The Gallery of Wonders (Magora #1) by Marc Remus

28692955Middle Grade Fiction. Ages: 8 and up.

Eleven-year-old Holly O’Flanigan discovers an unusual paintbrush and a canvas with the image of a fantasy world that her late grandfather has left behind. She falls into the magical land of Magora, where everything and everyone is made of paint.

There she learns to weave art and magic at Cliffony Art Academy, but her carefree life is soon overshadowed by dark events.

Valuable paintings have been stolen from the Gallery of Wonders. During Holly’s search for the thief, she discovers the Unfinished—monstrous beings created when a painting is left incomplete. Like vampires, the Unfinished hunger for the one thing that can flesh out their bodies—blood. And they want Holly’s most of all.

The book has won the following literary awards: 

Readers’ Favorite Book Award, Silver, “Children’s Fantasy/Sci-Fi” category, 2016
Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY), Silver, “Juvenile Fiction,” 2016.
Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Gold, “Pre-Teen Fiction ebook,” 2016.
Beverly Hills Book Award, Gold, “Pre-Teen Fiction” category, 2017
New Apple Book Award, Gold, “Children’s General Fiction category, 2017
Purple Dragonfly Award, Silver, “Middle Grade Fiction” category, 2016

Jan’s Review

In the veins of awesome middle grade fantasy this one will sit in wonder on my shelf right next to Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia.  It an amazing story with loveable characters with a story that easily pulls you and you feel like your a part of this magical world in cased in stunning artwork.  The author is a painter so he does a impeccable job of describing the brush strokes used in magic working, the details in paintings, and of course the wonderful way they traveled to Magora.

I am delighted that i got a copy to review via netgalley and will be reviewing the rest of this delightful series.

If you like to check out this series and to keep up to date with future news check out the following links.

Author

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Marc Remus is an award-winning German Neo Pop-Art painter and illustrator with exhibitions world-wide. He was educated in the United States, graduated with a BA in art and illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and lived in Japan and Central America for some years.

He has travelled to more than sixty countries and visited over a thousand cities, of which he has painted over two hundred. His work has been featured on TV and in many magazines and newspapers in Germany, USA, and Mexico.

During his studies in California, Remus took his first children’s book illustration class. His teacher inspired him to start writing and not just illustrating. The result was a picture book called Painting Brian, which led to the Magora series. Over a period of twenty years, Remus has developed this magical world based on places he has visited, people he has met, and things he has learned through his studies in acting, cultural Anthropology, and linguistics.

Author website-http://www.marcremus.com/author

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