MISALIGNED: THE CELTIC CONNECTION by
Armen Pogharian is a wonderful book for both teens and preteens. The
two main characters are thirteen years old, and their friendship is
endearing and believable. The story also features a cantankerous raven,
a mysterious cat with magical powers, and a marvelous grandmother (I’m
partial to grandmothers) who doles out just the right information at
the right time. I sincerely hope we see more of her in upcoming books.
MISALIGNED: THE CELTIC CONNECTION has all the earmarks of the
hero’s journey. Penny has no idea that she is special until she is
thrust into a magical showdown that threatens the world. Overwhelmed
and alone, she struggles to maintain her schoolwork while training in
trans-dimensional portals—until her best friend discovers her secret
and offers unflagging support.
The story takes side excursions into Celtic folklore and
Arthurian legend, which I found quite interesting. In fact, I enjoyed
the book so much, I read it twice in short order. Highly recommended.
~ Roxanne Smolen, Author
Misaligned: The Celtic Connection
is a brilliant combination of modern fantasy, Celtic myth and Arthurian
legend. When the shadows from Penny's recurring nightmares creep up on
her during school lunch, she hurls her tapioca at them. Although she
isn't blamed for the ensuing tapioca fight, she is introduced into a
whole new world of other dimensions, portals and creatures of legend.
Add to this a talking raven and an ambitious archeologist and Penny,
together with her friend Duncan, her cat Simon, and their science
teacher Mr. Myrdin enter into a highly exciting and dangerous
did I enjoy this book! Apart from
the general excitement, action and suspense of the story, the author
keeps it utterly fascinating with vivid and frequent descriptions of
Celtic customs and druidic rituals. He skillfully incorporates a legend
concerning King Arthur, his knights and Merlin into this story. Throw
into the tale some mythical creatures like Cait Sith, a Grimalkin and
the Bodach and "Misaligned: The Celtic Connection" is a book that you
wouldn't want to put down.
characters are absolutely realistic.
Penny Preston, the main character, and her friend Duncan are about
thirteen to fourteen years old and they behave like young people their
age should. Neither highly popular nor completely unpopular, Penny is
just a normal school girl with a talent for swimming and a desire to
excel at her school work.
Penny, Duncan and Mr. Myrdin are
trying to prevent disaster, a highly ambitious archeologist is making a
deal with a being from another dimension in order to achieve her goals.
Too bad Scotland Yard and the FBI are looking for the link to a major
ring of antiquities smugglers.
for readers of all ages, this
book will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. Five
stars for a brilliant, unique and extremely interesting book.
~ Ellen Fritz,
The Celtic Connection
is a unique and fun read. Pogharian's first novel grabs the reader from
the prologue with hints of the whole hierarchy of 'dimensions' then
rolls into a great, fast paced story. The characters are interesting as
we see them experience the amazing events that Penny's misaligned
status leads them into and the equally interesting events of a normal
adolescent. I recommend Misaligned for anyone who enjoys fantasy
adventure stories and especially for teen and preteen readers.
~ Jim Verdier
Very interesting… the characters came alive and held my attention.
~ M.A. Garth
Totally enjoyed Misaligned: The Celtic Connection;
intriguing characters, and interesting settings to explore. I had fun
learning while reading as Armen's inventive plot takes you to
fascinating real-world places. Highly recommend this book for teens and
~ Cathy Gorton
Diabolic entertainment! Author Armen Pogharian brings down the house
with his new novel. Misaligned: The Celtic Connection
will usher you through a whirlwind of mind-blowing action. With each
turn of the page, mystical adventures captivate the reader vicariously
through thirteen year-old Penny Preston, whose wicked nightmare becomes
reality, forcing her to use her misalignment with our universe to save
all-powerful, extra-dimensional beings. An outstanding read! You won’t
be able to put down!
~ Karen Vance Hammond, Author