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{March 21, 2012}   {Review} Poke by Dalya Moon

From Goodreads: Zan is a teenage boy with a talent for discovering any girl’s secrets. If he asks a girl to poke her finger into his navel, he gets a psychic trip to Secret Town. Zan never likes what he finds.

When he meets mysterious, beautiful Austin, with her waist-length hair and mature laugh, he wants to get acquainted with her the slow way. Austin, however, can’t resist her curiosity, and when she pokes her finger into Zan’s belly button, he sees … nothing.

Austin dashes out of Zan’s house and out of his life, leaving Zan heartbroken and confused. To find peace, he must unravel the secret of his power. Is it a gift, or a curse? How can Zan love someone with no future? How can he not?

Poke is a fast-paced story about Zan’s adventurous summer, as he battles witches, experiments with astral projection, and discovers the secret of his strange power, all to be with the girl he loves.


This is a very cute novella.  Moon has written a piece that many young adults are sure to enjoy, as will many adults.  When I first picked up this novella, I wasn’t sure exactly what I thought about a fortune telling bellybutton—bellybuttons gross me out, truth be told—but Moon has written a very intriguing story surrounding this strange fortune telling ability, and Zan was an easily lovable character. He’s kind of a cooky narrator, but he tells it like it is, allowing the reader to rummage around in his mind as he attempts to woo Austin, maintain his best friend status with Julie and James, stay away from two crazy witches intent on stealing his powers, and deal with everyday teenage angst.  I really enjoyed the male perspective; male leads seem to be a dying breed among novels these days, and Moon did a superb job capturing Zan and presenting him extremely well.  Overall, Moon did a really good job with this novella, and I’m definitely interested to see where the series goes.  Three stars.

I received a copy of this novella from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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