- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1109 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: CompletelyNovel.com; 1 edition (17 Aug. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MU30N1G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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- #5651 in Kindle Store > Books > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic
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An unexpected blend of thriller, mystery and metaphysical ~ I was taken happily away from the real world, and transported into Joe's psyche.
This beguiling protagonist sets the tone of intrigue and suspense beautifully, and the switch in dialogue from reality to his inner thoughts & world- I found to be a perfect craftwork of intelligent YA.
Well written, I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
I recently read another children's book that reminded me of "Lord of the Flies" the gruesome elements of the story made it harder for me to enjoy. I wonder why some authors make their stories so dark.
In contrast, even though this book does have some "darker" moments, Summer's Dark Waters is very entertaining and the story-line had me hooked.
The main character, Joe, is someone you want to like. A bit quiet, shy, different. In contrast to his friend, Amber, who wants to look out for him and is inquisitive and no push-over. Together, they discover that something is not right and Joe is special. The creation of a secret society to save the world from chaos is not a new concept, but worked very well here. I am intrigued about this group, which seems twisted in its ideals.
To save themselves, Joe manages to bridge the gap between our world and a new world, which the author creates. It is slightly reminiscent of Narnia... no animals, but strange folk all the same. A collection of the "Lost", a strange melee of individuals. Some from different worlds.
As an added bonus, the author included illustrations within the book, which added an extra dimension.
This book leads nicely on to a follow up, which is fab for children. You want to get them hooked on reading and this works brilliantly for me. Highly recommend.
*~I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review~*
As with all other major successes in this field, this book was born of an unusually sensitive person at a very special time in their life, and I can’t help but imagine Simon reading each chapter, as soon , as they were writ, to the children who inspired him, feeling the fruit of his labours in the warmth of their enjoyment.
I don’t want to spoil the treat you are in store for so will not recount any details of the plot. Suffice to say that there is not a word out of place – I thought there was one but on re-reading I found it had vanished – and that it is a gripping story of the eternal fight of good against unseen dark forces bonded by a rare alchemy to the most delightful of illustrations. It has its feet firmly planted in both the prosaic and the fantastic, so suspending disbelief that it will live on in your mind, prompting you to revisit it time and time again, if only for a quick dip and to see again Anakolie’s rich and evocative charcoal and pencil drawings.
Most importantly it awakens in the reader a renewed awareness of the highly psychic side of our nature, and of how much magic remains hidden waiting for our senses to grow sharper. Somehow we can all feel when eyes are upon us, that curious effect that a nearby strong magnet will have, the sense that we have company even though they cannot be seen. And it gently reminds us of that most valuable of lessons, that not all those who smiles at us are our friends.
If you have not yet read Summers Dark Waters I envy you, just as I envy those who have not yet discovered the Moomins or Winnie-the-Pooh. I wholeheartedly recommend that you get and keep it handy, whether in paper or electronic form, so that the next time you feel disenchanted with the world you will have a remedy ready.
Psy (Simon) Barnsley <3
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in that series works particularly well in a book for children where he moves the action along at a good pace while
not neglecting to develop the characters in the story. Some of the themes and motifs of the Aona books are used effectively here and anybody who enjoyed them will like this book too. An added bonus is that the proceeds are
going to a worthy charity. Apparently a sequel is being planned which given the number of loose ends and tantalising mysteries is good news.
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