Title: Aquatica, Tip of the Sword
Author: Donna Danielle Mcartney
*full disclosure: free from amazon
Description: (by goodreads.com)
The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end.
When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay.
Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?
I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.
Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable. Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ish
WARNINGS: there is a death
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