Reviews - What do customers think about Charlemagne Mack: Rise of the Queen?
SAD Sep 11, 2008
It is a sad day when we say a book that encourages children to research demons and witchcraft is a must read. I truly pray, people who call themselves christians will not allow their children to read such a book. It is truly disturbing.Light and darkness can not mix.
(RAW Rating 4.5) Welcome to My World Sep 8, 2008
On a day when life should have been near perfect for twelve-year-old gymnast Charlemagne Mack, she faces a few startling moments that will change the direction of her life. Raised in meager surroundings, she learns those who have money, have power. In this particular instance, a person whose family is rich takes her coveted and well-earned gymnastics title. Reeling from this disappointment, Charlemagne learns all the things she grew up knowing as real, aren't as real as she thinks. She, in fact, learns she is the long awaited Orisha, Queen of the Sky Conjurers. The Sky Conjurers are a people who have special powers but have been chased out of their galaxy by those who want their powers for their own evil use. Some have been captured and enslaved, while others are in hiding in an attempt to avoid this fate. Charlemagne's mother was once the Queen and now some several years after her death, has passed the royal legacy onto her.
Wait a minute, a twelve-year-old queen? This is almost too much for Charlemagne to grasp, especially as she realizes danger is all around her, and those closest to her may not be trustworthy. She knows her hip-hop, smart talking ways are not going to get her out of it. While she learns her history and what will be expected of her, Charlemagne goes through a growth process that will move her beyond her childhood dreams and into the adult realm.
In CHARLEMAGNE MACK: Rise of the Queen, Personal Journal #1, Stephen M. Jones take readers on a fantastic journey through the world of witches, demons, spells and potions through the eyes of a young Black girl still grappling with pre-teen issues as she must come to terms with being the hope of her race. Told expressly from Charlemagne's personal journal, we feel her angst over learning her family history, despite the lies she's been told. We see her face misfortunes in her own unique way and turn them into triumphs, and we see her use her natural sense of right and wrong to determine where friendships lie. I was blown away by this neat story Jones has created and the way he delivered. Parents and youths alike will be amazed by this new persona for the way she teaches and inspires one to overcome adversity, look for the positive, and be all you can be. As a big lover of the fantasy genre, I can't wait until Journal #2 appears.
Reviewed by Brenda Lisbon of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
The Sky Conjurers must save themselves and earthlings from Hunters and Purifiers Jun 25, 2007
Harry Potter fans will love this book! Smart and sassy Charlemagne, a twelve year old black girl, learns the values of love, trust and faith in self when she is dropped into a land of Hunters, Transformers, Dark Matter who aim to conquer the Sky Conjurers. Her deceased mother has transferred her powers to Charlemagne, who, as Queen of the Sky Conjurers, who, alone, has the power to save her people.
Urban Harry Potter! Jun 13, 2007
Welcome to the world of Charlemagne Mack; not your average kid, but a Queen by nature. Charlemagne Mack: Rise of the Queen Personal Journal #1 by Stephen M. Jones has a Harry Potter feel to it. This story is full of spells, demons, monsters and bad things lurking in walls of the mystical library. Sit back and take this journey to personal acknowledgment through the eyes of a child. Mz. Charlemagne just wants to be a regular kid and compete in the gymnastics program and win, go to school and make friends.
When did my life take this wild turn?! I am traveling through the rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland, and seeing talking trees and wizard spells like Harry Potter. These are books that I have read; this is not supposed to be my life. Where did the gym floor go while I was competing for the school championship? Charlemagne has to make some very grown up decisions, and the first one is to accept her new title as Queen. The second is she has to fight to free the enslaved prisoners. Can she do it? Or will she keep her childlike mentality? Ok, I will conquer the universe and free the enslaved people so that I can get back to school and my regular kid duties.
Charlemagne Mack starts off slow and picks up near the middle; it was a very enchanting story that combined some childhood tales. I recommend this book to children who are interested in spells, demons, and wizardry. I look forward to seeing what adventures Queen Charlemagne faces in her second journal.