Just What This Reader Ordered

Hello, I’m tired, who are you?

Last night after a long week and weekend of being an author and a social and a busy, I turned into a tired. Grabbing the next library book on my stack, I opened it up.

This library book is no ordinary one–it has the most gorgeousest cover ever and a really intriguing synopsis. Like suppose the female version of The Man in the Iron Mask had a sister who was an embittered Cinderella, and they played a Prince and the Pauper trick. Also, the cover?

80 pages in, I knew it really wasn’t the best thing for my mood. The story is tiring, not because it’s badly written or something, but because it is angstful–mostly because of the embittered Cinderella. I set it aside with the feeling that I probably wasn’t in the best mood for it. This morning, I still wasn’t ready to pick it up again. But I still wanted to read something.

That’s when I remembered I had a shiny ARC (advanced reader copy, though the book is out now, so I guess it’s just a reviewer copy) just waiting for me to read it. ❤


Yes, please!

Phantoms by Denver Evans is a YA fantasy novel with a side of romance, steampunk, and paranormal. (And INVENTING!! ❤ )

“Being captured by pirates wasn’t part of the plan. And they’ve never met pirates like these…

After his adventure with the mermaids, Emerson is happy to get back to normal life, and he is thrilled that his days often include visits from pretty Saria Beggley. Not all is right with the world, however. Pirates have begun terrorizing ships around the eastern islands in the chain; and ships, sailors, and even passengers are going missing every day.

Blown off course by a freak storm, Emerson and Saria are captured. They discover the pirates are not what they thought—even moreso the feared Pirate King responsible for it all. When a legendary phantom ship shows up in Cayan waters, the mysterious crew enlists Emerson’s help in stopping the ever-expanding menace of the pirates.

As Emerson’s feelings for Saria begin to blossom, he wants nothing more than to see her safely home to Chadwick. But the only way to safety for any of them is by thwarting the plans of the Pirate King.” (from Goodreads)

Did that make any sense to you? Probably not, because Phantoms is actually a sequel to Shallows, Denver’s debut novel which I read a couple months ago. Shallows surprised me by being adorable, adventurous, and surprisingly meaningful, so you can guess why I was so excited and suddenly un-tired to read my copy of its sequel. 😀

Needless to say, I’m 45% through the book, pirates have just been sighted (captured by pirates is good!), and basically, I’d rather be reading. 😀


Everything I loved about Shallows carries over into its sequel, and it’s not one of those boring middle books. Phew. 😛

I wrote an actual, cohesive review with a content advisory for the first book (and I intend one for this sequel when I’m done reading it), but for now, here are three reasons why you might love these books as much as I do. 😀

  1. Themes–not in your face themes, but there. Dealing with anxiety, speaking out for the helpless, friendship, pro-life… it’s all there. 😀
  2. My Emrie. Okay, so his name is Emerson (which is so nerdy cool), and he’s a darling, shy inventor who has a heart of gold, is strong in his own way, and deals with anxiety every day. Also, he looks like a young Andrew Garfield, so that’s more than cool. He’s a neat character. 😉


3. The shippy-ness. I went with a double meaning because I could. 😀 There is a teenage “like”–it’s not strong enough yet to be called a romance–and these books are very maritime-themed which is super cool!! 😀 Seriously guys, the romance is so sweet and clean and friendship-based. But, all the maritime stuff? So underused and so AMAZING. Arrrrr!! 😀

I should really get back to reading and maybe dinner dishes, but I thought I’d share what I’m reading with you all. (Apparently, Shallows is free right now and the sequel I’m devouring is only $0.99, so COOL.)

Also, the author is having a giveaway which really makes me happy!! 😀


The lovely loot.


That necklace, though. ❤ ❤

Includes: signed paperback copy of Shallows, signed paperback copy of Phantoms, a nautical-themed wooden box, a leather journal/sketchbook (like Emerson’s!), a steampunk heart necklace (because Emerson is everyone’s favorite inventor!), and a “Mermaid Material” mug (if you’ve read the book… don’t take it the wrong way!).


Terms: Giveaway ends on 6/30 at 12am Pacific. Physical prizes will only be shipped to the domestic U.S. If the winner is international, they will receive eBook versions of the two books, plus a $5 Amazon gift card. If the winner does not reply to Denver’s email to claim their prize within 1 week, a new winner will be chosen.


Anyways, goodbye. I have a book to read. 😀

Oh, and dishes. Ya know…


54 thoughts on “Just What This Reader Ordered

  1. ❤ this book so terribly hard. 😉 I was honestly a little worried it wouldn't live up to the amazingness of Shallows, but WOW did it surpass it!!!

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  2. I am so excited to start Phantoms. I looooved Shallows! You’re right in that it was surprisingly endearing. We’re about to go on a road trip and I’m trying to decide if I can wait that long and save Phantoms for the trip, or if I’m too impatient. 😅

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  3. What a cool-sounding book! I just bought the first one; it sounds like just the thing I’d like to read right now. 🙂 To answer the giveaway question, my favorite genre to read is probably fantasy, but I’ll read anything if the book is good. What’s yours?

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    1. Super! It’s pretty cool. 😉

      I’m the same! Genre doesn’t matter much to me if the book is good. 😀 I’m not sure what my favorite genre is exactly, but I read a lot of fantasy and middle-grade.

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  4. I loved Shallows. I read just about all Fantasy. Prefer clean teen type of books, love dragons. Dragons and Sword/Sorcery books got me started. Now I am getting into Urban Fantasy and a bit of Steampunk. Not really into Sci-Fi. Loved Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbitt, Shanara, and all of the Dragonriders of Pern.

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  5. I look forward to reading these! I have Shallows, but I haven’t gotten to it yet since my TBR list is like two miles long, haha! My favorite genre is fantasy.

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