Imagine. An eighth day. Another day of the week to do whatever you'd like. A day all to yourself. Just think about it for a moment.
Ah. Great idea, right?
If only there was...
But there is... (insert sinister laugh here.)
Imagine the possibilities.
I did this weekend. I took a trip to The Eight Day.
Only a select chosen few were able to visit. And I was one of them. Imagine the world, our world, suspended in time. Clocks remain still. Electricity is no longer in service. Your family is gone, and you are left alone to fend for yourself.
What would you do?
Leave the darkness of your house for an empty street. The pink sky mocking you with every step. You search frantically for your neighbors who are no longer present. No cars bustling down the street. No cute, little squirrels racing up a tree. Nothing but you...
This happened to my newest friend, Jax. A thirteen-year-old boy. Also chosen.
He was taken away from a safe life with a family member to live with a stranger. A teenager himself.
Odd. Don't you think?
But it was his father's dying wish.
We can only guess.
The Eight Day holds many mysteries. Many unanswered questions. Who lives in this altered world? Friend or foe?
Again, we can only guess.
Soon. Very soon. You, too will have some of the answers. It's a trip you'll surely want to take. I'm glad I did.
Well, all. I hope you enjoyed my bit of fun on this intro for Dianne Salerni's newest novel. I was lucky to be able to receive an ARC of this novel and I am THRILLED to give you my review. As you can see from my intro, I truly enjoyed this book.
Can you imagine living on a day between Wednesday and Thursday?
Dianne is brilliant!
She weaves a tale of mystery, excitement, magic, and oh so much more. Her MC, Jax is a sweet, thirteen year old boy, but with an extraordinary gift. He, with other gifted people live on the Eight day, an extra day of the week.
On this day, he meets a young girl, living at his neighbor's house, but she is not there by chance. Is she a prisoner or a ghost? And why does she only appear on the eighth day?
Well, Jax is convinced she is just a cute girl a year or two older than he is and insists on becoming her friend.
Jax's guardian, Riley, has a different view. He practically orders Jax to leave her alone.
Why? you ask. Hmmm. This and many other intriguing aspects keeps the reader engaged until the very last page.
What I really enjoyed most about this story was the amazing cast of characters all linked to the Middle Ages and King Arthur's court. We see a wide spectrum...Odd. Mean. Dangerous. Funny. And yes, Cruel. Almost all vying for power in the Eighth day.
The climatic scene was an unexpected and original surprise with many twists and turns. Ms. Salerni truly has a the gift for the fantastic.
The Eight Day is the first in a trilogy, and I'll be waiting anxiously for any news of book two.
Both adults and middle graders will totally enjoy this tale.
All the best, DIANNE! And THANKS!