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In kindergarten my life’s goal was to become a teacher who wore only pink and ate French fries all day long. Now that I’ve matured, my goal in life is to become a Miss Marple-Sherlockian-Jedi Knight—I'm totally serious, it's a real thing.
I love stories, and I've had the privilege of working in Hollywood for over a decade in many different capacities, working with celebrities, directors (I'm married to one, plus he's my illustrator), and a few executives (the head-honcho types that I can't talk about because I signed confidentiality waivers). I’m not sure any of these people would have hired me if they knew I had a closet full of mint condition Star Wars toys…
However, the life of a freelancer is not for the faint of heart. I’ve kept myself busy with my extracurricular activities, from skydiving to scuba diving, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a degree in Fine Art, an M.A. in Psychology (with a focus in Neuroscience), and a few other things that I like to keep top secret. …Some people think I'm a spy, but I'll never tell!
on Feb. 20, 2015 :
Awesome Book! I read this book on a recommendation from my son's girlfriend. I've come to trust her because she suggested a book I loved last month, and she did it again with Anni Moon & The Elemental Artifact. Although I'm pretty sure I'm not the intended reader for this book, I totally engaged with it because your heart goes out to Anni's situation right away. She lives in a world that is magic and weirdly wonderful, but the way Anni thinks is just so real. For me that's what makes a story great - Anni may be fiction, but the things she does and says are true.
The book is at turns hilarious, heart breaking, exciting (especially towards the end), and always totally imaginative. There's a lot of memorable names in this book, like Brat (which is a combination of a bat and a rat - so cute!), there's a Zelda Scurryfunge, and an Effie OggleBoggle. The writer is super good with words and combining things together in a way you'd never think about until you see that it's obvious they were meant to go together.
Finally, there are images throughout the book - beautiful illustrations for every chapter. I love it when books do that. When you meet the characters you can actually see what they look like. There's also tons of mental images in the writing. It's a visually rich world complete with a map!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 22, 2014 :
What I liked: Anni Moon and The Elemental Artifact is really very cute. Anni and Lexi are great characters and, as a parent, I really enjoyed the analogy in this fantasy. In Anni Moon and The Elemental Artifact the age-old fight of good against evil has been enhanced with been enhanced with the fantastic Melanie Abed imagination!
What I didn’t like: There are a LOT of characters in Anni Moon and The Elemental Artifact! I frequently needed to do stop and think to remember who was whom. I think this probably would have been less of an issue if I’d been a teen enthralled in the book.
Author: Melanie Abed
Source: Oculus Print via Netgalley
Setting: Chicago & then Around…
Series: Earthbound, 1
(review of free book)