Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I have been a little busy with life for the past couple of days so I apologize for there being no new posts, but I have a series of posts, including reviews that I think you will all be interested in. Since my AP test is on Wednesday I have been in a little state of anxiety and also just like ‘it is, what it is’, you know?
Anyways, why don’t we get into the book review? Plus there is some wonderful information on where you can buy this book, if you want, which I personally suggest ❣️
Author: Alexis Marie Chute
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy- featured in the young adult age group
Publishing Date: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Spark Press
Description according to Goodreads, “When Archie goes in search of his missing son, Arden, in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: to save his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a strange creature, a Bangol named Zeno, are transported—along with a cruise ship full of people, including Ella and her mother, Tessa—to a magnificent yet terrifying island in another realm, a place called Jarr-Wya, where Archie hopes to locate Ella’s cure.
On Jarr-Wya, the Bangols battle the Olearons—creatures made of fire—and the evil Millia sands for control of Jarr-Wya. When Ella is captured by the Bangols, her wit and resourcefulness emerge as she fights against all odds, and against all manner of creatures, to survive. Meanwhile, Tessa, must confront her long-buried secrets, broken marriage, and a confusing new love triangle, all while navigating the mysterious island in search of her daughter. And unbeknownst to everyone, there is an even greater foe to contend with: a wicked star anchored in the sea beneath them that is poisoning the island.
An epic adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that no matter how young, or how old, our bravery transforms not only our lives but the world around us.”
This is a lovely book surrounded by magic, a fantasy world, love for the family which is shown to be the top priority throughout the first book, and also incased with a health issue that everyone is trying to solve, within this small family.
The plot and pacing was good. I personally loved the plot and the whole idea surrounding the book but it took a little while to get into the book for me. I liked how we were not only able to see everything from one perspective but three; however, at times it became a little hard for me to keep up, but not too much😄. The author was able to describe everything in such precise detail that it couldn’t help but to make you feel as if you were on Jarr-Wya (the magical setting of the book).
I personally loved the whole aspect of not only having one of the characters dealing with a health issue but also not having her speak as it adds another dimension to the character, and makes it more difficult in my opinion for her to talk to people as not everyone can speak ASL. The fantasy world took a little while for me to get used to as it was all very sudden but around the 1/5th part of the book I was able to get a better understanding of the fantasy world and what was going on. So, when you read this book just keep on reading. Trust me it gets easier to understand.
In terms of characters, I loved the relationship that they shared. Of course, you have your main villain because, you know, you have to have a villain. But besides that, I loved the whole family dynamic and how they were able to risk everything for one another because they love each other. I also like how the adults were a key point within this story especially since it was fantasy as that isn’t really shown, and I think that is a great thing for younger children to see.
I think that this is a wonderful ya fantasy book featured on the love of family and would recommend it to fantasy fans and those trying to get out of a book reading slump as it is apart of a series of book, well trilogy. But that means there is more than one book so you can immerse yourself in the story and the world even longer.
Where To Buy The Book:
Book Depository (Paperback)
Barnes and Nobles (Paperback)
Indie Bound (Paperback)
Also if you click the link HERE, you can go to the authors website and see more details of where to buy the book including, buying the whole trilogy.
About the Author:
According to Alexis Marie Chute’s Website: “ALEXIS MARIE CHUTE is a free-spirited and award-winning artist, author, photographer, filmmaker, curator and public speaker with a tendency to burst into song. She’s a mama bear to four children, but is more like a big kid herself. Often underestimated for her goofy and whimsical personality—she’s been described as “awkward but charming”—Alexis is a ground-breaking outside-the-box innovator, storyteller, and cultural connector.
Alexis endured devastating loss and escaped a cult-experience, only to rise from the ashes as a resilient badass who embraces her (many) flaws and empowers others to joyfully do the same. Proud escape room junkie and underdog, Alexis writes the script for new ways of thinking and being in the world today.
Alexis has always believed there is more to life than what we can see in our daily grind. Schoolyard bullying forced her to understand who she is and what she stands for from a young age. Since then, she’s been on an almost four decade search for meaning. Her adventures have taken her around the world, into temples and churches, between the covers of hundreds of books, in front of audiences as small as one and as large as four hundred, with experiments in as many creative materials as you can name. She is a wellspring of inspiration and energy.
Alexis Marie Chute invites you to live large on a spirit-level and infuse meaning into every area of your life. She encourages creative and mindful living. Join her on this amazing journey.”
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