In the dream world, everyone is not what they appear to be.
WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2015 -- Best Young Adult Fiction
Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams.
After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, it's impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions within other people's dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess.
The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS the first book in the "Joey Cola" series of YA Urban Fantasy adventures. [DRM-Free]
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
Q: What made you want to write a young adult urban fantasy series?
A: When I was a kid there was no such thing as YA fantasy. We had some books for kids, like the Hardy Boys series (which I devoured,) but for the most part, if you wanted fantasy, you read what the adults were reading. But nowadays the adult stuff can be a little extreme, so I wanted to write a young adult fantasy novel that teens would love, with all the action, adventure and even a touch of romance, but I didn't want something I wouldn't want my teens reading.
Q: Is this the first book in a planned fantasy series for teens?
A: Yes. I'm really enjoying my foray into young adult urban fantasy and have some fun ideas for sequels. My plan is to make this a trilogy.
Q: How do you define Teen Urban Fantasy?
A: That's a really good question. A quick perusal of the titles online will show a pretty large variation in the types of books shelved under this category. Many seem to be geared more towards moms than their kids. I'd probably say the Joey Cola series is more of a teen fantasy adventure with an urban flavor to it. Urban meaning it's in a modern setting (NewYork City) but also much of the story takes place in what I call the dream world—a place where the laws of physics don't apply.
Q: Do you have any other books written, besides this young adult fantasy trilogy?
A: Yes, I have a middle-grade science fiction trilogy, called "Noah Zarc", and an epic fantasy called "Shadow Swarm."
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In this fanciful adventure, loosely inspired by the Biblical story of Joseph, Pease (the Noah Zarc trilogy) begins a series about a young man destined to change the world. Whenever 15-year-old New Yorker Joey Colafranceschi falls asleep, he journeys to a dream world, where he is sucked into a conflict between the immortal Pharaoh and the mysterious Ammon; Pharaoh wants to destroy the waking world, while Ammon wants to prevent this catastrophe. Both use armies of dream warriors to do their bidding, people who, like Joey, can manipulate the dream world. Caught between a newfound loyalty to Amman and an attraction to the Pharaoh's alluring daughter, Joey becomes a pawn in both worlds. When he comes into possession of the ancient Stoat of Dreams, Joey discovers that he can take control of his destiny. Pease's convoluted plot features several twists, but coincidences weaken the overall story. A rushed pace further hampers the more interesting aspects of the concept, which nonetheless seems like a setup for the book's groan-inducing stoat/coat pun, one that's at odds with the more serious aspects of the narrative. Ages 13 up. (BookLife)