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A quick read with an amazing plot and sudden twists

In Gularian Islands by Tracey C. Ayres, a teenager named Ben and his best mate, Gary, go on a plane trip back home to Australia from America. As the plane is flying over the Atlantic Ocean, it suddenly begins to lose altitude, forcing everyone to abort the vessel. Luckily, there’s an island nearby, and everyone is able to get to it with only scrapes and bruises. Once everyone is safe, Ben notices two men with them he didn’t remember seeing on the plane. They look as if they’re both in the army; they swim well, one has a knife that wouldn’t have been allowed on the plane, and they both have an aura of leadership surrounding them, but can they be trusted? One day, Ben and Gary are out looking for food when they see a dragon-shaped silhouette over the ocean. Then they find a cave with a nest of eggs twice the size of an ostrich’s. At this, they realize the dragon isn’t fake or a vision their minds created. It’s flesh and blood. Read Gularian Islands to find out if Ben, Gary, and the entire host of passengers survive these islands of dragons. Gularian Islands by Tracey C. Ayres is a great book, and I hope to be able to read the second book as soon as it comes out. The book itself is a quick read, but the content and quality of the book far exceeded what was expected. In the book, the characters are expressed in great detail, further adding to the quality of the book. The plot was amazing; there were two sudden twists I wasn’t expecting, but they fit right into the storyline. This is a wonderful book to read, and I would recommend it to any readers ages ten through twelve.

 

 

by kevinhamster on January 07, 2019

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In Gularian Islands by Tracey C. Ayres, 14-year-old Ben Mason and his friends, Gary, Izzie, and Dolly, find themselves in an exciting, overwhelming adventure when the plane carrying them from the United States home to Australia crashes into the ocean near some islands. After the shock of the accident wears off, the passengers break into groups to look for supplies that can be used until they are rescued. At first, the exotic islands, cliffs, and cave tunnels are wonderful for the teens to explore, but then they notice strange things happening that they can’t explain. They start to realize they have a mystery to solve when they see a gigantic creature swimming and diving in the ocean. Everyone guesses what they think it is and begin to get scared, but Ben tells them it’s a silver dragon. He wants to look for her lair in the caves, and when they do, they find a nest of eggs. Ben senses they should leave them alone, but Gary secretly takes one. Not much later, Ben realizes Silver the dragon is not after them. She’s upset about her missing egg and is in danger herself because an evil dragon named Black Knight has kidnapped her mate, Goldevere. All of these dragons can take on a human form sometimes, so rescuing Goldevere and capturing Black Knight will be especially risky. The teens know they need extra help, but the more they see how the passengers interact with one another and the more creatures they meet along the way, the more they question who they should trust. Every decision they make requires them to take a chance, so the book winds up being an imaginative thriller with surprises on every page. Gularian Islands is fun to read because it blends the qualities of a fairy tale with elements from our own modern-day world. It’s easy to read and has great descriptions, which helped me feel like I was part of the adventure too. Several sub-plots make the story interesting and suspenseful. It’s impossible to guess what will happen next. With the exception of Ben who has a good heart and Black Knight who is evil, I constantly wondered if the characters and creatures would be trustworthy with each other through to the end. Anyone 12 and up who likes fast-paced fantasy would enjoy this story. Reading about a plane crash and the evil Black Knight might be scary for elementary-age kids, but I think teens would like all of the twists and turns of this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

by LitPick Student Book Reviews on December 15, 2018

 

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