Hello friends! I’ve got another 2022 debut to chat about. Yes, we’re talking about A Trip to Elsewhere by Kacie Iuvara. I can hardcore relate to Iuvara and all my other author friends who worked extensively on their novels across decades. We’re so lucky to finally have this book. Read on to learn why!
Rating: 5 Stars
Ariana Langley and Jason Poole must bring about the end of the world.
Ariana Langley is a grumpy daydreamer just waiting to grow up. Jason Poole is a thief who doesn’t really do the whole “feelings” thing. A shoplifting bust lands Jason a job at the mysterious Here-And-There antique store, which happens to be owned by Ariana’s aunt. Naturally, Ariana decides to hate Jason until the end of time. But when they open a magical locket and fall together into another world, their relationship gets complicated.
To escape Elsewhere, a land brimming with adventure and fantastical creatures, the teen enemies must team up. Along the way, they’ll meet tree folks with tails, singing zombies, hairy sprites, frosty elves, and a deadly pirate crew led by Captain Garrett Kerrie—a dashing man with a peculiar headache problem.
Will Ariana and Jason learn to work together? Can Ariana accept her imagination? Can Jason be honest? Or will they both be lost to the shadows…and trapped in Elsewhere forever?
A Trip to Elsewhere is the first installment of a longer series that describes a Peter Pan-like world of magic, prophecy, and danger.
What I Enjoyed
I mean this when I say “where do I even begin?” I’ll start with the writing style. The book totally caters to clever young readers—the kinds of kids who devour books that spark creativity, take them on an adventure, and don’t belittle their experiences or intelligence. We love to see it.
Second, the characters are unique and absolutely hilarious. I imagine that readers will naturally root for Arian or Jason but the secondary characters could carry their own spinoffs (hint hint).
Lastly (for now), Elsewhere is an incredible world. The author took great care in creating a location that is interesting and has its own “rules” and history. It’s a place that certainly has its dangers but I think it’s a world that readers would actually want to visit. I certainly can’t wait to revisit Elsewhere in future books.
My Final Thoughts
A Trip to Elsewhere is perfect for creative kids—especially future aspiring authors. The overall theme is to let our imaginations go wild. We aren’t crazy or “immature” for being young or young at heart. This book also touches on family/found family, growing up, free will vs. prophecy, and friendship.
Hopefully, I shared enough to pique your curiosity. Want to get reading? If so, I highly recommend you look up Kacie Iuvara on social media: