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Below the Moon

(The 8th Island Trilogy #2)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  29 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
Paperback, 256 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…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
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Karen Whittard
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. .
Motherbooker
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my review at motherbookerblog.com:

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
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Paper Frontiers
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amber Stewart
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Shyra
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
Victoria
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific! I love the illustrations and I can't wait for the third book!
Kimmarie Pozar
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 wh
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Rachel Parrott
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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
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كيتلين 🎀
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*** 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 su
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Lucy Leblanc
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Reader Views
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (10/19)

“Below the Moon” is the second book in The 8th Island Trilogy, by Alexis Marie Chute, following on the heels of “Above the Star.” Picking up where the first book left off, the author takes us back to the island of Jarr-Way, which sits, on a planet, in a dimension that is parallel to ours. The Wellsley family continues to try to find their place in this strange world. Ella, the protagonist, is still suffering from cancer. In order to pr
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Yoni Esterman
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tonja Drecker
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wrap
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Jane Shibilski
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
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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Adrienne B
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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Jo Beth
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
HollyLovesBooks
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Lindsey
Oct 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Mine was an advanced reader copy and over 400 pages, it felt like it took a lifetime to get through. I didn't like any of the main characters, and all of the secondary characters sort of blurred together. I completely forgot some were even in the story for several chapters until they suddenly spoke. The writing felt juvenile and the different races were hard to understand and keep track of. I also wasn't a fan of the sketches included i ...more
Michelle
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cancer, mute
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog

Thank you to SparkPress for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Chalk this one up to a case of mismatch, but this book has definitely vexed me. No matter how much I tried to get into the material, it seemed like it bounced around a little plot wise and I had a hard time keeping track of what was going on. It definitely has a unique writing style that many seem to enjoy, I'm just not one of them. 
Robin Black
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a really well written, descriptive young adult novel. I didn't read the first one but I didn't feel that lost with the story. I think I will have to go back and read the first book. I thought it was a mixture of climate change, Alice in Wonderland and A Wrinkle In Time. Such imagination. And I felt that the glossary in the back of the book helped tremendously.
The world of booktopia
3.5 stars
Review coming soon!
Janet
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book more than the first. It was an emotional roller coaster and can't wait for the 3rd!
Ashkoff
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I would like to thank Alexis Marie Chute for signing this book to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in the series and now I'm stuck waiting for the third to come out !!!!
Rebekah
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
**Goodreads giveaway recipient**

Infinitesimally better than Book 1, but not good enough for this series to redeem itself.

Did not enjoy. Do not recommend.
Karen N.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars (I won this in a Goodreads giveaway)
Tania
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I didn't read the first book so it took me some time to get into this and learn everything. I still enjoyed this book because the characters were likeable and the story was interesting.
Ed
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Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning artist, author, photographer, and filmmaker. Her debut memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, was released by She Writes Press in 2017, accompanied by the feature documentary. Chute has been published in PhotoEd, WestWord, Mind Body Green, Savvy Mom, Today’s Parent, Vie, The Bellingham Review, Edmonton Woman, Flurt, Smart Healthy Woman, and the Thre ...more

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The 8th Island Trilogy (2 books)
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