Hi everyone! "E" here for some book talk...
My taste in reading tends to lie in the Action Adventure, Thriller, and, dare I say, Horror genres. Not very safe neighborhoods to hang out for very long. I just finished GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn, DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay, and NIGHT CHILL by Jeff Gunhus. All three were amazing by the way (and definitely for mature audiences!). HOWEVER, the excessive violence and despicable deeds throughout, tend to weigh heavy on me. I don't like to let too much of that in because after all: As You Think So Shall You Be.
So I'm always on the lookout for great middle grade books that will give me the same adrenaline rush without all the wickedness. Well, I found one a couple of days ago and wanted to share it with you. Admittedly, It does have a little wickedness (i.e. some violence and the over use of the words "sucks" and "crap" that some parents might not appreciate).
THE EIGHTH DAY is a high concept children's book that hooks you in right from the beginning. The characters are engaging and the writing is slick, but it was the world building that really did it for me. Complex and sophisticated! I'll let the professionals describe the basic plot to you.
FROM SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL:
Gr 5–7—Jax Aubrey wakes up one day to discover he is a Transitioner; a person gifted with an extra 24-hour day between Wednesday and Thursday. His guardian, Riley, is also a Transitioner, and begins to slowly introduce Jax to a secret world of magic and adventure. Jax soon realizes it's not all fun and games. Not all Transitioners are who and what they appear to be, and Riley is tasked with guarding the girl next door, a prisoner who only exists in this magical Eighth Day. The girl, Evangeline, is the key to rival Transitioners' plans to use the extra day to destroy the normal world. Only Riley, Jax, and their allies can hope to stop them. The Eighth Day is an interesting concept, and Salerni makes it work by having Jax learn, along with the reader, to navigate this extra day that is both fascinating and extremely dangerous. The concept melds Arthurian legend into present day in much the same way that Rick Riordan uses Greek and Egyptian mythology, with characters being descendents of heroes long thought to be folklore and their place in this world sometimes dependent on that lineage. There are a few points where the action stalls slightly, but in general the writing is fast paced and exciting. The story lends itself to further adventures and readers will be excited to follow Jax and eager to see what happens next.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX
As luck would have it, the second book just came out this week and it's called THE INQUISITOR'S MARK. It's going to be my next read -- can't wait!. Congratulations Mrs. Salerni on your wonderful accomplishments. I look forward to reading many more of your middle grade novels. Thanks for the safe neighborhood:)
Any suggestions for other pulse pounding middle grade? Or do I have to resort back to my old standby genres?
All the best,