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Below the Moon

(The 8th Island Trilogy #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Ella Wellsley is not your typical teenager. Cancer left her mute, but not powerless. Trapped in a parallel dimension, Ella rallies her strength to join her family—her mother, Tessa, her grandpa Archie, and her magical boyfriend—in locating the cure to her illness. This cure is entangled in the fate of all worlds, and threatened by the presence of an evil Star anchored in t ...more
Kindle Edition, 449 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by SparkPress
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Tom I'm sure you'll still enjoy Below the Moon without reading the first, but I'd highly recommend reading Above the Star first. Below the Moon is meant t…moreI'm sure you'll still enjoy Below the Moon without reading the first, but I'd highly recommend reading Above the Star first. Below the Moon is meant to be the continuation right after the events of Above the Star.(less)
Tom Yes there will be a 3rd book to complete the trilogy.

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megan ♡
When I requested this, I didn't realise it was a sequel, which definitely added to the 3-star rating (why doesn't Netgalley always say when books are in a series??). But despite this, I actually enjoyed it a fair amount. It took me a while to get into and work out what everything was and everything that was going on, but once I figured it out, the adventure was a fun read. Ella's character was strong and she's been through a lot but that made her even stronger and I loved Luggie - cute!! It was ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Iread and Alexis Marie Chute
for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Below The Moon
The 8th Island Trilogy #2
By: Alexis Marie Chute

Fresh off the heels of Above The Star comes the sequel, Below The Moon. Props to the cover art because I love it. This story carries on where the previous book left us. There are layers of complexity and hierarchies and rules within this world that are too much to explain. New beings, specie
Karen Whittard
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really amazing book. It is completely different to anything that I have read before. It’s really moving and beautiful and I have to say I shed quite a few tears throughout this book. It’s amazing. .
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Below the Moon picks up exactly where Above the Star left us. Our three heroes have been through a lot since they were transported to the island of Jarr-Wya from Earth. Archie is rediscovering his youth, his daughter-in-law Tessa is fighting to save her daughter and trying to work out what her heart really wants, and his granddaughter Ella is battling cancer and falling in love. All that and Archie is still coming to terms with the fact that his son, Arden,
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
As far as a second book can go, this one was one of the best I’ve read. There was NO Second Book Syndrome and we got to learn a lot more about the characters, their motivations, their fears. I also liked how the plot was always moving forward and never dragged.

The illustrations are pretty cute, by no means do they look perfect, which is why they are so great. They are Ella’s thoughts as she experiences the journey and I definitely wish more fantasy books had a similar concept.

The character growt
Reader Views
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jennifer, YA Reviewer for Reader Views (2/2020)

“Below the Moon”, the second novel in the 8th Island Trilogy by Alexis Marie Chute, is truly a work of art that will challenge your imagination. However, I must encourage you to begin with book 1, “Above the Star” to truly appreciate the story.

Ella is a teen girl who has been fighting cancer for too long. In an attempt to find her cure, and through a very interesting chain of events, she and her family end up on the island of Jarr-Wya. T
Paper Frontiers
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Goodreads & the author for providing an ARC.

When the book was described as a “hybrid novel” with illustrations, I was imagining something like Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret. But the illustrations in this novel are more often supplementary rather than mediums to advance the plot. I appreciate how they give further insight into the fantasy atmosphere, especially the maps. And that’s really the strength of this book—the atmosphere, the world-building, the mythology.

The part
Amber Stewart
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I enjoyed this book even more than the first! I cannot wait for the third. It is such a great adventure story. It is unique to any other series I have read. I would definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy stories! I love that this series includes pictures, the imagery is very descriptive, but Ella's pictures help to have a visual of the places, characters, and items that are described in this extraordinarily different land!
Katie P.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is Below the Moon! Another rollicking and oh so interesting adventure into the world of Alexis Marie Chute! I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment in this trilogy, Above the Star, and I looked forward to this novel for a long time! Rather than having a lot of time pass, this book picks up at the moment the previous book left off! These are definitely meant to be read consecutively!

I'm so glad that Archie, Tessa, and Ella are still with us fo
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved:
I loved that this book did not let me down! I felt like it did a great job of staying true to the story, but introducing even crazier situations and exciting plots to keep me interested!

How I Felt:
Below the Moon picks up right where we ended Above the Stars. While it is the second book in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone, but I think the reader would take longer to understand the story and the world. I would recommend reading the first book in this series before reading
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not like anything else I have ever read and I thought it was great!!! you will need a box of tissues but it is a great and quick read thanks so much to netgalley and the publishers for this book for an honest review,
Kimmarie Pozar
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
Better than Book 1! This book was solidly in the fantasy genre. I enjoyed it more than the first which I had read on kindle. I had a physical copy of book 2 which makes the illustrations and the extras at the end of the book more accessible. There was still lots of action and battles but more of the mythology was filled in which made the story richer.

I look forward to the third book next year and hope to find it in my local book store!!!

This review was for an Advanced Reader Copy which was a gr
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another sweet, compelling read in the second book in the Trilogy by Alexis Marie Chute. This is such a creative series that tackles some intense issues including debilitating illness, intense relationships and most of all love. How much are we willing to give or sacrifice for the chance to save someone we love? This is at the heart of this series. Part two is even better than the first book and is hopefully a platform to lead into the conclusion to the Trilogy due out next year. For anyone who a ...more
Rachel Parrott
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
'Below the Moon' is a rich world of fantastic creatures that are in a desperate need of a cure, but will they agree to what ails them in time to save their world and all worlds.

Now I'll have to wait for the third in the series. Luckily, I can find the first and discover the beginning.

My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.
Laura Johnson
3.5 stars

For some reason it took me a long time to get into the story. I haven’t read the first book so that could be why, but I did download it on kindle to check it out. About 75% through the story I really got hooked and couldn’t stop reading and now I need book 3 to find out what happens.

I loved how the author put in little drawings that Ella drew throughout the book. She also put a glossary if characters and other important aspects at the end along with a cool alphabet in the different lan
كيتلين 🎀
*** I recieved this book as a Goodreads Giveaway ***

I love this book! I normally don't reach for Fantasy type books but the way this book is written kept my attention . It's well written and has an amazing story line . I wish I would have read the 1st book before but it didn't take away from the 2nd book! I definitely will be picking up the 1st book & seeing if a 3rd in the series comes out. I couldn't put the book down and that says ALOT because I am super picky about books but even the summar
Lucy Leblanc
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chute takes the reader on an emtional roller coaster through a fantasy world that is both beautiful and confusing. The style of writing is at times hard to keep up with but well worth the effort.
Jo Beth
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
i rec. this book on the giveaway. It's an almost poetical book. But I didn't read book 1 first, so that at first i did not have any understanding about the characters, until i read the cast of characters in the back of the book. I was able to piece enough together then to catch on. There are elements of fantasy and mythology and some science fiction. (the portal) But mostly it's mythological to me. A girl, Ella, with throat cancer who cannot speak opens her mouth and beautiful baby green birds f ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free advanced reader copy of this novel from the publisher through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads.

Below the Moon, the second novel in Alexis Marie Chute's 8th Island Trilogy, is a fascinating continuation of the adventure begun in Above the Star. In this installment, the Wellsley family, along with the other surviving members of the Atlantic Odyssey cruise and the varying residents of Jarr-Wya are forced to deal with the aftermath of the first book's explosive conclusion. With one c
Gordon Long
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
“Below the Moon” is a modern-day Young Adult Fantasy, a saga of alternate worlds and multiple races with multiple main characters and constantly shifting, incomprehensible magical powers.

This is a book of uneven quality, created by a talented but inexperienced artist and writer. Thus it sometimes soars and sometimes crashes. While many readers who are entranced by the poetic style will be willing to ignore the weak spots, this jaded reader cannot help but notice when the action flags because of
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I would like to say that I loved loved loved the book; however, I am going to try and make this review spoiler free so when I am talking about some of the things within the book it may seem vague as I want everyone to go and at least try and read this book, yet I don't want them to be spoiled by anything that I say.

The plot of this book was amazing as it picked up right where it ended in the first book. I actually enjoyed this book more than I did the first because I loved the romantic
Martin Gil
I’ll start by saying that I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and have finally gotten around to reading it. (I didn’t realize it was a sequel, and had to read part one first on top of all the other books I already had on my list--here is my review for Above the Star). Coming out of the sheer bizarreness that was Above the Star, I had prepared myself for a similar experience with Below the Moon. So when I first started reading and I found that Below the Moon to be much more coheren ...more
Yonasan  Aryeh
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the second book in the series. Haven’t read the first book yet? I must encourage you to redirect your gaze to the start of the series so you can fully appreciate the work of art you are about to embark upon.

If you’ve read the first book, then why bother with this review? I must warn you - I have not read the first book. I am writing this review not as a fan, but as a professional. My review will not tell you what the book is about. I don’t believe in shortcuts. My review will tell yo
Tonja Drecker
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
With unique style, this book hits the heart and imagination, and leads through an exciting adventure with a touch of romance.

This book takes off where the first one left off (so it seems as I didn't read book one). Archie and his family are settling in on Jarr-Wya, but their troubles are far from over. Ella is battling not only her ever weakening health but also her love life. Tessa is trying to save her daughter while dealing with her own troubles. All the while, they are still wrapped up in se
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Below the Moon
The 8th Island Trilogy #2
By Alexis Marie Chute

Ella Wellsley is dying the search for the cure to her cure continues. Ella's friendship with Luggie is strained when book two opens following the tragic events of Above the Star, which cost the lives of many.

Jarr-Wyn continues to change Archie who accidentally brought everyone to the planet Jarr with him. Is there something more to Archie's change or is it simply the unique properties of the planet at work? With his son, Arden found, th
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is book two of the 8th Island Trilogy and I was able to start it immediately after finishing book one.

Book two is written differently in that rather being a flowing story, each chapter is told by a different viewpoint of a character (Luggie, Tessa, Archie, Ella, etc.) Personally, I don’t have a preference and did not feel it take away from the story line at all.

One thing that I did notice (likely because I was able to read book one and then immediately start book two) was that book one and
Marilyn Wilson
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Below The Moon is book two in the author's 8th Island Trilogy series. As I said in my book #1 review, the plot for this story spans all 3 books, so I highly suggest you read it starting with book one.

In book two, the characters we follow are still on the island world of Jarr-Wya which has fallen into discord, and they are still seeking a cure for Ella's terminal illness. The native Olearons seem to feel if they can just find the star under the sea, they will find all the answers to the discord a
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Below the Moon takes off from the first book in this series and is one incredible, fast paced ride that you will not want to put down.

While I really enjoyed the first book in this series, I fell in love with this one. Our story really soars and I loved how Ella takes a lead role in this novel. Despite not being able to speak and her cancer diagnosis looming over her head, she shows her strength, compassion and her youthful nature. You can’t help but fall in love with her! And to see her relation
Jane Shibilski
Unlike many others, I struggled to understand and become involved with the three main characters, Ella, Tessa and Archie. I received this book as a courtesy from the publisher and I was not very familiar with this YA genre fantasy book. I was halfway through the book when I realized this is book 2 in the series with the first being “Above the Star”. I highly recommend you read this series in order as I felt on the outside trying to come to grips with this unfamiliar world of Jarr-Wya. For anyone ...more
Adrienne B
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was my first time reading a book by Alexis Marie Chute and it did not disappoint. I thought the plot was full of suspense and social/emotional ties. The action never stops from one moment to another. The character development is really a high point for me. We get to know all of Ella’s extended family and friends and are rooting for them along the way. The scenery is described in a way that makes you be able to imagine it without it being so foreign that it goes over your head.

Ella is the w
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Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, author, photographer, art curator, and filmmaker. She has received over 40 noteworthy distinctions for her visual and literary work.

Her award-winning fantasy series The 8th Island Trilogy includes, Above the Star, Below the Moon, and Inside the Sun. The series has been described as “A WRINKLE IN TIME meets THE

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  • Above the Star (The 8th Island Trilogy #1)
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