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Zoey Le Mar and the Veil of Fear Paperback – August 1, 2011
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Michael Lopez was born in Hawaii. He grew up an Air Force brat and traveled half the globe. Michael interacted with different people and cultures for the first twelve years of his life. He found this awe-inspiring and fascinating. It was from these experiences that his love of learning and for exploration grew. Michael has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a teaching credential, and a master’s degree in education. Currently, Michael lives in Northern California.
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Zoey La Mar and the Veil of Fear
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Eleven-year-old Zoey Le Mar was awakened in the middle of the night by vague whispering and creaking floorboards. A face pressed in the curtains warned her of impending danger. And, as if that weren't enough, she heard raspy breathing and sounds of sluggish movement; something was inching closer to her bed. Something clawed at her covers, pulling her blanket toward the foot of the bed, and she found herself staring at a three-foot-tall monster with glistening eyes and wings sprouting from its back.
I've never been a fan of the fantasy genre, but Michael S. Lopez's book captured my attention and propelled me with lightning speed through one of the most exciting children's novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading, thus changing my outlook.
This delightfully-terrifying novel of magic, mayhem, and monsters is rife with non-stop, fast-paced action and intrigue throughout. The well-developed and realistic characters are anything but passive, and as the story unfolds, they provide a remarkable role model for young girls of all races and ethnicities, giving them a sense of empowerment. I found Mr. Lopez's novel to be well-written and a must-have for middle-grade girls of the modern world.
The story, Zoey Le Mar and the Veil of Fear, is about a normal town on the west coast whose residents are unaware of an ancient magic invading their tranquil existence. Sassy Zoey La Mar and her three ethnically-divergent friends, Danielle Hernandez, Lucy La Mar, Rhea Khan, are the main characters. These girls embark upon a multifaceted adventure to save the children from a band of marauding monsters, the Golem. These monsters open up portals to the world from their plane, and come and go at their horrific leisure, snatching and grabbing whomever they can for their own warped purposes. They had not bargained for the headstrong response they got from the girls, who are led on a merry and often delightfully-funny chase.
And for the reluctant boy readers, there is a boy character, Patrick (Tricky), O'Leary, who is drawn into the fray. I fell in love with Tricky the first thing. He's a `bad boy' in name, but a sweetheart in actions. He is so real and charming you can't help but love him.
Zoey, whose intelligent precociousness provides much entertainment and laughter, could be anyone's daughter or sister and fits into the story as though she were real flesh and blood. This story is imaginatively entertaining. Michael Lopez has done a fine job, and once you start it, you won't be able to put it down. By all means, read this book!
Zoey LeMar, a main character, gets inundated with premonitions of upcoming danger. They are tied to an old familial secret and odd bedtime stories. The visions entail monsters and magic. She involves her closest friends: Danielle Hernandez, Lucy La Mar, Rhea Khan, and Tricky O'Leary. As the story unfolds, each character possesses pieces of the the overall puzzle. Unfortunately, the monsters are on to them. One way or another, by accident or by design, all four girls and Zoey's younger brother, Owen, are dragged into this waking nightmare of the other dimension by the monsters. There is an upside for the girls. They discover they possess magic. They find hope. Tricky is left out but with a little help finds a way to reach and help Zoey.
It is this captive intrigue of twists and turns that makes this roller-coaster fantasy thriller with its strong characters, vivid descriptions, and bewitching storyline as a must-read. I recommend this book.
I just finished the book! It was just the right length for me. I read it in about a week. I liked how the author, Mr. Lopez, made the disappearances scary with the glowing eyes, rustling movements, and creaking floorboards; though any younger child would have been frightened and hid under their covers. My favorite character is Lucy because she has the coolest weapons, and she knows how to use them. My second favorite character is Nash, the gargoyle, because I'm "into" mythology and mythical creatures. I also like Nash because he was a "good guy". I didn't like the parts where the parents were grieving for their children because it took away from the action. I liked the book so much that I stayed up until 10:00 reading, and my mom kept telling me to go to sleep before I was ready to. My favorite part of the book was when the characters started inheriting their powers and learning to use them. I think it would be cool to have those powers in real life! It didn't bother me that the characters were all girls (except for the beginning when they were being drama-mamas). I would recommend this book to people who like action, adventure, monsters, and magic.
ZOEY LEMAR AND THE VEIL OF FEAR.
I was impressed with this action packed exciting novel about Zoey, a pre-teen heroine as she discovers she has this magical power over the evilness of monsters that plaque her dreams at night. She and her friends, Danielle Hernandez, Tricky O' Leary, Rhea Khan and Lucy Le Mar, are all part of the action and each play a very important part of what becomes an unintentional journey that the monsters involve the kids in. It's a great pre-teen/teen novel. The author really takes you in with this exciting, fast action novel! Very hard to put down!
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