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Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet. Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake's father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, ...
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Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet. Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake's father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, confronts aspects about herself that she may not be comfortable with, makes lasting friends while excelling in her school - something which she had not been able to do in her human world. All hell breaks loose, as Drake goes missing and Voluspan mercenaries try to hunt Amy down. Amy and her friends use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves. But Amy is in for a rude shock when she finally finds Drake.
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In this debut YA novel, a young girl travels to a new world and takes part in a fantastical adventure. Amy is an awkward, lonely 15-year-old, living in Brooklyn with her alcoholic stepfather. A turn of events takes her into the land of Voluspa, a magical yet strangely high-tech realm. Once there, she forms a dangerous crush on Drake, son of Ian McGrizzle, the Head Clan leader. Each of the four clans that comprise Voluspa has their own distinct powers: Drake's Morphus clan shape-shifts, Amy's Empath clan can read minds and teleport, while the Pulchrous warriors have superior strength and stamina, and the Mendens can heal with a touch or a potion. Amy and Drake's attraction is strictly forbidden because they're members of different clans, so, to keep her mind off the taboo love, Amy develops her Empath powers and starts searching for her family. Ultimately, these two quests collide and lead to deep mysteries, dangerous adventures, and new friendships with Jacek, Sonja and Amilio. Although the setup seems exciting, the slow read is filled with flat characters, grammatical errors and confusing timelines. Hampering the story further is a surplus of jumbled, derivative concepts and themes, which will be overly familiar to fans of the genre. There are also several sexually charged moments that are suitable for adults but inappropriate for young readers. The core story has potential, though, particularly with the authors' injection of Hindu philosophies on life and war. In need of a cleaner presentation and denser, more relatable characters.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780985681609
  • Publisher: PRAMITA
  • Publication date: 6/7/2012
  • Pages: 214
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray East did her masters in Psychology from University of Sussex and worked as a counselor for adolescents. Sam D did his post graduate degree in economics from State University of New York and has been teaching at a junior college. They both decided to move to VOLUSPA and reside in the forest of Skotos with their own pet Typhon.
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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Great Read For All Ages

    Authors Sam D and Ray East have created a wonderful story when they wrote Voluspa: A Magical World. The world of Voluspa is an interesting place with a truly unique back story. Authors Sam D and Ray East have built the world of Voluspa with all the elements needed to make it into a believable place. Voluspa is a world filled with history, its own religion, specific social orders, and cultural norms. The characters of Voluspa: A Magical World are well-developed, every scene is well described and very vivid. I found the different POV's interesting because it gave you a more complete sense of the story. There is a major cliffhanger at the end, so be prepared. I am hoping to see authors Sam D and Ray East continue the series as there was so much left when Voluspa: A Magical World ended

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

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    I found this book to be very intriguing and imaginative. The act

    I found this book to be very intriguing and imaginative. The action and
    underlying romance is just so hard to ignore. The story grabs you from
    the first few pages as it describes the beginning of the war and then
    ventures into our world....only to go back into theirs. For a book meant
    for the younger (middle school) readers, I personally had no problem
    enjoying this book. The characters were well written. Amy, the 15 year
    heroine, is my favorite. I think she would be the one most could relate
    to, awkward, lonely, and just looking for their place in the world. I
    LOVED and I MEAN LOVED all the different types of creatures that were
    involved in this book. This book is full of magic and the imagination
    never fails! Truly if your looking for a book that hold adventure and
    action...READ THIS! It should be a movie.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

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    I received this book from the author. This book has a very inter

    I received this book from the author.
    This book has a very interesting plot as well as intriguing and complex characters. The first chapter is not as fun as the rest of the book but it is important and contributes a lot to the plot line further into the book. The majority of the story is entertaining and fun with a few darker moments here and there but I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Exciting Fun Read!

    Voluspa is a cross between Romeo & Juliet and the Animorphs book. Like Twilight, Voluspa brings us a love story between Amy and Drake, two characters from different worlds, who despite their environmental and physical differences find that they have much in common. The story also throws a twist that further complicates the relationship between Amy and Drake. Amy, believing herself to be an average human being soon discovers that there is a lot about her family history that she does not know. This book is sure to satisfy fans of romance/fantasy novels, with it's rich descriptions and great storytelling the reader will become as enveloped in the story as Amy becomes in her new surroundings.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    Wont be able to put it down!

    In the recent explosion of the young adult supernatural romance genre, it is very difficult to find a novel that stands out and makes you take notice. However, 'Voluspa - A Magical World' meets this description and then some. Instead of sticking to stereotypical stories of vampires and werewolves, fairies and elves, Ray East and Sam D create a complex original world, blending fantasy and action sequences with a romance that any fan of the bestselling 'Twilight' novels is sure to enjoy. If you are looking for excitement and adventure, then look no further - Amy's odyssey through the world of Voluspa is exactly you've been waiting for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I picked up the book as I was searching something for my 12 and

    I picked up the book as I was searching something for my 12 and 16 year olds. The book starts with a war scene and then pulls you in by the third chapter. My 12 year old started liking it right away because of the puppy love"..first love et al.The fantasy world is built nicely throughout the book. There is action throughout the book but it slows down a tad in the middle. The last few chapters are very fast paced. The book has attempted to bring The Golden Compass together with Twilight. For 99 cents, it was pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Voluspa has it All-Mystery, Fantasy, Romance, Action! Refreshing

    Voluspa has it All-Mystery, Fantasy, Romance, Action!
    Refreshing and Captivating plot.
    Vividly detailed.
    I can't wait to read the sequel.
    Sam and Ray, when will you end the suspense?

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