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Above the Star: The 8th Island Trilogy (edició 2018)

de Alexis Marie Chute (Autor)

Sèrie: 8th Island Trilogy (1)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Above the Star: The 8th Island Trilogy
Autors:Alexis Marie Chute (Autor)
Informació:SparkPress (2018), 368 pages
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Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (02/19)

“Above the Star,” is the first in a new fantasy series by Alexis Marie Chute, following Fourteen-year-old Ella who is suffering from a terminal brain tumor. Ella lives with her mother and paternal grandfather; her beloved father disappeared without warning, two years ago. When Ella’s grandfather offers to take the family on a cruise to create one last happy memory, the two ladies have no idea that he has been reading journals about another world that might have a cure for Ella. Things go awry shortly into the cruise. The grandfather has been in contact with a being, from the other world, who was exiled on earth. He has a Tillastrion, which is a portal device that connects earth to Jarr-Wya, which is an island on the planet Jarr. This island is severely affected by the negative energy from a star that once crashed there. Three different groups of beings are engaging in a brutal power struggle. When Ella and her mother accidentally arrive there with her grandfather, the conflicts greatly increase. Neither is sure of whom they can trust, because the animosity among the local beings causes the castaways to see that they are being manipulated. New friendships and alliances are tenuous, and the family finds answers about what really happened to their missing loved one.

“Above the Star,” took me on a wild ride! I did not want to put this book down. Seeing that it the first book in the 8th Island Trilogy, I look forward to reading the next books in this series. The author did a fantastic job creating a world full of strange magic and unusual beings. Each of the different groups of beings are very complex, and due to the influence of the evil star, they cannot all be deemed simply as good or evil. The struggle to survive dominates their actions.

The dynamics among the family members are heavily affected by the circumstances which brought them to this strange world. Anger, feelings of betrayal and the desperate need to save the child, all influence how they get along with each other. Forgiveness and understanding will play a key role in the healing. While some of the characters in this novel are teenagers, I feel that adults will also enjoy it. Readers should be prepared for the violence and suffering that plays out in several of the scenes.

I highly recommend “Above the Star” by Alexis Marie Chute for fans of fantasy fiction. It’s a captivating start in what promises to be a spectacular series! ( )
  Reader_Views | Oct 20, 2020 |
A Seattle Hospital nurse, Tessa, had met and married her college sweetheart feeling certain this would be her only love, forever. Arden was a History major and became a Professor of Ancient Egyptian Dynasties. They both were dedicated to their little daughter as well as each other. Then, the devastating news were given them that Ella had an advanced cancerous tumor at the base of her skull. The surgery and treatments didn't work.

Arden's parents were a big part of their lives but when Ella was seven, her grandma died and her Grandpa Archie moved in with them. Ella and her grandpa Archie developed a strong bond. Now for the past two years, the father, Arden, has been missing. Tessa is devastated and has lost all trust in her husband for abandoning them when Ella is so critically ill. Archie doesn't understand what happened to Arden, yet he retains faith in his son.

Arden was desperate. He had to find a cure for his daughter. He did the only thing he knew to do but he couldn't tell anyone or they would have him locked up in a psycho ward.

Archie found Arden's journals Tessa put in the attic. He felt he had a concrete clue to where his son had gone missing to. He used all his finances to create a marvelous cruise for him, Tessa and Ella. This became the cruise of a lifetime for many!

This book is packed with bizarre characters and constant action. in several instances the reader feels he/she has it figured out, yet delves into further surprises. This creative work is a cross genre of horror, fantasy, action/suspense and mystery/romance. For those who are concerned about ethnic/racial problems, this will lessen any mortal issues!

The author has extended her creativity to a severe bizarre characterization. There is much intrigue and emotion within these pages. Although preposterous, there are parts, of the tale, one can relate to and even gain a relevant message from.

AS outlandish as this book was, I was anxious to continue with the next one to discover "what happened next".

*This book was gifted me without pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review. ( )
  LAWonder10 | Jul 15, 2020 |
This is a fun and intriguing book. It is a good start to this trilogy. Instantly, I fell in love with Ella. Upon discovering her circumstance, you can't help but feel for Ella and cheer for her. Her grandfather is a sweetheart. He would do anything for her.

In the beginning, I was not as drawn to Ella's mother, Tessa but as the story progressed, I found myself connecting to all three...Ella, her grandfather, and her mother. The island of Jarr-Wya is filled with tons of mythical creatures, plenty of action and adventure.

The ending leaves you wanting to read the next book to see what happens next. Young readers will enjoy this book. Ella is the perfect main lead that readers will connect with. ( )
  Cherylk | Jul 12, 2020 |
I received this book for free from the publisher (SparkPress) as part of a promotional blogger unboxing campaign.

This is probably the most unique book I have read so far this year.

Up until I got about halfway through the book I thought it was weird. It was odd and bizarre, kind of in a Roald Dahl way, but stranger. It took me a while to get used to it and the world. I’ve never encountered a world quite like this one before, so there was definitely a learning curve.

One thing that really threw me for a loop early on was the amount of death in this book. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much of it and for it to be somewhat gruesome.

But once I got used to the peculiarities of the book, I started to really enjoy it. This book follows the typical quest storyline, but it was still a lot of fun.

As for the characters, it was interesting to see a grandfather as a main character in YA book. You don’t see that too often. I think my favorite character was Lady Sophia. She was a supporting character but she was so funny!

I also really liked the illustrations in the book. There is a hand drawn map of the world and various sketches that the character, Ella, draws dispersed throughout the novel.

The glossary at the end was a nice touch. It was super helpful in figuring out how the world worked.

Even though it took me a while to get into it, I’m really excited for the rest of the books in this trilogy! ( )
  oddandbookish | Jun 10, 2018 |
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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.

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