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The Ether: Vero Rising by Laurice Elehwany Molinari

The Ether: Vero Rising, by Laurice Elehwany Molinari | Dedicated Review

The Children’s Book Review | May 2, 2014

The Ether: Vero Rising by Laurice Elehwany MolinariThe Ether: Vero Rising

By Laurice Elehwany Molinari

Hardcover: 368 pages, print length

Age Range: 9-12

Publisher: Zonderkidz (February 4, 2014)

ISBN: 978-031073557

What to expect: Fantasy, Action, Good vs. Evil, Spirituality, Christianity, Judaism

Veteran Hollywood film and TV writer Laurice Elehwany Molinari bursts into the children’s book world with an outstanding debut novel, The Ether: Vero Rising—a fantastical middle grade story on good vs. evil.

As a baby, Vero had been left abandoned at a hospital. Under very unusual circumstances he was adopted by a loving family, Nora and Dennis Leland and their daughter Clover. Although his mother, Nora, does her best to provide the most normal family experiences possible, it is clear that Vero is anything but. Throughout his childhood, Vero has had the most incredible sense that he can fly. When the urge becomes so strong that he steps off the roof of his house, his life changes forever as his destiny to become a guardian angel begins to manifest. After some dangerous and otherworldly experiences, he finds himself in a surreal place known as the Ether, the spiritual realm that surrounds Earth, where he must go through training and practice skills like flying and listening to his inner voice. While these activities sound angelic and blissful, competition between budding guardian angels (fledglings), battles against mythical creatures, as well as demons known as maltures, keep Vero and readers on the edge of their seat challenging the spiritual and moral mind.

Molinari does a wonderful job building tension, drama, and suspense as Vero is transported back-and-forth between the Ether and Earth. With her carefully plotted storytelling, readers come to realize that there is a connection between what Vero needs to accomplish in the Ether and in his life on Earth if he is to become fully actualized as a guardian angel—and possibly not just any guardian angel, but a Chosen One meant to fulfill an even bigger prophecy.

This is a book for children that live for action and excitement. Molinari has created a well-developed protagonist to connect with, and kids ready to take on Vero’s spiritual journey will not be disappointed—they’ll be more than ready for the next book in what’s shaping up to be an exciting series.

Add this book to your collection: The Ether: Vero Rising

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About the Author

Laurice Elehwany Molinari, a veteran film and TV writer in Hollywood for over two decades, has penned over thirty scripts for various studios and networks. Her very first feature script, written while a fellow at the American Film Institute, became Columbia Picture’s critically acclaimed children’s classic, My Girl. She went on to pen The Brady Bunch Movie and The Amazing Panda Adventure. Laurice lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, the City of Angels, where her lifelong love for our heavenly guardians inspired her to write a book about them.

For more information, visit: http://www.lauricemolinari.com

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

Comments
  • I am very eager to start this book and immerse myself into this wonderful series. As an aspiring author myself, this is very inspirational to me and knowing that in these times, people can still hold onto their faith. Thank you for this review and letting people know about this amazing story.

    May 9, 2014
  • Thanks for the wonderful review for Laurice’s book “The Ether – Vero Rising”! Book Two “Pillars of Fire” is due out in late December or early January… happy to send you an ARC when they are available.

    May 30, 2014

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