Excellent middle grade fantasy!
I'm not usually one for Middle Grade books (for shame!), but I'm so glad this book was sent my way! Not only does it have a supernatural twist and religious base, but it has two awesome, young siblings working together as the heros!
I loved how Jonah was completely unaware at how extraordinary he is. At the beginning of the book, Jonah is your typical 7th grader just trying out for the basketball team. But he quickly realizes that he can do some pretty nifty things that he shouldn’t be able to do. I was very happy that when Jonah was confused, he went to his parents to ask questions. I loved the family dynamic throughout the book. The parents are both supportive and there for their children. The parents were not just in the background, always at work, or off doing something else, they were actually there with the kids. As a parent myself, I appreciated this aspect of the book. I also loved how the parents didn’t blow Jonah off, you can actually tell that they care and want what is best for their children. I could also tell how much Jonah and his younger siblings care for each other. Even though they are siblings, and they annoy Jonah, he still cares for them and it shows. I found this so honorable.
I thought that the dynamic between Jonah and his younger sister, Eliza, was fantastic. The two worked well together and I enjoyed the two of working together to save their mother. The book was fast paced, and kept me entertained the entire way through. The book discusses good vs. evil and uses Bible verses and God to back it all up. It’s a great book for a young reader who loves fantasy mixed with religion. What a great debut series! I cannot wait for more!