So, one of the quickly-becoming coolest things about being an author is that it provides opportunities to read and review other people’s work. Given my fondness for books, this is a wonderful thing and I’m really enjoying it.
Today, I thought I’d tell you about a fun, new book I just read. Forbidden Portals: The Quicksilver Project is a new e-book by J. A. Lightender. Here’s the cover blurb:
Renny is your average teenager. He's tall, lanky, and an easy target for the neighborhood bully. But things quickly change when his parents buy him a not-so-average dog. Entering “Ernie's Pet Shack” was an experience Renny would not soon forget, nor could he guess the adventure that awaited him once he took his dog, Lou home. The two were about to embark on a quest that would change the world as Renny knew it.
My review: I have to say I really enjoyed this book. It’s written in first-person and Lightender did an excellent job with Renny’s voice. Everything he said sounded like a nice, very smart, slightly eccentric, young adolescent. In fact, even though the book has elements of a fantasy in it, Renny seemed very real. I could easily imagine him in one of my classes.
I guess it’s because of my theatre background, but when I read, characters have to seem real and interesting and Lightender did a great job with Renny. The other characters are also very interesting, his unusual dog, Lou, was also a lot of fun—and since they are the two main characters there’s a lot of enjoyment.
Lightender has created a fun, light-hearted fantasy here. I’d call it a suburban fantasy as it’s set in the suburbs, but the characters encounter a world they were not aware of.
This is a short, fun summer read for younger readers. At 67 pages, with short chapters, it seems well-designed for a reluctant reader, although older and more voracious readers will also enjoy it—they’ll just enjoy it more quickly. I think girls and boys will both enjoy this book, but it would be a great choice for a boy who is a reluctant reader.
The Quicksilver Project is the first book in what is projected to be a series, and I’ll be excited to read the next installment. It is only available as an E-book and can be ordered for $3.95 at www.jadamsnovels.com.
Disclosure/Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book so I could provide the review, and J.A. Lightender reviewed my book recently. However, there was no requirement for me to write a positive review, or even post the review had I not liked the book.
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