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The Journeys of John and Julia: Genesis (Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

1 cheerleader who's dealing with her parents' divorce + 1 geek who's a lot cuter than he should be + 23 magical beings + 1 scary bad guy = what Tim Kring, creator of TV's Heroes and Touch, calls a "cool new series."

In this first book of a series about magic, friendship, and adventure, a seemingly mismatched pair of teens crack open the door to another reality.

Meet Julia Livingston-Banes: Her dad's taken off to start a new family, and now her mom's decided to ruin her summer, too. Instead of cheerleader camp, Julia's packed off to her grandmother's in the nowhere town of Cedarwood Ridge. There she finds that her usual ice-queen act won't cut it with her childhood friend John Freeman, who's a lot cuter than Julia remembers and not half the geek she thought he was. Definitely a romance in the making, if it weren't for the visitations from her grandfather's ghost and John's infuriatingly open response to such phenomena. Plus, a group of magical beings called The Twenty-Two are secretly watching over John and Julia and making big summer plans of their own. Including John and Julia's future role in saving the world from their nemesis to be, a beyond-evil corporate overlord named Niem Vidalgo Oten. Not that Julia would believe any of it. John, however, would find it way cool.

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Aurelia has been a storyteller all her life, but "The Journeys of John and Julia: Genesis" is her first story by pen rather than voice. Her three anchors of Los Angeles, a village in the Himalayas, and a small town in southern Bavaria have given her an expansive perspective that serves her storytelling. As her stories unfold and her characters emerge, audiences cannot help but identify with at least one element of the human experience. Living by the truth that we all reflect each other, the curious are encouraged to read the book then make up their own mind if it is in the least worthwhile to think about the author when her characters say it all. In fact, you can ask key characters any question you like at You can also find out more about Aurelia at

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Praise for The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One: Genesis

"Imagine a life off the grid and all the comforts it offers to a teenager. When John and Julia, the 13-year-old heroes in this cool new series find themselves without signal in 'backwards' Cedarwood Ridge, it becomes apparent that they need all their energy to battle unspeakable evil forces while receiving superhero-training by a collective of magical beings. All totally useful stuff, since their and our entire future may be at stake. Anyone who is a fan of 'Heroes' will definitely enjoy 'Genesis.'"

--Tim Kring, creator of TV's Heroes and Touch

"Get ready for the adventure of your life. This masterful debut novel will have you turning pages long into the night and contemplating them well after the story ends. Or shall I say begins? For The Journeys of John and Julia: Genesis is but the first installment of what promises to be a brilliant series. The author weaves a shimmering tapestry with words, populates it with unforgettable characters, and ushers us into a world that is by turns magical, frightening, and ultimately empowering."

--Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict

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  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Rigler Creative (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M6QCPE
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Radical Journey has BEGUN! September 21, 2011
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The Journeys of John & Julia transport me on a sensory full-throttle joy ride, re-igniting imagination, while creating precious space for quiet reflection - loads of "AHA" moments...excitement oozing with every page turn...Genesis, Chapter One I must exercise patience for the forthcoming chapters....ARGHHHH!!! I'm addicted!

As a youngster I would escape the "adult world" with its rules, expectations and "adult explanations" of everything, by diving into stories of fantasy, mystery and otherworldy orbits involving mythic heroes, magical creatures, an unimagined universe I was most curious about...beginning with the Nancy Drew Detective series, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Aesop's Fables - fairies, witches, dragons, ghosts, time travel - all the way to Homer's Iliad & Odyssey. Along came Harry Potter in my grown up years, rekindling some of the magical beliefs from my youth, then onto The Matrix Trilogies bending my mind...all fascinating rich adventures...until JJJ arrived and exploded onto my iPad.

This written jewel occurs in the "everyday world" that I think I know, then brilliantly offers to crack open the mind to a world I don't pay attention to. All vividly portrayed in rich language, colors, sounds and smells. WOW...JJJ is throwing the windows of my being wide open with a electric velocity! Starting with the 22 supreme superheroes, to the brave adventures and battles of John & Julia (superheroes in training!?) with their families and friends - leaving us breathless and gasping in the airless darkness of Niem Vidalgo Oten...this is a RADICAL journey for all ages - strap yourself in tight and dive head first into the treasure chest awaiting you in Cedarwood Ridge!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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What an amazing journey I took reading this book! Told in multiple story lines, The Journeys of J&J: Genesis is full of beautiful imagery told in very clever metaphors, transporting me easily into all the worlds, earthly and otherworldly. I couldn't put the book down wondering what would happen next. The character's personalities ranged from believable and compassionate, to witty and entertaining. But the best part of the book was the life lessons and teachings that were seamlessly woven into the plot making this a bible for all ages. This is a book I will read over and over again, highlighting insights to live my life by. Thank you, Aurelia, for sharing your imagination, humor, and wisdom. I anxiously await the next chapter in John and Julia's journeys.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever!!! September 15, 2011
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I am a big fan of mystery stories (Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Mists of Avalon...) but "the journeys of john and julia" is BETTER than anything I have ever read in this genre. The story captivated me right from the beginning and is marvelously written and the descriptions are mind-blowing. So the only thing I can say to a mystery fan like me is: READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! If I could give 10 stars I happily would do it!! John and Julia are my new heroes now and I love their characters and what they experience is beyond imagination - and this is only the beginning!!! Thank God!!! I HAVE NEVER EVER waited so desperately for a sequel:)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT BOOK! September 10, 2011
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i absolutely love this book! my daughter read John and Julia first and then passed it along to my husband and myself. as a Mom of a voracious teen reader, i'm always hoping that my daughter will read quality; a great story that entertains but one that also has meaning. in John & Julia we find that PERFECT BOOK. the characters are absolutely penetrating & we are happily seduced into their world. i reread many times the scenes with John and his mom, Sarah for the invaluable parenting wisdom. What a fantastic ride and i highly recommend for teens, parents, educators, and anyone who longs to be transported and uplifted. Enjoy the magic! So excited for the next Journey!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Julia is a thirteen year old going through a tough time. Her parents are recently divorced, her mom works long hours and now her summer trip to cheer leading camp has been cancelled. She is to stay at her grandmothers house on the lake at Cedarwood Ridge for the summer instead. Added to that, Julia's grandpa has recently passed away and the family is struggling with this loss.

John Freeman is six months Julia's junior, with his being a native of Cedarwood Ridge, these two have spent plenty of summers by the lake together. Now that they are thirteen, each is wrestling with teenage hormones and is worried if things will be different.

John and Julia are like night and day. She likes to shop at the mall and made the cheer leading team. John is bookish and shy.
On top of all that, the world that John and Julia inhabit is full of magic and mystery.
A group of other worldly beings called "The Twenty-Two" are watching over John and Julia and they want to answer Julia's prayers for happiness in her life. These twenty-two can bend and shape people's realities.

This is a coming of age story as well and in a world where there is magic and fantasy, baddies exist as well. John and Julia's adventures grab the attention of the evil Niem Vidalgo Oten who wants world domination.

My Thoughts:
What a fun ride The Journeys of John and Julia was! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
I enjoy YA Fantasy but I don't make much time to read this genre, so it's refreshing to find one that I really enjoyed.

The storyline is very entertaining. The book starts off with the twenty-two having a conference in the middle of the woods. This cast of magical beings is discussing Julia's dilemma.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a bit confusing and jumbled for me to like
First Thoughts: When I was asked to listen to this book I thought the premise sounded really interesting but it didn’t live up to my expectations. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stormi Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic pure!!!
This story is fantastic magic, totally brilliant. Wowwww! I love exceptionally the wonderful discriptions of the characters, all the details. What a fascinating world. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Forestwitch
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Disliked But Sort of Enjoyed At Same Time ??
Reason for Reading: The premise piqued my interest.

I'm going into this review without a clue as to what my rating will be nor which way my review is going to lean. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Nicola Mansfield
2.0 out of 5 stars No Connection
I think that this story had a lot of potential, but I was very detached throughout most of the story and held on with high hopes for the ending. Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by Krista Cubicleblindness
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it enough
The first chapters of this book really caught my attention and I was excited to see where the story was going to go. Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by Sarahsworld
3.0 out of 5 stars several references to Eastern, New Age, and occultic concepts
How would you feel if you have planned to go to cheerleading camp and your mother decides to take you to spend the entire summer with your grandmother way out in the middle of... Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by Wayne S. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful this book could burn your fingers! The Journeys of John and...
This is a book that defies placing into any one genre. John and Julia have adventures involving fiction, fantasy, speculative, urban fantasy and a host of other genres. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Bill Tillman
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished
I have never left a book I've started unfinished...Until now.

I had high hopes for this book. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by M. Rodriguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Becky @ Book Bite Reviews
I couldn't bring myself to finish this novel. The Journeys of John and Julia just wasn't for me and I will not be continuing with the series. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Becky P
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the sequels will help...
I think the teens at my library might enjoy this more than I did. Julia finally comes to a better understanding of her world. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by NC
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Aurelia has been a storyteller all her life. Her fascination with rites of passage, one of the greatest of which is moving from child to teenager, is what inspired her to make The Journeys of John and Julia: Genesis her first story by pen rather than voice.

"Our minds are so impressionable at this time," says Aurelia, "and what we experience shapes our adult life in ways we can't even imagine when it happens. I am also deeply convinced that we live in a magical world and that help is only a prayer away. We all have the potential to be 'superheroes' and do not have to be 'extra special' to create an awesome destiny for ourselves. And I want young adults and kids to know that. And for everyone else to remember it."

Although there is more about Aurelia at, she encourages her readers to make up their own mind if it is in the least worthwhile to think about the author when her characters say it all.

--Aurelia Haslboeck


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