An utterly readable tale…
Bellis’s debut is a gripping YA fantasy featuring an authentic cast and atmospheric settings. The world is a dangerous place, especially during the day when the sun’s rays can kill in minutes. Nineteen-year-old Dustin is in possession of an ancient map, a family heirloom, he believes can help him locate water sources. When he saves Olivia, a mysterious ocean city girl, from a vicious group of bandits, he finds his water map stolen. Determined to find his map, he teams up with Olivia, unaware that’s just the beginning of a dangerous journey he will be forced to take. The fantasy world that Bellis creates is immaculate, and her characters are relatable and emotionally compelling. Olivia, for example, is an ocean city girl who turns out to be a total badass. Her complicated and turbulent bond with Dustin is thoroughly authentic, and the growth of their relationship as they face impossible dangers is rooted in reality. Third-person-point-of-view chapters from the protagonists allow readers to see varying perspectives and become invested in their individual stories. Addictive and intriguing.
Sunstruck: A Young Adult Fantasy Adventure
Pub date June 23, 2023
Price $19.99 (USD) Hardcover, $9.99 Paperback, $0.00 Kindle Unlimited