Book Blog Tour: The Castaways, by Jessika Fleck

Book Blog Tour: The Castaways, by Jessika Fleck


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Welcome to the The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

Take your seat because today the Book Blog Tour for The Castaways by Jessika Fleck stops here at The Serial Reader Blog!

Jessika Fleck‘s debut novel –The Castaways– is just fantastic and I am enthusiastic about it.

TheCastaways1600“When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.
Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.
Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.”

If you’ve been reading The Serial Reader Blog for a while, you may know that, when I am reviewing a book, I always look at the cover: arts, colors, decorative patterns and typography celebrate the material substance of the book itself, and if well made, it can draw you in and persuade you to start that journey of discovery, page by page.

The Castaways book cover literally stole my eyes! Erin Dameron-Hill -the cover designer- absolutely nailed it! Wild and fierce it’s like a magnet.

Beside the (most appreciated) visual satisfaction, Jessika Fleck delivers a splendid story,   filled with great, deep characters and a strong and empowering message that I absolutely recommend to everyone to read. Trapped on an island with a bunch of kids and teenagers, in the middle of a screwed-up, real-life, Lord-of-the Flies situation, Olive runs from bullism and learns about resilience and inner strength.

The Castaways -small group of young and intrepid people- will teach you to be fearless on the road of self-discovering… and once they’ll be gone, you’ll “Just Be“.

Excerpt from The Castaways

TheCastaways2But everything’s clear. I do know where to go. “I’m going to find that boulder—” I suck in shallow breath. “The…hhh…maze.”   

“It’s no use. We’ve tried everything. It doesn’t work! Wait!”

But I’m not listening because it has to work. It’s the only way. If it got me in, it’ll get me back out. I run until my body, my mind, and, mostly, my lungs give up. Because, problem is, Will’s right. I don’t know how to find it.

I stop. Will stops.

Bent at the waist, hands on my knees, I cough and spew, trying to catch my breath. The hyperventilation has passed, but my insistence on sprinting like I’m a track star when my lungs and legs have no business running, has taken its toll.

I look up.

Will isn’t fazed. At some point he took off his shirt and now stands with his hands on his hips, chest rising and falling, barely winded. His abs flex with each effortless breath.

“Get it out of your system?” It’s when my stomach springs that I realize I’m staring at his body. I quickly glance away and completely ignore his question. “Take me there.”

“I told you. It’s no use.”

“Please,” I whimper. Tears race down my face.

Tucking his T-shirt into the back of his pants, Will walks in another direction.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m taking you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

With Will now leading the way, I watch his suntanned back, the sweat beading at his shoulders and slowly, one by one, how the beads roll down the center crease. I’m in a daze or a haze or a trance because all I see is his back, his muscles contracting and tightening with each step, and, like magic, we’re there.

The mossy boulder stands before us and, I swear, it mocks me in all its ordinary, commonplace glory.

Author’s Bio

JessicaJessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens.

Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, Kidliterati, and is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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A special “Thank You” goes to YA Reads BlogTour for giving me the opportunity to read The Castaways by Jessika Fleck.

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