Hello, world!!! Today, I have some very exciting news! But first, I need to give a little bit of backstory.
So, back in the beginning of 2020, Kara Swanson who is an instructor for the Young Writer's Workshop, announced that she was publishing another book (she already had one book published The Girl Who Could See) and she was asking for ARC readers. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity to read a good book for free and as I read this new book she was about to publish, I was blown away at how beautiful and powerful the book was. By now, you're probably starting to guess what book I'm talking about, and it is the beautiful and wonderful Peter Pan retelling/sequel called Dust

Look at that cover!!! It's just the most beautiful thing ever!!! But what's even better about it is that it's a doulogy, meaning that it's a two book series, and you'll never guess what's happening this July... (Well, if you've read the title of this post, you probably can already guess what's happening.) BOOK TWO IS BEING RELEASED!!!! *major fangirl screams* 

IT"S GONNA LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL ON MY BOOKSHELF NEXT TO DUST!!!!!! I JUST CAN'T GET OVER HOW BEAUTIFUL THE TWO OF THEM ARE TOGETHER!!! I mean, COME ON!!! Someone has got to share my excitement about this! Anyone? No? Just me? Oh well. That's fine... I guess. 

If you don't know what Dust is about, here's the back-cover blurb. 

Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real--since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist.

Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.

The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan--and herself.

I never thought I'd like a fairy tale retelling with a modern twist on it! I would go over all the reasons why I love this book so much but it's been a hot minute since I've read it and I'm sure I would forget some aspects. You can read my Goodreads review about it on my Goodreads page. (I also do a better job at writing book reviews there than anywhere else.
But we're not here to talk about Dust. We're here to talk about Shadow.

I'm gonna be honest here, I actually got to Beta read this book for Kara and as I was reading it, I found myself falling in love with the characters again and imagining myself as Claire. Kara's writing style is so unique and she approaches these darker themes in a really beautiful way that makes you really think. 

Here's the back-cover blurb for Shadow. (Spoiler alert! if you haven't read Dust, then this will spoil a lot of things for you.) 

Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers.

Desperate to rescue Claire and the fractured Lost Boys, Peter must unravel what truly tore his dreamland apart. But with each step, he is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Not even Pan himself is what he seems.

Claire Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she finally finds her brother, Connor is every bit as shattered as the island. Claire may have pixie dust flowing in her veins—but the light of Neverland is flickering dangerously close to going out forever.

To rescue Neverland from the inescapable shadow, the boy who never grew up and the girl who grew up too fast will have to sacrifice the only thing they have left: each other.

*dramatic cinima music*

If you like fairy tale retellings and whimsical stories with powerful themes, then the Heirs of Neverland series will be the perfect addition to your bookshelf. Why, I can't think of any good reason you would NOT want to have these books in your collection. 

That's all I've got for you today, hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

P.S. If you want to pre-order the book, here's the link. :)