Blog Tour: Joshua And The Lightning Road | Donna Galanti
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ABOUT JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD:
Title: Joshua and the Lightning Road
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Donna Galanti
Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.
Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.
To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.
In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.
There is just something about a book that has elements of magic and fantasy that I simply cannot resist. Regardless of this being a book aimed at middle graders, the synopsis convinced me that this was a book to be enjoyed.
What would you do if your friend was taken by a hand that emerged from a storm? You would taunt it so it would take you as well, right? That is exactly what Joshua does when his friend Finn is snatched away during a storm. The intensity of this whole scenario made me forget I was reading middle grade, but at the same time I was glad to see that anything scary was suitable for kids. And even I am known to be a bit of a wimp at times.
The world they landed in is one of great mystery and while it seems dangerous is also deliciously tempting to be explored. I loved the inclusion of mythology in this story with this idea of fallen Gods and Goddesses and the presence of old magic. The descriptions were on point, it was almost as if I could see and feel everything going on around me which is something I look for in a really great story.
While this land is strange and scary, it is only made worse by the fact that Joshua becomes separated from Finn. So not only does he have to get home safely, he has to rescue his best friend at the same time. This seems like an awful lot for a kid to deal with, but Joshua is a strong and resilient young man who is a wonderful hero in this story. He is lucky enough to make a new friend during his journey, a young boy called Charlie. Together they must journey down the lightning road and a strange and scary quest. It soon becomes apparent that the children of this land are destined to slavery and are under the command of a vile and evil boss called Hecate. While Hacate is scary enough it was the introduction of the 'Child Collector' that really gave me the creeps. This concept of this being that captures children and makes sure they can never escape.
There are magical and scary events as well as a host of unusual creatures that Joshua must battle on his quest to save his friend and get home to his family. But even then it becomes apparent that Joshua's family is not quite what they seem to be. Intrigued? You should be.
This mythological tale is a perfect form of magical escapism that keeps you hooked throughout the entire story. You are left asking questions that eventually get answered only to be left scratching your head at something new that keeps you guessing. This is a thoroughly absorbing read with a great ending that leaves you satisfied but ultimately craving the next book. Let's hope we hear of a potential release date soon.
A magical story that I wished had been a little longer, and I would have loved to hear a lot more about Hecate and the Child Collector. There may be bigger stories there that we haven't heard yet. Also there could be stories about the other children that were taken, I feel like there could be potential for a million books in this series as Donna has created a world with limitless possibilities.
I gave this book a mysterious 8/10
ABOUT DONNA GALANTI:
Donna is the author of the Joshua and The Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs at www.project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogs..., a cooperative of published middle grade authors. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com and www.ElementTrilogy.com. Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since). She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle.
Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn June 19, 2015
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