Waters and the wild - cover reveal

jo zebedee

Journeyed there and back again
#1
IMG_0485.JPG keeping this to myself has been killing me:

COVER REVEAL - Waters And The Wild, by Jo Zebedee

"Amy was five when she vanished during a family trip, only to be found hours later, clutching a golden acorn and claiming to have visited fairies. Now she’s eighteen, and the fairies are calling her back.

While attending a wedding deep in the Antrim glens, the voices grow darker and their song takes hold. Not sure if she's mad or if the fairies are real, she flees, drawing well-meaning Simon into her fairy-fuelled road trip.

To escape their hold, she must confront long-hidden secrets, and find a truth which may not be hers to unearth.

But, even then, the fairies may not let her go…"

OUT JULY 23rd, 2017!
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#4
Looks awesome
 

jo zebedee

Journeyed there and back again
#7
Just to say if anyone is interested I'm sending out Advance Review Copies of the ebook this week, if anyone would like one. There would be an expectation of an honest review on Goodreads, Facebook or a review blog. :)
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#8
Just to say if anyone is interested I'm sending out Advance Review Copies of the ebook this week, if anyone would like one. There would be an expectation of an honest review on Goodreads, Facebook or a review blog. :)
I would be interested. I only review on Amazon, though (am in the top 100 right now).
 

jo zebedee

Journeyed there and back again
#10
First review came in today. I was so nervous!


What a completely enthralling new novel from Jo Zebedee! Throughout 'Waters and the Wild' there's a haunting sense of disparateness - between goodness and evil, darkness and light, truth and lies and, movingly, between what each character believes they know and what really is. From the very opening chapter, the reader falls headlong into a mother's nightmare; on holiday in the Glens of Antrim, little Amy suddenly and completely disappears. We're drawn into spiralling panic as Amy's family search frenziedly for the lost child. It's at this point (and, boy, does this fascinating novel stand re-reading!) that a schism slowly begins to uncurl - growing relentlessly throughout the novel and fracturing spectacularly in the closing chapters. This may sound slightly generalised, but I am trying VERY hard not to give any spoilers - you'll understand when you throw yourself into this amazing novel and follow each twist and turn as Amy and her family race towards the breath-taking conclusion.

This is no light-hearted fairy tale; a palpable sense of darkness permeates not only each character in the novel but also the lushly atmospheric surroundings of the Glens of Antrim. This is a place steeped in myth and legend which will prove to be either Amy's salvation or her destruction. It shelters and exposes; it protects and it injures. Nothing is guaranteed. Did the fairies take Amy all those years ago? Does she still possess fragile childhood memories of past times with them (and an ability to communicate with them, now, in the present) or is this little more than a troubling adolescent psychosis which will drive Amy remorselessly towards her destruction?

Jo does something extremely clever (and utterly compelling) in this novel - she moves seamlessly from one narrator to the next and drives the action relentlessly on; we explore each person's assessment of Amy's deteriorating condition (including Amy's own terrified thoughts of what she's experiencing) as each undertakes their own personal quest. But who is correct in their understanding of Amy's condition and who (perhaps even Amy herself?) is driving her towards destruction?

This is a lush, beautifully crafted tale of journeys - physical, personal, emotional and spiritual - set against a backdrop of the beautiful Glens of Antrim. These journeys (taken, quite literally, into the unknown) are driven by lost wishes, fervent hopes, horrifying darkness, growing doubt and heart-breaking moments of awareness that we cannot posses as adults what we once hoped and dreamed of as children. The magical creatures that people 'Waters and the Wild' are entrancing, beguiling and often seductively vicious. Yet no matter how terrified she may be of these faerie creatures, Amy feels compelled to return to them - just as her family, friends and helpful locals are driven to follow her in her ever more destructive quest to resolve her situation. And when, with superb sleight of hand, Jo finally unwraps the full story of Amy, her fractured family and these haunting creatures, the reader is filled with such a sense of sadness for what has been lost and what can no longer be. And YES - the delicate unravelling complexity of this novel demands that you sit right down and read the whole thing right through again!

Absolutely fabulous work - eerie, atmospheric and incredibly evocative with gorgeous descriptions of the countryside and its people; I can't recommend this highly enough - and I've managed to get to the end of this review without giving away key plot points!! Take this book to the Glens of Antrim and read it with the waves crashing on the shore; I can guarantee that your goose-bumps won't simply be caused by the cool water!
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#11
That reminds me I should write something up before I forget what I wanted to say...
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#15
Just bought it from Amazon, missed the sale but you've priced it quite low anyway. Good luck jo. That cover is cool. Sorta scary too!
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
#17
It was great, jo. I couldn't put it down. Darkly atmospheric fey thriller that I had to keep reading to see what would happen to Amy and Simon. And Mark. And mum and dad. Nice characterizations.