Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist 2019 – Inspirational Fiction
Readers’ Favourite Book Award Finalist 2019 – Religious Theme
On Kate’s fifteenth birthday, she decides to take a weekend trip with her best friend, Gus, but a cataclysmic flood sweeps through the city streets and sends her tumbling into a world completely different from her own. In this land, lightning bolts act as magical staircases…mythical creatures come to life…and the exciting journey takes her from one mysterious realm to another. It is here that Kate, a girl with special needs and behavioral challenges, will finally be forced to grow up and confront some hard truths about herself.
Kate runs into someone unexpected, and they are about to have the adventure of a lifetime! They will be whisked to the end-times, a distant land full of dangers and disasters where the evil Queen Evrisx sets her sights on the young girl. Evrisx, with her unnatural powers and taste for human flesh, could not only harm Kate – she could doom the entire world with her actions!
Will the teens be able to escape the disasters and return home? Enter the land of myths and wonders with Kate to find out.
*This is an inspirational story about a teenage girl who embarks on a voyage of self-discovery in a mysterious realm. Its fanciful take on the apocalypse and themes of friendship, love and action-adventure will definitely be interesting to young-adult readers.
“J.P.H. Tan has written an interesting book with Kate in the Land of Myths and Wonders. The fantasy element of it is a little reminiscent of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Alice from Alice in Wonderland, but this story has more Christian overtones.” – Readers’ Favorite (S. Gregory), a Midwest Book Review feature
“The setting is an important device in this novel, and TAN deftly weaves together technology and mythology to create a world that is both original and intriguing. Kate may not know or understand what is happening around her, but the world she is thrust into is beautifully described and loaded with allegorical meaning.” – Booklife
“There is some teen angst, but it does not get in the way of the narrative, which is always spot on, providing a diverting, thoughtful read.” – Reader’s Favorite (A.L. Peevey)
“Tan’s debut young adult fairy tale is a slim, quick, and easy read…The story overall is both simple yet ambitious in design and asks questions of the reader without detracting from its engagement. It also boasts a colorfully painted cover that is synonymous with Tan’s alternate world and invites the reader into this intriguing read.” – US Review of Books (Dylan Ward)
“J.P.H. Tan’s debut YA fantasy is a whimsical interpretation of the Christian apocalypse scenario that features clever and subtle incorporation of the more striking omens, such as the stars falling and the mark of the beast.” – Readers’ Favorite (C.L. Farley)