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Book Review: Pillage, by Obert Skye

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When fifteen-year-old Beck Phillips travels by
train to the secluded village of Kingsplot to live with his wealthy but
estranged uncle, Beck discovers some dark family secrets. A buried
basement, a forbidden wall, an old book of family history with odd
references to. . . dragons? Beck’s life is about to be changed forever
in this suspenseful tale about the destructive nature of greed and the
courage to make things right. Pillage is filled with Mr. Skye’s
signature humor as well as some very intense moments, including a
surprise ending, that will keep readers young and old engrossed and
entertained.


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 Dragons, treasure, old mysterious books with a strange family history recorded, hidden basements, and a splash of adventure!  Obert Sky’s Pillage was a home run for me.

Because Beck is fifteen years old, I wasn’t sure whether this book was considered Young Adult or Juvenile.  But considering the mildness of the story (no language, no sex, and very mild action involving the dragons), I would definitely consider this a Juvenile or Middle Grade novel.  I also discovered it in the Juvenile section of the Library, so that confirmed my theory.  It was a nice length for that age group, too.

I absolutely loved Beck, and his very teenagerish yet sensible outlook on adults and situations.  He was hilarious.  I laughed at his antics and at the way he could never just do as he was told.  I really enjoyed his reactions as he slowly discovered his ability to make plants grow. 

I loved that this book was perfectly clean.  I would have zero qualms about handing it to a nine or ten year old child. Clean books with a fun story don’t come along all that often, so when they do, I make sure to snap them up.

This was my first Obert Skye book, but you can bet I will be reading some more!

The Cover:  I love the cover!  It is completely engaging.  The design is beautiful with the dragon’s wings creating a very nice see-through effect against the moon.  The use of color is fantastic.  The artist used complimentary colors to draw your eye to the dragon’s fiery mouth, then used the sliver of moon to draw your eye around the dragon to the wings, the title of the book, and back up to the top.  Love it!

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