Miguel's Secret Journal the Four Corners of Earth

Miguel's Secret Journal the Four Corners of Earth

by A. V. Zeppa


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478701545
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/12/2013
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 929,406
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

A.V. Zeppa lives in New York City where he teaches high school English and Music. He attended the University of Michigan where he received a BA in Education. He also received an MA in English Literature from the City College of New York. Zeppa enjoys writing fiction, poetry, short stories, and is also an artist, musician and songwriter.

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Miguel's Secret Journal The Four Corners of Earth 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Growing up today is enough of a challenge without the burden of being different. Miguel has plenty to overcome in Miguel's Secret Journal the Four Corners of Earth by A.V. Zeppa since he is openly gay, artistic, and soon to become an angel. With the help of his boyfriend, the angel Gabriel, Miguel faces these challenges head on while trying to make a difference for all the other gay kids who are afraid to come out because of harassment and hate at school and at home. The constant threat of the destruction of their newly founded GSA club and attacks on his friends by Lucifer and his minions brings Miguel, Gabriel, several other angels, and plenty of new-found friends together to show that being different isn’t bad and that they can overcome anything as long as they stick together.  In Miguel's Secret Journal, the second of seven books in the series, A.V. Zeppa accurately portrays the rough and hateful world of the inner city from the point of view of a gay teenage boy who has been abused and mistreated his entire life. Zeppa captures the hate and mistrust of the parents and religious leaders who fear the acknowledgement of the gay lifestyle by the GSA club the boys begin at school but provides a bit of hope through the support of the principal and a caring teacher. Miguel's Secret Journal is an excellent, well told story that uses the fantasy of the epic battle between good and evil, Lucifer and the Archangels, to provide a universal backdrop for this ongoing struggle for the acceptance of gays and others who are ‘different.'
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite The second installment of its series, Miguel's Secret Journal: The Four Corners of Earth is a potent combination of provocative love story added with celestial fantasy elements by A.V. Zeppa. Miguel is a gay Latino youth with a troubled life. His encounter with his soul-mate Gabriel, who revealed the truth about their true form as archangels, changed his life drastically. Miguel’s final transformation into Archangel Michael is taking place while his relationship with Gabriel deepens. However, Miguel fears that everything is changing too fast. As this is the second book, there are some things that are unclear to me but I’m still able to enjoy the story. That being said, I do intend to read the first book to grasp the whole story better. I like the way the story is told through Miguel/Michael’s journal entries. It certainly brings readers closer to him, and makes it easy to connect with his feelings as he battles through the adversity of life. The poems are beautiful and poignant, further rendering Miguel’s inner thoughts to readers. The love between Miguel and Gabriel is beautiful, and the angels concept never fails to attract my attention to a story.  All in all, Miguel's Secret Journal: The Four Corners of Earth is a praiseworthy piece from A.V. Zeppa and the series will definitely satisfy its target readers. No doubt the homosexuality element of the story would rattle some cages, but I hope the powerful moral lesson of acceptance will always prevail, no matter who the readers are.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Miguel's Secret Journal: The Four Corners of Earth by A.V. Zeppa is the second book of the series. The book, as the title implies, is a journal entry. Roberto makes an entry into Miguel's life while he is undergoing the final transformation into Archangel Michael. The book begins with the relationship between Gabriel and Miguel. Miguel is torn between two worlds. His emotional ordeals are put down in the journal: The Four Corners of Earth. The theme revolves around homosexuals, abuse, hatred, prejudice etc. This might be a controversial theme for those who are conservative in their thinking. The book is mainly about society that condemns those who tend to do things that are not conventional. The story is set in Bronx, New York and the author captures the voice of Miguel beautifully by writing it as a journal entry. The journal entry is a blend of prose and poetry that highlights Miguel's emotions and his constant fight between good and evil. The theme of the story can be said to be sensitive. The story is high on sexual content which can be provocative to the conservative reader, keeping in mind the theme of the book. I liked the writing style of the author. The narration is effective because of the poetry and prose style format. The author has done an excellent job in handling a relevant yet controversial topic of treating gays in a bad manner. The reality of the theme is blended well with fantasy elements and eroticism.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite In Miguel's Secret Journal: The Four Corners of Earth, Miguel is a gay Latino who lives and goes to school in the Bronx, and this story, written by A.V. Zeppa, is in the form of his journal. In the first book in this series, Miguel came out to his mother and at school. The repercussions were awful -- Miguel's mother, a dysfunctional parent at the best of times, flew into a rage, leaving Miguel bloodied and hiding in his room until paramedics came and took him to the hospital. At school, bullies mock him and make threatening overtures, but Miguel has Gabriel at his side, which makes everything radically different. Miguel and Gabriel are lovers, and they are also angels, something Miguel is still trying to understand. As they navigate an increasingly hostile atmosphere at school, Miguel learns to harness his newly developing powers and finds that his coming out and open relationship with Gabriel has positively changed not only his life but the lives of many others at school. Miguel's Secret Journal: The Four Corners of Earth reads fine as a stand-alone novel, but I finished it determined to go back and read the first one in A.V. Zeppa's series. This is an amazing book on so many levels. It's a story about courage, art, being different, coming of age, finding love and acceptance. Miguel hides his art and his journal containing his thoughts, feeling and poetry; they are his secret friends and keep him strong. Reading his journal lets the reader share in his life. Reading this book is an intense, emotional and altogether wonderful experience. There's brilliant, edgy and original poetry, and the adventures of Miguel, Gabriel and their friends are examples of urban fantasy at its best. This book rocks.