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Keys To The Sun Paperback – May 4, 2016
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About the Author
Marcel Feldmar grew up in Canada, and then left.
He spent some time in an institution called The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, but ended up living in Los Angeles, where his words get caught in traffic. He has had more bands than girlfriends, but is now married and not playing music, even though he has been mistaken for Ric Ocasek on more than one occasion.
Marcel's writings, poetic and otherwise, range from musings on comic books to interviews with touring bands to bursts of poetry and fiction. His first novel, "The Devil’s Jukebox” is available on Createspace and other fine online book selling establishments.
Currently writing music reviews for The Big Takeover, his freelance articles have also appeared in a variety of 'zines and magazines across the country.
Marcel's poetry has appeared in the anthology “A Generation Defining Itself”, as well as in "Memory Bites" published by a gleeful press! and a chapbook published by Headveins Graphics. His chapbook "The Typewriter Keeps Me Awake At Night" is also available on Createspace.
You can visit Marcel Feldmar's Website at www.marcelfeldmar.com
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Top Customer Reviews
What I loved
I loved the idea of a hidden map that gives clues to a hidden treasure. I also loved that the story incorporated a lot of New Orléans history. An example of this is the haunting story of the casket girls who arrived in the city with casket trunks and then promptly disappeared.
I found the prose well done and easy to read. I did also love the characters of Cole, Parker, and Lucas and I loved brother’s interaction with each other.
What Left Me Wanting More
First off, this book read like a middle-grade novel but with there were a few words that would be inappropriate for this target age. The clues and the treasure hunt around the city left me often confused. The descriptions of the layout of ‘Twilight Oaks’ was very intricate and really didn’t add much to the story. I also didn’t understand how the kids figured out many of the clues they found.
I was not at all ready for the paranormal elements of the story. They felt out-of-place and as if they were part of another book. I would have enjoyed the story more if the paranormal elements were just left out.
The clueless and self-absorbed behavior of Parker and Lucas’ parents made little sense to me. They never seemed to care much what their teenagers were up to. I also just never really understood ‘Aunt Ruby’s’ behavior throughout the story.
My Final Verdict
‘Keys to the Sun’ explores a fresh and interesting premise of a treasure hunt in NOLA. The story has a fascinating premise and incorporates some great NOLA history into the adventure.
This is the first book I have read by Feldmar Marcel and I must say that it will not be my last! I was so surprised by this book. It really impressed me and It had my complete attention until the very end.
Keys to The Sun is about a pair of brothers, Lucas and Parker, who stay with their Aunt Ruby for the summer. There, they meet a bunch of new people and a girl named Cole. Together the kids explore Ruby's creepy old house. Ruby lives in Twilight Oaks, located in New Orleans. Twilight Oaks is said to be the home to vampires, along with many stories and myths. The children find something unexpected in the attic one day. The children do not realize that this discovery will forever change their lives. Shortly after this discovery.. people are breaking into Ruby's house and following the children. What could they want with them? The children soon learn what they have in their possession and that is when their story really begins. You will not want to miss out on their adventures! Who would want to miss out on a Norse Map, vikings, vampires, weird stones, legends, pirates and treasure? I know I definitely wouldn't want to!
"There are good and evil people. There are good and evil monsters. There is a balance."
Keys To The Sun is filled with mystery, excitement, suspense, betrayal, friendship, and bravery! There was never a dull moment and this book left me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I was constantly trying to put the pieces together the whole time and was always on the look out for new bad people! I was so caught up in this book that it almost felt like I was in it. I love when I am able to read a book and put myself into the story and the pages. Feldmar allows the reader to run around the streets of Twilight Oaks with the children while trying to solve the mystery.
Feldmar created an amazing town with lots of wonderful characters. I love the way he portrayed New Orleans and the creepy vibe. As I said before, When you can relate to the characters and bring yourself into the book with them, you know you are reading a really good book. I really enjoyed Feldmar's writing style! I highly recommend this book!
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