I received this cool YA novel for review from Penguin Young Readers and it’s a little bit different since it also features Augmented Reality technology. Kind of like Pokemon Go. You download the app (available on iTunes and google Play) and see 3D images -13 in all.
Creatures that pop off the page, diaries, games, magic training and more make this a fully interactive experience for readers.
You can check out the Between the Worlds App website for more information.
I’ve included a few pics that I took using the app from my phone. (The screenshot function didn’t work for the 3D creatures so it’s Kevin taking a picture of my phone using the app) but it gives you an idea of what you will see.
I haven’t finished reading yet and I found the interactive element a bit awkward at times - you have to hover your phone over the page and it's (me) shaky at times but two things - 1) I don’t even play Pokemon Go so this isn't something I'm all that familiar with and 2) I’m not the intended age group for this book so I would love to see what readers age 12+ think of it. I’ll have to have my niece and nephews test it out.
As for the story, so far, it’s a pretty fun, action packed fantasy filled with cool monsters, adventure and a bit of romance.
About the book:
Misfit teens Mayberry and Marshall wander off during a school field trip to the forest, on a dare to find dusty local legend The Wishing Tree. But they get more than they bargained for when they find themselves in Nith, an alternate universe. Along with amazing new powers and furry friends, Nith holds danger and intrigue. With the help of the mysterious Aaron, these two friends try to find their way back home. But some of the inhabitants of Nith have other plans for the teens…
Together, Mayberry and Marshall must learn to control their new powers, escape their enemies, find their way home, and come to terms with their growing attraction. ~ Goodreads
*Have you guys tried any interactive books yet? I know there are a few out there but this was my first time giving one a try.