an exciting or very unusual experience.
participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises
a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
It’s funny how our cable company designates drama, suspense, history, musical, animation, science fiction-fantasy, comedy, action, western, horror, romance and adventure movies. Doesn’t it seem strange to separate the adventure and action movies? While all books and movies should have some sense of adventure, the same applies to most categories, for example, musicals can be dramas or comedies. Wonder how many good movies I’ve missed because it said drama instead of adventure, or how many funny movies I missed because it said musical? Have you ever searched for a book in a bookstore only to find the humorous book under mystery or the commercial fiction book in the romance section? In book publishing, there seems to be a disparity from the movie categories with genres like Mystery, Woman’s Lit, Chick Lit, Romance, Paranormal, Erotica, Gothic, Christian, SteamPunk, Commercial Fiction etc. all of which contain adventure as well as other elements of the other genres. As a consumer of movies and books, I wish there was a way to merge things for the sake of clarity. Maybe it would have helped Blockbuster stick around. Anyway, the following book review is about a paranormal-fantasy that’s also part romance and 100% hair-raising adventure.
Imagine a bracelet that can magically send you to another realm? Growing up, I always enjoyed reading fairy tales when the weather was bad and I couldn’t play outside. Few things are as entertaining as transportation to a mysterious planet, a new island or a faraway castle. The genres I choose as an adult are usually varied but rarely include fantasy fiction and yet I ordered this book on Amazon the minute I heard about it. Even adults on occasion, like zoning into a dream or escaping into a parallel universe.
Last week I wrote about a warrior princess, but this week I’m introducing you to Aislinn. Seems a lot of things are happening in the world of the warrior princess. For example, the movie Brave just came out with a character by the name of Merida and even though she’s supposed to be Scottish, the name Merida as far as I know is from Spain. (There’s a town by that name.) The movie is by Pixar and if you like tough heroines and Disney-style princess films, well then you’ll probably love it. In fact, if you know someone who makes Disney films or Pixar films you should tell them about my friend Beth Muscat’s book, ‘The Bracelet’. I can almost hear the musical score with Elton John singing about Lytingorms! Remember the first time you dropped one of those dry, magic sponges into a tub of water and it amazingly came to life, impressing everyone around you? That’s what this writer’s imagination is like. She took a simple story about a college girl and created a whole world of exciting characters and animated living creatures! Every paragraph brings to life an emotional array of sights, sounds and aromas that tug on your heartstrings making you immediately care or hate the characters. Her descriptions are definitely impressive!
Within the first few pages, I was lured into Aislinn’s world on Earth and then I got sucked even further into her life on Polasia. Aislinn is a warrior princess who wants the knights in the kingdom to see her as an equal, willing to fight alongside the man she loves. Of course proving herself might be tougher than she thinks. Beth’s descriptions flashed in Technicolor in front of my eyes and I was certain she had hypnotized me into loving green hair, blue squirrels and crossbred fruits. There are monsters, serpents, ogres and trolls not to mention kings, queens, wizards and quite a few demons. I enjoyed the adventure and if you like Disney, J.K. Rowling, Grimm or Andersen, you too will have fun reading The Bracelet.
Beth Muscat has written five books all with very interesting characters and for more information, here’s a link to her site: Bent River Books