What I Loved:
I loved that this book did not let me down! I felt like it did a great job of staying true to the story, but introducing even crazier situations and exciting plots to keep me interested!
How I Felt:
Below the Moon picks up right where we ended Above the Stars. While it is the second book in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone, but I think the reader would take longer to understand the story and the world. I would recommend reading the first book in this series before reading Below the Moon.
The world definitely expands in this book, and I was so excited to see that! There are lots of new species that the characters are introduced to, and I loved that they were unique, new creatures in the sci-fi realm. This story once again had amazing illustrations drawn into the pages that aided the overall storytelling. It was one of my favorite things from Above the Stars, so I was really excited to see that the author chose to carry that element into book 2!
The characters continue to be a wonderful aspect of this series. They are well-rounded with distinct personalities and flaws, which made me connect to them easily.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first book in the series, which I think comes down to the fact that when I picked book 2 up, I was already aware of the characters and the world, so I was able to jump right into the story without trying to understand what was going on. I felt that the writing was wonderfully descriptive, and the characters were perfect!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend Below the Moon for young adult readers that like crazy sci-fi adventures with great characters!
Where to Find This Book:
Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute is available at these sites.
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.
Just the Facts:
Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute
Genre: Young Adult
Page Count: 448 pages
Pub Date: October 2019
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning author, artist, photographer, art curator, filmmaker, and public speaker. She has received over 40 noteworthy distinctions for her visual and literary work.
Her award-winning fantasy series The 8th Island Trilogy includes, Above the Star, Below the Moon, and Inside the Sun. The series has been described as “A WRINKLE IN TIME meets THE PRINCESS BRIDE” by The Perpetual You magazine, and “Fast and bizarre… never a dull moment” by Forward Reviews. The 8th Island Trilogy “weaves STAR WARS-like characters with a WONDER-like message to form an enrapturing read for blooklovers of all ages” – US Review of Books.
Chute’s bestselling memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, was a top Kirkus title of 2017 and received a plethora of other literary distinctions. The memoir was accompanied by the feature documentary of the same name, which has screened internationally for the last three years. Chute received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design from the University of Alberta, Canada, and studied at Media Design school in Auckland, New Zealand. She graduated valedictorian with her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, USA.
Chute is a highly regarded public speaker. She has presented on art, writing, bereavement, and the healing capacities of creativity around the world. Contact the Author/Artist for bookings firstname.lastname@example.org
When not in her art/photo studio or at her computer, Chute loves to spend quality time with her family, read fiction and non-fiction, watch reality TV, paddleboard, and canoe. She is not a winter person but lives in frosty Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her husband and their three living children.
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