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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Book Review: The Nocturnals: The Ominous Eye by Tracey Hecht

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Book Description:

When a violent jolt fractures the earth, the Nocturnal Brigade sets out to investigate its source. Along their journey, Dawn, Bismark, and Tobin meet an unfamiliar reptile—a tuatara—who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. The tuatara, with her special insights, is the only one who can help them stop this fearsome predator… but can she be trusted? With help from an owl, the jerboas and a few kiwis, a trap is set since surrender is not an option against this relentless beast.

Rorie's Review:

Another complete winner with my 8-year-old. As soon as I showed him the book, he started reading it, and didn't stop until he finished it. (Slight exaggeration, but not by much. He did have to sleep that night after all.) After he finished the book, he immediately asked me if we could go to the library and get the third book in the series. He didn't believe me when I told him it hasn't come out yet...after all, there's a picture of it in the back of this book, so it must be out by now, right? (He missed the part above the picture where it says March 2017.) 
I love the cover of this book - it catches the eye and makes you want to pick it up to see what it's all about. I also love that the author uses unusual animals in the book, because it causes the reader to be curious enough to do some research to find out what exactly these animals are and where they come from.

Now, even though my son absolutely loved the book, he is not the best at expressing himself through writing yet. So even if his review doesn't come across as all that exciting, trust me, he is an absolute fan of this series. Here's his review, in his own words: "I liked when Polyphema opened her top eye. Lyla, Celtas, Galas were my favrite charicters. I would recomend this. I liked Tobin and Bismark because they care about others. I like this series."

Tarah's Review:

My eleven year old reads...a lot. As in, every night I have to tell her to turn off her light, put her book down, and go to bed. Secretly I love it, but my mom side wins every time :) The reason I'm writing this is because even though I feel like this is geared towards younger juvenile audience, it can still capture the attention of older children (and hey, adults too...I love me some Juvenile Fiction).

Another thing that I love about this book is the different animals that are used. I saw something the other day about a pangolin and because of this series I was like, "Oh! I know what that is!" So that was fun.

My daughter really enjoyed Bismark in this book. And surprisingly enough for me, she really liked him liking two girls. (Does this mean she is growing up? I swear it was just yesterday that she told me she didn't like romance in books and turned her head during a Disney kissing scene and told me to tell her when it was over.) She was excited when she saw that there was a third book in the series.

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Title: The Nocturnals: The Ominous Eye
Author: Tracey Hecht
Publisher: Fabled Films Press
Published: September 2016
ISBN: 1944020039
Source: We received copies in exchange for an honest review.  

Purchase: Amazon