"Heavey is a magical realist and a myth maker…"
– Michael Sheldon, author of The Violet Crow 


"A brilliant new book … This brave little cat has the courage of a lion"
– HillBuzz.org 

"Fantastic fable … Not only is this book a great story in itself, it's also quite clearly a parable for current events."
– Book Horde

"What appears to be a delightful tale about the trials and travails of a simple barn cat morphs into an allegorical masterpiece."
– Jack July, author of the Amy Lynn series 


"A Spellbinding, Supernatural Coming of Age Story"
– Daria Anne DiGiovanni, author and owner of WriteStream Media 

"Underlake is a complex story written to delight and empower the reader … Beautifully done for girls searching for their own voice."
– Literary R&R 


"Warning: DO NOT read this book right before bed! Night Machines is one very freaky ride."
– Let's Book It 

"This is pretty chilling stuff."
– The Goode Word 

“Far more than a romance, Night Machines is a thriller, a fantasy, a mystery. Yes, folks, we have a winner!”
Literary R&R 

"The story itself is unique and something I have never read before."
– The Ultimate Book Nook 

"Night Machines is a unique spin into escapism and its dangers, recommended reading. Five Stars."
–Midwest Book Review 

"When I came to the last 40 pages, I locked myself in my bedroom leaving my husband and children to fend for themselves for a while so I could read the conclusion."
– eFiction Magazine 

"I rarely read a book I find both literary and hard to put down...a unique and inspiring story."
– Meira Pentermann, author of Firefly Beach and Nine-Tenths 

"I did not even expect part of it until two-thirds of the way through Night Machines and I didn’t suspect all of it until the very end."
– The Greenwich Patch 

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Taki's Magazine looks at Underlake & YA Culture

Ann Sterzinger over at highly witty and intelligent Taki's Magazine has taken a sharp-eyed look at Underlake and its place in modern Young Adult culture:

The schools may be hopeless, but books have always been a more intimate way to learn anyway; therefore I humbly suggest that access to smarter YA fiction might inspire impressionable minds to critique their peers and examine their own interior world.

For example, I wish Kia Heavey, the author of this year’s traditionalist teen romance Underlake, had been writing when I was a kid. Young adult fiction in the 1980s was so nauseously materialistic and factory-farmed that after a death in the family when I was 13, I decided it would be more comforting to turn to Albert Camus—which resulted in all the sleepless nights you might imagine. Adult fiction may be mentally stimulating for teens, but emotionally it’s over their heads.

Go over there and read the whole thing, then stay for a while and enjoy some of the other amusing and insightful commentary. They've certainly made a new reader out of me!

And P.S. Can't believe the attention Underlake – as well as my older title, Night Machines – has gotten from this article. Read down through the comments for more great reading recommendations for young adults!

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    Thanks for recommending such a great book to us. It is true that in 80’s, emphasize was more on materialistic approach. But what’s done cannot be undone. So for the teens of this age, underlake is the novel that I would suggest for you to read. It is better to read ...

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