- File Size: 475 KB
- Print Length: 198 pages
- Publisher: Puppet Strings Publishing; 1 edition (May 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KOA2F1I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elijah Dart: Angel of Death Kindle Edition
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The story is cute. Elijah is kind of a precious, cinnamon bun, so there's an adorable incongruence with him being the new Grim Reaper/Angel of Death, which is the role he'll eventually take over from his father in a sort of morbid passing down of the family business. The Darts have their own personal cemetery (not suspicious AT ALL), and a groundskeeper/butler who reminds me of Dampé from Ocarina of Time. Elijah stumbles upon a reaper reunion in said graveyard prior to finding this out on his birthday, which also happens to be Halloween. Things escalate or rather descend from there.
I will usually finish a book if I’ve read more than half of it, but I decided I’d set this one aside today even though I was slightly over that threshold. I adore Mr. Ferrera's whimsical writing style, but it was a little too heavy handed in the religious aspect for me. I prefer my angels of death to reap more and proselytize less. I was also a little put off by the “magic is evil” motif. I'd recommend it to the mid-grade crowd with the hope they'd have the curiosity to question the magic issue and whomever they asked had the wherewithal to quell such notions. We are living in the post Harry Potter age now, so I'm far less concerned.
Are you ready to follow Elijah Dart into a world of shadows where things goes bump in the night? What? Angels, demons, trolls, walking dead, now are you scared? Surprisedly so this tale will help you find that courage you will need just like Elijah Dart to journey through a new role in an old war, a heavenly war of ancient. The story breeze by like ravens flying through the air and along it's way the anticipation will grasp your earthly mind. A huge burden one member of the Dart family does shouldered, will be passed to another. Protagonist fourteen year old Elijah learned his fate and fell into it head first. Courage and discipline Elijah must encompass have to happen fast. Questions and more questions enters his mind, little time for answers though. His destiny playing out right in front of him and warp speed. The door to his father's office always closed and off limits until one particular day Elijah is granted entrance to all it's secret. What secret? I guess you need to read the book for yourself, don't you know. This tale had the mystery of a paranormal with just enough scare and fear. Easy to read and focus because the writing made me comfortable. I trusted the story to entertain my mind and I was correct to assume so. Did I feel the emotions Elijah felt while he discovered his fated destiny? Absolutely, every page, every action I got a reaction of emotion. This story will explain why Halloween is not celebrated and the shadows, "now you see them and now you don't." The sphere and glowing thingy thing and souls must reach their heavenly destination. Elijah stepped off the roller coaster of pleasantry with reluctance, willed by his dad to let him go and back to reality. Elijah's fate and world will turn from bad to worse in a matter of minutes. Heart-rendering decision is felt here. Sob . . . sob . . . . sob . . . . A youngster will enjoy this tale and will be left to contemplate, "Does it really exist?" Written so eloquently I was consumed by it and enjoyed the little humor and "duh" moments, but to the point of things, I am rooting for Elijah and look forward to reading book two. Please tell me there's a book two? You know Elijah will be someone to reckon with? My third eye said, "Yes." Thank you so much. I received a free digital download in exchange for a review. Thank goodness for that! Clapping . . . . still clapping . . . . Thank you, Darlene Cruz
Now about the book. I seriously loved it. It's the perfect blend of coming-of-age, suspense and mystery. Throw in some spookiness, magical creatures and excellent writing, and it sure looks to me like Jonathan Ferrara has a winning combo.
I thought this book is perfect for the intended age group. It's spooky, but not scary. There's suspense, but kids won't get nightmares. The story is entirely unique, unlike anything I've ever read. I was already very impressed by Jonathan and Aaron, but after reading this and seeing the illustrations, I am in awe of their creativity, positivity and zest for life.
Hats off, this is a winner and I highly recommend it.
As the description states, this novel follows a boy (turning 14) as he learns about the supernatural aspects of his family. As with many novels of this type, Elijah is a misfit with nearly no friends. He makes mistakes as he comes into his knowledge / power and suffers the resulting consequences. The story is humorous, but also dark. This novel establishes the basis for follow-on novels covering Elijah's rise. I felt like it was a good start, but that it wasn't quite finished. There are some good characters introduced but not really fleshed-out (on both the good and evil sides of the equation). Some of the text is a little rough, and the copy I received needs to be edited for typos and grammatical mistakes. That said, it was a cute story, and I think it could be an interesting series.
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