Shining Crystal (Book Review - Theresa Oliver's Crystal The Christmas Angel)

Crystal the Christmas Angel
Author: Theresa Oliver
Publisher: Write More Publications
Pages: 66
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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My Review

There are stories that we want the children to know, but unless we make the stories interesting to them, they would rather go back to their cartoons, comics, games, and their favorite animation characters.

As a kid, whenever there was a family get together, an aunt of mine would get all the children together and tell us stories. She would weave interesting stories, teaching us many lessons through them.
These stories have stayed with us, even though the many lectures by the grown-ups have not.

The author starts the book with this dedication - "For my children, my nephews, and my niece, whom I wrote this story for one Christmas long ago."
Crystal The Christmas Angel, with a sweet protagonist, and cheerful narration of events leading to the big event - Christmas - make for a tale that kids would love reading.

The illustrations are bright and colorful.

Crystal The Christmas Angel is a lovely book to add warmth to the festive season.

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

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About the Book

All of the angels in Heaven are preparing for a big event, and Crystal, a little angel, wants to be a part of it. But the more she tries, the more the angels tell her that she is just too little. That is, until God himself gives her the biggest, most important task of all ... going with the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and bringing God’s greatest gift to the world. But can Crystal do what God asks? Journey with Crystal as she discovers that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely for the greatest tasks. Crystal also discovers that you are never too little to do great things. You just need to believe and never give up.
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About the Author: Theresa Oliver

Theresa Oliver grew up in southern Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, in Clarksville, Indiana. In her childhood, she fell in love with the power of the written word, a love affair that has continued her whole life. She moved to Florida, where she has lived much of her adult life. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tenn., and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, News-Editorial sequence. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga. She is currently a writer, a full-time teacher, and the owner of Write More Publications and TNT Author Services. However, her greatest adventure is as a mother of three beautiful boys. Oliver currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida, with her husband and children.
Her latest book is Crystal the Christmas Angel.

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The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm: Sybrina Durant (Book Review)

Title: The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm
Author: Sybrina Durant
Art by: Dasguptarts
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

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My Review

In The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm, author Sybrina Durant has created the fantasy world of the Land of MarBryn, complete with a map at the beginning of the book which guides us through the many adventures in the story, a tale of many creatures, fight between good and evil, and miracles.

In the Land of MarBryn, the tribe of metal-horned unicorns is in danger from Magh, an evil sorcerer. He uses the horns and hooves of the Unicorns in his magic potions and spells.
The story begins with the birth of Blue. It had been foretold before his birth that he would be the savior of the tribe.
He is a disappointment when he is born because his horn are covered in a plain blue hide instead of metal. 
It is the metal on the horn and hooves that are source of magic of the Unicorns. Each of them have different metals and different magical qualities.
Blue has no metal and no magic.

"... it seemed unfair for the pitiful little runt to have to carry such a burden from birth."

From the very beginning, your heart aches for this newborn, struggling to fit into a world where not only is he different, but worse still, because of the prophecy he was supposed to save the whole tribe. 
This makes him a big disappointment, and a target for cruel sarcastic comments too - "our great unicorn savior".

Twenty years later, Blue is still the unmagical being, a loner now (except for one very good friend), and everyone seems to have given up on his being the great savior.

As Blue transforms to Osm, there is a major change in him. As the unicorn doctor says: "Osm is awesome."

The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm is a tale of adventure and fantasy, that demands that you get lost in it.
From Unicorns and firebirds, to talking ice-cubes and two-leggers, and many more, this world gives us a story with many layers.

The fight of Blue/Osm is against an evil of the worst kind, one who takes pleasure in hurting others - "You see, the sound of pain gives me intense pleasure. It's like music to my ears. It makes me want to dance."

One can guess the path the story is going to take from the beginning itself. It is details, the emotions, the multi-layered vibrant world that captures while reading it.

The illustrations help visualize the variety of creatures, giving them colorful and distinct human-like look.

If you like adventurous fantasies, this illustrated story is a perfect place to visit.

©Nimi Arora

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I received this ebook for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

The italicized text in quotes is an excerpt from the book.

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"The metal horned unicorns are doomed!" That's what Lauda Lead Horn wailed when she first saw the tribe's new savior. OK, so his horn was not metal... and he did not have a magic power... and he was really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?
Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone in his path. All the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn were now gone... except for twelve survivors.
Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminium-horned oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise. Blue was the last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered with plain blue colored hide. He still didn't have any magic. Though no one else in the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone...

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About the Author: Sybrina

"I'm Sybrina... Just one of millions of wannabe author/singer/songwrtiers out there but I hope, after reading or hearing my booka and songs, you'll think my contributions to the world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today. 
The books I've written span a wide range between illustrated picture books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books.
My latest effort is 'The Blue Unicorn's Journey to Osm'. It is a book I started writing 30 years ago and never finished. 
There is also a picture book for pre-shcoolers called Unicorns From Unimaise - The Magical Metal-Horn Trobe.
All the fantastic fantasy illustrations are by Dasguptarts.

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