My Children's Book Month Feature: The Majestic Cave by Kelly Hashway
Kelly Hashway's new middle grade novel, Mystery of the Majestic Cave, is out in time to make summer reading fun! It is the continuing adventure of three kids who are trying to bring an end to the Curse of the Granville Fortune (her first book in this series). Want to know more? Look below.
Thirteen-year-old J.B. thought being
cursed was bad, but finding out his first crush is going to be eaten by an
octopus is more than he can handle. It’s been two months since J.B. met Noelle
and Edward and discovered they were the three—receivers of the sight, or more
importantly the ones who have to break the curse that’s plagued their families
for hundreds of years.
This time their search for the
Granville fortune leads them to a place called Majestic Cave. The cave is by
the sea, and J.B. knows going near it will put Noelle’s life in danger. With no
other choice, the three follow the clues. But as usual, they aren’t the only
ones searching for the fortune. The evil Grimaults also know about the cave,
and they’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on more of the Granville
treasure. History won’t be the only thing
uncovered on this journey—and it might not be the only thing buried either.
Here's an excerpt to enjoy.
Finding out I was cursed was one thing. Finding out one of
the two people who was supposed to help me break the curse was going to be
eaten by a giant octopus was another.
The octopus wrapped its tentacles around Noelle’s chest,
locking her arms down at her sides and making it impossible for her to fight
back. She screamed and bubbles filled the water. Her eyes widened as the
octopus squeezed her tighter, pulling her closer to its beak. I watched
helplessly—locked inside the vision, feeling Noelle’s fear.
Sweat poured down my forehead, and my arms trembled as I
yanked my hands from Edward’s and Noelle’s shoulders. The force of ending the
vision shook me so hard I fell backward, gasping for air. The grass was cold
against my skin. The heat of the summer was nothing compared to the heat of the
vision. I was still panting when I opened my eyes. Noelle was slumped on the
merry-go-round crying. Her brown hair stuck to her wet cheeks. Before I could
go to her, Edward was at her side. He put one arm around her and said, “We’ll
stop it. It won’t happen.” He looked at me like it was my fault. Okay, yeah it
was my vision. I was the one who saw the future. But I couldn’t control the
visions I had any more than he could.
I got to my feet and brushed the dirt off my legs. “Noelle,
I’m so sorry. I tried to break the connection as soon as I could.”
“It’s not your fault, J.B.” She wiped her eyes with the back
of her hand and looked up at me. “Sebastien, Jean, and Aristede did this to
us.” Her voice shook. “They cursed us, and now I’m going to…die because of it.”
“No you’re not!” Edward and I said. Neither one of us was
going to let that happen.
The curse started over two hundred years ago when Sebastien
Granville, Noelle’s ancestor, and his two friends stole the Granville family’s
fortune. Those friends were Edward’s ancestor, Aristede Grimault, and my
ancestor, Jean Beaumonte. When they were caught by Sebastien’s grandmother, she
cursed them, dooming all their descendents to suffer from their greatest fears.
Part of the curse was the gift of sight that she passed down to Edward, Noelle,
“We’ll never figure this out,” Noelle said. “The visions
don’t make any sense.”
Edward plopped down on the grass and started ripping it out
by the handfuls. He wasn’t big on pep talks. Neither was I. The past two months
hadn’t exactly been easy. Sneaking around behind my parents’ backs was
difficult enough, but getting past my sister, Holly, had been almost
impossible. Edward had been camping out in my shed since his heartless brother
Garret and his lowlife cousin Trent took off to find Edward’s dad, Morgan—who
had run off with the only part of the fortune we’d found so far. Some family. I
didn’t completely trust Edward, but I couldn’t turn my back on him either. The
three of us had to stick together and make sense of these visions. They were
our only clues to finding the missing pieces of the Granville fortune and
breaking the curse. We knew what would happen if we didn’t. We’d die—all of us.
We weren’t any closer to breaking the curse. Somehow it had
actually gotten worse since Noelle, Edward, and I had gotten together. Or maybe
it was because Morgan Grimault got away with the fortune. Either way, it was
bad. The visions were even more painful now when we had them alone. It must
have been the curse’s way of forcing us to stay together and find the fortune,
because it was torture being apart. “The visions are supposed to help us,” I said.
“All we’ve seen is my dad staring at the fortune he took off
with,” Edward said. “How does that help? Seeing things as they’re happening
Noelle stood up, and I thought she was going to mention the
vision of the future I just gave us all. Instead, she turned to Edward. “We
need to see the past to find out where Sebastien and Jean hid their parts of
Edward looked to me for help. “We’ve never been able to make
ourselves have a vision,” I said.
Noelle whipped her head around. “That’s not true. The first
vision we ever had was forced.” She pointed to the ground. “We were standing
right here, and we made it happen.”
I shook my head. “No, we didn’t. That vision had been trying
to show itself to us since the moment we met. We held it off until we decided
to work together.”
“Fine, then let’s decide to work together now and have a
vision that actually helps!” Noelle clenched her fists at her sides. She was
totally freaked out, and I couldn’t blame her.
Meet one of my favorite children's authors: Kelly Hashway
Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most
accident-prone people on the planet, but that didn’t stop her from jumping out
of an airplane at ten thousand feet one Halloween. Maybe it was growing up
reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books that instilled a love of all things
scary and a desire to live in a world filled with supernatural creatures, but
she spends her days writing speculative fiction. Kelly’s also a sucker for
first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake.
When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which
she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized. She is represented
by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
When I finished reading Kelly's first book, Curse of the Granville Fortune, I wanted the journey of J.B., Noelle, and Edward to continue. I knew there was another adventure waiting for these three, and The Majestic Cave is everything I was hoping it would be. Drawn together by the curse, the three kids face a new danger in an ocean cave where a voiced imagination can become a reality. No spoilers here, but believe me "Thar are sea monsters below!" If you like action, excitement, and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, you will love this book. It is a must for your summer reading list.