Foxtail Valley is a confined territory where all technology is prohibited. It is home to the forbidden Black Sands beach. Rumor has it, no one ever comes out alive. No one ... but them.
Jeremy has lived in the Outland for most of his life.
Mason is the brother of a convicted criminal.
Natalie is the mayor's daughter.
Bri just wanted to join the fun.
Now, they are locked up in dorm arrest after breaking into the forbidden beach, winning the title of the ILL SHADOWS, the only survivors of Black Sands Shore. A reputation like that sure comes with its advantages, but when they see the girl that died that night alive and breathing, the circumstances turn for the worst.
Jasamine is able to communicate with the dead. She watches from the sidelines. She wasn't involved, but because of her powerful gift, she knows more about the truth than anyone else.
Five teenagers ...
One mistake ...
Only one truth ...
How will they face retribution while lost in the midst of what happened that night?
Don't miss the sequel... SOULS ADRIFT, coming Winter 2024.
Jean Nasser is an American author, actor, and filmmaker. He is also an advocate for many organizations.
As a writer, he has written a variety of stories and screenplays. His debut co-authored novel, Ill Shadows, is out now and available on Amazon Unlimited!
Through his works, he is reflecting on the issues that are closing in on this world. His main goal is to lift people up with his stories and remind everyone that the pain and suffering are temporary, but faith lasts forever. He is the creator of the #ChooseArtNotVice hashtag and he believes we can definitely plant some seeds into this world. The world just has to pay attention and be willing to make a change.
It's been a wild ride to say the least. We've worked so hard to provide you with a story that will not only entertain you, but also send a message out there of humanity, diversity and the power of claiming your uniqueness and worth in this world saturated with judgement, discrimination, intolerance, and an extreme lack of empathy.
Alone, we can find the courage to make it through another day, moving at our own pace while embracing our strengths and weaknesses. United, we can break down walls, climb over the masses of ignorance and become unstoppable. That's what our characters taught me through their struggle and journey, in this book. They were the ones in charge of the pen most of the time. Each of them will forever hold a special space in my heart.
I can only hope for you to fall in love with them as much as we did. In the end of the day, what makes you You, should be enough reason for you to roar. It's the crumbs you leave behind during this journey called life the ones others will crave and use as examples to become a better person. It shouldn't be a one man job. Not if we want to make a change in this world overpowered by selfishness, technology, pollution of the earth and the mind. Seeking mental health shouldn't be something to be ashamed of or discriminated upon. It should be embraced, promoted and something to be proud of.
Not everything in life is peaches and cream. Emotional pain is inevitable. But do as Amber says: "Let the pain do its shit." It'll be worth it in the end.
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Such a fun read! Wj Cintron and Jean Nasser bring us a time in the future when technology is so advanced yet restricted. Foxtail Valley, where for most, is a "privilege" to live there but by a strict set of rules enforced by law, including not having too much average teenage fun. But things take a turn when 4 teens are arrested for breaking and entering into a prohibited area; Black Sands beach. Where people have mysteriously died and others linger after death... A night out of pure teenage, hormonal bliss took a dark and twisted turn when one of them dies, creating ripple effects of chaos and confusion and they see that same friend ALIVE yet not themselves...
WoW! I loved this little nugget of a sci-fi. It has all the feels, emotional drama, the torment of the teenage brain, and their wild hormones while simultaneously facing a very real situation that got completely out of control. The authors brings us the tears and the love. The ups and the downs. The heartbreaks and the make-ups. with a large variety of characters and LGBTQ inclusion. And I cant wait for the sequel! Great job!
Living in Foxtail Valley is a privilege and residents must abide by the rules—including not venturing to prohibited areas. When four teenagers are arrested after visiting Black Sands beach, they’re sentenced to dorm arrest. However, the teenagers quickly realize something is amiss when they spot a friend, alive, who they believed died the night they went to the beach. The reader is taken along on a wild ride as the teens work to not only survive their time in dorm arrest but uncover the mystery behind what’s going on with their—very much alive—friend.
As a lover of all things dystopian, this novel did not disappoint! I was immediately drawn into the story and loved getting to know all the characters. Also woven into the story were some favorite book elements, including paranormal and romance. What I liked most, however, is that this story sets itself apart from other dystopian books. It takes a fresh approach to the genre providing a different experience for the reader.
Looking forward to the sequel!
I received an ARC of this book via the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Wow. This book captivated me from the beginning and kept me racing to the end. I usually don't read chunky books anymore because there will be a lag where I lose interest. This didn't happen here at all. The characters are so well-developed you'll swear you know them in real life. The shortish chapters keep the pacing going forward. There are twists, even at the end. Don't take my word for it read it for yourself! Can't wait for the next one!
𝑻𝒊𝒕𝒍𝒆: Ill Shadows 𝑨𝒖𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒓: Jean Nasser and WJ Cintron
𝑴𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘: Ill Shadows penned by the authors WJ Cintron and Jean Nasser is a book that is a combination of different genres: romance, sci-fi, young adult, thriller, etc. There are very few books that have the power to capture the reader's attention from the first page. This is one such book.
Foxtail Valley is a confined territory and it is home to the forbidden Black Sands Beach. Five teenagers entered Black Sands Beach and they lost one of their friends Daniela. It was believed that no one ever comes out the Black Sands Beach alive but the four teenagers proved that belief to be wrong. This made them win a title of ILL SHADOWS.
The four teenagers are now in dorm arrest because they intruded Black Sands Shore. What will happen when Mason and Jeremy see Daniela alive? How is it possible as they remember blood and burying her. The weird thing is that nobody has talked about Daniela on the news.
Read this story to find out for yourself what happens next. World building is interesting. Even though the length of the book is more, one wouldn't be bored while reading it. Twists and turns in the story kept it exciting. I enjoyed every bit of this story. Authors have done a great job in this book. Characters are written nicely. Dystopian Sci-Fi fans should definitely go ahead with this book.