February 02, 2012

Review & Giveaway!! The Talisman of El by Alecia Stone

Hardcover: 392 pgs
Published: May 20th, 2012
Publisher: Centrinian Publishing 
Series: Talisman of El #1

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: 7 billion....Humans.
Others ... unknown.

When 14 year old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it's happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him...because it was just 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.

It’s hard enough being a 14-year-old boy nowadays!  For Charlie, that is an understatement.  The problems he has faced so far in his life: the death of his mother, witnessing the death of his father, being placed into a orphanage, and almost being adopted by an insane serial robber won’t compare to what he finds out in Alecia Stone’s first novel, Talisman of El

When we think of Heaven we usually imagine a world floating above us, full of clouds, the color white, and bright lights.  What if that wasn’t the case at all?  What if Heaven existed, but it was located deep within the Earth’s core?  In Stone’s novel, we learn that Heaven and Angels exist, but not in the ways we normally think.  The Angels are warriors who embody powers of the 4 elements: water, earth, fire, and wind.  They do not live in the clouds above us, but instead reside deep within the Earth’s core in a place known only as Arcadia. 

Alecia Stone takes her readers on a wondrous trip into the world of Arcadia.  There we find that demons are once more attempting to wreak havoc on the human world as we know it.  Charlie finds himself in a very unusual situation; somehow it is up to him to stop this plan from coming to fruition.   How will Charlie, a 14-yr-old boy stop demons from taking over the world?  The first step is realizing that he may not be human at all. 

Talisman of El is well written and keeps the reader engaged throughout.  As the first chapter in an upcoming trilogy, the book does the job of keeping you waiting for the next installment. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

** This giveaway has ended**
If you'd like to win a copy of Talisman of El, just leave a comment below. Please make sure that if you are chosen, we can easily find your email on your blogger profile :)
Good Luck!!

WATCH THE TRAILER - It's amazing!


  1. This seems like an interesting book. Putting it on my to read list. And Great giveaway!

  2. Ohh, if it's international, please enter me in! I'd love to read it (and nice title!)

  3. Sounds great. A teenage hero saving the world. Works for me.

  4. Sounds like a good read.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  5. Sounds like a REALLY great book. The trailer is intriguing as well, most trailers for books don't work for me but this one caught me.


  6. It seems like a good and interesting read so please enter me.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  7. This sounds awesome! Im fourteen as well and feel like I could relate to this! (:

  8. Sounds like an interesting premise for a new YA trilogy, I look forward to reading it.

    nayjf at yahoo dot com

  9. This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the great review. I would love the chance to read this book and I really think my 15 son would enjoy it also. :D

  10. The blurb definitely intrigued me. A new author for me. Thanks!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  11. Sounds like a really good and interesting read. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  12. I have to admit, when I first read the summary, it did not capture me at all... but once I read your review and saw the word angels, and your description of the different worlds - it sounds like an amazing story.
    No need to enter me into the giveaway, as interesting as it sounds, I think that it may sit on my shelf for a bit, lol!

  13. Looks like a book that could be interesting, thank you for the chance to win and to meet the main character! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  14. I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  15. I am so ready for a new series to capture my interest and this one sounds promising. Thanks for the review and opportunity to win this one!

  16. I'm intrigued! Thanks for the giveaway! (:


  17. I would love to win this book for the students of Franklin High school. Thank you so much for the giveaway, This is on the students wish list.

  18. I am a follower and I love your emails.Thanks so much for the great blogging.

  19. This is exactly the type of book that I love to read!


  20. This book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.


  21. I thought the description of the book sounded really good, then watching the trailer... I MUST read this one! :) Can't wait! Please enter me in the contest, my email is stephsgrn@gmail.com

  22. The trailer was awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  23. Looks like a great read. Hoep this is open to Canada.
    deanna_boocock (at) hotmail.com

  24. Thank you to everyone for all the great comments! I am happy to announce that the winner of the giveaway is "Little Sprites". Congratulations!

  25. Wow! Great book and exhilarating trailer! can't wait for this to come out. Great Review

  26. Please enter me. This sounds really good!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  27. I really love the concept of this book. And that cover is stunning! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com


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