me of the small things that I should never forget, and instead embrace. Full of inspiration in the form of short essays, short stories, a couple photo journals, interviews, etc. that will make your heart sing with creativity and put life back into your seemingly colorless day.

Christy Potter is an amazing and honest writer that will make you feel the changing of the seasons as they progress on paper. She pays homage to respectable writers that deserve recognition for their craft including, but not limited to: Edgar Allen Poe, Dr. Suess, Lois Lowry (also conducted an interview with her), and C.S. Lewis (who she affectionately refers to as Jack). The way Christy Potter talks about writing is incredibly inspirational. She’s an encouraging writer that convinces her audience to do what they truly enjoy doing as an individual. Some of my favorite chapters were when she talks about the different quirks of various writers, her interview with Lois Lowry, and a narrative essay called “Christy Goes to England: Searching for Jack” that gave me chills, and “To my unconceived child on Mother’s Day” that left me with a tear in my eye.

This book made me realize how out of touch I’ve been with my greatest hobby: reading. And it has inspired me to set goals to write more, attend book readings or even join a book group, take more pictures, read more great authors that I have yet to experience, learn and grow, spend more time in libraries, go abroad, and most importantly to realize that inspiration is everywhere.

This book is an excellent read for anyone with passion, a creative mind or spirit, or a writer at heart. Easy to be read by anyone Young Adult and older to spark that creative match that may or may not still be lit within you. This book made me feel very passionate about the craft of writing and left me with only one question in regards to Christy Potter: why won’t you love her Philip Roth?!

10/10

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Everything interesting and creative has to be called a hoax at some point by those with limited creativity.”

“Poetry is one of those things that seems to frighten and fascinate people in turn. A bit like marriage, really.”

“If there’s ever been a mental image that has encouraged me to keep going with my writing, it’s Janet Evanovich burning all her rejection letters.”

“There is such beauty in how uninhibited we are before the world teaches us to be inhibited.”

“The time I spend writing, or gardening, or sculpting, or playing my flute, are the moments that define me. They are the times when I am myself the most. I’m done fitting my art into my schedule. It’s time to start fitting my schedule into my art.”