Thursday, January 7, 2016

Book Review: The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

Title: The Map to Everywhere
Authors: Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
Series: Map to Everywhere #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 4, 2014
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy Adventure
Length: 448 pages
Source: borrowed

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Wherever you need to go--the Map to Everywhere can take you there.

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere--but they aren't the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can't beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!

In New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis's first installment of a fantastical new series, adventure, magic, and hilarity collide in the treacherous skies and dangerous waters of the Pirate Stream. Heart-pounding escapades and a colorful cast of characters will have readers setting sail through the wholly original and unforgettable tale.

My Thoughts:

Every once in a while I will find a cover that immediately makes me want to read the book. Sometimes it is a big disappointment when the cover is better but in this case, the cover really epitomizes the story. The illustrator did an amazing job of capturing these characters and the adventurous world they are in, not only on the cover but throughout the book. This book screams adventure and that is exactly what you get! 

Master Thief Fin is an orphan that no one remembers. Literally. He doesn't know why but no one can remember him for more than a few seconds. Until he meets Marrill that is. Marrill accidentally ended up on the wizard Ardent's ship, the Kraken, when the Pirate Stream appeared in a parking lot near her home in Arizona and whisks her away to Khaznot Quay where she runs into Fin. Fin is looking for his mother and Marrill is looking for a way to get back to her own mother. What can help them find their way? A map of course! The Map to Everywhere, to be exact! But the map is in pieces and they must find them all before the evil Oracle, Serth, gets to them first and destroys all the worlds that the Pirate Stream brings together.

This is a masterful adventure woven by husband and wife. Davis and Ryan have created a world of worlds that I am eager to continue exploring. I'm not sure if there are any more parts to this story after City of Thirst but I sincerely hope so! With the Pirate Stream being a magical waterway that connects different worlds, I can see how they could take this series pretty far! 

This book has everything I hoped for in an adventure. Magic, pirate ships, talking trees, skysailing!!! I really want to skysail now! I would recommend it to anyone who loves adventures, pirates, and magic!

This was just soo good! I think this is my favorite book of the year! Even my husband enjoyed it! I read a few chapters out loud to him and my daughter every day. I plan on adding this book to my personal library so I can read it to her again when she is old enough to be interested or so she can read it herself! 

My Rating:

5 stars

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