Since Donna was nice enough to hang out and chat on Monday nights with us, I thought it would be great if I could get a middle grade perspective of her book.
This review comes directly from my eleven year old son, with a little prodding by Mom. Details about what the book (and the book trailer) are about are at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!
Let’s start out with what you liked.
The main thing I liked about it was the non-stop action and adventure.
Other details I liked were how different things and different problems were introduced and there were so many things they had to do all at once. And I also liked how the story didn’t take place in one area, how they had to move to different realms all the time.
Also I liked how things started winding down at the end, and then they started winding back up at the end– At 75% it seemed like everything was safe and then it was like “Omigosh they’re not safe because (character name removed) is back!”
Did anything special catch your eye?
Some of the things that caught my eye were how you didn’t know Joshua’s name until his friend mentioned it. You didn’t know his name until the second chapter. I kinda liked that.
Also, at the beginning, I liked how when the storm happened out of nowhere and then this guy showed up and all this action suddenly came out of nowhere. It was like, “Omigosh! Action adventure.”
(Mommy plays Devil’s Advocate) Was there anything you didn’t like?
(He had to think a minute)
The only thing I didn’t like was how hard it was to keep track of who the characters were. There were too many kids that he meets.
There was also one character that has something bad happen to him, but he still goes on the adventure, but is only mentioned once when they are eating but then you never hear about him again. What happened to him?
[Minor spoiler] They never found out who spilled the beans on the plan they had to escape from the mill. [End minor spoiler]
Even though there were a few things that bothered me, overall I really liked this book.
Would you read another book n the series if there were one?
On a scale of 1 for the worst book you’ve read and 5 for the best book you ever read, how would you rate this book?
I would rate it a four
There you go! Directly from my eleven year old son. I hope you enjoyed it!
About Donna: Donna Galanti is the author of A Human Element and A Hidden Element (Imajin Books), the first two award-winning, bestselling books in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, and the middle grade fantasy adventure series Joshua and The Lightning Road (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at Project Mayhem. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family in an old farmhouse. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com.
About Joshua and the Lightning Road:
Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper learns the hard way that lightning never strikes by chance when a bolt strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever. To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark world where stolen human kids are work slaves ruled by the frustrated heirs of the Greek Olympians who come to see Joshua as the hero prophesied to restore their lost powers. New friends come to Joshua’s aid and while battling beasts and bandits and fending off the Child Collector, Joshua’s mission quickly becomes more than a search for his friend—it becomes the battle of his life.