loves playing hockey, despite being stuck on a boys team with
teammates who treat her like dirt. When Trevor and Sean hide her
equipment before a big game, shes forced to sit on the bench, and her
dream of winning the Most Valuable Goalie award seems way out of reach.
to her troubles is Tara, a creepy teenager with blue nails and skunk
hair who is about to become Lizzies stepsister. Lizzie is supposed to
make her feel like one of the family, although Tara makes Lizzie feel
miserable every chance she gets.
a weird kid from the team, helps Lizzie plot against her enemies,
dreaming up a plan that makes Trevor look like a jerk in front of all
his friends. But Alex never imagines the disastrous outcome it begins
with a dare and ends when Alex plunges into the Niagara Gorge. Does he
with the roaring falls, the billowing mist, and the darkness that fills
the gorge, the rescue team almost gives up on Alex. But Lizzie doesnt.
Remembering the tunnels running under the falls, she risks everything
to save him even her life.
I'm going to be honest with you up front - this isn't my favourite Joy Lynn Goddard book. In fact, this probably my least
favourite book. I absolutely adore all of Joy's other books but I just
don't really like "Daredevils". Don't get me wrong, you should totally
check out some of this author's books from the library, but it's up to
you to decide if you should read "Daredevils."
This novel has a
pretty good start and I thought the idea of Alex falling in the gorge
was excellent. I noticed right away that Joy Lynn Goddard does a really
good job of showing, not telling, but I felt like I really didn't know
the characters that well. I also personally think that the excerpt on
the back of the book gave away a bit too much. However, considering the
fact that this is the author's first book, I think she did a great job.
My first book would probably be much, much worse.
I also loved
the ending. It was a little predictable but Joy wrote it so that I
forgot about my prediction and simply enjoyed the story.
though the main characters in this book are a little younger then in
most YA novels, I'm sure that anyone can enjoy this story so I'm giving
it a B.