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Summary

When shadow-monsters attack in the cafeteria, eighth grader Penny Preston panics, starts a food fight, and unknowingly creates a trans-dimensional rift. Summoned to the counselor’s office, she expects suspension, but instead discovers that she is misaligned and exists in more than three dimensions. Unless she immediately begins training to learn to handle her powerful abilities, she risks losing her sanity. 

She agrees to secretly train with her counselor and his friend Master Poe, an exile from the seventh dimension trapped in a raven’s body, to keep her hometown, Piper Falls, safe from higher-dimensional beings seeking to gain god-like powers in our dimension. 

Together with Simon, her telepathic multidimensional cat, Penny struggles to save her relationship with her best friend, protect her universe, and uncover her connection to Arthurian myth.

©2020 Armen Pogharian (P)2021 CamCat Publishing

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Fun fictional twist on well known myths

Thoroughly enjoyable story. it was a novel take on well known myths that brought them into the modern world. a good part of the fun is spotting all of the links to other well known tales and seeing how they are explained and integrated into the main story. The performance was good and brought a lot of personality to the characters. very well read and made for very easy listening. A good way to relax at the end of the day.

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Enjoyable Listen

I enjoyed listening to this book although it's far from my usual genres. The characters are well defined and well narrated by the brilliant Michelle Babb. Not sure I'd read more of the series but this one was seriously appreciated. *****

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Misaligned Book 1

This is a story line that draws you in and it is a definite listen to as you can pitcher the story, places and characters as the story rolls on.

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Interesting book can't wait to listen the second

I loved the story. At first I thought that it was a bit to slow for my tast but I guess you need that to understand every character. if you like fantasy and unpredictable story I recommend this.

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Great fantasy story.

A tiny bit slow to start, but once it does, well! what's not to love about this wonderful story?
Very good and listenable narration.
I'm looking forward to book 2.

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Brilliant story, great narration

This is a brilliant story, full of magic and intrigue. super characters, especially the animals, loved Mr Poe, a great mix of Celtic legends and higher science woven into a entertaining storyline. When Penny throws pudding at a monster that only she can see several new worlds open up. lots of historical references and mythological creatures, are all entwined in a fabulous narrative. Although a YA novel and I am far from its target audience I loved every page. Narration is great entertaining with good voices, one very little niggle being Welsh myself, Michelle like many Americans cannot do a Welsh accent, she tries but does a good Irish one instead.. But this is a minor thing, everything else in wonderful. I look forward to book 2. I received a complimentary copy from the narrator and am leaving a honest voluntary review.

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A contemporary dimentional fantasy very good

Really enjoyed this first book in the series introducing the characters and creating the ground work for the future brilliant, narration was really good love Michelle Babb's characters

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A great story

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

I was very impressed with book, I was taken on an adventure through the eyes of a teenager who was misaligned, its very captivating and imaginative. The book is very written and had a good amount of detailing with perfectly suited characters.
The narration is flawless, really giving the story a nice feel.
I would definitely recommend this book.

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Nothing Misaligned about this book

This was a very different book to what I usually choose to read but I actually enjoyed it a lot. I know if is aimed at the teen or young adult listen but the story was so well crafted that I think anybody would enjoy it, no matter what there age. I don't claim to be a syfi fan but occasionally I will branch out and try something different, so if like me you can't tell the difference between trans-dimensional rift and time travel don't worry the author has you covered. The book isn't too geeky and with great characters it soon had me hooked. Hey you even get a talking cat, what's not to like? The story was interesting and even held a little mystery to keep you guessing, as to who was helping the baddie. I would try another book by this author.
When Penny witnesses bright lights shining in the cafeteria she is the only one to see it and unwittingly starts a good fight. Fearing her punishment when she is called into her teachers office she is shocked to find him talking to a raven and even more so when it talks back. Penny is one of the few who can exist in more than three dimensions and with someone or something trying to open a portal from there world to hers, she is the only one to stop it. She must train to use her powers but every time she uses them the enemy can sense her and will stop at nothing to find her. Penny needs someone she can trust and chooses her best friend and with the help of an amulet he along with her talking cat guardian must keep her safe. Just like Penny isn't what she seems, so is someone else at the school but just who is helping the higher-dimensional being who wants to become a god? If the Raven know as Master Moe, can figure out who it is they might just have a chance of stopping there plan and saving
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The narrator was the reason I gave this book a chance because with her as the narrator I knew the story was going to be good. I am glad to say Michelle Babb didn't let me down.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 04-05-21

Cute story featuring Celtic lore

Penny Preston has the power to prevent an invasion by higher-dimensional beings. Recruited by her teacher Mr. Myrdin and Mr. Poe the Raven, Penny will join forces with them, while also counting with the help of her friend Duncan, and together they will try to prevent the evil forces of higher dimensions to enter their world.

This was a cute story featuring Celtic lore and an adaptation of druidic stories about Merlin and Arthur. I enjoyed this aspect of the book, and I found it quite original. My favorite character in the book was Mr. Poe, but I was curious about Myrdin. I think I would have liked to know more about this character and his backstory.

I had issues with the pacing of the book. I found the writing a bit disjointed. The sense of urgency was lost on me most of the time. I think Pogharian could have done a better job at reminding the reader what was at stake in the story, as the events were entertaining enough but I didn’t feel much of the gravity of it all.

In the book, the Monroe Institute is mentioned several times as it’s where Penny’s parents work. This rang my alarm bells as I’ve read a book about the subject and I think it’s a controverted matter. I wondered several times if the dimensional beings and Pogharian’s inspiration had something to do with it. I hope it doesn’t, but I guess we’ll see in future books.

Michelle Babb delivered a wonderful narration, bringing the characters to life with exquisite interpretations. I liked that all characters had their unique voices and style, all done very subtly, without interfering with the story.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • G. W. Gann
  • 29-04-21

Young adult sci-fi adventurer Penny Preston

I enjoyed Penny Preston and the Raven's Talisman and its narration. The story is obviously aimed at a young crowd, and even acceptable for those below their teenaged years. However, it is captivating enough for an older adult, such as myself, to keep listening. The clever ties to real world science and history are marvelous, and make it even easier to suspend the disbelief and relax into the story.

I admit, the bit that the "world's best archeologist" has decided to teach eight grade history in a small town in New York State is a bit hard to swallow, but then I decided to take that as her own opinion of her skills. Well, maybe you'll see it differently.

The eight-grade characters in the book are believable as 12-13 year old eight-graders. Something I've seen before when read young-adult fiction was that the youth presented did not seem to match age described. I found the characters believable and well defined.

The narrator's voice is clear and concise, easy to understand. Her voices for the various characters are also distinct. She made the story even easier to listen to. Honestly, it took me a a chapter or two to get accustomed to her style and cadence, but for me, that is normal when I encounter any narrator new to me.

The producer/publisher did the listening audience a favor by not giving into the temptation of adding bizarre sound effects and reverberations. I have encountered that a little to often in stories that feature multiple dimensions, teleportation, and similar details. I know everyone has their preference, but I find such auditory effects distracting in an audio book, and am more pleased to find it absent than present.

I would recommend this book to anyone with middle-school aged or young high-school student. Especially if they have an interest in science. There is some ancient history featured in this story as well, and that may pique their interest as well.

Disclosure: I received a free Audible book code for the trade that I would provide a review. This is my first posted review. I do not personally know the author, the narrator, nor anyone involved with the book.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 14-07-21

Inter-dimensional Fantasy Both Fun & Complex

My 14-year-old daughter read this one too and really liked the storyline. It had some great twists and wasn't what we expected. We loved the Welsh legend element to the story. It really was fun and the actual storyline wasn't overly complex but the inter-dimensional parts were pretty confusing. The story was a mix of fantasy adventure with magic and science theory. Basically, if the summary was intriguing to you, then go for it.

Parents- This is completely clean (PG) but I would say that due to the complexity I would place it as a middle school and up read.

As for the narrator 2.75⭐.... Veerr-y s-l-ooo-wwww, like painfully. I'm really not trying to be mean but when I turned it on I thought it was at 3/4 speed. Once sped up to 1.3x speed it was much better, although some of the inflections felt off. She otherwise did a pretty good job.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Zhanna Lisser
  • 08-07-21

fun story

this was a fun and easy listen. the narrator did a good job and I was easily able to differentiate between the different characters.

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  • Gary Thomson
  • 03-07-21

Great Series

Really enjoyed this first book in the series introducing the characters and creating the ground work for the future brilliant.
I listened to the audio version. The narrator, Michelle Babb, always draws me into the stories she narrates. Her voice is perfect for story telling. She Always does a great job. I really enjoy listening to her.


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  • Jennifer J. Nanek
  • 21-06-21

Celtic tales and misalignment

I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator did an excellent job.

This is a cute young adult novel that is about a young girl who is misaligned which means she exists in different dimensions. I interpreted this as being like she's Doctor Strange. And she could manipulate these different dimensions. So the story is her learning about her powers.. This education process and her friendship with the young man who helps her are the two best elements of the book.

The study of ancient Celtic customs was also of interest. Some of the bits explaining about other dimensions and the different creatures got a little dull. All the different names got confusing.

I liked the raven character best.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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  • Jenny’s review
  • 19-06-21

Jenny’s review

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review and I had the audible version.
Michelle Babb did an amazing job as always with the voices of the characters. I always enjoy listening to her work.

The story was pretty good but I don’t agree with messing with any of the dark magic just to make that clear.

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  • Seth
  • 18-06-21

A fun YA Adventure

I received this book for free, but this review is left of my own accord.

This is a fun YA adventure with magic, old English and Welsh lore that will be familiar to most, and some that I assume is made up just for this story. I wont go into details about the characters so as not to spoil anything, but the cast is big enough to get time spent with more than just the main pair but small enough that we get quite a bit of time with each one.
This story is very plot-centric. There isn't a lot of character development, which is fine. The story follows a couple of young teens and takes place over less than a full school year. Character growth over that short a time at that age doesnt have to be fast.
I would have given this a 4-star on the story except that during one of the kids school assignments there is a spot where the story basically stops so it can deliver a bunch of irl exposition before the story can continue on. Im dinging it a star for that. The information could have been worked in better if the author felt compelled enough to include it.
I dinged the performance 1-star because the narrator pronounces some words strangely. It's like she's enlongating the sound some of the vowels make. Sometimes, but not all of the time. Plus sometimes she's spacing the words strangely and it can be a tad distracting.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to book 2.

Give this book a shot if you like fantasy YA stuff like Harry Potter.
Give this book a shot if you like old English and Welsh lore.

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  • Karen S
  • 18-06-21

One of my favorite books. Can't wait for Book 2

You can read the synopsis in the description so I will not repeat that information. This is an excellent story. I had to listen for just another 30 minutes, and then the afternoon was over and I was still listening. It rates in my top ten and is one I would listen to again.

Michelle Babb did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and giving each a clear voice. Her narration was excellent.
She is one of my favorite anrrators. the story.

I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • LB
  • 17-06-21

great book

i like this refreshing take on the Arthurian legend and enjoyed the characters of duncan and penny. the narration was great and really made each character come to life