A truly outstanding coming-of-age fantasy.
When you read of the exciting life this author has had, it is no wonder that she can produce such a spellbinding fantasy story. Having travelled widely as a child, and having a love of animals, Carolina Ugaz-Moran went to the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Biochemistry and Creative Writing. Now a wife and mother, the author has, through her incredible imagination created this amazing fantasy adventure set in a magical enchanting world inhabited by strange creatures.
However, as this story begins, the protagonist Aline, is a young girl who, is being brought up by her mom, and grandmother in our world. Halloween, which also happens to be Aline’s twelfth birthday, is in three days…
Aline struggles to fit in at school, often being teased and taunted, and this year, her birthday was no exception, however, all this is about to change. This Halloween evening is destined to be like no other, because, as the evening draws to a close, Aline is told by her grandmother that her life is in danger, and she is whisked off, through a portal into another, magical world. Once there, suddenly her life begins to make sense as the secrets of her heritage are revealed.
Here, in the magical One World is where she belongs, and now is time for her to learn her real past, and purpose. She discovers that her destiny is to undertake an important mission. However first she has magical powers to unlock, and then, only when she is prepared, can she set off on her dangerous quest, which is to find the powerful blue bottle before the evil warlock Dashiok does.
This wonderful story contains all the excitement, mystery, and fantasy a reader could wish for. Gargoyles, dragons, sylphs, dryads, and guardians are just a few of the magical creatures which come to life as Aline and her two friends pass through One World on their perilous journey.
Having read this book, it is no surprise that it won the 2020 NYC Big Book Award under Juvenile Fiction, received the Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorites under Children’s in 2020, and the 2019/2020 Reader Views Literary Award Honorable Mention under Children’s Teens (Ages 12-16). Reading it I was reminded of my favourite author, the legendary J. R. R. Tolkien’s incredible The Lord of the Rings and feel that this outstanding work of coming-of-age, fantasy is something truly special. I look forward to reading more of Aline’s incredible adventures. Highly recommended.
About the Author:
Carolina Ugaz-Morán is an award winning author of a seven middle-grade book series. Her first book, Aline and the Blue Bottle, has won the 2020 NYC Big Book Award under Juvenile Fiction, and received the 2020 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorites under Children’s Fiction and the 2019/2020 Reader Views Literary Award Honorable Mention under Children’s Teens (Ages 12-16).
Carolina builds unique and fascinating universes by drawing on ancient Incan mythology and languages. Her work contains linguistic guides, glossaries, and Tolkien-esque maps to help readers feel like they are a part of Aline’s journey. She combines elements of traditional fantasy with strong female characters and a backdrop uniquely her own. Her work includes magical secrets throughout that readers will delight in finding. Like the best fantasy, an unfamiliar vocabulary adds to the richness while also underscoring the importance of language. In addition to her world-building prowess, Ugaz-Morán gives her books deeper significance by rooting parts of the book in real-life history and Latin American culture.
Carolina was born in Spain then raised in South America and the U.S. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in biochemistry and creative writing. When she’s not spending time with her family, three dogs (one rescue), and 4 rescued cats, Carolina enjoys traveling with her family and joining forces with her husband when explaining history on location to their children. At the moment, Carolina is enthusiastically working on her book series.
In addition, Carolina is very passionate about youth education and provides workshops in alignment with School’s/Teacher’s curriculums focusing on the Art of Storytelling, Writing & Publishing books, etc. in order to engage teens & preteens on reading, literature, & creative writing.
For more information, visit www.adventuresofaline.com, email her at email@example.com or IM her on Facebook @adventuresofaline, Twitter, @AlineAdventures, Instagram AdventuresofAline.
About the Book:
A sinister sorcerer set on ruling every realm. Can a rookie tween spellcaster prevent his reign of terror?
Twelve-year-old Aline has always struggled to fit in. And just when she starts to make friends at her Halloween birthday party, her grandmother whisks her away and claims she’s in danger. And she can’t believe it when she’s told she has magic powers and must defend the eight different worlds against a wicked warlock.
Unlocking her new abilities, Aline teams up with two fairy sisters to train to face the devious wizard. But she must learn on the go after she’s called to locate a powerful enchanted bottle before her foe, or all dimensions will fall to his terrible domination.
Can Aline protect the multiverse from a ruthless villain?
Aline and the Blue Bottle is the first book in the clever Adventures of Aline middle grade fantasy series. If you or your child like strong female characters, fantastical creatures, and detailed map illustrations, then you’ll love Carolina Ugaz-Morán’s thrilling tale.
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