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Brenda McCreight, Ph.D., is a therapist, author, and consultant specializing in services for adoptive and foster families dealing with challenges such as FASD, ADHD, conduct disorder, attachment disorder, developmental delays, and cognitive impairment. Brenda is the author of “Recognizing and Managing Children with Fetal Alcohol/Syndrome” published by the Child Welfare League of America, and of “Parenting Your Older Adopted Child” published by New Harbinger Publications and “Eden’s Secret Journal: The Story of an Older Child Adoption” published by Adoption Press and “Help I’ve Been Adopted” by Tapestry Books. Brenda sees clients at her office in Nanaimo, British Columbia and she provides distance parent coaching by phone and by email. Most importantly, she is the mother of fourteen children and has seven grandchildren. She can be contacted through her web site at http://www.theadoptioncounselor.com
on Oct. 14, 2012 :
Cleah; The Lost Fury Chronicles Of The Otherworld is one of the first books I have read in this specific genre and I found it thoroughly entertaining! The only other author I have read that plays with magic and fantasy is Neil Gaiman. I feel that I was equally entertained reading his books as this one. This book has been on Amazon for a little over a year and deserves a lot more 4 and 5 star reviews! I banged this book off in a weekend!
Brenda McCeight has an incredible knack for creating believable alternative worlds that drew me in and kept me there. The likable and sympathetic Cleah and gently flawed Ronan take you along on their adventures of self discovery and awareness. Who are they? What are they? It all unfolds from Chapter 1 onward and is a true page turner. Many twists as well and well laid out plot.
What I enjoyed the most about this story is the journey. A lot of people will be able to relate to the challenges/symbolisms in their lives.
The story could easily do with a sequel, maybe a trilogy. I would hope that is the intent because this world and these characters deserve some “life”. Well done! I give you 5 out of 5 stars for imagination and story. Like ALL books I’ve read, there is always a little room for improvement on polish, but it does not interfere with the power of great story telling for you, so a solid “5” it is.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 21, 2011 :
I really did enjoy the book even though it contained some typos and wording errors. Cleah starts her journey as a submissive slave and eventually goes on to find out she is a descendant of someone from the Otherworld. Ronan the other main character is the slave owners son and starts off arrogant, thinking the world owes him whatever he wants without doing anything in return, but ends up being a caring young man who helps others without asking or thinking no matter who they are. Would love there to be a book 2 as i would certainly want to read further adventures of Cleah.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on June 05, 2011 :
Cleah is a wonderful heroine who attempts to always do the right thing, although maybe a little too much. However, she is likable and I found myself cheering for her throughout. Her companion on this journey, Ronan, is a bit more flawed, making him more dynamic in the story. Both characters grow-up during their time in the Otherworld and are forced to take on new roles and challenges leading them to see each other in new ways.
The Otherworld is a fun read. The story is a coming-of-age tale full of adventure, magic, battles, and even a touch of romance. The plot of the story is well executed and the pacing keeps the pages turning.
Overall, I found this to be a wonderful fantasy. There were a few instances where I was confused by how another character were presented in the story and also some minor technical errors in the writing. However, it was easy to forgive and continue reading through the story.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2011 :
I loved this book. I enjoy fantasy and really liked the two youths who find their strength through struggles in a frightening and changing world during ancient times. The central character is a girl who finds her personal strength through facing her fears and a boy who battles for manhood while dealing with grief and duty. I think it is well-written and has a very interesting plot and world.
(reviewed 74 days after purchase)