Books I’ve Enjoyed: Broken Shell Island by Dalya Moon
Oh my word, I just don’t even really know where to begin.
Broken Shell Island is positively filled with fun and amusement. I found myself constantly laughing, shaking my head unable to believe what I was reading.
It was almost like a guilty pleasure. The utter absurdity of everything made it extremely easy to constantly suspend disbelief. I mean, come on – Pixies pee on hair. Chalk makes doors. Suitcases navigate. Seriously.
It ran the full gamut from glorious to gross.
Here is what I liked most. Even though the world itself was very believably unbelievable and filled with absurd and hilarious magic, the characters were consistently easy to relate to, unique and well developed. I liked Opal and connected with her almost immediately. I did at times think she acted younger than her age, but after a while I forgot she was supposed to be 15 and just took her as she was.
World building – This book’s world building is what will make it a classic. It is so well developed and well thought out.
Plot – Almost all the plot threads wind up being tied up nicely. You may be thinking you have it all figured out while reading but don’t be too sure of yourself. This book is anything but predictable.
Quality of writing and editing – This is a self published title that can easily stand with any traditionally publish novel. Top notch.
Now, generally speaking, I am not a fan of humor. Because of this I had to be in the right mind to read this, as it really isn’t serious at all.
Also, as a parent I feel the need to add that while early on it seems like this would be a great title for children because of the mere fantastical elements and seemingly lighthearted story, it isn’t appropriate for the young ones. I would say probably 12 or 13 and up it should be fine. There are a few mature themes and references. I have an 8 year old and while I think she could handle the writing itself and it would probably hold her attention, I don’t want her coming to me and asking “Mommy, what’s a virgin?” Also, a reference to “doing it.” (worded as such to come from the POV of a child.) Really these were the only things that would give me pause on the younger children reading it.
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I don’t consider it something that I would have to read again and again and again. It’s just my personal review style that only books that will become my new classics that I have to reread simply for the experience receive 5 stars.