16 year old Matty is a genius. So much so that he is kicked out of school for being ahead of his teachers. He gets a second chance when King Hadrian asks him to work on a special project to earn a master's degree. The project- What is January Black?
Common knowledge holds that January Black is one of the ships that brought settlers to live in the kingdom. But, that is not what the king is after. There is more to the story, a deep, dark secret. Matty's search leads him into forbidden territory and he is arrested with a sentence of death. The only way out is to solve the riddle of January Black, and quickly!
This is a really good book. The mystery that the plot revolves around is buried deep within the history of the kingdom. Matty's search takes many twists and turns, eventually leading to a life changing choice. I loved the whole premise and eagerly followed Matty's journey. There is also a sweet sub-plot about a romance.
The book is YA, but it seems to read more middle grade, minus the romantic parts. I think that is because the book takes a leap back in time to fill the reader in on Matty's complete journey. So, we start when he is younger.
And hold on to your hats! January Black isn't the only twist in the book. There are 2 HUGE plot twists at the end of the book that are fun. This book is definitely worth reading. It is an action/ romance/ mystery rolled up into one.
Author Wendy S. Russo Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.
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