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Friday, February 8, 2013

Blog Tour Review and GIveaway for, Talisman Of El, by Alecia Stone

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Product Details:

  • Title: Talisman Of El
  • Author: Alecia Stone
  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Centrinian Publishing Ltd (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957001916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957001916

Book Description:


One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

Book Trailer:


A flicker of movement at the edge of Charlie’s vision caught his attention, and he looked to his right. He saw the dark silhouette of a figure rising out of the water. Its top half was huge and hunched over with spikes arched around its head. ‘There’s something in the water,’ he whispered.
‘That’s what I said,’ Richmond muttered.
‘No, look.’ From the frozen silence and the gasps he heard, Charlie supposed he wasn’t the only one who could see the creature.
‘I want you to move towards me slowly,’ Derkein whispered.
The trio began to move. At that same moment, the creature plunged into the lake, and all they saw were water ripples heading towards them.
‘Run!’ Derkein shouted.
They dropped the rope and made a run for it, Derkein and Charlie both holding onto Richmond. Water splashed everywhere as they powered through it. They were drawing closer to the rocks when another creature, identical to the one they had just seen, sprang out of the water in front of them, and they stopped.
Towering over them, its pupil-less eyes, which glowed with a cold blue light, glared hungrily at them. A terrible wail escaped its throat, and it bared pointed fangs with four tentacles dangling from its chin. The creature stood upright like a human and had black, leathery skin. Spreading its webbed fingers, it took a swing at them with its long, sharp claws.
‘Get back,’ Derkein yelled, but the first creature sprang out of the water behind them.
The four of them huddled together as the two creatures circled them. Derkein put his hand inside his trouser pocket and withdrew his pocketknife. Pulling out both blades so it resembled a spear, he held the knife out, ready to do some damage with the steel blades.
Charlie looked towards the smoky light far up the rocky path. So close … Just when he thought all hope was lost, something unexpected happened. The creatures started snarling at each other, as if arguing over their food.
‘When I say go,’ Derkein whispered to the others, ‘run towards the rocks.’
Like Charlie, he had guessed what was coming. When the creatures went for each other, they made a run for it.
Charlie was the first out of the water. He pulled Richmond up onto the rocks then Alex. He looked at Derkein, who was a few feet away, and noticed the creatures had vanished. Charlie extended his arm out towards him, but then a yelp escaped Derkein’s throat, and he stumbled forward, disappearing beneath the water.
The trio screamed.
Charlie jumped back into the water. ‘Derkein!’ he shouted. A piercing cry reached his ears, and his body went rigid. Seconds later, about three metres away from him, Derkein resurfaced. Charlie hurried over to him. Derkein was coughing and sputtering but otherwise fine. He had his back to Charlie, holding the knife out in front of him.
Just then, one of the creatures sprang out of the water at them, but it rebounded, its arms flailing everywhere. Charlie spotted the rope fastened around the creature’s neck, and he and Derkein made haste towards the rocks.
As the others helped them out of the water, another tortured cry reached their ears, and they looked back. They saw no sign of either of the creatures. Wasting no time, they headed up the rocky path towards the light.
It took the gang over thirty minutes to make it to the top of the path. They headed across a stone bridge with a body of water beneath it. Immersed in a bright, warm light that streamed through the arched doorway ahead of them, they emerged out of the cave.
The four of them stared in silent awe at the sight before them. They were standing at the edge of a forest with giant trees surrounding them. Crisp, clean air filled their lungs. Majestic mountains in the far distance glistened like crystals, but even more magnificent was the brilliant sun that hovered high in the sky.

My Review:
This novel tells of the great adventure that 14 year old Charlie finds himself living. Author Alecia Stone has created a new world,Arcadia, found deep within the center of the Earth. There, Charlie finds many strange and wonderful creatures. My teenage daughter will really like this book because of all of the mythology found in this story. Surprisingly this novel also runs along a theme with angels and Heaven. It wasn't preachy or anything, but Heaven is not where you think it should be in this book. I enjoyed the dialogue between the main characters and the sometimes very humorous exchanges. Charlie is a great character who grows and changes a lot throughout the story. This is the first book of a planned trilogy. I can't wait to see what else will happen in this world created by Alecia Stone.

Tens List with Talisman Of El
 Author Alecia Stone

Top Ten Things to Accomplish in 2013

10. Volunteer

I’ve done a one or two volunteering in my time, but more can be and needs to be done, and since the world has a list of problems, I don’t think I’ll be out of options. Time to get my humanitarian hat on.

9. Learn something new

I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, so I have a few ideas for this one. At the top of my list is a Formula One Driving Course. Louise Hamilton, step aside.

8. Learn to bake

Maybe I should have put learn to cook before I attempt baking. Then again baking is so much more fun. Whenever I had cooking class (Food Technology) at school, I used to love baking. I’m not that bad at baking a plain sponge cake and some cupcakes but I’d like to get a little more creative.

7. Read at least 3 books on my to-be-read (TBR) list

My TBR list is overwhelming and it keeps growing. I always say I’m going to pick my next book from the list but end up buying a new book instead, so this year, I will read at least three books from my TBR list.

6. Learn Sign Language

I’ve always found sign language fascinating, but I never seem to have the time to learn it. I know the alphabet and numbers (1-10) in British sign language, but there’s so much more to learn and I hope to get cracking this year.

5. Write an anthology of poems

I started out writing in poetry, so it’s a great passion of mine. I haven’t written any poems in a while, so I’d like to start a new anthology this year.

4. Improve physical fitness and eat healthier

This is a definite must this year.

3. Buy a car

I miss my car. I haven’t driven in about two years, so I’m hoping I can get my hands on a new car this year.

2. Go on holiday

I haven’t been on a holiday in a few years, so I need one this year. Anywhere will do, as long as it’s hot.

1. Publish the sequel to Talisman Of El

I need to get a move on with this one. I’m looking forward to finishing the sequel and going over it in the editing phase. Have to get it done first, though.


About: Author Alecia Stone

Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.

In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.

Talisman Of El is her first novel. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for having me today. Love the review and the layout of the post. So much to read. Love it :)


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