The One with the Unlucky Boy

In the sleepy town of Appleton, a young loner follows a stray cat onto the road and is struck by a car. A leg is shattered, a summer is ruined, and the troubled life of Billy Brahm goes from bad… to cursed.

“When things are good, it is because we remember a time when they were not. When there was pain. But now the pain is gone, so things are ‘good’. When we hurt, it is because we recall a time when we did not. When there was no pain. But now we suffer, so things are ‘bad’. The tiger sipped from the cup, peering at the boy over the rim. Stars swirled in its eyes. “Good. Bad. The cup holds both.”

From rats to cats and back again.

Billy Brahm is just like any other ten-year-old boy. Except that he’s not. When an accident leaves him broken – body and soul – he learns there’s more in this world than what’s on the surface. Nightmares plague him; nightmares so realistic he’s left with no choice but to find the strength to face the unimaginable.

It’s been a long time since I was excited about reading anything. I admit, my focus is scattered most of the time which is what happens when you pile too much on your plate. But this book. THIS BOOK! A one-day-read because it was impossible to stop.

Anybody who has grown up as a ‘misfit’ or feeling as if they were on the outside will immediately connect with Billy. It ain’t easy growin’ up! Billy’s an introvert, a cat-lover, a reader, an adventurer and a very sensitive soul.That 10-year-old boy took me from delighted to defensive to heartbroken to terrified and left me with so much anticipation I couldn’t sleep. And there wasn’t even one character in this book that you couldn’t imagine meeting face-to-face. I bought it all. Every word of it.

Everything you could possibly want in an adventure/fantasy/action/mystery novel aimed straight at a kid’s heart is here. There is nothing more gratifying and exciting than watching a character learn, grow and find out just how brave he really is.

And let’s not forget the cats.

The best part? It’s only the first in a fantastic series by Brooke Burgess: The Shadowland Saga. 

The book is set to release this November via all major eBook retailers and CreateSpace. You can preview it now at Wattpad.