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12:19 pm: This is a test
Sorry folks. Just testing LJ.

While I am here: which book would you most want to read?

Rachel Griffin, a twelve-year-old girl with a perfect memory, discovers that the hidden magical world in which she lives is being manipulated by an even more secret power…a power whose motives she has reason to suspect.

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 Twelve-year-old Rachel Griffin, who rushes in where angels fear to tread, discovers that Heaven has need of someone willing to go where its servants dare not.

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Twelve-year-old Rachel Griffin refuses to sit by while her world is in danger. While others cower, she sets out to befriend the dangerous demons, dark elves, and junior supervillains everyone else has warned her against.

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Rachel Griffin is a twelve-year-old girl with a perfect memory and boundless curiosity. But it is her extraordinary bravery, and her ability to love things that others find reprehensible, that leads her to become heroine who will lead the Harrowing of Hell.

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The life of a young liar who lives in a world without Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, is turned upside-down when she discovers her roommate’s familiar is the Lion of Judah.

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Rachel Griffin lives in a world of secrets and distrust. Yet, time after time, she chooses to trust the figures others most fear. The friendships she forges will save her world…or, if she missteps, destroy it.





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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:April 26th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I like the first one, and the one about the dark elves. Could you combine them, using the dark elves etc as examples of what she is dealing with in the first paragraph?
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 26th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps. ;-)

This is the favorite of some friends so far:

Twelve-year-old Rachel Griffin lives among the magical Wise, amidst a world of secrets and mistrust. Yet, time after time, she chooses to put her faith in those whom others most fear. The friendships she forges through her perseverance and bravery will save her world. Or, if she missteps, destroy it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 27th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
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Fwiw, part of what I liked about #1 may have been a false impression. The first bit, "Rachel Griffin, a twelve-year-old girl with a perfect memory" made me imagine a girl of our own world, now -- and "the hidden magical world in which she lives" would be her private reality, her imagination, which she kept secret. (But of course this would turn out to be real after all. Sort of like Walton's AMONG OTHERS.) And the "secret power" would turn out to be some other human of our world, who somehow had access to the same 'imaginary' world. So the conflict would play out on both levels, as in Charles Williams or Arthur Ransome. ;-)

Which impression appears to be quite wrong, from the other versions.

That said, I don't see what her perfect memory has to do with anything in any of the versions, and it doesn't seem like a very interesting fact.

/houseboat here/

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From:arhyalon
Date:April 27th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
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The perfect memory, which is a fundimental part of the character, was pertinent in some of the earlier blurbs that I didn't post. LOL It isn't pertinent for these, which is why I left it out of the rest of them.

It is her perfect memory that allows her to see the invisible things (she can remember them even though her eyes don't pick them up) so it could be included, but the blurbs are simpler without this.
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From:bojojoti
Date:April 27th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I like this one, but I stumble on the "time after time" phrase.
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From:annafirtree
Date:April 26th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
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LOVE the "junior supervillians" phrase. Can I pick....


Twelve-year-old Rachel Griffin, who rushes in where angels fear to tread, discovers that Heaven has need of someone willing to befriend junior supervillians, dark elves, and demons. If she can manage not to destroy her world in the process.


Although, really, all of them were decently good. But I would say don't pick the first one. The grammar demands a little bit much for a blurb.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 27th, 2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
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John and my mom really liked yours.
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From:cmzero
Date:April 26th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
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My vote is for #4 ("harrowing of Hell"), followed by #6 ("friendships she forges").
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From:marycatelli
Date:April 27th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
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I like number 2
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From:samthereaderman
Date:April 27th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)

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The last one and the first one. The second sounds too religious
From:tapinger
Date:April 30th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
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"The life of a young liar who lives in a world without Judaism, Christianity, or Islam, is turned upside-down when she discovers her roommate’s familiar is the Lion of Judah."

This one caught my attention more than any of the others, probably by starting with "a young liar." Most of the others seem to be stuffing in twelve-year-old girl very early, as if it's the most important thing about her. Why she is twelve years old is easy to guess -- she's survived twelve years. Why she is a young liar with a perfect memory is a more interesting question that makes me want to read on. :) (Does that mean she doesn't get caught in her lies?)
From:tapinger
Date:April 30th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
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With some more thought, it also raises the question of how Rachel was given a Jewish name in a world without Judaism. I don't know how many people would think long enough about a blurb to question this, though.
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 30th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
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It is interesting, isn't it...and how Western society could be the same as here, for the most part. ;-)
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From:arhyalon
Date:April 30th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.

Though this is really a better description of book two than of book one.
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