I've just finished reading "Journey to Rainbow Island by Christie Hsiao" the publicity material for which states:
Yu-ning thinks her perfect life on Rainbow Island will never end--until a nasty dragon called the Obsidigon returns from beyond the grave. Now her beloved island is in flames, her best friend has been kidnapped, and the island's Sacred Crystals have been stolen. To make matters worse, she must venture into the dark corners of the world to uncover secrets best ignored, find a weapon thought long destroyed, and recapture seven sacred stones--without being burned to a crisp by a very angry dragon.
With the help of her master teacher, Metatron, Yu-ning embarks on a dangerous journey to overcome not only the darkness attacking her home, but also the scars of sadness that mark her own heart. And while most people just see a normal kid, Metatron--and a few other unlikely allies--pledge their lives to the dark-eyed little girl with a magic bow and a crooked grin.
Having never read a "fantasy" book before, I was very surprised and pleased at the author's ability to write the story in such a way that it should appeal to both children and adults. The language and wording is very appropriate, and in my opinion this charming story should hold one's interest till the very end. And I might add, I find my mind going back to certain chapters and the very end and wondering what might happen next, meaning, might there be a sequel?
I was quite surprised to note that this is Christie Hsiao's first book, but then again given that she is CEO of a Media Group creating high quality film, television and digital media projects, I suppose it was to be expected.
According to her publicist she is originally from Taiwan (a nice little place in which I used to live), and has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA from UCLA in Communications and East Asian Studies. She studied film in New York City where she also wrote, directed and produced several films.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Journey to Rainbow Island but you dear reader will have to wait until November 11th 2013. The book does have its own website and you will be able to buy it at all the physical and online bookstores.
You can find out more about this book on the Journey to Rainbow Island Website. It will be released November 11th 2013
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