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Evernight by Ross  MacKenzie
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it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-fiction

This is a darkly magical adventure with a brave and inspiring heroine at its heart. From the very first lines the reader knows that this is going to be a story full of danger, mystery and thrilling moments. An utterly gripping book.

The first in a new fantasy trilogy by this award winning author tells the story of Lara, an orphan who finds a mysterious box in the sewers beneath King’s Haven while scavenging for treasure. She quickly finds herself in the middle of a dangerous conflict in which she must defeat the evil Mrs Hester and the sinister Shadow Jack.

This is a fast paced yet thoughtful read. The thrilling plot is combined with themes including the importance of love and loyalty and how power can be used to control and manipulate. The world building is excellently done and from the first pages the reader is immersed in a land of dark magic, witches, breath-taking risks and friendship and bravery too. Lara is a fabulous character, brave yet slightly vulnerable. Her friendship with Joe, another child who lives in the sewers, is portrayed as a strong and important one, almost like that of siblings. The character development is another positive aspect of the book and Lara matures and develops as the story progresses. She alters from a child with a sense of self-preservation to a young woman who is determined to help those she loves and do the right thing in difficult situations. There are a number of characters with whom Lara develops both friendship and animosity and these all feel believable. The villains are sinister and the plot is both gripping and richly written, containing several key scenes that feel cinematic and although not usually a great lover of fantasy this engaged me very quickly.

There is a lot of heart in this book with its messages being conveyed subtly and I think it should give readers much to think about. This would be a fabulous read for upper primary and lower secondary.
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Reading Progress

December 29, 2019 – Started Reading
January 1, 2020 – Finished Reading
January 2, 2020 – Shelved
January 2, 2020 – Shelved as: children-s-fiction

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