Okay, so who out there is a busy mom who doesn’t have time to pee let along read a young adult book. (My hand would be going up here) Above the Star is the first book in the 8th Island Trilogy, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. Totally worth the time to devour this.
This book, is one that grips you right from the start. I must admit that once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Seriously read the entire book in about 2 days. I immediately fell in love with Ella, she is very much your typical 14 year old girl. Lots of sass, eye rolling and conflict with mom, but all done in a way that she isn’t disrespectful. Her mother was one, that took me a few chapters to really relate to. However, as her story and side was revealed; she is certainly someone that you can understand her struggles.
This book is very much the magical adventure of Narnia meets a feel good family story. I love the new world that the author, Alexis Marie Chute, was able to create. Her ability to create all of these characters, and a completely different world was gripping. There was never a question of what Jarr-Wya looked like, or the journey that the characters have taken. It was detailed enough to really paint the picture, yet open enough for you to put your own touches on the place, it was wonderful for the imagination.
From the back of the book:
“When frumpy senior citizen Archie goes in search of his missing son in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: locating a magical cure for his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a stone-headed creature named Zeno are transported to Jarr-Wya, a magnificent yet terrifying island in a connected realm—along with Ella and her strong-willed mother, Tessa, who accidentally stow away on this not-so-secret quest.
What they find on Jarr-Wya is an island tortured by a wicked Star anchored in the sea, and a raging three-way battle for dominion between the stone-wielding Bangols, the fiery Olearons, and the evil Millia sands. Ella’s wit and resourcefulness emerge in this new world, while Tessa is forced to confront her long-buried secrets and a confusing new love triangle. When Ella is captured, Tessa and Archie—with the help of a company of peculiar allies—set out to save her and unravel the terrible mystery of her cure.
A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that even the smallest act of bravery can transform our lives and the fates of the worlds around us.”
My Last Thoughts
This was a very PG book, suitable for even my sensitive young daughter. There is some violence in that gets a little graphic, not horribly but something to be aware of. This does include the death of a few characters, and their rituals around death. There is no sex in the book, the furthest it goes is one kissing scene. Also, there is no swear words here. There are a few scenes that may scare really young audiences, but most kids over 11/12 should be able to handle them without to many issues.
Over all, I would give this book 5 stars! And I can’t wait to read the rest of the book. If you would like to get started on this trilogy, you can purchase the book here.