Book Review: Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock by Judyann McCole
The Chronicles of A
Genre: YA Fantasy
To Whom 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...
I once signed up for a blog tour for this book. However, the host called it off because of reasons. I didn't know the answer why and I was curious. So I snooped around and found out that this was just a "rip-off of Harry Potter". That put the lid on my curiosity, at that time; nothing and no one should get off from Harry Potter. But I was on Smashwords this weekend, I was browsing, I saw this and-
I guess my curiosity (or my need to know everything) got the better of me and I downloaded it. Hey, you could set the price. *shrugs* This time I was armed and forewarned. So, I approached Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock and treated it as a fanfiction. It did the trick. I was not as angry as I would've been if I went it blind, not knowing. At least this once I was thankful for all the reviews.
Treating it as a fanfiction aside, I couldn't give it a good rating- even for a fanfiction. The author was creative I could tell you in renaming names but no matter how you change the colors and the nature of the division, they're still Houses reminiscent of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. I'm sorry but I've read a lot of HP fanfiction and many were written more beautifully than this one.
*Adela finds out she's not really human but a Volsin and a part of world behind a mirror. She's an Arthur. Her family legacy means that she's a target of some mad man intent on gaining power. She learns that that man killed her parents, she witnesses a chimera killing her school nemesis and she decides to go to Cieliu to learn who she really is even though her parents gave their lives so that she could grow up away from the turmoil. She's also not very bright but apparently she's a prodigy at using the light (magic is the lowest power, light is a higher form) and at playing a sport called Natorbi, played in water.
*Prince Delapeur is a villain that to my mind is an apprentice of some more appropriate villain. True, compelling villains have reasons deeper than wanting more power behind what made them so evil.
*World building is naught. As I said, I was thinking of this as a fanfiction - it was building on something already built.
*What was even the purpose of that Creator's Clock on the title?
My afternoon was not completely lost however, because in some perverse way, I was, kind of, entertained. But *shrugs* yeah, stay away if you're a fan of Harry Potter and approached thinking it was a different book and not a sort-of "fanfiction" like I did.