Author: S.A Bodeen
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Age: JUV 9+
This book is the first in a new series that has had it’s third & most current installation come out in July 2016. I read this book originally shortly after it first came out, I had just started my new job. This is my first re-read of the books, I plan to binge all three currently out and eagerly wait for #4! I have read a few of S.A. Bodeen’s other books & I must say that they never disappoint. She has a talent for keeping you at the edge of your seat until the very last page.
In this first book of the series we meet Sarah Robinson & her dad John. John has recently married a woman named Yvonna Murillo after only knowing her a few months. Sarah is obviously upset by this since it has only been a few years since her own mother died. Yvonna has 2 sons of her own, Marco & Nacho. The Murillo family packs up their life in Texas & moves to California to live with Sarah & John shortly after the wedding.
It’s just one big happy family…NOT! The family doesn’t exactly see eye to eye, especially the kids. But to overcome that they are all going on a luxury cruise in Fiji. According to the brochure it’s supposed to be a once in a lifetime, relaxing, getaway. So imagine their surprise when the boat the HMS Moonflight isn’t everything it’s advertised to be.
On the first day at sea the family along with the four legged first mate Ahab, & their Captain Norm hit a storm that blows them off course. Norm is lost to the sea & the family plus one furry friend crash ashore on a mysterious island. The group is desperate to be rescued but they try to make the best of their stay on “Shipwreck Island” as it’s called.
They battle giant coconut crabs, see strange animals, find an abandoned dwelling, and see a beautiful waterfall. But not all of their adventures are fun…Marco, the oldest of the siblings finds an old perfume bottle in the abandoned house that when opened the smeller hears a mysterious woman’s voice. The group must also deal with a big red cloud chasing them, crazy screaming each day at the same time, and a mysterious girl that appears on the beach to give them a message…BEWARE THE C!
Likes: Short, quick, fun read. I plan on buying a copy for myself!
Great dialogue & not too much location description, just enough to know what’s happening.