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Rob Seablue And The Eye Of Tantalus

by Russell Hasan

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The author described this book as Atlas Shrugged meets Harry Potter. It's SORT OF correct, but it's more Nathaniel Branden's Psychology of Self-Esteem than Atlas Shrugged. Every chapter has a long discussion of an teen's issue (usually involving low self esteem caused by faulty worldview) AND an exciting magical battle. It does require a measure of patience and good attention span, so I'm not sure how appealing it would be to an average teen (my son has already read Atlas Shrugged, so he found this one entertaining in spite of its structure). Give it a try and see for yourself. ( )
  MashaK99 | Jun 11, 2013 |
In a unique twist that isn’t all focused on the “popular gang” at school and how to fit in at all costs, the author has managed to create a character in Rob that is at 14, far more adult than many adults today. Battling an evil within the school that turns feelings of low self-worth, anxiety and depression out to others, Rob maintains a steadfast presence within the school, showing the others how to take responsibility, both for their own actions and happiness, a truly adult view.

While none of the problems are dealt with cavalierly, the overwhelming attitude is self-acceptance and realization that everyone has something to offer – one person may not see it, but you must be certain in your path and not hang all of your day on one person’s opinion.

A cleverly paced, written and engaging story that proves that actually working at your problems and trying to solve them is far more effective and helpful than just moping about. A well timed book for many in the age group, which I am sure many will find familiar characters in the story to relate to.

I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for IOB tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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What if, when you're sad, you could make yourself cheer up, not by changing your life, but by changing your point of view? What if there is a better way to think? What if the hero of this positive attitude is a confident, charismatic high school student who can cast magic spells, and the villain opposed to optimism, the champion of gloom and negativity, is another teenager, who used to be the hero's best friend, who unleashes a horrific magical curse that preys upon human weakness and fear? What if this story has been written, it is a YA fantasy novel called "Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus," and you need to buy it right now if you have ever felt like you are in a dark place and need a ray of light to make things brighter? If that were true, would you buy it?

Happiness is a choice, and being cheerful, confident and optimistic is the right way to behave--or so Connecticut high school freshman and teen Sorcerer extraordinaire Rob Seablue has always believed. But Rob's best friend, Leonard "Hugs" Huggins, feels differently, and, driven by envy, resentment and anger, Hugs releases a magical curse called the Eye of Tantalus. Rob must defeat the Eye, save his best friend Hugs, and rescue the Eye's victims, a group of lonely, depressed, and troubled teens turned into monsters by the curse. Can Rob defeat the monsters, stop the Eye, save the curse's victims, and persuade Hugs to recover his self-esteem?

This book is a YA urban fantasy, a self-help book for teens (but relevant for adults too), and a song sung in praise of the human spirit, all in one novel. [retrieved 11/13/17 from Amazon.com]
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