BT: Adela Arthur by Judyann McCole (Review & Giveaway)

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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…

**My Review**

Adela and Hector are just a couple of normal high school students until suddenly things get a little strange. Adela first sees something in a bathroom mirror and although the school thinks she is having a psychotic break, it turns out she isn’t as crazy as everyone thinks. When her and Hector have to work on a school project with resident mean girl, they are suddenly attacked by a chimera! Adela and Hector soon find out that they are actually part of a world that resides on the other side of the looking glass that is in great danger from a power hungry villain. In order to learn more about their true selves they travel to the other realm and begin attending school at the Castle of Light, to learn to use the powers they didn’t even know they have.

I liked the idea of the world beyond the looking glass. Reminded me of Alice in Wonderland a little bit. It’s a cool way to incorporate the “real” world with the “paranormal” one without having to explain why humans don’t seem to notice people walking around with these magical light powers.Like most paranormal boarding schools, I’m starting to think they should form some kind of paranormal school district, there are so many fun things that you can do with it. I feel like skies the limit on world building here. I liked the different dorm areas, I did kind of wonder why there was 3 gemstones and then gold. It’s the former jewelry sales girl in me. It’s interesting that the type of light each person possesses is what divides them into their faction. I have to say that I would not be a good fit with Golden Hives no matter what my color my light is because I am scared of heights. I kept thinking how I could not handle a dorm like a beehive. This is a magical school where anything can happen.

I liked that there are so many characters involved in the story. Some have larger roles than others but there is definitely a solid group of friends that hang out with each other. I also liked that it didn’t matter what dorm/color of light you were divided into you would still hang out with kids from the other sections. Even the snobby Red Diamond group. There is also some romance mixed in. I loved the interaction between Adela and Jeremy. They have a cute relationship when they are not trying to kill one another and then of course there is Hector. So when Jeremy and him butt heads it’s also funny.

The book started out a little slower for me but really picked up once we get into the other realm. There is also something that happens in the plot at the beginning that I didn’t like and liked at the same time. You will have to read to understand. I thought the book had a really good ending. There were quite a few twist that I didn’t expect at all, It was refreshing to be surprised.

About the Author

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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