“Not all those who wander are lost”
As the well-read bookworms we are, we have journeyed with Bilbo Baggins through Middle Earth, sought horcruxes throughout the Wizarding and Muggle Worlds with Harry Potter, and faced the perils of the Ice Court with Kaz Brekker and crew. We have braved quest after quest in the pages of the fantasy and sci-fi novels that we love, but it is rare to stumble across a contemporary novel that instills the same sense of adventure in our hearts.
Luckily for adventuresome fans of YA contemporary literature everywhere Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett is hitting bookshelves today, and it is chock full of high stakes, peril, and kissing! (Because let’s be honest, it’s not a real adventure without kissing!)
When a camping trip with their “friends” doesn’t quite go according to plan, former besties Zorie and Lennon find themselves abandoned in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas. Not only do the two have to trek through the mountains of Northern California, scaling dangerous terrain and confronting some truly fantastic beasts, they also have to try to make it back to civilization without killing one another first.
And if you needed any more proof that this truly is an adventure novel, there are maps in this book (plural!). You know when you crack open a book to discover a truly gorgeous map waiting for you that you are about to embark on a quest. Most of us have come to expect, even demand, maps for our beloved fantasy novels, but to have maps in a contemporary novel is just so much fun!
Even if quests aren’t usually your thing, don’t worry! This book is filled with all the wonderfully relatable and well-developed characters, heart-stinging moments, and steamy romance scenes that we all love in our contemporary fiction.
So grab your packs and a copy of this book and get ready for a wonderful summer adventure!
About the Book
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
What could go wrong?
With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?
About the Author
Jenn Bennett is an award-winning author of several young adult books, including ALEX, APPROXIMATELY and STARRY EYES. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award, and been included on Publishers Weekly Best Books annual list. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two dogs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.
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