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The ancient spirits needed someone to help them, and after a careful scrutinization, they chose a young boy named Riley Jay Youngblood. Riley had no idea about the responsibility on his shoulders. After coming across a strange passport to a strange place called Santalamanchia, Riley embarked on a journey to this strange place. He encountered a lot of events that helped define his personality. Would he live up to what is expected of him? Find out in Riley Youngblood and the Passport to Santalamanchia.
Riley Youngblood and the Passport to Santalamanchia was a book that I couldn't drop once I started reading. It was exciting, mysterious, and thrilling. There was no boring scene in the book. The aura of mystery surrounding the book began when Riley discovered that the strange booklet he picked up was a passport to a strange place. This mystery continued to the very last page of the book. The thrilling aspect of the book came from the different adventures that Riley underwent in the story. One event that was the height of all events in the book was Riley riding a giant dragonfly to rescue people. I had my heart in my mouth the whole time reading this, as it left me tensed, which also heightened my excitement.
Every aspect of this book came to life because of the detailed descriptions. The author used words that maximized each description and made it feel like I was present in each event. From the description of the humongous dragonfly, I could see this gigantic creature in my mind's eye right in front of me. This was precisely how I felt for most of the read.
One aspect of the book that was most endearing was the dialogues. From the beginning of the book, the author communicated the English prevalent in the story's setting using the conversations. The book started with this opening statement from one of the characters: "Youngblood! What are you doin' muckin' about in my hedge? Get outta there!" You could see that the author was trying to inform the reader of the kind of characters to anticipate in the book.
I couldn't find any fault in this book. I had earlier read the Kindle version of this book and had a few niggling issues with it. However, reading the print version was like a completely new experience for me. The editing was exceptionally done, and the overall narrative was reworked to create a better appeal. Thumbs up to the author and his team of editors for the overhaul; it came out great. On that note, I would confidently rate this book four out of four stars. I would highly recommend it to lovers of thrilling and adventurous books, especially one based on alternate realities.
Riley Youngblood and the Passport to Santalamanchia
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