The cards have been released.They're draining the world of its magic.A new master has been chosen.Only she can capture the cards.High schooler Clara Marsters was on Summer break when it happened. She found the card that would change her destiny. Thrust into Gaia, a dying world filled with magic, she meets Alex, the mysterious yet familiar talking tiger, who came to assistThe cards have been released.They're draining the world of its magic.A new master has been chosen.Only she can capture the cards.High schooler Clara Marsters was on Summer break when it happened. She found the card that would change her destiny. Thrust into Gaia, a dying world filled with magic, she meets Alex, the mysterious yet familiar talking tiger, who came to assist her on her journey. In order to save the world and get back home, they must travel through the kingdom of Burkhart, solving puzzles and braving the trials of the cards. It's not just the trials she has to worry about though. Others want the cards magical power, and they'll stop at nothing to get it.How far would you go, to save a world that isn't your own?...
|Title||:||The Tarot Cards: Major Arcana|
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|Number of Pages||:||173 Pages|
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The Tarot Cards: Major Arcana Reviews
There are things that I liked and disliked about this book. I believe it is a good story with a solid theme and creative ideas. But some parts fell a little flat for me. What I did like…The main character. Clara was very normal. She was a girl I could see in high school, living an ordinary life until all this magical drama interrupts things. She’s spunky, she’s funny, and she makes a wonderful protagonist. Its not difficult to cheer for her, which surprised me because ‘normal’ characters can become annoying very easily. She’s not this overly innocent and completely ignorant girl. She’s shocked by all that unfolds in the story but she doesn’t back away.Can you imagine meeting a talking tiger? I don’t think I would have reacted as normally and calmly as Clara did but it was believable nonetheless. Her inner thoughts provide some silly humor and the actual theme itself is somewhat educational for those readers who aren’t familiar with this type of magic. I love all things dark and creepy but I’m pretty ignorant toward dark magic to be honest. So reading this was informative as far as how tarot cards work and how they can be tied into a highly imaginative and creative adventure. Now, what I didn’t like about the book was the style of writing. Much of the book read like a long list of actions. I found many paragraphs that started with the same word or with ‘Clara did this’. Most of the time it didn’t flow very well.Ex.“She quickly got changed…She picked the card up and put it in her black canvas, messenger bag. She slung the bag over her shoulder…”Much of the book was like that which really bothered me because I liked the story but I couldn’t really get past the writing. There also wasn’t much detail or description where it was needed. I mentioned before that Clara met a talking tiger but that’s about it. She meets a tiger, realizes he can talk and finds out his name is Alex. There’s no real description as to what the tiger looks like, if its majestic, if its beautiful, fierce, breathtaking, or just looks like a big striped kitty cat. I know that Clara is shocked by what happens in her life but that’s it. I don’t see the sweat dripping from her brow, I don’t feel the shiver that runs up her spine. I just know that she’s surprised but determined to live up to her title and play the cards she’s been dealt. Ok…that kind of writing is fine for children’s fiction but I believe this book is intended for a teenage to young adult audience which requires more detail.There was description in the dialogue, which flowed naturally as far as word exchange, but the extra details made the conversations seem long and choppy. Much of the dialogue was drowned in extra actions and unnecessary words. For example…“Why am I here? ...” she asked as she glanced down nervously.“This is Gaia…” he informed her referring to the card on her pillow.“…Cards?” she asked, having thought there was only one.“Yes, the tarot cards,” he nodded, assuming she had found the card that was sent to her. Some people may not mind all the extra words but I like for conversations to go as smoothly and quickly as possible. I just don’t see the point in adding things like ‘she said’ or ‘he said’ when there’s only two people in the conversation. It isn’t hard to keep up with who’s speaking with only a few characters. Despite having some issues with the writing, I do believe this is a great story and I would recommend it to fans of magic, fantasy and maybe even a little mystery too. You will enjoy this exciting ride if you don’t mind the style of writing. It’s a creative and unique story that deserves to be told. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
This was a fun read. The Tarot Cards: Major Arcana is a well-written YA adventure which follows the travels of young Clara as she works to gather a set of enchanted cards to safeguard a parallel world.What really makes this book work is the pacing. Maharaj doesn't go overboard with detail or character development, but there's enough of both to satisfy the reader while keeping the story moving, which keeps the adventure vibe pulsing throughout the work. The characters do grow and develop; not terribly much, as the book only encompasses a week or so of time passing, but there are some nice surprises that keep things from being too linear or predictable. The way what each tarot card represents comes in handy somehow is a very nice touch, and shows a lot of forethought on the part of the author.I double-checked with the author as to whether or not she did the artwork in the book herself. It's hard to explain, but the little hand-drawn images of the tarot cards at the start of each chapter added a certain something to the book, like Maharaj had really poured herself into the work. They served to hint at what was coming without giving it all away, and also to show that these are not your standard tarot cards that those familiar with the Rumani/Gypsies might be expecting.If you enjoy YA adventures, particularly in a fantastical world of magic, you will probably enjoy this book a lot. It's not as complex or detailed as, say, Harry Potter, but it's never boring, and it's the sort of pull-you-along adventure that can easily be read in a single sitting. It works well as a stand-alone story, but also has some threads available to extend into a sequel or series based in the dual worlds.Overall, a very solid effort.- I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Giveaway ebookIn retrospect, I should've looked to see if there was an age rating because this felt as if it was written for 6 year olds. Keeping this in mind, I tried to ignore all the problems and still read it so I could review it as promised. In fact, tarot cards have always been something close to my heart and also part of The Raven Cycle so I was thrilled for more books with tarot cards in there. Instead, I created a "DNF" shelf just for this one because by chapter 5 I couldn't bear it any longer. Stars for:•maybe interesting for children or people with nothing better to do •interesting concept of collecting tarot cards but the plot needs developing A summary of my suffering:•in five chapters, the author used the word "said" less than a handful of times - it's not a scary word•the narrative was dry and dull and went on and on, giving information we didn't need at all•the characters were one-dimensional and boring•she seems to be collecting tarot cards for no reason that I can discern •she seems to be almost completely unfazed by the fact that her house is not where it was before and there's a talking tiger•then her only thought is that she hasn't had breakfast because that's exactly what we would all be thinking in this situation, right?•the main character seemed to figure out most riddles instantly and is probably the most boring person ever. It's like she had no flaws. None. Just perfect little Clara trying to collect tarot cards whilst being a perfect human beingIn conclusion, this book could've been another Alice in Wonderland that I'd read until I was old and grey but instead I couldn't get past how basic it is. Might be good for little children but not worth your time after that.
Okay, so just finished this one. While I don't think their style of writing is for everyone, I found it and their characters charming. It doesn't go overboard on the details, but there was definitely enough for me to quickly paint a picture.It was very much a pull-you-along type adventure. But it felt like that's what it was supposed to be. The main character is being led around by the cards, because they want a new master. So it makes sense how things went about.Clara herself is different. She's spunky, but freaks out a lot, having to calm herself down. She takes everything in stride and tries to use her quirky/silly side to try and make herself more comfortable. Really, there's only so much you can do if you're teleported to a random place, freaking out for too long wouldn't do any good. I think she is accepting by nature.Well, if you're not picky about an authors choice of style, there is an interesting, unique story behind it all.
I received this book in exchange for a review.So...i'm not sure what the target audience for this book is, but i wouldn't recommend it to anyone older than 14. The main character is supposed to be 17, but throughout most of the book, i kept thinking that she was 12 or something close to that age.The writing throughout just reminds me of children's books.The constant "he said',"she said" are pretty tiring as well.As far as the story goes,the trials to collect the first cards were very simple, and then as they progressed didn't even make sense to me.All in all,very underwhelming.
I haven't read a book that was so well written like this one in a very long time! From start to end I was hooked, left wanting to read more. The author did an excellent job taking the reader into the world of the main character. The impeccable attention to detail really brought the story to life. I am so happy I found this book because it was such a good read. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a book packed with action, adventure and magic!
I enjoyed this book. I think it was creative and I also loved the art work. I have a set of tarot cards myself by I just keep them because I love the pictures on them. I don't know much about the subject but I learned some things from this book. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Great novel! It had an amazing plot line, not to mention it was surprisingly educational. This was one of those books you just can't put down. Definitely worth reading!