Anni Moon and the Elemental Artifact by Melanie Abed
Blurb from the publicist:
"Although Anni doesn't know about Elementals, Funk, Zephyrs, excited talking Bat-Rat creatures and, least of all, Dragons - all that changes when her best friend Lexi is kidnapped and Anni is pulled into the Elementary world.
In a race against time, Anni sets out to save her friend. Along the way, she finds allies among the Elementals, but is also presented with a choice - one that might help save Lexi. If Anni agrees to an ancient, open-ended contract, will her sacrifice cost her more than she's bargained for? Or will it land her in the middle of an age-old war between the humans, the Elementals, and the dreaded Fectus? "
This is a very unique and creative story. It is written fairly well. The character development is well done. I liked both Anni and Lexi, but I liked Lexi more. Anni drove me crazy at times because she's impatient, she doesn't listen, she gets into trouble, and she doesn't care. Sometimes it may have helped her, but most of the time it got her into more trouble. Unfortunately, Lexi isn't in the entire story, so that was sad. Some of the other characters were fun. I liked Daphne, Squirt, Brat, and Oliver. I also liked Mrs. OggleBoggle. There are some fun names in this book! I got hooked at the beginning of the book, but the middle just kind of dragged on and on. I didn't think it helped the plot at all; it just kind of wasted time. Anni didn't learn much or gain much, it just was. Once she traveled, though, it started getting good again. I liked the ending and thought it had some fun surprises and twists.
There were some grammatical errors and some typos, and I'm not sure if it was just my copy with my Kindle, but there were a bunch of pages where the words were all mixed up from other pages. I'd find the missing sentence two pages after where it should have been, and I couldn't read any of those pages because they were so messed up. There was no profanity (thank you!!!) and no "intimacy" (thank you!!!). There was some minor violence, but it wasn't too bad. Overall, I liked the story. It was fun and different. I think the middle-grader girls will really enjoy this story.
Rating: PG (No profanity or "intimacy," and only minor violence.)
Recommendation: 3rd to 4th grade and up. I think girls will enjoy this book more than boys, but I will recommend it to my boys.....I'll let you know if they read it.
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.