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rank  Editors Pick
word count 28170
date submitted 02.11.2010
date updated 02.09.2011
genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Children's, Chris...
classification: universal
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Isabel

Karen Rosario

Somewhere, in the middle of a fallen island, Isabel and her creator are falling in love...

 

The Isle of Somnus is governed by Scholars and Scientists proud of their commitment to ‘completely proven fact’. When Isabel sees a unicorn she finds herself utterly alone, doubting everything she has ever believed. After running away from school she becomes fixated with a mysterious Island across the ocean. If only she had a spoon she would dig a hole, pour the sea into it, and run away.

Then she meets Michael. He is neither a Scholar nor a Scientist and he agrees to help Isabel find a spoon.

In actual fact, Michael is a lost schoolboy who arrived unwittingly on the Isle of Somnus after falling into a coma. Although his pledge to help Isabel is noble, his life becomes increasingly at stake the longer he stays on Somnus. Isabel has no idea Michael is only dreaming her, and falling in love only adds to their danger.

This is a story for dreamers; for those who would like to study hard but find themselves consumed with thoughts of flying.

ISABEL is complete at 57,000 words and available on Amazon as a paperback and ebook.

 
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Stark Silvercoin wrote 1128 days ago

Isabel is one of the most enchanting fantasy tales I’ve had the pleasure of reading here. What is so clever about it is that you can discover Isabel on a bunch of different levels. At first glance it seems like a fairly straightforward fantasy tale, but so much more is going on for readers who like to think. Isabel is a figment of Michael’s wandering mind, and the island is probably representative of his brain.

But really, who hasn’t fallen in love with a dream? It’s why we say “the girl or guy of our dreams.” Taking this concept and telling a story from the dream’s point of view is unique and brilliant. Add into that the fact that author Karen Rosario shines as a talented writer and storyteller –dialog is strong and consistent for each character, the descriptions bring the reader into the tale—and you have a really great read for anyone from YA to fans of traditional fantasy novels. This is a rare six star gem title that has the power to almost make you laugh and cry at the same time.

John Breeden II
Old Number Seven

Caroline Hartman wrote 1197 days ago

Karen, What a beautiful gem of a metaphor.And an adorable story to boot. I love Isabel and her relationship with the wind and water, the unicorn. For some reason she reminds me of Madeline, Alice, a whole host of strong heroines, girls that throw down their books, and do not listen to the Scolars and Scientists, girls that follow their hearts.. You have come up with some unique language, too, lines and phrases (berries and mushrooms; prowled, perfect and proud; a discernment for beauty;throw your books away and follow me) that resonate. Of course, I didn't find a single nit--I was too busy reading. Best of luck. When a space comes up I'll slide this lovely little metaphor on my shelf.

Andrew W. wrote 1227 days ago

Isabel

Hi Karen

This is enchanting stuff, I am thoroughly enjoying it, it is whimsically written, a clarion call for children's literature to re-embrace more traditional forms, It is direct, it is special, it deals in awe and wonder and it treats those things as delicate flowers, as you have done with your characters, Isabel especially she is clearly loved well and deeply by her creator. The uniform whimsy is great, her direct experience, her literal response to it, the matter of fact opening lines, all add to the mystery. The chapters have a neat and effective pacing, beginnings, middles and ends, building to engagement with a wider, deeper story that has a gorgeous mournful and wistful tone to it.

You scatter magic amongst the readership of this book, hooking them into the simple awe and wonder of being a child. She is intense, her experiences will be so too. Isabel is bold, clear and imaginative.

Best wishes and good luck Benevolence

Diane60 wrote 1233 days ago

Karen,
i can honestly say this is one of the best books i have ever ever read. It has everything in it. So many references way to many to count and besides you know what they are since you place them so carefully with love.
I find this a story that i could re visit again but it will never have the same impact as the first time....
But that wouldn't stop me re reading to just capture a moment here and there.
i think Isabel is such a joy and a true work of a vastly competent writer and excellent story teller.
:)
Thank you so much for posting this book
Diane

Constantinople wrote 1237 days ago

Like your characters, this book is wonderfully and fearfully made. The writing is consistently good and polished throughout. The imagery throughout is fantastic.

I'm truly jealous of your talent, and I'm bestowing Isabel with the first six star rating I've given any book I've read on this site. I'll stop now before I go into total gush mode.

Congratualtions, Karen, on producing a true gem!

Frank454 wrote 953 days ago

beautiful story :)

Merin wrote 1005 days ago

I loved your story, Karen...the magical detail, the plot, everything about it was wonderful! I enjoyed your fantasy tale. Not one to enjoy such stories, I found myself eager to finish your novel, thank you for sharing this enchanting story!

ellen zachary wrote 1005 days ago

Hi,

This is the kind of book i will read over and over again

authordellbrand wrote 1016 days ago

Karen
I really like your story but I'm a bit confused. What age group are you writing for? If it is for 9-12 yr olds, I think some of the words need simplifying, eg vendetta, inconsequential, notoriously, jeopardy, crustacean, pupillage, prospectuses, and unashamed hysteria.
Also I'd use smelled instead of smelt.
Regards Dell.
PS Let me know if you want feedback like this.

authordellbrand wrote 1025 days ago

Dear Karen
I really loved your first chapter - that's all I've read so far. Loved the way you balanced reality with fantasy - enough of the former to keep the reader grounded. Also loved the way the narrator kept things on track.
However you nearly lost me in the first paragraph. I found it disjointed. You went from a short and sharp first sentence into longer and not-so-interesting sentences. If I may, and please ignore this if you think it's none of my business, I shall attempt to re-write your first few sentences....
Once upon a time Isabel saw a unicorn. In the distance. Paying it little attention at first, certain it must be a mule or a cow or some other common creature studied in school, something made her look again. It came closer. It had a horn and suddenly she was intrigued.

campsmith33 wrote 1028 days ago

This is a great plot

Amerynthe wrote 1038 days ago

There is little I can add to the comments you have already received. It reminds me a little of Alice in Wonderland, and deserves its place in literary history as much as Carroll's story did. I can't guarantee it a place in history, though, but I can put it on my shelf and wish you the best of luck with this marvellous tale.

Best wishes
Amerynthe
Riptide (YA/Fantasy)
The Living and the Dead (Urban Fantasy)

J. N. Khoury wrote 1038 days ago

Enchanting. Utterly enchanting. On my shelf, for sure.

Weaver Reads wrote 1041 days ago

I've re-read this first chapter again and remember all over again why I love your story. So sweet! I love your wording. I must read this to my son. I think he will be enthralled. :) Thank you for sharing such a lovely story.

Ellise :)
~The Governess~

marcus4wine wrote 1047 days ago

What a great story dreams are what we do, to find the reality of our work interesting slant. Best of lick should do well.

Daniela Pitakova wrote 1049 days ago

Very well written story for children. I enjoyed the way you express yourself and make the characters in the story interesting for the young audience. Good luck, you are nearly there.

Can you pls consider reading Water Goblin if you get a chance.

Thank you
Daniela

Simon James wrote 1052 days ago

WOW. I have just read the first four chapters of Isabel, and it is truely one of the more remarkable books on this site. For one, I find your narative style quirky and interesting, as if you yourself are watching the story unfold. But more than that, your story of a distant land imparts deep meaning and wisdom regarding our world, beyond that which can be intelectualised and quantified. A great read.

Alex4321 wrote 1052 days ago

The book is entertaining.

writer-girl wrote 1053 days ago

This book is so beautiful. I'm just in love with it. I can't wait to read your other book.

Joshua Jacobs wrote 1055 days ago

I decided to read this because of how much I enjoyed The Blooming Tale of Katie Moonshine. While I enjoyed your other novel more than Isabel, I still admire your writing style and the worlds you create. You make sentence fluency seem easy, when its not. And you're the best storyteller I've come across on this website. This deserves to be on the desk. Whatever agent decides to sign you, whatever publisher offers you a contract, they're making a great decision. It's only a matter of time. I can't wait to see what other stories you develop.

EMDelaney wrote 1056 days ago

ISABEL / Karen Rosario

I am always intrigued by writers with this kind of ability. What I mean is 'balance'. Reading is after all about imagination. Any type of fiction bares one similar resemblence, we know it is imagination. Karen goes right there in this powerful tale, depicting the dreams of a young girl in this wonderfully written YA fantasy.

The strong dialogue, well balanced narrative and incredible story line simply screams 'read me'. The mere innocent concept of the MC and her friend searching for spoon to dig a hole to another island and the author's ability to pull us in to that story (dream) is amazing. There is conflict, theme and challenge at work at all times.

Isabel's constant insistence on challenging the powers that be (Scholars and Scientists) is paradoxical to how many think in the real world. Karen portrays this so beautifully from the prospective of Isabel however that I find it easy to escape into her world and imagine how young readers will embrace this story so easily also. Moreover, 'under the ink' there is more in this tale, lessons of life, philosophy and much more.

In chapter 3 she poses the question from Isabel's prospective (when talking about breaking rules): She wondered, as a rebel, should she do something far more drastic now and dive right in like the unicorn had?

Cleverness. Karen Rosario is one clever writer. I felt, that she 'felt' what her reader would 'feel' at certain times. My apology for not being able to describe this more effectively. Example: Most times I would make reference to some slight overuse of adjectives and adverbs. Fact is, we're talking YA here. We're also talking a character who would use a lot of extra descriptives so the character is actually enhanced by her thoughts being portrayed this way. Hence, the cleverness and well-rounded characterization of Isabel. Political Correctness out the window. Imagination is the key. Isabel is a powerfully entrancing character.

In CH8. I literally had pictures drawn in my head of these little men jockeying around with their stools positioning for the scene. In a movie it would be hilarious. I don't want to mention too much as it would ruin it for those who have not yet read the book. I try to make too much reference to plot in my remarks for this reason.

All in all, ISABEL is brilliant work. Each chapter is cut at perfect places, this author knowing exactly where to leave you as she insists you turn the page and continue with her in the next chapter / scene. Amazing is all I can say.

Anyone who has ever taken the time to read this wonderful future classic will instantly issue it 6 stars. No wonder it has reached such a pinnacle of being #1 so often, supported by so many. If ever there was an example on our site as to why a book advances solely on merit, this is it.

Wonderful work Karen. You are a most talented writer with an amazing imagination and great skill. (I do wish we could read a bit more of your story. I'd love for my 14 yr old grand daughter to see this) My very best to you in the future with your wonderful book. I've no doubt you and it are going places.

xstacie-annx wrote 1056 days ago

wow. ive only read the first couple of pages and im captured. Cant wait to continue on the journey :) Will deffinetly post some more when ive finsihed reading :)

Stacey x

Rob1969 wrote 1056 days ago

Just read three chapters and I am very impressed.That it is a good story is self-evident from the off, but beyond that, it is a well crafted story also, one told with pace and precission and a quality of prose that is so often lacking in modern fiction. Enchanting, eloquent, and very very readable.

Congratulations - this deserves to be in print.

Rob

J. C. Rutledge wrote 1056 days ago

Oh my, I hardly know what to say! The first paragraph held me rapt, and by the fourth I knew I would back it.

Isabel can be best described as enchanting. I grew up with a father who was a storyteller, and that is what this book reminds me of. It feels like I'm sitting on a soft carpet with Karen sitting in a chair infront of me and reading.

Witty, fun and deep. I keep stopping to read excerpts to my fiancee, who has declared she wants to buy this book.

Good luck, Karen, you deserve to be published!

nicolehollerup wrote 1056 days ago

Congratulations! You must be really happy. I'm still looking forward to reading it.

bookin-it wrote 1057 days ago

Karen,

Thank you so much for giving my first chapter a read! I will certainly apply your suggestions to my book. I love the synopsis of Isabel. It reminds me of The Princess and the Goblin.

The first chapter tells me that it's no reason your book is number 1 right now. It's so clean, crisp and tight. It's beautifully written with poetic images woven throughout, but not at the extent of altering the story's flow. The unicorn feels real and mysterious like Isabel is really observing it and taking mental notes of its actions and trying to figure out if it really is what she thinks it is. The Isle of Somnus is wonderfully described and I feel like you've given us just enough information about this world to carry us forward into your sweeping epic. I love that it's for children - it is indeed soothing as a lullaby. I wish I had criticism to offer you, but I'm afraid your book, just telling from the first chapter, is only missing a cover and a contract!

bookin-it wrote 1057 days ago

Karen,

Thank you so much for giving my first chapter a read! I will certainly apply your suggestions to my book. I love the synopsis of Isabel. It reminds me of The Princess and the Goblin.

The first chapter tells me that it's no reason your book is number 1 right now. It's so clean, crisp and tight. It's beautifully written with poetic images woven throughout, but not at the extent of altering the story's flow. The Isle of Somnus is wonderfully described and I feel like you've given us just enough information about this world to carry us forward into your sweeping epic. I love that it's for children - it is indeed soothing as a lullaby. I wish I had criticism to offer you, but I'm afraid your book, just telling from the first chapter, is only missing a cover and a contract!

bookin-it wrote 1057 days ago

Karen,

Thank you so much for giving my first chapter a read! I will certainly apply your suggestions to my book. I love the synopsis of Isabel. It reminds me of The Princess and the Goblin.

The first chapter tells me that it's no reason your book is number 1 right now. It's so clean, crisp and tight. It's beautifully written with poetic images woven throughout, but not at the extent of altering the story's flow. The Isle of Somnus is wonderfully described and I feel like you've given us just enough information about this world to carry us forward into your sweeping epic. I love that it's for children - it is indeed soothing as a lullaby. I wish I had criticism to offer you, but I'm afraid your book, just telling from the first chapter, is only missing a cover and a contract!

kategrimes@live.co.uk wrote 1057 days ago

This is a lovely story Karen. Full of magic and adventure, it will fill the imagination of any child who loves fairy-tales. It has some really lovely descriptive passages which brings it to live. Well Done. Backed with stars and on w/l.

Kate Grimes -LIZZIE - CUPPA TALES -TALES OF WILLOW GREEN

JamesRevoir wrote 1057 days ago

What a captivating tale! I could hardly stop reading! There is so much grown-up truth embedded in this children's book.

arlene.k wrote 1058 days ago

Exceptional tale. Superbly written. You have a gift for storytelling and I am looking forward to purchasing your novel once published.

Lindsey J wrote 1058 days ago

This book is beautifully written and a pleasure to back, especially if you like fish and unicorns, which I do!!. Even the ugly ones. It is full of colour and smells and sounds .A wonderful story. Splashed with all six stars...
Lindsey . J Carden
To Paint A White Horse.

markwoodburn wrote 1058 days ago

I have looked over this book because the author appears to be a genuine person who lets her writing do the talking and does not engage her energies in trying to push her talents down everyone's throat via spam and all the other nefarious tricks that go on here.
It is not my genre but I can appreciate the beauty and style of writing which to me is streets ahead of a lot of other stuff on this site.
Starred, regards, Mark

DDickson wrote 1059 days ago

Obviously I wouldn't have the temerity to even begin to comment on the writing as it is so very skilled and proficient. The story is enchanting. I did wonder about it being above the heads of your target audience in parts but then Terry Pratchett wouldn't dream of writing down to his readers and neither I think should anyone else. It is the sort of story that will probably become a favourite with many children who will continue to come back to it time and again as they grow. I am sorry that I can't back it right now but my shelf is full. I will however put it up there as soon as I am able and leave it until it reaches the desk - Diane

Jannypeacock wrote 1059 days ago

Magical and wonderful.

J.L.McMahon wrote 1059 days ago

I've heard a lot of good things about "Isabel" from the forum so i decided to take a look. I've read the first chapter and decided to watchlist it. It reads like a classic fairytale i look forward to reading more. Good Luck.
-J.L.McMahon

not really there wrote 1060 days ago

You have a traditional storytelling style. I like it very much. Your enthusiasm for your subject matter comes through clearly on the page. All you need now are a few hints and tips from a professional editor; but even if you are disappointed again this month, you should be aware that the world needs more writers like you, so for the sake of your potential audience, you must always persevere.

ClaireLyman wrote 1060 days ago

I loved the paragraph which says 'there would simply be a girl who never skipped school' - subtle interaction with the reader - great stuff, and well-written. Will be backing this but it doesn't want to work on my iPad so I will have to wait till I'm home tomorrow...

James Apologist wrote 1060 days ago

This book deserves to go to the ED. I am biting off all my fingernails. I don't know why it keeps dropping. Jim James Apologist.

KatCannon wrote 1061 days ago

Delightful! I adore this and even though I've only read the first four chapters, I'm enchanted. You've created a wonderful atmosphere on two fronts and made it seem effortless. The voicing is easy and comfortable. And I'm longing to see that unicorn again myself! Thanks for sharing this beautiful work...you have my backing without reservation.

Inkfinger wrote 1061 days ago

I've stopped reading Katie Moonshine until I get it through the post. So, I've just read chapter 5 of Isabel and grinned all the way through. The marketplace is genius. And the kiss. I bet you laughed when you wrote this. I'm not looking forward to the ending because I heard it's sad :(

Eponymous Rox wrote 1062 days ago


I see your plight and back your plot.


CHEERS and good luck--
E.R.

jlbwye wrote 1062 days ago

Karen, pleeeease dont fall off that desk again.....! I'll see if you can take some more stars -
Jane.

Marita A. Hansen wrote 1062 days ago

Hi, Karen. I've taken down a book for you and am now backing "Isabel" as I can't stand to see you dropping off that desk again. You deserve that HC review. Hold on tight for a few more days:) Best of luck, Marita.

Jane Catherine wrote 1063 days ago

Your skill with dialogue is awesome! What an interesting plot! I feel an affinity with anyone who can write about the God source in such an "outside the box" way and I noticed what your favourite (non-authonomy) book is in your profile! I do believe that spirituality and fantasy go hand in hand and you portray that very well. Yes, you have my rating and bookshelf! I've written a non-fiction intriguing book that reads like fantasy but isn't! I think you might find it interesting.
Jane
(The Celestial Proposal: Dare we Join the God-Kind?)

button nose wrote 1068 days ago

Isabel is fast moving, secretly funny, and enchanting all at once. What else could one ask for from a good fantasy book? This is a recipe full of the perfect ingredients for the perfect taste of adventure in the 'out of the ordinary'. Let us know when its on the menu... will starve our appetites till then!

Mollie J. Rushmeyer wrote 1073 days ago

I am new to authonomy-- So, I thought I'd start by checking out some of the top rated books. I am so glad that I started with yours! I hope I can say this in a way that is very complementary-- Isabel is a strange yet wonderful, fantastical, beautiful story. I haven't finished it yet, but I will. When I began reading it, it brought back memories of reading Alice in Wonderland, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe-- some of my absolute favorites as a child. Many blessings to you in your endeavors! If you get a chance, please consider reviewing my young adult fantasy novel, Defenders of the Faith: Ethereal Keys, by Mollie J. Rushmeyer
Having someone so talented review my book would be an honor:)

JonathanWoodward wrote 1073 days ago

Here I go to try to back your book again. Authonomy will not let me! It says I have too many backings from this computer already!

So frustrating, because this book definitely needs to get published!

Nidia.Ceylon wrote 1074 days ago

I'm not very good with commenting and all I can say is;

This story is so very enchanting! The determination and thought put into expressing Isabel is very lively! It is quite easy to want to escape fact and fall into world where you be allowed dreams.

I simply adore backing this story!!!

I.J.Davis
'Rise: Crux Precinct Case'

Elle Jayne wrote 1078 days ago

I have been totally absorbed into the story, I MUST read more! Definately a book worthy of my bookshelf :-D

Michael Magnus wrote 1080 days ago

Nice premise.

Flows well and a delight to read.

A little bit of different fantasy.

Enjoyed it!

michel prince wrote 1080 days ago

You have a gift for detailed description. letting the world around Isabel come to life. Your narration is wonderful 3rd person is hard to do in an engaging way but you did. Good luck at the ED with your delightful tale. Rated and watch listed will move to bookshelf if I see you dropping.

Michel

NGK wrote 1080 days ago

I think this would be good for your audience.

qutie_pye wrote 1083 days ago

I wish my stories came out as well as yours.

Benjamin Gorman wrote 1088 days ago

Delightfully whimsical. My guess is that this will go far with a tween audience, though its overarching message is one we could all stand to be reminded of.