My Sparkling Misfortune

My Sparkling Misfortune

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ISBN-13: 9781460922361
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,190,838
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

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Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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KristiBernard on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Black River Castle resides in Arkusville. This domain is filled with goblins, robbers and various outlaws. It's dreary, dangerous and the home of a villain who is known as Lord Arkus of Black River Castle or Arkus the Fearsome or the Dreaded Lord. Take your pick. Either way the name is a good indicator he is no good. When the evil doer Arkus is visited by Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna, asking for a favor, starts this particular adventure.The Prince wants Arkus to wipe out the Dolmanians completely. And for payment he can take all of their plunder. When Arkus and his men draw out the Dolmanians and go after their treasure hidden away in a cave, they encounter a large lizard-like beast. It is the lizard sent after Arkus by Magner, a wizard he beat in a duel. Arkus realizes as he attempts to escape the lizard that he has been betrayed by the supposed noble Prince Kellemar. You see, the one thing that can keep Arkus safe from the lizard is these white towers that have been strategically placed throughout the land. They protect Arkus from the lizard, and the Nobel Prince has destroyed them.Arkus must now figure out a way to survive the oversized creature and regain his dastardly reputation of being a villain. In order to do this he must capture a gormack, a powerful spirit that he will be able to command. Instead, Arkus captures Tulip, who happens to be a good-goody sparkling. The two, now bound together for the next five years, begin plotting, planning and adjusting to what makes each other tick.Readers will find themselves inside the head of this hilarious dastardly dude as he fumbles his way into figuring out if he is a villain or a hero. The fantasy story has everything readers long for in regards to kings, gold, beautiful damsels and dragons. The book ends with readers longing for the next adventure. This quick and easy read is a great target for middle grade boys who would love a great adventure.About the author:Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large corporations like Zerox Ltd. And Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.
BookRatMisty on LibraryThing 8 months ago
3.75-ish.This is...going to be a bit of a weird, catch-all review, because the fact is, I have never listened to an entire audiobook.  I've tried, I really have, but generally the reader gets about 3 sentences out before I say, Um, no.  The farthest I've ever gotten in an audio was about 1/4 of the way through The Forest of Hands and Teeth - and though I really actually did like the narration, the only reason I even picked it up was to refresh my memory on the story and style.  So agreeing to review an audio was a gamble, as I let Laura know.  And I'm going to try to address both the story and the audio aspect, but in the end, I feel like I can't quite separate the two, and couldn't tell you whether I liked the story because of the narration, or liked the narration because of the story.Because I did like it.  There was a huge adjustment period, though. Probably the first 40 minutes was spent with me not being able to focus and finding that my mind had drifted and 10 minutes of audio had passed with out me really absorbing a thing.  And I can't really blame that on the story or the narration, because I don't think either was to blame. It's just...I don't like being read too. I was the weird kid that didn't say "Read me a story" but said "I can do it myself!" My mom has this habit of bringing magazines or articles to my attention and saying, "Did you see this?" and proceeding to read them to me. I'm sure most people would find them endearing, but my mom should know better. She knows I hate being read to. I really, really do and I couldn't not tell you why. It just makes my brain feel...cluttered. And I'm sure part of it is some insane control thing, too. So yeah, like I said, this was a gamble. I process differently when I'm listening instead of looking, and it took my brain a bit to switch over and accept that this was how the story was being told. And if this wasn't for review, I probably would have given up.  But I didn't. I had chores that needed doing, and where I normally listen to music while cleaning (because that is the only thing that gives me incentive to clean or *gulp* do laundry), I instead put in my headphones and settled into to listen to MSM.  I was all prepared to slog through, and you know what? I instead found myself really liking it. I guess having mindless busy work to do gave me enough to focus on that my brain couldn't wander, and I actually started to absorb the story! I did more chores so I had an excuse to keep listening. Guys, this audiobook thing is genius.So once my brain switched over and I could actually listen to the story, I found I really liked it.  It's not necessarily anything I'm going to rave about or push on all of my friends, but my friends with sons will probably hear about it. It's funny and fairly wholesome, and I was surprised to find myself actually smiling on multiple occasions. Smiling is not something that normally happens while I do dishes... Weirdly, I think that the audiobook helped in this aspect. With an audiobook you can't look ahead, even accidentally, so things do take you by surprise and catch you off-guard, and this humor that crept upon me actually made me chuckle as a result. And the voice acting was pretty magnificent. A.T. Chandler, who does the narration, reminded me a bit of Danny Elfman as the singing voice of Jack Skellington.  (And I know, you're like, Why doesn't he remind you of Chris Sarandon, who did Jack's speaking parts? Is there singing in this book? But there's just a way that Elfman uses his voice, and though Sarandon does it too, I'm sure, it's most memorable and noticeable to me in Jack's songs.) Chandler did lots of different voices, and they all seemed seamless; I never had trouble knowing who was talking, because the voices were all distinct
HeatherMS on LibraryThing 8 months ago
¿My Sparking Misfortune¿ by Laura Lond is a fun action-packed book for kids where the main character (and narrator) is a villain! Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle (aka Arkus the Fearsome and the Dreaded Lord) is the narrator of this story. He tries to pass himself off as a meanie, but is he really? In order to defeat his arch enemy, Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna, Lord Arkus decides to capture a gormark, which is an evil spirit. Once captured, Lord Arkus would bound the gormack to five years of service. But, Lord Arkus actually captures a sparkling which is a spirit that ¿helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains¿ plans.¿ And thus we are off on an adventure where we try to find out if villains can actually have a heart.This book would definitely appeal to boys, but has plenty that would keep girls interested as well. I like Ms. Lond¿s version of a villain. Lord Arkus is very humorous with a multi-faceted personality. This book shows that not everything is black and white, good or evil. Villains can actually be more sincere and honest than heroes and sometimes heroes aren¿t all that they seem. There are lessons to be learned in the story about looking beyond the exterior and seeing what a person is really like on the inside. You may be surprised!
sewolf0310 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Book 1 of The Lakeland Knight seriesCastles, knights, kings, villains and heros - and humor?Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle is a known villain, his respected enemy is King Ramian and his son, Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna. Lord Arkus wants to capture a gormack to serve him. Instead he captures a sparkling, Tulip, who he renames Jarvi. Jarvi must serve his new master for a period of 5 years.Lord Arkus has only one fear - The Beast. His only safe spot is a white tower, the beast cannot harm him when he is near the white tower. Lord Arkus travels with Jarvi and comes upon a new land with a new king, his beatiful daughter and his son, Phillip. These people have no army, as they had not been attacked for many years. Lord Arkus somehow saves the princess (although his original plan was to capture her) and becomes their hero. No matter what he does, he continues to appear as a hero, not a villain as he truly is, even when all is revealed.Comical cast of characters, heros, villains, royalty, etc. Very entertaining reading, not the serious type of works usually written. Short time frame, easy to see how book 2 could be very popular to continue the story. A few spelling errors that could have easily been corrected, but overall a very good read.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What a great, twisted, fun book! I absolutely adored it. I think seeing things from the villains point of view had me see a whole new perspective. It was nice for once, to see it this way. I have always wondered what goes through a mind of a villain. For one, the plot was great. I loved getting in to the storyline and reading about the villain. We as reader, always dislike the villain. We never really give him or her a chance to see who they really are. I also like how to mishap of this villain lead everyone to believe he is a hero! I was laughing my head off. I love his snarky comments and attitude. My favorite character was the sparkling. The sparkling is a magically creature that helps out heroes. I really liked how they became more than partners but true friend. You see even the villain has a heart. It just takes someone to take down the walls and see him.The characters in the book I adored as well. As I said before, I loved the sparkling. He was super funny, super sweet, and did all the right things. He always made me smile and laugh. Overall, this book is great for kids who want a good adventure but with a twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick amusing story. I would absolutely read another book set in this world! Worth the read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WELCOME TO STANDING UP SCHOOL*GUY FALLS OVER* AND U FAILED! ; )
KMGWY More than 1 year ago
Give it a read. You won't be disappointed. Keeping my eye out for more!
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sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
Book 1 of The Lakeland Knight series Castles, knights, kings, villains and heros - and humor? Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle is a known villain, his respected enemy is King Ramian and his son, Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna. Lord Arkus wants to capture a gormack to serve him. Instead he captures a sparkling, Tulip, who he renames Jarvi. Jarvi must serve his new master for a period of 5 years. Lord Arkus has only one fear - The Beast. His only safe spot is a white tower, the beast cannot harm him when he is near the white tower. Lord Arkus travels with Jarvi and comes upon a new land with a new king, his beatiful daughter and his son, Phillip. These people have no army, as they had not been attacked for many years. Lord Arkus somehow saves the princess (although his original plan was to capture her) and becomes their hero. No matter what he does, he continues to appear as a hero, not a villain as he truly is, even when all is revealed. Comical cast of characters, heros, villains, royalty, etc. Very entertaining reading, not the serious type of works usually written. Short time frame, easy to see how book 2 could be very popular to continue the story. A few spelling errors that could have easily been corrected, but overall a very good read.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER IN YOUR LIFE!! Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell I was first introduced to author Laura Lond through her novella, A Merman’s Kiss which I very much enjoyed so I was happy to have a chance to dive into another one of her books. My Sparkling Misfortune was such a fun and humorous read! The story revolves around Lord Arkus of Black River Castle, who is determined to make sure the reader sees him as nothing less than a villain mastermind. Lord Arkus is visited by Prince Kellemar who wants to strike up a truce with Lord Arkus in order to come off as a hero without actually having to defeat the villain. Lord Arkus agrees but secretly plans to take down Prince Kellemar. But Lord Arkus plans don’t go as planned. He is forced to leave his own kingdom when he chased down by a beast that is determined to kill him even it takes till the end of time. Lord Arkus comes up with a plan to get rid of the beast by catching a Morgon but instead winds up with a Sparkling, a magical creature who helps heroes. Lord Arkus wants to get rid of Jarvi, the Sparkling, but Jarvi made a promise and he intends to keep it. Lord Arkus and Jarvi set out on a crazy adventure which may end up proving that Lord Arkus is more hero than villain—much to his horror. Even though My Sparkling Misfortune is geared toward middle grade age, I think many who love the Young Adult genre will have a fabulous time reading it. Lord Arkus is the oddest and hilarious villain I have ever read. Lord Arkus is definitely a villain enjoying backstabbing other villains (who have betrayed him first) and double-crossing princes. But he also has manners and a certain sense of nobility and elegance to his character. I love the way he describes everything around him and the characters he interacts with! He is sarcastic and amusing, offering many laugh out loud moments. Jarvi is just as fun. He knows how to push the right buttons to drive Lord Arkus crazy. Jarvi is also kind-hearted, caring and even-tempered. I love the relationship between Jarvi and Lord Arkus. The story is filled with great action and absolutely amusing characters. The pacing and writing are both fairly well done. The dialogue offers many amusing quips as does the plot but there were moments the writing could have flowed better, seeming a bit choppy. I also wanted more of a backstory to Lord Arkus past and why he chose to become a villain. I was also disappointed in the fact that story was novella length once again. Author Laura Lond has great ideas but she continues to create stories so short in length, which in reality is a hindrance to her, since it limits what she can do with a story and becomes frustrating for those who do enjoy her books. My Sparkling Misfortune is filled with great moments filled with laughter and moments that will touch your heart. The story and writing is suited for a much younger audience but that shouldn’t stop older fans of the young adult genre from enjoying this novella. A story told from a very witty and well-mannered villain, an original concept you won’t want to miss out on! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
code7r More than 1 year ago
“My Sparking Misfortune” by Laura Lond is a fun action-packed book for kids where the main character (and narrator) is a villain! Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle (aka Arkus the Fearsome and the Dreaded Lord) is the narrator of this story. He tries to pass himself off as a meanie, but is he really? In order to defeat his arch enemy, Prince Kellemar of Dalvanna, Lord Arkus decides to capture a gormark, which is an evil spirit. Once captured, Lord Arkus would bound the gormack to five years of service. But, Lord Arkus actually captures a sparkling which is a spirit that “helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.” And thus we are off on an adventure where we try to find out if villains can actually have a heart. This book would definitely appeal to boys, but has plenty that would keep girls interested as well. I like Ms. Lond’s version of a villain. Lord Arkus is very humorous with a multi-faceted personality. This book shows that not everything is black and white, good or evil. Villains can actually be more sincere and honest than heroes and sometimes heroes aren’t all that they seem. There are lessons to be learned in the story about looking beyond the exterior and seeing what a person is really like on the inside. You may be surprised!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this enough to pay for the second story in the series. It's very unique in the genre but I won't say how or I will spoil the surprise. Some lovely twists and turns and all around, a very entertaining tale. Thanks!
Rumkimom More than 1 year ago
Both me and my 13 year old daughter loved this book...we liked it so much that we bought the second one and also loved that one. My daughter loved the fact that this was written from the point of view of a villain and also loved the humor.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
My Sparkling Misfortune is the first in the Lakeland Knight series, and is a refreshing take on the fantasy and magic genre. Instead of being told as a hero's tale, it is the tale of a would-be villain. Despite his "villain" status, Lord Arkus is a likeable character around whom the story is told. Without those villains, there would be no heroes and villains have stories, too. There are always two sides to a story, and this is the villain's. There was a great deal of humor in this story, along with mystery, magic, intrigue, danger, and action. The humor came in unexpected places, and it often served to change the reader's perception of the characters and their roles within the "hero/villain" framework. I will be definitely be picking up the next in the series, My Royal Pain Quest, due out in November.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept a smile on my face through the whole story!
Lumpin More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters and the story, but it seems like an intro. But i did stay up until two to finish it....
buoyread More than 1 year ago
Are you a hero or a villain? Answer carefully, or you might find you have misjudged yourself. Take Lord Arkus, lord of Blackriver Castle, one of the most feared villains of his time - he himself has said so. He had no illusions about being a hero, he was a villain through and through. So how did he end up with such a kind, tender-hearted and powerful sparkling named Tulip, a.k.a. Jarvi? If that is not an enough reason yet to read My Sparkling Misfortune, a book written by Laura Lond and exquisitely illustrated by Alla Alekseyeva, then maybe this would change your mind: Imagine a black-hearted (if he indeed has a heart) villain - cold, calculating, and fiercely stylish (have you ever encountered a frumpy bad guy?), only interested in causing havoc, conquering lands, plundering wealth, and has no second thoughts about hitting his servants. Can you picture that on your mind? Probably thinking about Voldemort or a famous super model? Now, visualize an angelic being whose intentions are pure as a baby's cheek, whose sole purpose of existence is to do good. These two people are certainly on opposite poles, and when put together, they would certainly repel. But what really happens is so hilarious, so heart-wrenching, and a little bit insane you would only believe it if you have read the book yourself. My Sparkling Misfortune is definitely anything but a misfortune. But its prose does sparkle, the writing humorous and assertive, Lord Arkus' voice genuine and believable. The characters were vividly drawn, as clear as if seeing them in person while reading about them in the book. The pace is quick and to the point, and the tone - though it may sometimes sound dire through the characters' points of view - comes off as hilarious, which reminds the reader to be optimistic and find joy in everything, as Tulip-Jarvi does. The story is uncomplicated and very light, ideal for young readers yet packs quite a punch during intense moments and at every turn, a lesson is unconsciously taught and learned, and every reader would find themselves changed, though they might not immediately notice it. I am so glad to have met Arkus and Tulip-Jarvi, and I am sure that a lot of readers would also agree once they have finished reading this book, and has gone to witness these two hilariously different creatures' adventures as villains and heroes.