Author: Clark Rich Burbidge
Publisher: Deep River Books
Release Date: June 30, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A fun time travel adventure for teens and adult readers alike!
After months of dealing with their parents’ problems involving their dad’s PTSD from war and the stress it has inflicted on their mom, Tim and Martie are afraid what might happen next. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time, but the family is so torn they have trouble finding anything to celebrate until an ancient Christmas ornament sends the siblings on an adventure across the country and back in time. Tim and Martie are not alone in their travels; a group of dark spirits travel as the star is used and want the power of the star for themselves. The teens have to work hard to avoid these trackers and get home in one piece to try and save their family before it is too late.
I found StarPassage to be a fun read that surprised me at several points. I didn’t totally know what to expect starting this but as I read I found myself enjoying the story and really bonding with the main characters. I liked that these two teenagers were willing to do whatever they needed to do in order to save their family. They even had several moments during their time travels that they had to choose to help others when it would knowingly put them in danger and they did it anyway. They might have been on a mission but they didn’t put themselves above others, a good lesson for all. There are elements of faith throughout but I don’t think it is enough to turn anyone off from reading this book. The author did a great job of setting up the different times and settings for the readers, even those who might not be into history very much. Overall this was a very enjoyable read and I am curious to see how the next in the series will continue the travels and see how these characters will continue to grow.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.