Monday, August 10, 2015
Book Review and Giveaway- The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
It's been a few hectic weeks here, but I am happy to have a post for Middle Grade Monday :) Today I have a review of The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. I have my review copies to give away of both books 1 and 2 in this series! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!
Troubled times are upon New Occident, where politicians want to seal off their land to all other time lines and kick out anyone not a native. Shadrack is against this ruling, and due to his outspoken voice (and map making knowledge) he is kidnapped. Only Sophia can save him, but it will take her on a journey of danger through the ages.
What an amazing story! I felt blown away by the originality of the plot and the creativity of the author's details. A book for older middle graders, this story will take some thoughtful insight to delve into. The most magical creation is with the use of maps. Shadrack is able to make and read maps built from wood, water, paper and fabric. Maps that actually transplant the map reader into the physical, emotional or sensory images of the original map maker. A wondrous idea.
Then there are the faceless creatures that stalk the Bad Lands. I have to admit that these wailing lost souls gave me the creeps. I couldn't figure out what they were, and the author does an amazing job keeping it a secret until the end of the book. There is great tension as the story builds, memories are stolen, and parts of the world are seemingly erased.
Another great ending twist is the revelation of a map that Sophia believes hides the secrets to the demise of a previous world. As this map's history unfolds the reader is filled with mystery and when the secret is revealed, it is a surprise. I always feel that a book that surprises me should get extra points.
So, if you are looking for something new, try this book. The first in a series, book 2, The Golden Specific was just released in May 2015. 5 stars!
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