Sneak A Peek Saturday: ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy. 

I have been a long time fan of Diana Peterfreund so you can imagine how very excited I am about her upcoming novel.  The book cover is beyond gorgeous and the synopsis unique and intriguing. After reading this excerpt I cannot wait for this book to hit the shelves

by Diana Peterfreund
ISBN-13: 978-0062006165
Publisher: Balzar + Brey
Pages: 464

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.


  1. You can get an idea of the story details from the other reviews here (Miss Print nails it), so I won't rehash. It includes no zombies, no vampires, no space-ships, no alien races, and most importantly, no dull spots. A fascinating read.

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