Recent Reviews for Veronica R. Tabares
Department of Temporal Adjustment (Book) - 9/14/2010 3:19:04 PM|
Now, this is an author with a great imagination and fun, too. The kind of person who would be a great friend. Certainly, I'm basing this on her book, but no one could write that way without having a great sense of humor and fantasy. I refer, of course, to Veronica R. Tabares, the author of Department of Temporal Adjustment. With this title, I just had to read the book and I was not disappointed. Vanessa's life both in her reality and in her mental wanderings is hilarious in places, completely serious in others, and involves constant conversations with herself, a trait most mothers with small children pick up very quickly. I found myself identifying with Vanessa on all kinds of levels.
Vanessa is a very happily married mother of three little girls and a prince of a husband. She is working toward her degree in Archaeology. Between her hours and her husband's hours working on his degree, they are still able to have one or the other home with the girls.
The fun begins when the family sees a group of people dressed in clothing of other eras, but seemingly unaware of their surroundings. Though that is odd in itself, Vanessa begins to see these same people most evenings, sometimes in town, sometimes on campus. Considering she works alone at night in the basement at the university on her archaeology projects, her mind takes her through all kinds of possibilities, building from maybe '...an acting group', right up to '...a bunch of terrorists'. I said the author had a rich imagination! Once she sees this impossible group emerge from the janitor's closet, she is dumbfounded, but also fearful.
This story is like deja vu in reverse. She suffers confusing memory losses, and though some things trigger a slight memory that wafts away on the wind, other memories at home seem to be normal activities that are forgotten, fortunately for short periods. Again and again she is told she has "been here before" but has absolutely no memory of it. Put it down to Vanessa's inquisitiveness, she goes where she shouldn't, and just what is that humming sound she hears every night she works late? What goes on in that closet? How can so many people get in there? This book reads as though it is all told from the mind. It's a mystery to be solved, a story of family love, a living potential, fantasy, and a secret that must be kept at all costs. A very enjoyable and quick read.
Behold the Eye: Viridia (Book 3) (Book) - 2/28/2010 2:02:10 PM
Behold the Eye: Viridia, the final installment of this very thrilling trilogy, is just as fantastic, suspenseful and wonderful as Behold the Eye: Braumaru and Cerulea! We open again with a letter to Vickie’s local librarian, not only addressing this current book, but the previous two books and she explains her feelings regarding the last letters sent regarding this tale. The reader will find the Roland’s daughter, Rhonda, is determined to find and assist her father, as feel victim to the very trap he had originally set for Vickie in the previous installment. However, not only is Roland stuck in this bizarre ‘dream house’, but so is Tricia; Vickie’s best and closest friend. The story is also peppered with articles regarding children that have mysteriously gone missing, to be explained later of course!
Now that Tricia is trapped, she has not yet figured out exactly what has happened is exactly what occurred to Vickie, and that there is more going on with her physical being. However, being the personality she is, she does not give up trying to get out of the ‘dream house’ she is stuck in.
Back at home, Vickie’s mother has connected with the one person that could help her and believe her regarding her daughter’s disappearance. She finally has some hope to recover her lost daughter. Vickie’s other two friends make the choice to discipline themselves to not just help the two friends, but themselves as they fear they can be next to suffer what they have witnessed with their group. However, as they practice ‘dream travel’, they encounter Rhonda at the very ‘dream house’ they expect to find their friend! The three then decide it would be best to work together to find their missing loved ones.
Vickie and her new friends make their way to the ‘land of the green eyes’ known as Viridia, and encounter some very interesting events when they arrive. Luckily, before any harm can occur to them, they are taken in by new green-eyed friends that have the knowledge they need to help Vickie arrive home.
Just as in the previous works, Behold the Eye: Viridia continues with conflict, emotions, suspense, action and mystery. All characters in this tale are well-detailed, so the reader can easily interpret the behavior, feelings, motives and actions of each person even before it may be stated. There is indeed a hidden meaning or two behind this story and with the characters, so if you find it then the story will resonate even more with you – whatever your age!
Behold the Eye: Cerulea (Book 2) (Book) - 2/11/2010 4:45:38 PM
Behold the Eye: Cerulea, the second of this very thrilling trilogy, is just a wonderfully fun and exciting as Behold the Eye: Braumaru! We open again with a letter to Vickie’s local librarian, not only addressing one book, but two books now being misplaced as ‘fiction’ as she experienced the tale. We also learn that our ‘evil’ character, Roland, has left behind a daughter. Through various journal entries, one concludes that she is feeling some anger and frustration at her father for leaving her and her mother for so long without a word.
It was through a series of unfortunate events that Roland trapped a young girl to help him “dream travel” into an ancient realm to gain what he felt was rightfully his. Now, the young girl, Vickie is trapped in this ancient realm. Luckily, she has the assistance of young Micah and her new friend Shanti to help her adjust and fit in. Micah and Shanti found it best to help her get back home by going to the land of Cerulea, which is the land where everyone goes to study. Here, Vickie learns a valuable lesson about even thinking negative thoughts can bring you trouble.
Back at home, Vickie’s other friends decide the best way to track the events that she missed is to journal them for her. The three girls take turns with the journal respectively and the reader can see the emotions these girls feel as they deal with the loss of their close friend. They refuse to believe that she is truly gone, as they still feel there is a connection to Vickie – in their dreams. It is most interesting when they attempt to contact her to send her a message regarding her mother and Heaven forbid – repeating the sixth grade… that would split the group up.
In Cerulea, Vicki and her new friends search in vain for the answer to get her home, but are delayed, as they must teach the young girl to control her thoughts. Much unbeknownst to the group, Roland has been following Vickie as despite all the efforts of training, he can easily track her. Since he was able to trap her earlier, he recalls her weaknesses and attempts to do so again to continue with his ‘royal’ plans.
This is certainly a very quick and simple book for most ages. I for one, am very much considering honoring my young son’s requests as he has been asking to read these books with me. There is plenty of suspense and action, but nothing so terrifying that it could cause a young child (like mine) distress. Just like the first installment, this book was packed with imagination and I truly enjoy the message of watching your dreams, as well as the fact that one can control what they dream. I have the final book in this trilogy and I can hardly wait to see how this wonderful, amazing story comes to a close!
Behold the Eye: Braumaru (Book 1) (Book) - 1/31/2010 1:13:39 PM
Behold the Eye: Braumaru is the first installment of three that are sure to satisfy the imagination of young readers and even adults. This would be a wonderful addition to any school library. The first half of this unfolding story begins with Micah Zomorah, a young boy of fifteen residing in another realm, reflecting on his anticipated day of becoming a “man”. However, he is not truly considered a ‘full-fledged’ adult until he discovers his birth gift of power. Micah and his family are unaware however, that is birth gift has already arrived, as Micah is able to ‘dream travel’ on the night of his “Rite of Passage”.
We are introduced immediately to four girls; all of them are the closest of friends even though they have their little squabbles. Vickie is the one that decides to give the girls an adventure as the four are often so bored during lunchtime as they are at the age of being too old to play on the playground equipment and the physical games made them sweaty.
They all agree to Vickie’s idea and it is decided that the story will be based on fact, and it will be a book about a ghost story, as this is what they think will sell. Each girl seems to have her own unique talent that is explored to help with the story. One of the girls has the talent of seeing a ‘shadow’ that is truly Micah, as he is dreaming of these girls consistently.
An ‘evil’ character comes into play in this story, as another lost ‘dream traveling’ girl is caught in the time with the four friends. He has this girl spy on them and tricks her by promising to help her return home. This man has her gain him pictures of an ancient lost book that contained inscriptions from his ancestor regarding how their home was lost, save only a select few. He uses these clues, as well as some family history to plot his way to get back to his home. By tricking one of the girls and having her fall deep into a coma, he also goes back on his word by locking his helper, the girl in a ‘dream house’. Micah attempts to help the girl of his dream, only to find that ‘Dream Traveling’ can indeed be hazardous!
Being an adult, I enjoyed this story very much as it was vivid and with the changing from Micah’s world and the girls’ world, it was not too hard to keep up with and it was a very interesting idea. The story starts out with a letter from Vickie to her local librarian regarding the book that I found to be fun and with humor well placed. Veronica truly captured the girls’ attitudes and behaviors, meaning I liked the nice ones, and was not too fond of the mean ones, or had jealousy or bad intentions. It is full of suspense, imagination and action; without being overly frightening especially for a younger reader.
I have the second installment in my hand and I am looking forward to it as this book left me hanging!
Behold the Eye: Braumaru (Book 1) (Book) - 12/26/2008 8:51:26 PM
Veronica, I'm a fantasy writer, but the little bit you've shared about Behold the Eye shows me clearly that I've a long way to go if I expect to approach your expertise. I hope you sell millions.