Saturday, January 11, 2014

{Review} WHAT NEXT? by Jeffrey M. Daniels

ISBN #: 978-1621418412
Page Count: 138
Copyright: January 15, 2013
Publisher:, Inc.

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Once you have the power to make anything you draw become real, what do you do next?

In What If?, the first book of the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures trilogy, a mysterious shopkeeper gave Jeremy a sketchbook. Jeremy soon found everything he drew in it became real. After going on fantastic adventures, he tried to use the book to bring back his missing Dad. The attempt went terribly wrong and Jeremy, along with his Mom and best friend Natalie, barely survived. At the last, a message was uncovered that hinted Jeremy's Dad was still alive.

What Next? begins with Jeremy, his Mom and (almost) girlfriend Natalie, trying to find the answers to three questions: Why did the shopkeeper give the sketchbook to Jeremy? Why each new use of the sketchbook places Jeremy in greater danger? What secret does the sketchbook hold to finding his missing Dad?

The answers begin to unfold, as does the fact that there are others searching for the sketchbook. Their desire for the book means danger for Jeremy and his companions. From Washington, D.C. to Southern France, Jeremy faces more challenges and greater peril in his quest to find his Dad. The quest will ultimately separate the three travelers, as Jeremy ends up in a fantastic land that turns out to be both familiar and deadly, leaving his Mom and Natalie to face the threat of their pursuers.

What Next? continues the journey started in What If?, as Jeremy gets closer to his long-lost Dad and finds himself on a quest filled with peril and surprises.

Mandy's Review:

Jeremy is a very inquisitive teenager who sometimes allows his imagination to run wild. As he finds out, that can sometimes lead to the demise of others.

What Next? begins where What If? left off. Jeremy received a message in his sketchbook that is believed to be from his father. So Jeremy travels, via the sketchbook, to where he believes his father to be. Who he meets is someone like his father, but not really his father. They set off together in search of his real father.

Different from What If?, What Next? is told as a narrative from Jeremy's viewpoint. It's the story he tells his non-Father as they travel towards his real father. His narrative is often interrupted, either by questions from Will or because the scenery has changed and they now have to deal with the situation.

The adventures Jeremy become involved in are extremely imaginative and entertaining. They include a bit of danger to keep the suspense going. This series would be a great introduction to reading for those pre-teens who haven't yet found a book they like.

*A paperback was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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