Skip to main content

Into the Storm

Into the Storm is the second novel in the children’s historical fiction two-parter Beyond the Western Sea by AVI.

If you read my review of Escape From Home on Wednesday (otherwise known as Halloween), you’ll know that I was definitely impressed and spellbound by the tale of three children desperate to get out of Liverpool and onto a ship to America. You also know that if you have the misfortune of not having read Escape From Home yet, the synopsis of Into the Storm will contain spoilers.

I would strongly suggest avoiding it. If you want to see what I thought, you could scroll to the bottom and read the last few paragraphs, which simply hold opinion. Just watching out for you, bibliophile!

After an arduous ordeal in Liverpool, Maura, Patrick and the kindly actor Mr. Drabble have boarded the Robert Peel to America. Laurence, worn and nearly unrecognizable now as a lord’s son, is hidden below decks as a stowaway – his life at the mercy of Patrick’s ability to go below and release him from the container he’s concealed in.

The secret the O’Connell’s and Mr. Drabble know – of there being a stowaway on board – is one that put’s all their safety at risk. Yet the level of danger to Laurence is unknown to them as of yet – since they’re not aware that Mr. Clemspool boarded the ship with Mr. Grout.

This is only a new beginning, not the end of their passage to America. They may be on the ship, but they need to survive a month or more aboard in a situation that is cramped and ripe with fatal illness.

All three children cannot help but wonder if they will survive the voyage – and if they do, will they find what they’re looking for in America?

AVI has really, really captivated me with these two books! Into the Storm takes place immediately after Escape From Home, and though longer in length it zipped by in suspense from the first page to the last!

The Robert Peel, their deliverance from Liverpool, has miserable, cramped quarters and a continued tension in regards to the ship’s hard stance on stowaways, worrisome strangers, and the desperate hopes of its passengers.

Into the Storm spotlights prejudice, disappointments, tragedy, and loss in a way that yet again proves that despite featuring children as characters – this is a book that should be read by all ages! With the hardships these characters face, their bravery and perseverance make them all the more admirable.

Both of the novels in the Beyond the Western Sea duo made me think of the rich history of the past, the adversities unique to a prior era and those that resonate and identify with this generation still.

What I found with Into the Storm is an epic, unforgettable tale. AVI has penned a touching, moving novel that I actually felt privileged to read! I am much more likely to pick up more books from AVI now.

If you are a fan of historical fiction – the two Beyond the Western Sea novels are a MUST!!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Reckless

Reckless is a YA fantasy adventure by the ever-revered (for good reason) Cornelia Funke.

Jacob Reckless has been passing through a mirror portal in his father's forgotten (or, rather, ignored) study for years now. After his father disappeared and his mother became a shell of her former self, he found it. Since then, it's been hard to stay tethered to his world - instead, he's become more and more connected to the alternative option.

In fact, he's managed to make a name for himself as a treasure hunter. And always by his side is a loyal vixen named Fox, a shape-shifter. She's probably the closest thing he has to a friend - but Jacob still considers himself a loner. But he's become comfortable with the different creatures, monsters, and magic this world has to offer - even though right now they are at war with a stone people called Goyl. None of that interests him. He just seeks out his mysterious objects and fetches good prices.

But that's all about to change. …

Real Live Boyfriends

Real Live Boyfriends is a YA contemporary novel by E. Lockhart, and the fourth novel in the Ruby Oliver quartet.

Here we are on the last day of “Ruby Oliver Week” and if you aren’t already reading these books – well, why not?

But I’m more than sure most of you are – and hopefully you’re all caught up, and therefore not at risk of being spoiled by my review of Real Live Boyfriends. You’ve been warned!

Ruby Oliver is beginning her senior year of high school with a real live boyfriend: Noel.

At least she thought she was.

After having spent the rest of junior year and the beginning of summer being fully in love (okay, they never actually said the word, but the vibes were strongly in that direction), Ruby is now confused.

Again.

When Noel went to visit his brother in New York for a while, almost every day they talked on the phone and exchanged funny emails. She never once felt insecure.

Until all of a sudden – communication stopped. Ruby would call and he wouldn’t answer. She’d leave a voice mai…

Titanic: S.O.S.

S.O.S. is the third and final book in Gordon Korman's middle-grade Titanic trilogy.

This is the third book in a trilogy, book addicts! You must, I repeat, must read the first two books (Unsinkable and Collision Course) before you read this review. Otherwise you are just going to ruin all the twists! Sure, we know the Titanic sinks - but the surprises that are revealed about our characters, among other things, should not be spoiled!

But all of you that have read the first two books (which I hope are many of you, because this a great series), can rest assured that I won't spoil anything from S.O.S. itself - just a basic recap and my opinion.

Here goes:

The Titanic is sinking. No one wants to believe it, but the bow is almost imperceptibly starting to dip into the freezing Atlantic Ocean - and our four main characters are thrown into a race for survival.

Paddy is locked up below deck, having finally been caught as a stowaway. In one cell over are the very criminals that wish him dead…