Hey, it's Danielle, and welcome back to my amazing world of book reviews!! This time I will be reviewing a book called Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter, written by Simon Mayo.
I would recommend this book to literally anyone, although it may be a little more enjoyable to younger readers. However, this book isn't a total sci-fi/fantasy adventure in another world.
This book takes place in the real world: Cornwall, England to be exact. The main protagonist is Itchingham Lofte ( known as Itch), a 14-year-old boy with a very extraordinary hobby: hunting the elements. Needless to say, he comes across quite a few mishaps along the way; Explosions, fires, minor illnesses, serious injuries, some death maybe?
As pretty much everyone knows, there are quite a few elements that are WAAAY too dangerous to just have. Mainly the insanely radioactive ones. But what could possibly be wrong with this suspiciously warm rock? It can't be too bad, right? Needless to say, it gets pretty crazy. The book is filled with tons of action and quite a bit of adventure as we follow Itch, his cousin Jack, and his little sister Chloe. You also get to briefly meet his "dealer," Cake, although he isn't in the story too long. Itch and friends encounter many challenges trying to protect this amazing(ly dangerous) "rock" from people who want it for all the wrong reasons.
While there are definitely some hardships to overcome, they pull through well enough. This is, however, only the first book in a trio. While I have not had the time to read the second and third installments in the exciting life of Itchingham Lofte, I will definitely be checking back in once I have.
Stay tuned for Itch Rocks and Itchcraft! -Danielle