Out of Xibalba review by JMossm
Out of Xibalba
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Historical Fiction
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 15
Reviewer's Location - Rockwell City, IA , United States
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Chel was just another teenage girl until she traveled back in time to the ancient Mayan civilization of her ancestors. Chel has no idea what to do next. She knows the only thing keeping her alive in this society is the fact that all the locals believe she's the godess Ix Chel. She realizes she was sent back to this time to stop the end of the world and the end of the Mayan civilization. Can she do this and more? Could she possibly find love here?


This book was really, really good. When you're reading this book you feel like you are Chel. You feel her pain, her joy, and her longing for her family. The plot is slippery: it twists and turns and you never can really tell what the plot is until you've finished the book. Then everything makes sense. Some of the customs in this book seemed rather barbaric to me, such as the blood sacrifices, but that was a very big part of Mayan belief, so unless you're squeamish it isn't much of a problem. I'd recommend this book to just about anyone over 13 who likes historical fiction.


Content Rating:

Content rating - some mature content

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There is some innuendo, including actual sex. However, this does come with the territory of the ancient Mayans.

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