Saturday, September 6, 2014

Do You Believe In Magic?

                How many of you have had that childhood, where grownups told the young ones stories of places that were so magical they could only exist in dreams? For these three best friends, fairy tales were the stories they heard and created themselves. Until one day, they discovered something magical does exist...just not in our world. The Strings of the Violin, written by Alisse Lee Goldenberg, is a story full of adventure, magic, and friendship.
                This tale begins with Carrie Eisen, a teenager who only wants to enjoy her summer before senior year doing as little as possible. Of course, her summer would be the ideal summer if it were spent without her two best friends, Rebecca Campbell and Lindsay Smith. Now, this isn't just any ordinary best friends trio, oh no, these here are three friends who met one preschool day and decided to pretend they were a pack of wolves. Ever since, they have been inseparable and have done just about everything together; from creating their own fairy tales, to going on a journey so similar to the tales they grew up hearing. Now, I know I'm getting ahead of myself, I bet you are what magical journey I could be talking about. Well, allow me to brief you on what is the magical world known as Hadariah. It's a kingdom full of people, talking animals, and creatures whom you have always thought existed in your dreams. Now, darkness has settled over the land, for a Evil king known as Asmodeus, has stolen strings from a precious violin that brought life to everyone and everything. The King and Queen of light have tried everything in their power to retrieve the strings; but they have have failed, and as a last resort they send out for someone who can finally restore life in Hadariah. With this knowledge, we return to Carrie who has reached status lazy in her backyard, when she is visited by a fox. This isn't just your average fox, and Carrie soon realizes that when the fox opens his mouth and words come out asking for Carrie's help and to journey on a quest. With the thought of venturing on a quest full of magic, the three friends agree to help in any way they can in returning the strings back to the violin.
                As much as I would love to tell you all about their journey, I cannot. You will just have to trust me when I say that it is full of trickery, adventure, and discovering new friends. I highly suggest if you love reading about other worlds, magical creatures both good and evil, and the occasional talking animals, you will love reading The Strings of the Violin.

              Carrie returns to Hadariah once more for another daring adventure, except this time with a new agenda!
               It's been one year since her friends have returned from defeating the evil Asmodeus, and Carrie is now attending York University. Sadly, her friends are not with her; Rebecca is off at Ottawa, and Lindsay is at Berklee School of Music. Being apart from each other has never been easy, but they make do with phone calls and skype. With the birthdays of her two best friends, Carrie is looking forward to seeing them again, so much that she decides to email them both with plans for when they meet the following week. When days pass without hearing from either of them, she begins to worry that something has happened to them. Around this time, Carrie has noticed a strange young man following her around campus, and it is not until she has a dream of her Rebecca and Lindsay, when he finally makes he presence know to her. This man known as Mikhail, says he is from Hadariah and that he must protect her from those who wish to do harm to her for defeating Asmodeus. Unfortunately, her friends were not so lucky, for they have been taken. For this reason, Carrie returns with only one goal in mind: find and rescue her friends. 
              Once again, Carrie embarks on a journey, but she will not be alone, for she will have Mikhail and Emilia to aid her for whatever awaits her. 
              Like before, if what I have written has grasped your attention, then please, grab yourself a copy of The Dybbuk's Mirror. I can assure you, that you will not regret it. For those who have read The Strings of the Violin, then you know when I say this: this is a journey you will not want to miss out on! 

About Alisse Lee Goldeberg
Alisse Lee Goldenberg is an author of horror and Young Adult fantasy fiction. She has her Bachelors of Education and a Fine Arts degree, and has studied fantasy and folk lore since she was a child. Alisse lives in Toronto with her husband Brian, their triplets Joseph, Phillip, and Hailey, and their rambunctious Goldendoodle Sebastian. 
Find Alisse on her website and Twitter.
About The Dybbuk’s Mirror
It has been nearly two years since the events in The Strings of the Violin, and Carrie has adjusted to life as a university student far from her friends. However, when the path to Hadariah is sealed, she starts to fear malevolent forces may be behind the other strange occurrences around her. Trying to contact Lindsay and Rebecca to get help in unraveling the mystery, Carrie discovers that her friends are in fact missing. With no way of knowing who to trust, Carrie must find a way back to the land she once saved to rescue her friends from the dybbuks’ clutches.
Reuniting with the dybbuk princess Emilia, and finding a new friend in the mysterious farmer Mikhail, Carrie must once again do battle with Asmodeus’s forces, and help stop the chaos that threatens to overtake the land while striving to save both Lindsay and Rebecca. For the first time, Carrie is working without the two friends who have helped her through every major decision in her life. Carrie must learn to rely on herself, and find her own strengths to save those she holds dear.
Genre classification: YA Fantasy
Find The Dybbuk’s Mirror on Amazon and Prizm Books.

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