Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing I am doing well. I apologize if this review looks a little funny as it seems that WordPress is changing how they do everything including the layout of how to set up your posts as well. Nevertheless, this is the second book in the 8th island trilogy and if you want to check out my review on the first book click HERE.
Anyways, why don’t we get into the review now?
Author: Alexis Marie Chute
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi, and Fantasy
Publisher: Spark Press
Publishing Date: October 2019
Description according to Goodreads, “Ella Wellsley is not your typical teenager. Cancer left her mute, but not powerless. Trapped in a parallel dimension, Ella rallies her strength to join her family—her mother, Tessa, her grandpa Archie, and her magical boyfriend—in locating the cure to her illness. This cure is entangled in the fate of all worlds, and threatened by the presence of an evil Star anchored in the sea. The Star has thrown life everywhere into chaos—and it is Ella who holds the key to unlocking its mystery.
Caught in a web of betrayal, mistaken identities, secrets, and love triangles, Ella, Tessa, and Archie must overcome their troubled pasts to ensure a future for all worlds. On this journey—armed with unearthly abilities and unexpected allies—each member of the Wellsley family will learn the power of love in the face of their greatest fears.”
Firstly, I would like to say that I loved loved loved the book; however, I am going to try and make this review spoiler free so when I am talking about some of the things within the book it may seem vague as I want everyone to go and at least try and read this book, yet I don’t want them to be spoiled by anything that I say.
The plot of this book was amazing as it picked up right where it ended in the first book. I actually enjoyed this book more than I did the first because I loved the romantic side plot that went through real struggles compared to one just accepting what happened even though they shouldn’t as it hurt them. The book was also easier in terms of just “going with the flo” as we already have learned everything about this world, why they are there, who these people are and what their goals are. With this knowledge it made the plot easier to read as you knew most of the basic knowledge and it allowed for the pacing of the book to also speed up as this part of the trilogy was a lot more action based compared to the first, from what I’ve read.
In terms of characters I have a soft spot for the main family that we are dealt with and see things through their eyes. My favorite characters would have to be Ella Wellsley, one of the main characters of the story. The reason as to why I enjoyed her character compared to other characters was that she wasn’t whinny, she was able to deal with the situation at hand with a little struggle. Allowing for the readers to perhaps relate to her as they could associate with some of her struggles such as Cancer and the symptoms that go along with it.
My other favorite character would be one of the characters mentioned within the first book; however, he is also from this new world, Luggie. The reason as to why I enjoyed reading both about and through his character was that he had an big and open heart. It appeared that when he cared about something he cared about it completely. However, he went through struggles that made him who he was which was something that I personally was able to relate to and allowed for me to enjoy his character.
A little extra things about this book that were a little unique and perhaps more enjoyable compared to other books was that it was told in multiple points of view. Along with that since one of our main characters Ella couldn’t speak much or not at all, she was able to draw pictures which were displayed to help add to the context of the book. This book while apart of a trilogy was almost able to show a feel of Sci-Fi from the first book to almost Fantasy within this solidifying in my mind the ability for it to be in both.
Where to Buy the Book:
Book Depository (paperback)
Barnes and Nobel (paperback)
Information 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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