Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale

Title: Black Moon Rising 
Author: D.J. MacHale
Series: The Library Book 2
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Random House 
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Fantasy

Marcus is an agent of the Library—a place that exists outside time, filled with stories that don’t have an ending. Mysteries that won’t be solved until Marcus and his friends step in to finish them. Before it’s too late.An evil is plaguing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they’re just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus and his friends suspect something a lot more sinister. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.

Who wouldn't want to go to a library where you are in charge of finishing its collections' stories. What if by accepting the mission, you could possibly die? For Marcus that isn't the case. I fell in love with the Library and its adventure in the first book, Curse of the Boggin, and I was ready for the next adventure. 

While reading the story, I was immediately reminded of the Beautiful Creatures story with the mysterious acts happening in a school but by the end MacHale took the story to a whole new level. Bringing in witchcraft and possession and writing it to a teen audience was a brilliant addition to make this book the perfect story for the Halloween holiday. 

From the first book to this book, we can see a clear growth in Marcus's character. In the first novel there was more of this timidness and curiosity as he was beginning to learn and explore the world of the library and the dangers it brings. In this novel, he is more confident, he is more willing to make risks, and there is not much hesitation when it comes to facing dangers. From his first adventure he has learned a lot and is more aware of what is at loss if he fails to finish a story. 

The story did slow down at parts but for the majority, I was glued to my seat, eyes on the words, and anxiously awaiting to see what came next. What I liked most was this refreshing feeling I received after finishing the book. It was an easy read that made me stand on my toes at parts and give my heart that accelerated feeling of excitement. 

If you are looking for a perfect book for middle grade readers or for those of us who are this age at heart, this is the book for you. The perfect book to bring about the goosebumps and have you look over your shoulder every now and then. 

I give this book 4 souls! 

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