Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! 🙂
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 11/4/14
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Wherever you need to go–the Map to Everywhere can take you there.
To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere–but they aren’t the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!
In New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis’s first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through this wholly original and unforgettable tale.
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 10/13/15
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis transport readers back to the boundless world of the Pirate Stream in this engaging and exhilarating sequel to the highly acclaimed The Map to Everywhere that is equal parts adventure, humor, and heart!
When the magical waters of the Pirate Stream begin flooding Marrill’s world, the only way to stop the destruction is to return to the Stream and find the source of the mysterious Iron Tide. Reunited with her best friend Fin–who has been forgotten all over again–Marrill, her disbelieving babysitter, and the Enterprising Kraken crew must make the treacherous trek to the towering, sliding, impossible world of Monerva and uncover the secrets of its long-lost wish machine. Only there can Fin wish to finally be remembered. Only there can Marrill wish to save her world and all the people she loves. But to get everything they’ve ever wanted, Marrill and Fin may have to give up on the most important thing they already have: each other.
This second installment of the Map to Everywhere series did not disappoint! This one had all of the fun and excitement of the first book with even more unique magical worlds. My kids and I especially loved the wall city that was constantly sinking and being rebuilt from the top, and I was impressed with the many themes that were explored with this city (the social hierarchy of this world was based on who lived closest to the top). Actually, I would say that this second book explored many deeper issues than the first book – including the possible downfall of Marrill and Fin’s friendship (because Marrill no longer needs Fin the way she did in the first book and she’s more focused on herself, there are some very sad consequences). Meanwhile, Fin and Marrill are both still trying to defeat the villain from the first book – but there are many surprises along the way. There is a new secondary character introduced in this book – Remy, Marrill’s babysitter, who ends up on the Pirate Stream with Marrill. I loved that she was so dedicated to her job that she would not leave Marrill’s side – even when things got very crazy indeed!
Overall, I’d say this was a fantastic follow-up to The Map to Everywhere, and it left me and my kids wanting more! Can’t wait for the next book!
About the Authors
Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer as well as the editor of Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction. She recently published The Map to Everywhere, a four book middle grade series co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis, and Daughter of Deep Silence, a romantic thriller, which was just released by Penguin Random House. Her books have sold in over 22 territories and her first book is in development as a major motion picture. A former litigator, Carrie now lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and various pets.
JP Davis is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Western District of North Carolina as well as a published author of short fiction. He and his wife live in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their two ornery cats and one gullible dog.
The Map to Everywhere, co-written with his wife Carrie Ryan, is his first novel.