Cover Reveal!

As you can see by the update of my header, I’m finally releasing the cover reveal of my newest baby, and I’m SO EXCITED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU.

This standalone story was actually written many, many years ago after I had a dream that I fell down to Neverland. Or, as it is properly known, the Isle of Never.

You see, Mr. J.M. Barrie mixed up a few details when he mistakenly traveled there in the early 1900’s. Turns out this island is nothing like the fanciful place of children’s dreams. And more importantly, the infamous sea captain Jameson Hawk, a man better known under the name “Hook,” is not the villain most people make him out to be.

I’ll be revealing more in the weeks to come, but for now you’ll have to be happy with a teaser. Also, please pardon my dust when it comes to my blog. They’ve updated the theme that I’ve used since the beginning of my blogdom, and now I have to readjust everything. Plus it won’t let me change certain colors, which just curdles my cheese. I used to be able to customize everything.

But I digress.

I can’t wait to share some snippets of The Isle of Never with you as it gets closer to the actual release date. This story has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to see this thing in print. More to come!

The Night She Disappeared

The Night She DisappearedThe Night She Disappeared by April Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I will say that it’s geared for older teen readers, as it definitely deals with some dark subject matter and mature themes, but it was quite the journey. I walked into this story thinking that it would be centered around the mystery of who had taken Kayla, but instead I was captivated by the intertwining stories and characters. It was told from multiple points of view, which I’m usually not a fan of reading, but this author delivered it perfectly, in my opinion.

I enjoyed watching the sweet relationship grow between Gabie and Drew as they discovered what it’s like to start falling in love. The awkwardness of being the age that they are, the thoughts and insecurities that they felt, all wrapped around the fact that their friend is missing and could be dead. I flew through the last few chapters. I simply had to know what happened and how it was going to end up.

I also appreciated that everything took place in Portland, Oregon, as I’m a native Oregonian and enjoyed reading about the familiar landscapes. (Though it was creepy to think of a kidnapper walking the streets that I’ve walked before.)

Excellent all around and beautifully done. One of my favorite books this year.

Insignia

Insignia (Insignia, #1)Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. LOVED it. Set in the not-so-distant future, World War III has finally arrived, and instead of destroying planet Earth, the human race has found a way to make war without human sacrifice.

Or so they think.

The planet has been separated into different governmental factions that control the earth’s remaining natural resources, and they’re at odds against one other. The whole world is literally fighting, but the battles now take place in space or on other planets. War is still war, however. Tom, a fourteen-year-old gamer genius, is stuck finding money and random hotel rooms wherever he can with his gambler father until the day that the government notices his incredible reflexes and quick thinking. Now that wars are fought with machinery light-years away, they need the best of the best to control those androids and ships. And that’s just the first couple of chapters.

I couldn’t put this book down, it was such a thrill ride. It reminded me a little of a cross between Ready Player One and the Artemis Fowl series, probably more for the teen crowd than tween. Loved the protagonist, loved the premise of the story. It was fun to watch as Tom learned how to be in the military, futuristic-style, and discovered what it was like to make real friends, complete with typical embarrassing teenage moments.

An excellent read and a major page-turner. In fact, I may have a new favorite YA author to add to my Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer list. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series!