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Texting the Underworld Hardcover – August 15, 2013
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I could definitely tell that the demographic was aimed at someone younger than me, so it's not one of those cross-generational novels that appeal to everyone. Still, it's a book I would recommend for my sister's fifth grade classroom, or give as a gift to my younger cousins.
It's hard not to relate paranormal books to other paranormal books that are out right now. So, while I can't compare it to other middle grade novels, I can say that Texting the Underworld, reminded me a lot like The Georgina Kincaid series, except for it's target audience.
What makes it especially great, in my personal opinion, is how I don't think it will be labeled as a "boy" or "girl" book. The cover doesn't give much away, but certainly appeals to the generation that has grown up with smart phones. It is easily enjoyable for either gender and I appreciate how the marketing has chosen not to make it go one way or the other.
Conor is a strong main character, with realistic faults for his age. More than that, I loved the way Booraem chose to show how time can change a person, to the point that both people can be nearly unrecognizable to each other, without losing the essence of a person. While I feel like that is something adults have learned, it's harder to express in books for children, who have only been alive for a decade.
For me, the female characters stole the show. Ashling and Glennie were both vibrant and outgoing, the latter's brattiness more amusing than frustrating.Read more ›
Also, Ms. Booraem has quite the way with words. For eg.: "Conor sank down on his bed, legs spaghettified." Spaghettified???? Brilliant!!
And the fantasy. Wow. Even jelly beans are useful in the Underworld!
Conclusion: Heartily recommended! Here's the link to my full review: [...]
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