Pia Wade’s life is a book with torn-out pages, she sees things no one else can, and she has weird dreams—particularly of a mysterious island. It all started four years ago when she mysteriously vanished in the night. One problem though, she has no memory of the incident whatsoever, yet claims she was kidnapped.
Now at sixteen, Pia embarks on a trip back to where her nightmare began. Going back is a good thing—or not. She’s confused that’s for sure, as an irresistible force drives her; so much so, she feels possessed. If only all the craziness would—Poof!—disappear. If only her parents would grant a little more breathing room because after all, whatever happened that night, she certainly didn’t kidnap herself.
What Pia doesn’t know is that a new world of Pandora’s box will open up. On the spot she has a strange encounter with Cameron Jacks that leaves her shaken. She is warned to stay away from him. But as her cryptic world gets crazier with Cameron in it—like a ghost walking the street while everyone else is as good as dead and a vicious waterspout dropping out of the clear blue sky stirring up a volleyball game—how could she?
Pia grows desperate to uncover the mystery.
And, the clock is ticking.
About the Author
For C.C., the joy of reading came later in life. When it did, it was as if she'd been placed under a spell with the desire to read. It wasn't until her imagination started going wild when she realized her desire to read had evolved into something else. At first, she didn't know what to do with the images; she just wanted them to go away so that she could get some sleep. But it didn't take long to realize that it was time to pick up a pen.
She resides in Arizona with family and friends.
Visit her at www.ccwyattbooks.com
Read an Excerpt
Not in my wildest dream would I have imagined a nightmare whisking me away in the middle of the night, only to return me with no memory of the time we spent together. I could never forget that night—how and why it happened to me. So when the opportunity of finding out came knocking at my door, I couldn’t just let it slip away. And so once again, not in my wildest dream would I have imagined a moment as chilling as this.
The sun beamed down on the illusive island and ran through every pulse in our bodies as we ran against time, so desperate to see the side of change that awaited us, in a faraway place called home. I couldn’t help myself; I had to put it to the test—fate, that is. Now we were grasping, running for our lives, and our only hope of escaping was an injured plane and a prayer.
Before long, the island’s beauty would only be a memory etched in my brain. Its demise crept mercilessly beneath the burning sun. Before long, it would be what seemed…an ice age?
But how could that be?
Only in dreams, that’s how.
Dream or no dream, surely we could die or be forever lost in this nightmare.
No Turning Back
In theory, there’s only one day that comes and goes in precise intervals, that’s unaware of itself and its unique charm. We rise accordingly and go about our daily routine, and near time for it to make its exit, we settle down in the same position as we started. And when the day rolls around again, we repeat. Almost mechanically. As if we were spellbound by the cycle of day and not know it. As if, when change comes along and snaps its fingers, the spell’s broken. And it’s a rude awakening…sometimes.
This day especially was like that. And it didn’t matter that it had been four years and three months, two weeks and a day in the making, and should go down in history as Pia’s day of dread, though I had the guts to face it somehow, one precarious step after another, as I embarked on a trip moments away from takeoff. No. What mattered was the unpredictable path I was on and how it would end about a week from now.
With my backpack hanging off my shoulder and a mild breeze playing in my hair, I led the way to the plane. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going through with this. But not only that, I had a weird feeling I just couldn’t shake. But when you find yourself returning to a dark part of your past—to a place you thought you would never see again because your last experience there resembled episodes of the Twilight Zone, this place much like home to you too—then how should you feel?
I drew in a deep breath, and then stole a few moments to make a wish. A mere request, because I believed with all my heart that anything was possible—and because I had the experience to back it up. So I closed my eyes and wished this moment away forever; wished away the nightmare and all memory of it forever times two. Then one, two…I counted to five for good measure. And then I heard it! Something magical! A whisper. And right then I knew. Knew that my “wish come true” would have been exactly that had the little voice only said, “Your wish is my command.”
But it disappointed me instead. Is that what you really want…never know what happened during the most critical hours of your life?
Of course granting my wish would have served me just fine, I thought with pooched lips. But I knew all too well. Knew that deep down I would give just about anything to know what really happened that night at the Florida beach house, where I mysteriously vanished in my sleep. And if it took going back to find out, ultimately proving my theory of what happened, then so be it. After four long years of not knowing anything, it would mean the world to me. Not to mention that it would probably be the greatest solved mystery of all times.
I arrived at the plane looking back at my parents coming up behind me. I settled the backpack on the ground, attempting to stretch precious moments I had left, by any means possible, before boarding the plane. I looked up as one flew over me, closed my eyes, and let my mind wander up to the universe. Suddenly I was amazed that we were all right here, right where we were supposed to be…at a point of no return. Or was I just plain crazy about all this? Some people, however, wouldn’t have a problem thinking so.
Suddenly, I felt a nudge on my back. In an instant I turned, thinking someone had snuck up on me but…no one was there. I frowned. That was creepy. I lifted my backpack and contemplated that some more. I could’ve sworn…it couldn’t have been the wind hitting me like that in just that spot.
“Pia is everything okay?” Dad asked as he and Mom approached.
“Yeah, sure,” I replied, still in wonder. Maybe it was the hands of the universe…had to be, urging me to get moving. So I boarded the plane convinced that that was it.
Mom and Dad filed in behind me. And in moments the twin-engine plane roared to life.
“All set?” Dad’s vibrant tenor reigned over the humming engines. Wearing dark shades and a ready-to-go smile, he looked back at me, as did Mom, her hazel eyes gleaming. Through them I pretended to read her mind. Pia, if you’re not ready, it’s not too late to cancel this trip.
I imagined her reading mine. But Mom, it’s spring break, and we’re all set to go. And what about the pilot’s convention? The house? Dad could sell it for real next time. It’ll be okay, you’ll see.
Mom was the reason Dad hadn’t sold the house already. She was right, though: the house had deep, sentimental value, had been part of the family for far too long to get rid of. Dad had lost sight of that and probably would’ve regretted selling it. And how could either of us blame the house? It hadn’t whisked me away in the middle of the night, stolen sixteen hours of my memory, and set my mind to see creepy things. It hadn’t…changed my life forever.
We just needed to go back…to heal and…and because destiny was calling and because…just because.
I gazed out the window. Was I really out of my mind? Suddenly my fingers were tap-dancing on my lap. I stared at them for a moment then curled them into a tight fist. If I was a real nutcase, I supposed I would soon find out.
The plane taxied into position for takeoff. Upon clearance, it became a straight line of roaring thunder up the runway. Up, up the plane climbed over Houston. My eyes shut tight, hands gripping the armrests as anxiety grew like fever through my body.
No turning back.
We were on our way.
No turning back.
Table of ContentsPreface
1. No Turning Back
2. The Beach House
3. Freaky Encounters
4. Girls Reunion
5. The Show
6. A Divine Truce
7. Twists in the Game
8. Tough Decision
9. The Meeting
10. Mysterious Island
11. Plans, Plans
12. To Miami
14. Deluded Not
15. Close Call
16. Unbelievable Paradox
17. To Bermuda
18. An Eventful Evening
19. New Discovery
20. The Confession
21. Eye on Fate
22. The Promise
23. Shattered Dilemma
24. Onboard a Search
25. No Man’s Land
26. No More Iceberg
27. Serving the Story
28. Unexpected Surprise
Epilogue: Adjusting to Change
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a fantastic end to the first installment of The Ferret Books, leaving you to rely on your imagination to fill in the blanks on some things, because you really don’t know what happened. It kind of reminds you of the movie The Happening. Except with Ferret, you can expect the mystery solved in the upcoming book—which I can’t wait to get my hands on! With awesome characters, great writing, suspenseful mystery and delicate romance, Ferret is entertaining and has something that will appeal to all readers. I started reading this book expecting to like it. The cover, eye-catching, and the beginning pages, intellectually alluring, and it didn’t disappoint; it was an absolute page-turner. I would recommend the book especially to literary fiction readers (preteens to adults) who would appreciate elements of the supernatural/paranormal that sheds light of the saying "life is stranger than fiction."
Buy now or put on your list this page-turner mystery and suspense. I really loved the romance between Pia and Cameron, how it grew naturally into love. And I love how the story unfolded, getting better and better page after page. Not like most novels that pulls you in at the beginning and then you have to drag throw the middle part and then at the end gets good or get you interested so you will buy the next book. This book isn't like that: It keeps you interested until the end. And even then you'll be wanting more. I highly recommend this book!
I loved Ferret. I read it on a Sunday in one sitting . I will be giving it to my daughter who loves to read as much as I do. I will read Perseus next.
"Ferret” by C.C. Wyatt is a brilliantly crafted story, original and with amazing, believable world-building (even for being a paranormal/fantasy) and Wyatt’s writing really is really descriptive and easy to follow. I liked how this story started off really intriguing (with us learning about the weird experience Pia had) and just got bigger and more complex. It is romance/fantasy/mystery/suspense all in one, but is more surreal than many I’ve read. Not only is it beautifully written, but it is impressively complex and layered, with an almost psychological edge that makes you really think—just the way I like my fantasies, and I suppose my reading generally. And while it still has the familiar vibe that most standard YA/NA Paranormals have, it still feels fresh and original enough and is definitely unpredictable, especially towards the end. I chuckled at some of the dialogue and really enjoyed watching Pia and Cameron ‘evolve’ as the story progresses, and was genuinely surprised by the ending. But it worked perfectly and makes us want the next one ASAP!. Recommend for fans of Paranormal/scifi who want a more complex, original tale than most that’s out there.
"Ferret” by C.C. Wyatt was an entertaining, emotional, almost surreal, fantasy/sci-fi novel that pushes the boundaries of typical YA literature. It probably took me until almost half way through to really get hooked, but once I was, I was all in and didn’t want to put it down until I was finished. I’ve read a lot of teen/young adult and it’s hard to surprise me, but this book did more than once. I am in awe of the author’s imagination and ability to weave together a story that is both fun, but also complex enough to keep us interested and has several good messages for younger readers to consider. It was actually quite profound at times, especially at the end. Well-written and unpredictable, even if it does contain some familiar tropes necessary for a YA paranormal/romance. C.C. Wyatt gives a unique spin on the magical-heroine-adventure motif, and I don’t feel like it’s just a clichéd re-telling. In fact, I’ve never read anything that felt like this before, and it was entirely unpredictable. Oh, loved that Oprah makes a cameo too, haha. This is the first book in a series so the story is only just beginning – can’t wait to see what happens next! Appropriate for most ages, teen on up. Recommend. 4 1/2 stars
wow, what a crazy ride! I’m not one for rehashing the plot (that’s what the summary is for on the book description page), but trust me when I say you’ve never read anything like this before! This is a great book for high-schoolers on up, and I thought it had a great combination of creativity, mystery, and intelligence, paranormal activity, friendship, family, danger, facing challenges, learning to be strong, overcoming adversity and obstacles….. I like how everything came together at the end, but I do almost feel like the ending was very rushed and abrupt… almost anticlimactic after all that had happened! But it does wrap up nicely in a way (explains some things to us) but also leaves us wanting more! C.C. Wyatt writes descriptions very well without overdoing it, and I almost felt like I was watching a movie at times. Pia is a fun and likable heroine who grows as the story progresses, and even thought it has all sorts of YA/fantasy/romance tropes that are quite commonplace, Wyatt’s unique take is one that I haven’t read before and I thought it was great. Great supporting cast all around, and while I would have preferred more of a solid conclusion (this one is quite bittersweet and is unfinished for the next book), overall I very much enjoyed it and was more impressed than I expected to be. Will definitely want to read book 2 when it is available. Hopefully not too long! Recommend for ages 14 and up.
I really enjoyed “Ferret” by C.C. Wyatt for many reasons, but I think what I liked the most about this book was just the overall feel the author managed to create where it felt intimate, like a close friend was telling me this really awesome story that I didn’t want to stop listening to, with more ups and downs than a twisted roller coaster. We really feel like we are inside Pia’s head experiencing it all with her- really INSIDE the story as opposed to being on the outside looking in (which seems to happen so much!) There are some surprising parts that really catch you off guard… but that just made the book even more addicting. Loved the Bermuda Triangle element and while I don’t normally love time travel as a plot device it does work well here. Great tension throughout and it was unlike anything I’ve read before and I read a lot, especially YA. Great pacing and editing. I hope the next book is published soon because that is a serious cliffhanger ending!
Just a heads up…when starting “Ferret” by C.C. Wyatt make sure you don’t have anywhere you need to be or anything you need to do because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve finished it all!! Trust me on this! The book starts off with an intriguing beginning that establishes the strange experience that Pia had, as well as taking her back to the place where it happened (beach house in Florida) and intrigue of the mystery in her life. We then meet the other characters (Cameron, Stephanie, Brian, etc) and we slowly learn how everything is connected while she experiences these strange hallucinations. The main characters are so well-developed and fully realized, I feel like I know them personally, and I commend Ms. Wyatt for just how authentic it all felt – like how teens really think and talk and act. There are some pretty standard elements here, naturally, but I thought that Wyatt did a terrific job of making the story completely her own and unique in its own right, and also incorporated more emotional issues that teens can relate to. I could see this having cross-genre appeal so even if YA romance/fantasy/action isn’t your fave, the terrific scene-building, suspenseful and action-packed plot, and engaging, authentic characters and beautiful writing will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Hope part 2 is available soon! Recommend.
4.5 stars "Ferret” by C.C. Wyatt is one of the more interesting and creative YA/ paranormal/ mystery novels I’ve read lately! I was completely drawn in from the opening pages as we meet Pia (and her family and friends) and Pia is troubled over a mysterious incident in which she has “lost” a night of her life and doesn’t know how or why. She also has these strange ‘visions’ and is trying to figure out what it all means. Enter the sexy Cameron and things really start to get interesting. I won’t give too much away, but I was surprised that even for a premise that sounded familiar enough in this genre, it felt very fresh and unpredictable, and not like something I’ve read a million times before, which is refreshing (and rare in this genre!). I think that C.C. Wyatt has a great ‘voice’ for writing YA, as the dialogue was very authentic and the narrative was very well written (and flawless editing!) Lots of mysterious events happen in this book to keep us engaged throughout, and it was a fun escape from reality, and had a totally action-packed ending that nearly left me breathless… and on a cliffhanger (almost mid-scene). I will say that I am NOT a fan of that, especially when the next book is not available yet (or even any mention of when it would be). So I deduct half a star for that, but otherwise I loved it. Looking forward to the next one, and I recommend to fans of YA/NA fantasy/scifi/suspense/romance.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Ferret by C.C. Wyatt is Volume 1 of The Ferret Books. Four years ago, Pia lost 16 hours of her life when she disappeared and then reappeared, not knowing where she had been although she knew that she had been kidnapped. Now, Pia is going back to where it all happened, but she is not looking forward to it and her misgivings seem to be right. Things are about to get more crazy than Pia ever imagined as she sets out on a mission to explore a world that only she lives in. Then Cameron Jacks comes into her life and everything changes in an instant. Can Pia find out what happened to her all those years ago? And just who is Cameron Jacks? The clock is ticking; time is running out. Ferret (The Ferret Books Volume 1) by C.C. Wyatt was an intriguing read, packed full of mystery and suspense. The plot is interesting, somewhat unique and unpredictable, which I like in a book. It shows incredible imagination and creativity on the part of Ms. Wyatt. She writes the characters very well, giving plenty of detail to allow readers to get to know them over the course of the story and, I suspect, setting the scene very well for Volume 2. This is one of those books that got me from page one but then slowed down a little before picking up the pace and running hard with it, keeping me on the edge of my seat. It’s a page turner and one that will enthrall any teenager or adult alike, especially those who like thrilling endings that leave you hanging, waiting for Volume 2. Great debut novel, I'm looking forward to the next installment.
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Pia Wade wants to enjoy her parents’ trust, but she just has to get to the bottom of the mysterious visions, nightmares and experiences that threaten her sanity in Ferret by C.C. Wyatt. Anxious to be a ‘normal’ teen, Pia tries to hang out with her friend Stephanie during Spring Break, but now that she is back in Florida for the first time since her unexplained disappearance four years earlier, strange things begin to happen again. Cameron, a cute guy who Stephanie and some of the other kids think is strange, is attracted to Pia and Pia feels some type of connection to him as well. As the two get to know each other better, it is obvious that something unique ties them together. The mystery lies in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle, a spot where Cameron’s parents disappeared and where Pia is the only person able to see a beautiful island. Strange occurrences in Bermuda help to convince Pia that there is an explanation for her visions and with Cameron's help, they try to find some answers. Will they succeed or will the Triangle claim some new victims? Ferret by C.C. Wyatt follows Pia’s quest for understanding that incorporates typical teenage issues along with the burden of her strange experiences. The writing is smooth with characters that are believable and a blend of realistic and fantastic action that keeps the story moving along, making you wonder what will happen next. I loved the story! The characters are well developed, the action flows well and the fantasy elements are intriguing – and the lead in to a next volume is perfect. This is a great story well worth reading, especially with the promise of more to come.
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Ferret by C.C. Wyatt is a mystery written in a realistic setting. Her laid-back style perfectly blends strange occurrences with a moderately normal life. Pia returns to Florida with her parents, returning to the beach house where four years prior she had disappeared. For sixteen hours, no one knew where Pia was. She was found wandering the beach with no memory of what had happened to her. The out-of-body visions and nightmares of an island that have haunted her since become worse upon her arrival at the beach house, but with a bigger mystery attached. She starts seeing a stranger named Cameron in her visions. Pia works to put the pieces of her visions together to prove to herself that she isn’t crazy or hallucinating. Pia has to take a leap of faith to trust herself and Cameron to discover if the island she keeps seeing is real. C.C. Wyatt weaves the strange and horrifying visions masterfully into a normal moment of her protagonist’s life. The mystery kept me turning the pages to the very end. I had to know why Pia was having visions, where she went that night four years ago, and how it connects to the disappearance of Cameron’s parents. Pia is an easy character to relate to and I found myself rooting for her to solve the mystery. It’s intriguing, fast-paced, and mysterious. It’s a great first novel for a series! Wyatt gives just enough answers to feel satisfied about Pia’s sanity, but leaves other questions open. On the surface it’s a mystery blending the supernatural visions with a hint of fantasy, but at the heart it’s a story of belief. It begs the question of ‘which is stronger, the belief we have in ourselves, the belief others have in us, or the belief we have in them?’ I can’t wait for the next book!
Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite Ferret by C.C. Wyatt is a paranormal young adult fantasy. Pia Wade is a sixteen-year-old girl who has bizarre dreams when she sleeps and sees things that no one else can when she’s awake. She wasn’t always like that. It all started four years ago at her Florida beach house, where she mysteriously vanished in her sleep one night, and then was found sixteen hours later, roaming the beach with no clue of where she was, who she was, or even what had happened to her. Though she had no memory of the missing hours, she claimed she was kidnapped, but that doesn’t make any sense, and no one believes her — much less her parents. Determined to find the truth about her disappearance, Pia embarks on a trip back to where her nightmare began — back in Florida. It’s where she meets Cameron Jacks during a bizarre incident where he loses control of his skateboard, and it hits Pia, bruising her arm. Little does she know that Cameron is key to her four-year-old nightmare. Ferret by C.C. Wyatt is a cleverly done and easy to read story. Readers of all ages will love this well-flowing, heartwarming book. C.C. Wyatt has created a world of vivid scenery and believable characters that jump off the pages. Once Cameron enters the story, you simply have to find out what his role is in unwinding the mystery of Pia’s disappearance. Through a clever and unpredictable plot, C.C. Wyatt transforms a magical world into believable, everyday life.
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