Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi J. Wyatt



AN UNEXPECTED ADVENTURE
Myth Coast Adventures, Book One
by Kandi J. Wyatt
Middle Grade Adventure / Fantasy
141 pages






Protect their community or protect their discovery?

For eighth graders Chace, Harley, Will, and Cherise, that’s a life-changing question after they find a dragon’s egg while hunting for thundereggs on the beach. Toss in summer jobs, family struggles, and a National Security Agent, and their summer vacation just became complicated.

Can they find a solution that won’t leave their hearts broken or their community in flames?



 MY TIDBITS

Friendship and loyalty take a lead role in this fun fantasy about one of the most magnificent mythical creatures of all.

Chace, Harely, Will and Cherise get involved with a professor, who is searching for thunder eggs. And he wants to pay them if they find what he's looking for. Their search soon leads them to a gigantic and smooth thunderegg, but unlike the other agates, this one bears similarity to an egg. Not sure what to do, they show it to their science teacher, who confirms their suspicions. But they don't know what type of egg it is, only that it isn't one that any of them have ever seen before. One thing is clear, they can't let the professor have it no matter how determined he is.

This is a fun, quick tale about a group of ordinary friends and a not so ordinary adventure. While some moments come as expected, others hit with surprise. The group of friends has their hands full, but somehow manage to stay pretty on top of things. Their trust to each other and their teacher is inspirational, and it's this which actually helps them get through even sticky situations.

The writing is great for the intended audience, although some phrases can hit a little high especially on the description/comparison end. The scene descriptions are held to a minimum, allowing the dialogue to determine the pacing. It's not a super tense read, but allows the friends time to figure out and discuss their next steps or contemplate how to handle the situations.

Fantasy and reality flow naturally together, and although some there are some holes on the logic end, this does not hurt the story in any way. It's a fun adventure—gentle yet suspenseful enough to hold the reader until the very end.


 And here she is...
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit:





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