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The Eighth Day

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The Eighth Day

Thirteen-year-old Jax Aubrey hates living with his 18-year-old guardian, Riley Pendare, after Jax's father unexpectedly dies. Riley never pays the bills or buys the groceries, and he acts like he doesn't care about Jax at all. But then Jax wakes up one Thursday morning, and his guardian is nowhere to be found. In fact, no one seems to be in town at all. Jax thinks it must be the apocalypse, so he gathers provisions, hides up in his room, and prepares for the worst. Only it isn't the apocalypse --- when Jax wakes up the next morning, it's Thursday again, and the people are back. Jax quickly learns he's one of a number of people, called Transitioners, who can transition into this magical eighth day every week. He also finds out that his guardian, Riley, can do the same thing. Plus, Riley knows a lot more about this secret day than he's letting on.
 
The magical day, it turns out, was created by three heroes of Arthurian legend: Merlin, The Lady of the Lake and King Arthur himself. The three cast the spell to imprison the Kin, a race of supremely magical people who were terrorizing the innocent. Now, the Kin are separate from the Normals --- the people who live in the regular seven days a week --- and can only live their lives in the eighth day.
 
With plenty of magic, adventure and mythology, THE EIGHTH DAY is hard to put down.
 
The more Jax learns about the people who inhabit the eighth day, the deeper he gets involved in the two forces desperate to protect or destroy the extra day. But the lines between good and evil are blurred when Jax meets Evangeline, a powerful Kin girl living next door who's imprisoned there for her own protection by Riley. He also finds out a nasty set of twins, the Donovans, are Transitioners, and they use the extra day to thieve and take advantage of their power. The good guys and the bad guys aren't always black and white. And when an evil Kin lord masterminds a plan to take over the other days of the week and send the Normals out of existence, Jax must decide where his loyalties lie.
 
With plenty of magic, adventure and mythology, THE EIGHTH DAY is hard to put down. Jax is a believable hero who fumbles, makes mistakes, and feels guilty just like the rest of us. Though he has the power to visit the eighth day and a special power of inquisition (Jax can get answers from almost anyone he asks), Jax struggles to figure out his place in the Transitioner world, and his character growth is great to read.
 
This book is compulsively readable. There's lots of action that kept me turning page after page. Plus, there are plenty of interesting characters, like Riley, Evangeline and the whole Donovan family. The book gets a little bogged down in explaining all of the Arthurian lords and legends, but when it picks up, the story grabs you and never lets go. You could definitely devour this in one sitting. This is the first in a planned trilogy, and I personally can't wait to see what happens next!

Reviewed by Rebecca Czochor on May 13, 2014

The Eighth Day
by Dianne K. Salerni

  • Publication Date: April 22, 2014
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Youth Fiction
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0062272152
  • ISBN-13: 9780062272157