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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Review: The Eye of the Crystal Ball by T.P Bole


Title: The Eye of The Crystal Ball
Author: T.P Bole
Published: June 23, 2011. 
Pages: Honestly, I don't know. Goodreads didn't say.
Source: E-pub from author.
Rating: 4.8/ 5

Goodreads Summary: When Sara was newborn her parents left her at the doorstep at Mr. and Mrs. Schneider's house. 

When Sara was ten she discovered she was telekinetic. She began to move stuff around when she got angry just by her will alone. 

When Sara was twelve her real parents came for her and took her with them to live like the Gypsy that she was - or Romani as they like to call themselves. They told her she was going to fulfill a prophesy. That it was once said that out of the Romani people the greatest sorceress who had ever lived would be born. 
When Sara was thirteen she had a baby brother and when she was fourteen he got very sick with a strange illness. 
To save her baby-brother Sara sets off on a quest to find his cure - well knowing that it will cost her dearly. 
Soon Sara finds herself going through the Singing Cave, crossing Wild Witches Valley, talking to a ten foot giant snail, rescuing the Beads of Souls from the Hell-hounds, escaping a spell in Vamila, the Forest of Vanity, visiting the king at the City of Lights before she finally reaches the Black Castle where she is told the Eye of the Crystal Ball can tell her how to cure her brother's strange illness. 

But nothing is free in this world - and as Sara soon will know - everything has a price.

My thoughts: When I first started this book,honestly,  it started off a little slow. As I read a few more pages, it picked up a bit, but I still loved it from beginning to end. The characters, the magic, the plot, the scenery, everything was beautiful. It was written like a fairy tale! I'd recommend this book to anyone that that enjoys reading fantasy or adventure novels.

It starts off with Sara, our main character, who was put on Mr. and Mrs. Schneider's doorstep during World War II. They'd been begging for a child for a long time and were excited when Sara showed up in a basket on their doorstep. I liked the that part of the story especially, it was a new change for fantasy YA. We read about Sara's life with them and then around Chapter 4, Sara's birth parents come to take her back with them. Mr. and Mrs. Schneider let them take her and they aren't heard of again. Sara travels with her family and their tribe and she soon learns of her magical powers and the fate that she's be assigned to. Then, later, she embarks on a journey to find out how to save her baby brother. Her journey was very interesting. Full of mystery and suspense, challenges and obstacles Sara had to overcome.

I loved it overall, but it could use a tab bit of editing. Some grammar mistakes and some sentences didn't make much sense, but other than that it was a great book. Another thing I didn't enjoy was how Sara's birth mother told her straight on about how she'd be the greatest sorceress that lived and have to battle the dark and all that. It was kind of a big bubble-buster.

The characters were fun and magical. I loved them. One character named Nipples who was a Golden Retriever turned into a bat was one I loved a lot. Mostly his name. I know, I'm immature.

Favorite Line: "They are elves," Manolo said. "The saying is about them that they appear on the front to be lovely and beautiful, but they are hollow and empty." 


  1. This books sounds so intriguing! And I LOVE that you rated it 4.8 -- not 4.5 or 5, but 4.8. That's just so awesome that it made my day! x)

    Grammar mistakes really bug me in books (because I'm a huge grammar freak), but I'm definitely going to see for myself whether or not it makes a dent in the coolness of this book!

    Awesome review, Kandee! :)

  2. It was very intriguing! I loved it, but the grammar brought it down mostly because I'm like the Grammar Police. Thanks for commenting.


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