The Six Days by Anna Carolyn McCormally
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Giant Squid Books
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Fifteen years ago, in the middle of the night, Jamie Carpenter’s mother went up to the dark lighthouse on the cliffs. She never came back.
Yesterday, Jamie had a nightmare: his little brother disappearing like their mother did, through the door of the lighthouse, a door that has never opened.
Today, the nightmare came true. Jamie’s brother is missing. And not just missing–he’s been abducted, taken through the lighthouse door into the world of magic that lays beyond.
With his best friend Nia at his side, Jamie crosses into a world he never knew existed–but Emanu is not the fairytale world of childrens' stories. Desperate to understand who took Danny and why, struggling to survive in a world of shadowy magic, Jamie and Nia seek the help of the Council of Witches. As they uncover more and more of Jamie’s family secrets and unknown powers, it becomes clear that Nia herself may be something more than human–and that it’s her the Council views as their biggest threat…
Swept up in a dark political game they don’t understand, burdened by magic they don’t know how to use, Jamie and Nia are going to have to learn fast if they’re going to survive Emanu and rescue Danny Carpenter. There are only six days until the gate between worlds closes again.
Review: I am not sure that I can even adequately express just how much I LOVE this book. I will even dare to say that it is one of my favorite books of 2014 so far. I did not know much about the book when I received the email about doing the blog tour, but the synopsis was intriguing enough. I mean, read it! I guess I might just be a fan of things that involve magic (how could you not be after Harry Potter?), so I was excited to read something else that included magical elements. I have to admit, this made me a little nervous as well. I mean, even if it was magic, it was obviously going to be quite a bit different than HP, but it was a very, very good different.
This book had a lot of characters, and sometimes that worries me when it comes to reading books (with work, I usually have to start and stop reading whenever I have time, so sometimes I forget who people are when there are a lot), but I did not mind it at all with this book. It was very easy to follow, and I really liked most of the characters (and really hated all of the characters I was supposed to hate). The three brothers, Callem (Cal), James (Jamie), and Danny were all three great. I LOVE how McCormally expressed their very different personalities, as this is something that really does happy when you have siblings. It was very well done, too. They handled situations differently, just as any real siblings would.
This book was ACTION packed. I don't read a lot of books that have this much action, but I felt like it just keep getting more and more intense, which just made me want to keep reading. I just cannot stop thinking about how amazing this book was. Just when I thought that I had everything figured out and knew what was right and what was wrong, things would change all over again. Honestly, that is what makes a great book for me. I don't want to know what is going to happen/what is the truth, until the end when everything is reaching resolution and about to end.
The romance in this book is another thing that I absolutely loved. Usually, when you have a male and female character that have been best friends since they were kids, they always seem to fall for each other. I was SO happy that was not the case. Sure, there was a bit of weird jealousy here and there, but I think it was out of fear of losing their friend. Instead, Nia ended up with feelings for one of the brothers (WHAT? I LOVED it! They were great!) and Jamie falls for the Princess in Emanu. Now that is what I am talking about!
From my research, it seems like this is the first book that McCormally has published, and I certainly hope that it is not the last! I look forward to reading anything else she writes in the future. In the meantime, everyone needs to read this book!
Anna Carolyn McCormally currently manages a small used bookstore in Washington, D.C.. She has a tattoo of the Deathly Hallows and blogs about YA fiction at www.giantsquidbooks.com.. Her short fiction and poetry has been published in pacificREVIEW, Quantum Fairy Tales and 3 am magazine. Follow her on Twitter @mccormallie.