Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book review: Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi

Walking Through Walls is Karen's version of a Chinese folk tale. I felt that Ms. Cioffi did an excellent job of making of the reader feel as if he were experiencing everything Wang was. The dragon in the dream. The colorful animals that were there on Wang's journey. The magic Wang saw and experienced.

Wang was but a poor farming boy who wanted to become an Eternal, someone who has lots of power and magic. He wanted to use the newfound powers for evil, to become rich by stealing from the rich people in his village. He set out on a journey to discover the Eternals. He worked much harder than he did at home but in the end, the journey of leaving home for a year turned out to be the best thing for Wang.

Wang needed to really discover who was inside and by trying to have things he wasn't meant to have, he learned his lessons well and came to the realization that no matter whatever power you may desire, the power of good always trumps out.

Ms. Cioffi follows the story with some reading comprehension questions and some history about the Chinese culture and how life was in the time of beliefs such as magic and mythical creatures. Karen's writing flowed and allowed me to experience some of the journey in Wang's life in becoming who was truly to become.

Title: Walking Through WallsAuthor: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana WillowRaven
ISBN: 978-0-9826594-7-2
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Price: $14.99
Genre: MG/YA

Karen Cioffi is an author and ghostwriter. Her new MG/YA fantasy book, Walking Through Walls, is based on an ancient Chinese tale.

You can find Karen at the following places:
Karen's Writing and Marketing website
Karen's blog
Karen's DK Writing site
Karen's linkedin addy
Karen's twitter account
Karen's facebook page

Walking Through Walls blog
Day's End Lullaby

Please be sure to stop by Susanne Drasic's blog on July 21st for the next stop on the Walking Through Walls Tour.


Karen Cioffi said...

Elysabeth, Thank you so much for a wonderful review and for being a part of my book tour - it is appreciated!

elysabeth said...

Karen, thanks for the delightful read. I wish you luck on your new book. - E :)

Aidana WillowRaven said...

If anybody wishes to see the book's trailer, featuring a few of the illos, it can be seen, here: http://youtu.be/90aJO5qHHWc

Aidana WillowRaven

BarbaraB said...

Elysabeth, thanks for this interesting review.
Karen, I might have told you before, but I love to read about ancient Chinese folk tales. Thanks for this version.

elysabeth said...

Thanks for stopping by ladies. Glad you enjoyed the review. I hope Karen has good luck with her new book but from the sounds of it, she is well on her way - E :)

4RV Publishing said...

4RV is delighted to be the publisher. I know the editor enjoyed working with Karen, too.

The book should be available soon. A glitch at the printer caused the delay. However, books can be ordered or pre-ordered at http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com

Karen Cioffi said...

Aidana, That for dropping by. Here's a clickable link for the trailer:
Walking Through Walls Trailer

Barbara, Thanks so much for following along on the tour. I love reading ancient Chinese folktales also!

Vivian, Thanks! I hope the printer gets the glitch fixed!

4RV Publishing said...

Karen, the glitch is fixed, and we should have the books by the middle of next week. Ish, don't know how or what happened, but sure put us behind.

Virginia S Grenier said...

Great review. Karen's book just sounds so interesting.

I'm wondering Karen, do you have plans to turn this into a series of books?

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Very nice review. Looking forward to reading the book when I catch up on my work.

Congratulations, Karen.

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