Teaser Tuesdays #115 ~ Joshua and the Lightning Road ~ My Review

Posted: May 19, 2015 in Action/Adventure, Children's books, Fantasy, New Release, Teaser Tuesdays
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.


Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page.
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Tease for this week is from

Joshua and the Lightning Road

by Donna Galanti


My Teaser from 30% in the eBook.

Danger lurked everywhere in this place.

If I ever got home again I would cherish every minute being bored.


There’s also a giveaway going on where you can win a copy of Joshua and the Lightning Road.

Go HERE to enter.


My Review

I’ve read other books by this author and was curious how she’d do with a children’s fantasy. She did just fine.

In the beginning there were two twelve year old boys playing in an attic on a dark and stormy night.

Then the lightning struck.

Finn was gone.

And there was only one.

Joshua must find Finn and bring him safely home. He must follow the Lightning Road. So he borrows an artifact from his grandfather’s collection and begins a dangerous, wonderous adventure.

Joshua awakens in a pit, surrounded by other children. It’s soon explained to him he’s in the Lost Realm of Nostos, that they are all slaves to be sold for labor. They can never go home again and anyone trying to run will be dealt with swiftly.

But Joshua is determined to find Finn and do just that, go home. Yet, as he flees the pit and meets other kids on the run, his plan becomes bigger. Now he has to save all the kids. And the path he has to take leads away from home, towards the danger.

This story is filled with amazing and terrifying creatures and a cast of characters that bring this world to life.

The addition of Greek mythology makes it even more fascinating and mysterious.

And the secrets surrounding  some crucial characters adds to the suspense.

I drew on movies like The Lord of the Rings and Percy Jackson to visual this world and the inhabitants created by the author. It led to a darker, richer experience.

Fans of fantasy adventures will eat this up.

5 Stars



Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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  1. donnagalanti says:

    Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Joshua and the Lightning Road! I am deep in revisions for book 2 right now, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, with more beasts, bandits and mayhem!

  2. Beth F says:

    Good teaser — so true!

  3. Wendy Lohr says:

    Awesome teaser! I think I’ve actually said those words from time to time when things in life were getting a bit to chaotic! Great review as well!

    Here’s my Teaser!

    Wendy Lohr

  4. Freda Mans says:

    Intriguing and exciting teaser!

  5. writenote1 says:

    It’s funny how a bit of adventure can make boredom disappear!

    Thanks for visiting Write Note Reviews.

  6. Kathy Martin says:

    I have always felt really good about being bored. I read to have adventures (and this sounds like a good one). Happy reading!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Yes, it’s much easier and safer to read about the adventure. I’m getting too old to take some of them. LOL

  7. Marilyn says:

    Yeah, i guess when the choice is between dangerous and boring, boring is the safer bet.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Getting into trouble always makes me miss the mundane ha ha! I can’t help but think if Percy Jackson with this one though; I hope you’re enjoying it :)

    Claudia @ My Soul Called Life

  9. Candid Cover says:

    Your teaser rings some truth;) Love it!

  10. Rin Abelgas says:

    Can I just point out that the second sentence of your teaser is my mindset whenever I’m in school or work? Hahahahaha. Thanks for dropping by my blog! :)

  11. alisbooks says:

    This looks like one my middle child would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      If you read it together you’ll find out how fun it is for all ages:) Took me back to when I was young and my imagination ran rampant.

  12. Silvia says:

    I’ve been seeing this book around a lot lately, nice teaser!
    Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier :)

  13. I’ll be back to read the review after I write mine. :-)

  14. ljennison says:

    And he will never really be bored again. Good teaser!

  15. P.D. Workman says:

    Looks like a good one! Good teaser. Beautiful cover.

    This week mine is from a fascinating inspirational book: