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Monday, September 26, 2011

review: the eye of the crystal ball by T.P. Boje

“We are all wanderers on this earth/ our hearts are full of wonder/ our souls are deep with dreams” - Gypsy Proverb

The Eye of the Crystal Ball
during the Second World War, in a small town called Lindenmühle, Mr. and Mrs. Schneider find on their front door a baby girl inside a basket with a note attached instructing them to call her Sara and take care of her. during Sara's tenth year, she discovers that she has telekinetic abilities. when Sara turns thirteen, her real parents show up and take her back to live with them. a year later, Sara has a baby brother who suddenly falls ill. Sara's quest to find a cure will bring her and her friend Manolo beyond their Gypsy camp to the Black Castle where The Eye of the Crystal Ball holds the answer. their adventure will be filled with danger as they encounter strange situations and creatures that test their will, emotions and physical endurance.
author T.P. Boje has written a fantasy novel aimed at middle grade readers and up. the chapters are marked with titles which prompt the reader what to look forward to.
i actually like the story even if some ideas remind me of Rowling's Harry Potter and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy. one major niggle i had was how the Schneiders' simply handed Sara over to her parents without question even if they never saw or met them for thirteen years. i do not think it would be that easy for me or anyone else to do so if some strangers appear at my doorstep and say "We're the real parents, so please give our daughter back to us and thank you for taking care of her. Child, pack your bags now and join the rest of the caravan!" even if this scenario was critical to the plot, it did not sit well with me. this was wartime after all.
i would have also enjoyed the story more if it were not for the constant spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors (e.g. "steel" instead of "steal", "loose" instead of "lose", sentence fragments and word order).
overall, it was still an okay read for me and i did find some gems tucked here and there. this novel, though, really needs editing to make it shine more especially since the conclusion hints at a possible sequel. 

*The Eye of the Crystal Ball is available at Amazon (paperback, Kindle), Barnes and Noble (paperback, NOOK book) and Smashwords. for more information about T.P. Boje and her work, please visit http://www.tpboje.blogspot.com/ or her author page at Goodreads.

my personal rating is: 

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of The Eye of the Crystal Ball from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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