Friday, April 15, 2016

Is an 8th Day as Good as it Sounds?

Jax Aubrey can't stand living with his guardian, Riley. What does Riley know about being in charge of someone? He's barely 18 years old himself. When Jax’s father died he wanted to live with his aunt, but because his dad had made arrangements with Riley, that couldn’t happen. Everything is different now. Thank goodness for his best friend, Billy. Without him, Jax couldn’t get through the day. Little does Jax know that his 13th birthday is going to be the start of something new. When he wakes up he can’t figure out where all the people are and why the electricity doesn’t work. He begins to worry that this is the apocalypse. When Riley does explain it all, Jax learns that there's an eighth day of the week sandwiched in between Wednesday and Thursday. Only certain people can experience the eighth day, and there are all kinds of rules about it. There are also some people who only experience Grundsday (the nickname for the eighth day). There’s a prisoner next door who Riley is supposed to be watching, but there are some bad people who are trying to find her so that they can control things. Will Jack be able to keep the bad guys away? Why is the prisoner wanted by so many people? You will be turning the pages to find out what happens next! 

I have wanted to read The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni since I first heard about it. Maybe it's because I've thought a lot about having an extra day in the week. That would be excellent! I could get so much done on that day and even catch up on sleep! But that doesn't seem like what most people use the eighth day for in this book. I liked Jax and thought he was easy to relate to, even if I worried about some of the choices he was making. It was fun learning about a different world and type of people. And I like the references to Merlin and King Arthur. Of course, now I really need to do more research into those stories. This is a great book for kids in fifth grade and up. There is a little violence towards the end of the book, but nothing too overly descriptive. I have already started book two and hope to get the third book soon!

Has anyone else read The Eighth Day? Or have you read another book by Dianne K. Salerni? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

~L

42 comments:

  1. I have not read The 8th Day but I love Dianne!! She has been a friend of mine for three years on Blogger :)

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist- I think you will love The 8th Day! I enjoy Diane's blog too. :) ~L

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  2. I should have known the riddle was leading up to Dianne's book! No, I have it, but haven't read it yet.

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    1. Alex- I know you will love it when you read it! :) ~L

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  3. I have read the first two book of this series... and they are pretty awesome.

    Great review :)
    Aprajita @Le' Grande Codex

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    1. Aparajita- I read them both too and loved them. Can't wait to read the third. Glad to hear you enjoyed them too! :) ~L

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  4. Interesting that only a few people get to experience the 8th day, but it does sound fascinating!

    betty

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    1. Betty- The 8th day of the week is definitely an interesting one and I think readers will really enjoy this one. :) ~L

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  5. I haven't read this one yet, but I will. I may have to boost it up a notch or two on the list.

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    1. Lee- It is worth bumping up! :) ~L

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  6. This just sounds fun, and I like the King Arthur Merlin reference. If I had an eighth day, I would use it for reading and relaxing.

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    1. Heidi- That is what I would use it for too. Oh- and sleeping. :) ~L

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  7. I've seen this book, and I too was intrigued by it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Sherry- It is an awesome read! :) ~L

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  8. Definitely intriguing.
    I can't manage the seven days we have, and suspect adding another wouldn't help.

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    1. EC- I had always thought an extra day would help more than it did in this book. :) ~L

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  9. I plan to read this one once my editing schedule calms down a bit. Great review!

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    1. Kelly- You will enjoy it! Glad you enjoyed the review. :) ~L

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  10. I have never read The 8th day... but like you, I would love an extra day in the week... as long as it was a day off xox. :-)

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    1. Launna- I would love an extra day too and the good thing is that it can be used as a day off (at least by some people). :) ~L

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  11. I haven't read this but really want to. It sounds like a fun story.

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  12. I have yet to read the 8th day, but it does sound intriguing. Hope you enjoy the next books as well. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Brenda- I finished the 2nd book and it is great too. Can't wait to read the third! :) ~L

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  13. I haven't read this yet, but it looks fun!

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  14. wasn't it sold for a movie adaptation recently?

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    1. Dzmond- I am not sure- but I can picture it as a movie. :) ~L

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  15. Sounds like a good one indeed. Great premise.

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  16. I agree wholeheartedly--it was awesome!!! Yay to Dianne.

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    1. Stephanie- Glad to hear you loved it too! :) ~L

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  17. An 8th day sounds great but only if we could dedicate it to doing what we love most.

    This sounds like a great read. One I'll definitely suggest to my friend's daughter (a fifth grader) whose school has recently started a book club.

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    1. Tracy- An extra day to do what we love... Dreamy. :) I think your friend's 5th grader will love this one! ~L

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  18. I wouldn't mind there being an eighth day in my life as well. I could do with an extra day in the week to stay on top of things and not feel bogged down by the amount I need to get done from time to time!

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    1. Olivia-Savannah, Wouldn't an 8th grade be awesome? :) ~L

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  19. Awesome review sweetie :D Yay for liking this one. It looks pretty amazing :D Not really for me, but curious about it. <3 Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Carina- So happy you enjoyed the review. I think you would like this one- it has a lot of elements that you like. :) ~L

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  20. I have this on my bookshelf and am reading! LOVE the King Arthur theme in the story - and an 8th day totally fascinates me (and YES I do wish I had one!). The main character is totally likable too!

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    1. Donna- Awesome that you have this on your bookshelf. I know you will love it and the King Arthur elements are excellent. :) ~L

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  21. I haven't read this one. What would I do with an 8th day? Probably the same as I do the other 7 - work (happily), rest, read and play with my nieces. I'm boring, huh? Lol.

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    1. Claudine- Sounds like a good plan to me. :) ~L

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