Hi, all, it’s Sher today with a book review for Magelica’s Voyage. I’m about to read book 2, The Rescue, so stay tuned for an update. For now, just take a look at the covers and blurbs, then my review.
Magelica’s Voyage, Book 1
Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn’t know where she came from or who she really is. But when she’s transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.
* Available in English / French / Spanish *
Now for my review of Magelica’s Voyage:
I haven’t enjoyed a children’s story this much in a long while, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it almost as much as the youth it’s meant for. The illustrations are great, attractive and well planned to draw the eye, adding even more to my enjoyment. From the mystery on page one to the very last, the story caught and held my interest. High marks to the author for imagination and a fast-paced story that should captivate every child old enough to listen.
It’s a bit confusing in places, but understanding will come with time and re-reading. The illustrations will clarify some of the confusing bits but not all. For example, I thought the feather was just a small feather like the ones often used in Native American jewelry. Then I learned the feather was silver but thought it was just silver color until halfway through the story when the word “charm” finally explained its nature. Another doubt I had concerned the bathtub water. It never drained, yet the tub…did something a full tub wouldn’t. And later on, why didn’t the islanders send boats or other flyers to find the missing person? I doubt most kids will notice these problems though. Besides, I enjoyed other aspects more than enough to make up for the few unclear spots.
Magelica’s Voyage is full of great messages, many humorous and/or fun. My favorite part was the Discworld-like island. And unlike most dragons, Tris was adorable. The whole book is eye-candy, a great package for the ideals of friendship, love, encouragement, perseverance, etc. Curiosity is so often discouraged that I was happy to see the opposite. You just know that Magelica is going to solve the remaining mysteries in book two or three. However far it goes, Magelica’s Voyage is bound to become any library’s beloved flight of fancy and fun. In fact, it should become such a favorite that the book will eventually wear out.
The Rescue, (Magelica’s Voyage, Book 2)
Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it’s too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?
* Available in English / French / Spanish *
The Buzz About the Books
“Magelica’s Voyage is an inspiring, magical tale of a world that I did not want to leave. The author’s imagination takes off with vivid magical characters transformed into beautiful illustrations that your child will love… When you open this book you’ll instantly discover that magic is indeed in the air.” ~ 5 Star Review, StevieV, Amazon
“This is a wonderful, enchanting book! The story is so imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful! It is delightful to join Magelica on her adventure to the Isle of Dreams, and it is great to see such a positive, confident heroine.” ~ 5 Star Review, Laurie J., Amazon
“Magelica is easy to love; a child who accepts herself as she is but who questions the very world around her, is someone many children will be able to relate to. Give this wonderful story a try- you won’t be sorry you did.” ~ 5 Star Review, Shelley V., Amazon
“Magelica’s Voyage by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautifully written enchanting tale filled with alluring adventure. The story is magnificently illustrated, from the winsome depiction of Magelica to the creative Isle of Dreams, the authors gifted imagination is prevalent on every page… I highly recommend picking up a copy..” ~ 5 Star Review, Stacie T., Amazon
“I recommend it to every kid between the age of 3 until 9 whether it is a girl or boy. The energy when reading it is indescribable. Both [books] are well made and I recommend it to every parent that cares about how their children should be raised!” ~ 5 Star Review, Hassan, Amazon
“The Rescue is a beautifully illustrated and beautifully written children’s story with an important message about being happy and staying positive, even in very difficult circumstances. Louise Courey Nadeau presents this gentle lesson in a light-hearted and brilliantly illustrated manner that draws in readers young and old.” ~ Bil Howard, Reader’s Favorite, 5 Star Review
“Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautiful story that will teach kids valuable lessons pertaining to staying true to their heart.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jeff, Amazon
About the Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Passionate about empowering and inspiring children around the world, Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and mother of two girls and two boys created her first fairy tale Magelica’s Voyage, with the second book in the series, The Rescue, launched June 2015.
“Through life’s trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series my goal is to take young girls and their parents and teachers on empowering adventures and to inspire and encourage them to believe that they are amazing just the way they are, and to discover the power of love, positivity, and believing in themselves.
“Magelica’s Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love”, says Courey Nadeau. “All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around.”
To read her blogs and learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica’s Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.