Eden`s Escape ( Ages 8+ )
By : M. Tara Crowl
Publisher : Disney Books ( September 2016 )
Eden the young genie in the world of "mortals"!! An exciting fast paced adventure. Although it`s the second installment in it`s series the story stands alone. Eden through a third person narrator explains to us that being a genie is no easy job at all.
Eden lands right at the middle of a New York city street on both feet! halting the city traffic for a moment. Living on earth and in the New York city had been her dream and when her masters grant her the wish, she couldn't believe her luck. She is the first genie to live on Earth during her granting career. And she has only one condition -to fulfill nine hundred and ninety nine wishers to complete her granting carrier. Retired genie Pepper is named as her guardian on Earth. Immortal and aged, theater-loving Pepper cares for Eden as a child of her own. She has many tales to tell the young genie which spans from the Shakespearean era to the present.
Together they plan to explore the grand city, but unfortunately for Eden she does not get to live her dream for more than a few days. As the lamp summons her to grant a wish - or so she thought - she appears in front of one of the wealthiest 'techies' in the world, 'Brightly', in his lab. And he has no interest in making wishes but to learn and posses the control of the lamp. Eden escapes but realizes that she is no longer in NYC but in Paris which is also where the Electras' headquarters are. Electras are the opponents of Loyal genies and are also fighting for the lamp. Eden, now penniless and without her magical custom-made passport, is trying to stay in disguise and figure out a way to repossess the lamp and save the genie world while the whole world is searching for Eden, as Brightly announces that he has lost his adopted daughter. And what would happen when Electras read about the news ............
The story flows, keeping it`s readers on the edge of their seats at every page turn, with magnificent settings of New York city and Paris, while bringing back history books to life through immortal Genie tales. An assortment of characters comprising Loyal genies, Electra genies and "mortals" are quite realistic and approachable, still they entertain the readers well. The language and dialog are expressive and helpful in creating the mood yet simple enough to reach even the very young readers. I can easily recall a particular dialog when Eden for the first time in her life experiences macaroons
" I know I keep changing my mind / she said / but now it`s officially official / Lemon is my favorite / But you haven`t tried hazelnut yet! / Melodie pushed a light-brown one toward her."
A gripping thriller to the end with fantastic settings an adventures protagonist and a troupe of other vivid characters.
(With many thanks to Disney Books and Net Galley for the ARC)