Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Morpheus Road, The Black by D.J. Machale

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review: Morpheus Road, The Black by D.J. Machale

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Aladdin (April 19, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416965173
ISBN-13: 978-1416965176
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At the end of The Light, Book One of the Morpheus Road trilogy, Marshall learned the truth about what happened to his best friend Cooper. Now in Book Two, the POV switches to Cooper and we get to see his side of the mystery. What does his story have to do with Marshall and the journey along the Morpheus Road? It's time to learn more . . .

My Review

It's been a while since I last read a D.J. Machale book. The last one I read (Morpheus Road, The Light) was awesome and is on my favorites list. You can see my review if you click the handy little link over this word.

I've said it many times before. If you haven't read something by a certain author in a while, you forget just how good they are. I read the Pendragon series a few years ago. Those books are great. But, it's been a while since I've read them and, being now thirteen, I've grown as a reader and writer. Opinions change. There are many books that I tried reading a few years ago and hated them. I pick those books up now and I think to myself, "Was I insane?!" because they're just so darn good. But (Yes, there is always a "but" with me, isn't there?) my opinion on D.J. Machale books has not changed in the slightest. I still believe that this author knows how to write a great book!

The first of the Morpheus Road series was told in the point of view of Marshell Weaver, a nerdy kid who doesn't really have that much of a life. His dad is out of town a lot for work, and his mom died when he was very young. The book revolves around his haunting, for lack of a better term. The Light is a thriller, with many scary themes. It's sequel, The Black, is somewhat less scary and focuses more on Cooper Foley's afterlife. The point of view is Cooper's and I must say I enjoy reading from this guys point of view. Whereas Marsh is uptight, slow to grasp what's going on around him (This isn't criticism, that's just his character) Cooper is quicker to believe what's going on and that means he will cut to the chase faster. There was a lot more action in The Black while The Light was more tense and kept you guessing what'll happen next. Separately, both these books have some pros, some cons. Though, when together as a series, these books make for some mighty fine reading.

This book is released on April 19. When I got it in the mail, I just about died. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration seeing as I wrote this review, but it was an awesome moment. I started reading immediatally, and finished the book within the day. I recommend the Morpheus Road series to anyone who has read Pendragon or anything else by D.J. Machale. Also, if you haven't read Pendragon but are interested by this here review, it'd probably be a good idea to read it. Just sayin'.


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Profanity: Moderate
Sexual: Mild
Violence: Mild
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