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I received a complimentary copy of Shrouded Secrets in exchange for a review and though it was about fourth in line on my To Be Read list, I picked it up one day to just take a peek Well that peek turned into 100 pages, a wonderful preview of what was to come when it was up next on my list of books to review.Shrouded Secrets is Joel T McGrath s debut novel, a story that will immerse the reader in a world where an alternate reality can be accessed through hidden portals, but only if you are an Eruditian, or at least half Eruditian, like David and Danielle James In many ways they are just like other teenagers living in San Diego, but they ve inherited the legacy of their deceased father, one of the greatest Galinea, warriors of Eruditus who wield unearthly powers to fight against the evil Shroud.We first meet David and Danielle as typical teenagers dealing with the break up of their family Their step father has left their mother the family faces financial struggles David is constantly bullied and Danielle falls a little too easily under the influence of the wrong peers To relieve some of the family s stress, their grandfather invites the two teenagers to New Hampshire during the summer break and there they meet Appollos, a Galinea posing as Paul, their grandfather s paperboy Their friendship with Paul introduces David to the existence of a world that isn t exactly as it seems David s dreams take on a deeper reality and then one day while he and his sister get lost in the woods, they come across a railroad stationhouse strangely situated in the middle of nowhere This house holds the key to connecting David and Danielle s world, Earth, with Eruditus, in the form of a mysterious kaleidoscope that David finds there, but they have yet to discover its use.When David and Danielle return to San Diego for the school year, they have a new sense of themselves Unaware of the powers of the kaleidoscope, David and Danielle still have issues to address Both grow and become empowered when up against their adversaries in high school, always by taking the higher moral ground in confrontations McGrath develops very real issues of teenagers by writing well crafted dialogue We can relate to David and Danielle on a very down to earth level His succinct progression through what might otherwise appear to be a normal young adult story we soon discover quite skillfully paces us toward the development of their not so ordinary lives.The two worlds of Earth and Eruditus function in different spatial and time realities, so the reader must wait before further action develops to advance the fight between the Galinea and the evil we begin to sense McGrath intentionally intersperses the issues the two teenagers must confront on earth with the issues they deal with during their training visits to Eruditus Though at times the pace may appear to meander, he always brings us full circle to the main theme, advancing the character s integrity and goodness even though it is darkly challenged McGrath s interplay between good and evil, presented as relatable issues to teenagers on our earth plane and shrouded in the esoteric issues of another invisible universe, he masters brilliantly in the form of the character Madison, the ultimate temptress to David s power and integrity The tensions rise, the ante is upped and in the end we are hanging on to hope as an ugly battle is fought and the goodness of the entire earth is threatened by the Shroud How does David overcome his temptations in the end Will he succumb to the temptation of power or dig deep within himself to offer the ultimate solution to conquer the shroud In the midst of ordinary teenage life in a world rife with struggle, political chaos, cultural conflict and pain is it possible to rise above This is the question that McGrath so beautifully addresses to the young adult and for that alone he deserves the highest praise.McGrath s story renews the struggle between good and evil One might have thought this theme had been thoroughly routed in classic best selling series such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Twilight, but Shrouded Secrets makes a strong bid at keeping company with these epics It could be best described as Young Adult, but because it has all the makings of classic other worldly adventure, I believe it would appeal to fans of science fiction as well I highly recommend it and look forward to a possible sequel On my book blog www.literary magic.com I ve given it 5 out of a possible 5 Magic Books. Right from the start, I was drawn into this story as the author introduced two different worlds His well chosen words illustrated the settings and interesting characters By chapter two, I was in for sure, as siblings David and Dannie visit Gramps in New Hampshire This was an unsuspecting yet perfect setting for the story to start unfolding, and it did Myself, a NH resident and lover, I can say that he nailed it and can take you there too.The story kept me enthralled chapter by chapter to the end there are no flat spots I thoroughly enjoyed his imagination and his take on good versus evil I feel that he must have early influences in classics like Star Wars, but yet his work is 100% original and believable These seemingly normal brother and sister develop super powers while contending with pretty realistic teenage tribulations, but yet there s nothing predictable about it.The transitions were seamless, storyline was dynamic, and the characters were developed until I knew them and could picture them Even as an adult, I can relate to their thoughts and emotions In describing what the characters are thinking and feeling, it seems the author unknowingly lets you into his own head a little.The author brought me on a journey, but unlike so many sci fi endings, left me with closure and hope I look forward to finding out about David and Dannie, so I do hope that McGrath is working on the sequel. Shrouded Secrets by Joel T McGrath is about two earthly teenagers, brother David and sister Danielle sent to visit their grandfather in New Hampshire and bored went exploring one days into the woods and find an abandoned train depot What they did not know was they were standing on a portal to another dimension.Meanwhile in another realm in danger of being destoryed the Almighty sent his son to seek for the purest warriors on the earthly realm and when needed to bring them back to their world to teach them lessons they would need and necessary if the two realms were going to survive it betrayal from rebels who stole the energy necessary to maintain their realm Paul Appollos adapts to the earthly realm and bonds with the two and the fun begins Paul the son gave David a gift which was a means to entered into the other realm and he leaves a note telling the earth teen when the time is right he will be called to Paul s dimension, his world and the adventures will begin.The author is writing this as a supernatural fantasy but has some lessons woven into the story, the two teenagers are going through a difficult separation the one year anniversary when they beloved step father walked out on them with no explanations.Danielle rebelled and became difficult to handle for her single mother and her brother became the peace maker and accept all the guilt of the hurting family He was afraid of many things in life, bullies, and other things as well as Danielle but on this adventure they both faced their fears and overcome their phobias.They go back home to their mother and continue their reality as high school students with the regular teenagers angst, bullies, finding themselves and Danielle relaized her mom could not carried the household bills and secretly accepted a weekend job to earn her own income The sibling rivalary between the two is normal and in secret when faced with a challenge or threat they will protect each other but denied the bond Sometime months later the gift that Paul Appollos gave activated and it lead the two teenagers to the docks to a portal to Paul s world Euruditus and now they are in danger and need to equipped themselves with their abilities to fight they hidden foes out to kill them.The training begins as well as the adventures to train yet be on the look out for the traitors who are hunting them to stop the two warriors from achieving their abilities and became the defenders of both realms This story is about two teenagers faced with difficult choices and need to accept maturity and their destiny otherwise the home they came from Earth and the world their biological father was part of will be destroyed This tale is a good choice for all ages it has fantasy suspense and life lessons young children could learn and for adults to become familiar with again A summer time tale to be read at family time or to have a fun escape Highly recommend and you can go to link and see for yourselves 4 stars Reviewed for Wickedly Bookishhttp wickedlybookish.blogspot.com David and Danielle James are your everyday brother and sister they argue, David bugs the crap out of his big sister, Danielle treats her brother like a nuisance, and underneath it all they really love each other What these two don t know is that their normal lives are about to be turned upside down as they discover their hidden roots Shrouded Secrets reminds me of an old school fantasy book in that McGrath takes his time building up his characters so that you notice the subtle changes they go through that foreshadow the kind of person they will end up being The world and culture of Eruditus are carefully constructed and introduced to the reader as if they too are a passenger on this fantastical ride The problem I had was that I felt like this was a draft rather than a final product Some of the dialogue and description was a bit wordy and could do with an edit Shrouded Secrets has the potential to stand up there with titles like The Lightning Thief, but lacks a certain sparkly final coat This is a book parents will want their pre teens to read The situations and characters are very YA, but unlike other YA titles, you can trust that your kids are getting something really good out of their reading experience The dialogue is relate able, yet wholesome and the underlying messages of self awareness and responsibility wrapped in a sci fi fantasy package will leave them with concepts they can use in everyday life Overall, Shrouded Secrets is a heartfelt first installment to a series that has the potential to become a classic Certain scenes really grabbed me on an emotional level Without spoiling the main plot points, McGrath creates such a innately evil, totally dislike able character in Madison that I whooped when she finally got what was coming to her Also, I cried when I thought my favorite character was going to die The character really became that real for me that I feared for his her life So now Mr McGrath, you can say you made me cry, which is a difficult thing to do when it comes to books and movies You see, McGrath s debut novel is no mindless read like most YA books today, which is why I recommend it However, it may not appeal to adult minds until it gets that final coat. Shrouded Secrets by Joel T McGrath is about two earthly teenagers, brother David and sister Danielle sent to visit their grandfather in New Hampshire and bored went exploring one days into the woods and find an abandoned train depot What they did not know was they were standing on a portal to another dimension.Meanwhile in another realm in danger of being destroyed the Almighty sent his son to seek for the purest warriors on the earthly realm and when needed to bring them back to their world to teach them lessons they would need and necessary if the two realms were going to survive it betrayal from rebels who stole the energy necessary to maintain their realm Paul Appollos adapts to the earthly realm and bonds with the two and the fun begins Paul the son gave David a gift which was a means to entered into the other realm and he leaves a note telling the earth teen when the time is right he will be called to Paul s dimension, his world and the adventures will begin.The author is writing this as a supernatural fantasy but has some lessons woven into the story, the two teenagers are going through a difficult separation the one year anniversary when they beloved step father walked out on them with no explanations.Danielle rebelled and became difficult to handle for her single mother and her brother became the peace maker and accept all the guilt of the hurting family He was afraid of many things in life, bullies, and other things as well as Danielle but on this adventure they both faced their fears and overcome their phobias.They go back home to their mother and continue their reality as high school students with the regular teenagers angst, bullies, finding themselves and Danielle relaized her mom could not carried the household bills and secretly accepted a weekend job to earn her own income The sibling rivalary between the two is normal and in secret when faced with a challenge or threat they will protect each other but denied the bond Sometime months later the gift that Paul Appollos gave activated and it lead the two teenagers to the docks to a portal to Paul s world Euruditus and now they are in danger and need to equipped themselves with their abilities to fight they hidden foes out to kill them.The training begins as well as the adventures to train yet be on the look out for the traitors who are hunting them to stop the two warriors from achieving their abilities and became the defenders of both realms This story is about two teenagers faced with difficult choices and need to accept maturity and their destiny otherwise the home they came from Earth and the world their biological father was part of will be destroyed This tale is a good choice for all ages it has fantasy suspense and life lessons young children could learn and for adults to become familiar with again A summer time tale to be read at family time or to have a fun escape Highly recommend and you can go to link and see for yourselves. When a teenage brother and sister inherit secret metaphysical powers, they are unknowingly hunted by a group of clandestine immortals While one of the siblings will reluctantly choose the path of righteousness, the other will defiantly dabble with the promise of true power and the darkness that accompanies it Joel T McGrath is quite simply a brilliant writer That said, in Shrouded Secrets, he has created a whole new world,peopled by original and well drawn characters, a fast paced plot and a wonderful senseof location David James, the main character is quite an accomplishment a character made so real and human in a world unlike any we have know this takes true skills and in the hands of a master storyteller like Joel T McGrath it works perfectly A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READRICK FRIEDMANFOUNDERTHE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB Shrouded Secrets is Joel T McGrath s debut novel, a story that will immerse the reader in a world where an alternate reality can be accessed through hidden portals, but only if you are an Eruditian, or at least half Eruditian, like David and Danielle James In many ways they are just like other teenagers living in San Diego, but they ve inherited the legacy of their deceased father, one of the greatest Galinea, warriors of Eruditus who wield unearthly powers to fight against the evil Shroud We first meet David and Danielle as typical teenagers dealing with the break up of their family Their step father has left their mother the family faces financial struggles David is constantly bullied and Danielle falls a little too easily under the influence of the wrong peers To relieve some of the family s stress, their grandfather invites the two teenagers to New Hampshire during the summer break and there they meet Appollos, a Galinea posing as Paul, their grandfather s paperboy Their friendship with Paul introduces David to the existence of a world that isn t exactly as it seems David s dreams take on a deeper reality and then one day while he and his sister get lost in the woods, they come across a railroad stationhouse strangely situated in the middle of nowhere This house holds the key to connecting David and Danielle s world, Earth, with Eruditus, in the form of a mysterious kaleidoscope that David finds there, but they have yet to discover its use When David and Danielle return to San Diego for the school year, they have a new sense of themselves Unaware of the powers of the kaleidoscope, David and Danielle still have issues to address Both grow and become empowered when up against their adversaries in high school, always by taking the higher moral ground in confrontations We can relate to David and Danielle on a very down to earth level McGrath s story renews the struggle between good and evil One might have thought this theme had been thoroughly routed in classic best selling series such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, but Shrouded Secrets makes a strong bid at keeping company with these epics I believe this book would appeal to fans of science fiction. When I picked this book up, I had no idea what to expect I found out that sometimes going into something without expectations can be a good thing For instance, I went to see Super 8 this summer because it was hyped as the best movie sincesinceI don t know, but they way hyped it up I grabbed my concealed smacks, bought my ticket and prepared for the best movie that I d probably ever seen, but it sucked and I wanted my money back.Now that I ve vented about failed, over hyped expectations, I ll get to this book The first few pages were awesome you jump right into the action and you re left wondering the whole way how it s gonna go down in the end It gets a little slow for a while, but the dialogue stays is crisp and true By the time the world building happens, it doesn t feel too rushed since you get a small dose of it in the beginning.I thought David had anger management issues, but they were relatable His friend Ryan was a piece of needless luggage Danielle was selfish in the beginning, but I understood why she was such a jerk, and actually started to dig her by the end I liked the football ricks, they remind me of the ricks at my school, and let s seewhat elseSeth was a cool guy, it s probably why I ended up liking Danielle in the end, well, until sheNever mind, don t wanna give it away.Eruditus was pretty an awesome place I only wish the author could have spent time there, and less time other places All in all, I wanted to read , and while it wasn t totally perfect, I want to read the second in the series now The ending was one of the best endings that I ve seen in a while, and it wasn t a horrible cliffhanger like so many stupid series for the purpose of writing a series are these days.The powers, and weapons were, umsweet The best way that I can describe it would be, Harry Potter, meets Star Wars, meets Highlander, meets like Friday Night Lights.More reviews to come, now that I ve got some time to do them. When A Teenage Brother And Sister Inherit Secret Metaphysical Powers, They Are Unknowingly Hunted By A Group Of Clandestine Immortals While One Of The Siblings Will Reluctantly Choose The Path Of Righteousness, The Other Will Defiantly Dabble With The Promise Of True Power And The Darkness That Accompanies It As David James Begins His Freshman Year Of High School, He Learns That His Older Sister Danielle S Popularity Isn T Genetic However, Their Lives Change Dramatically With The Discovery That They Possess Power Which Grants Them Vast Unearthly Abilities The They Strive For Reasonable Normality, The Unstable Their Powers Become When Combined With The Stresses Of High School Teenage LifeWhile Jealousy, Love, And Anger Unhinge Their Once Typical Lives, Temptations To Abuse Their Newfound Gifts Are Manipulated By A Shrouded And Unyielding Adversary Who Seeks To Cast Earth Into A Modern Dark Age Soon Secrets Will Injure The Ones They Love As The Burden Of True Power Begins To Isolate Them Not Even The Ominous Prospect Of A Crumbling World Matters When Each Of Them Finds That They Are Helpless To Control Their Own DesiresShrouded Secrets Is An Imaginative Story In Which David And Danielle James Encounter The Realm Eruditus It Is There They Are Taught To Employ Powers Of The Artifex The Galinea, Knighted Protectors Of Eruditus, Have Those Among Them Who Have Gone Rogue These Malcontents, Known As The Shroud, Have Set Their Sights On The Two Siblings A Perilous Adventure Ensues As David And Danielle Become Entangled With Enemies Who Seek To Claim Their Very Lives A breath of fresh fantasy air in the angst ridden 1st person or many POV writing in fashion of YA today, Shrouded Secrets is intelligent storytelling.Joel T.Mcgrath tells you the story in such a majestic cinematic way,in my head I hear a beautiful voice of the likes of Ian McKellan or Morgan Freeman narrating In the beginning the two siblings Danielle David seem like young Mulder Scully to me Teenage bratty know it all Scully Danielle not seeing farther than what she already knows even when everything is changing around her to David s inquisitive, good natured open to the fantastical Mulder The characters evolve before are very eyes not as you expect as this new world of Eruditus with the ancient Jedi like power of the Artifex impacts their lives.At points the change from one character to another is jarring, something that gets better as you go along an artist tweaking, honing his craft one love interest kind of becomes a big deal without a seeming foundation, but the overall story is such a delight for our fantasy taste buds that you forget all about it This story is about the evolution of the characters of these children their mission to save the 2 realms not a love triangle This realm of Eruditus is so enganging, as is their proper manner of speaking with interesting words like lumatwinks lumabursts, making them all that epic A fantastical realm of immortals, weapons that you will into existence, ancient mystical powers prophecies, great storytelling, what do you need to get cracking and read this book