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Publisher's Note:

In this riveting fantasy adventure, thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey discovers a secret eighth day with roots tracing back to Arthurian legend. Fans of Percy Jackson will devour this first book in a new series that combines exciting magic and pulse-pounding suspense. When Jax wakes up to a world without any people in it, he assumes it's the zombie apocalypse. But when he runs into his eighteen-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, he learns that he's really in the eighth day—an extra day sandwiched between Wednesday and Thursday. Some people—like Jax and Riley—are Transitioners, able to live in all eight days, while others, including Evangeline, the elusive teenage girl who's been hiding in the house next door, exist only on this special day. And there's a reason Evangeline's hiding. She is a descendant of the powerful wizard Merlin, and there is a group of people who wish to use her in order to destroy the normal seven-day world and all who live in it. Torn between protecting his new fr…

The Eighth Day

by Dianne K. Salerni

Overall Book Review:

Fast-paced, entertaining, and packed full of action, this story is suspenseful and easy to read.  I is partly about learning to walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes and being understanding of those around us.  The plot is unique and imaginative.  Chivalry, honor, and commitment come to life in these pages.  Magic is used heavily throughout the book and is the main vehicle to move the story along.  They weren’t turning evil men into toads or flying on brooms but they did use charms, spells, and talismans to get things done.  

The main character is primarily a 13-year-old boy but a slightly older young lady enters the picture and also becomes a main character.  There was a good bit of brutality but the author did a great job of making it age appropriate by leaving out the details (see below).  With easy to read language, this book was suspenseful enough that it kept me going to the last scene.  It is the first in a trilogy so there’s more to look forward to. 

Happy Grunsday!

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Death of parent when young; death of parent, violent but non-detailed; potential end of the world; description of hunting, skinning & gutting animal, non-detailed description; teen gets tattoo, reaction described; people smacked in head to get attention; family and friends killed by bomb, brief mention; imprisonment; use of blood to cause change, mentioned a few times; evil characters that intend harm, continuous theme in book; teen encouraged to carry hunting knife all the time; discussion of killing somebody; weapons (guns, knives, taser, bat) used throughout book; people handcuffed; multiple people abducted; gun fired at people; man locked in vault, described; teen slapped on face, held by throat; fire, explosion, brief description; gasoline thrown on house with intent to burn it and people; teen put in coffin alive; boy killed in past by bad magic, brief mention; many hostages throughout book; end of the world scenario; people tied up; human sacrifices, non-fatal, but extended battle scene; threats to cut out a man’s heart; multiple people bashed in head; people thrown from tall hill; big gun shooting at people; threats to stab evil man in eye; arms and hands cut to provide blood for magic spell; man stabbed in chest with knife, brief description; murder of man, brief description.

Sex/Nudity:  1 kiss on the forehead, non-sexual; 1 save the world kiss, mild description of emotions; 2 mild innuendoes.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of parents, foster child care, theft, charms, magic, tattoos, bed wetting, bullying, bank robbery, defacement of school property, hostages, human sacrifices, racial conflict, gambling, house fire.

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About the Reviewer

Reading a good adventure story has always been a vacation in the theater of my mind. When I’m stressed or just need to get away for a few minutes, I love the opportunity to climb into somebody else’s world. I didn’t enjoy reading until I was in the Air Force and building bombs in Korea; it was a wonderful distraction from the real world. (I tried bull riding, but it wasn’t exciting enough.)