Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock
(The Chronicle of A, # 1)
by Judyann McCole
Publication: July 26, 2013
Length: 346 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
To Who 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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My Thoughts :
If you read the author's bio, you'll see that she began this book when she was a senior in high school. Let me just say damn, girl! I am beyond impressed to read the writing ability of someone so young.
Like some other fantasy greats (Harry Potter or the Iron Fey series), Adela Arthur & the Creator's Clock captures you from the beginning and pulls your right in. We begin in the human world with Adela & Hector, both just trying not to stick out so much and get thru high school. When a series of strange events occur, they both discover that they were born in Cielieu (the world behind the mirror). Making a series of brave steps, they find themselves in the midst of Cielieu amongst all the fairytale creatures - ogres, dragons, elves, mermaids... In fact, they are a different sort of human called a Volsin - who can use 100% of their brains, resulting in the ability to project lights that they can make into flying discs to ride (no more stairs!), lighting bolts, ropes, anything they can imagine.
They are both thrust into school (a hogwarts like castle, complete with 4 different groups) and again Adela is left feeling an outcast. From one of the strongest families, she knows nothing about casting her light or any of the history that others have grown up with. She quickly makes friends, even the untouchable Jeremy (a Red Diamond who rarely speaks to anyone). I admit when they first traveled together, I wondered if Adela & Hector were going to become closer, but the minute Jeremy was introduced my attention went to him. I feel a love triangle coming!
The book was fast paced and enjoyable. There isn't a lot of romance at this point, which honestly didn't bother me a bit. ME, a self proclaimed romance addict! There was so much going on, so much to learn about , mysteries to unravel and just a hint of romance that left me on the edge, waiting for the next book in the series!
I'm giving it a solid 5 stars. Grab it and let me know what you thought!!
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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