A small town with an alien secret buried in its foundation.
A mysterious box willed to an unsuspecting niece.
An insidious parasite with only one goal: to infest and destroy all life on Earth.
One woman with unwanted power and an entire planet to save.“Do not risk the life of your planet on wishful thinking. The infected must die.”Vedalia Kirkaldy is deathly afraid of bugs, which makes the scarab-topped box her uncle leaves for her to find very strange indeed. But it isn’t what’s on the box but what’s in it: an alien creature that wants to help Vedalia save her world from the parasitic invader bent on starting the apocalypse.Sabra Dempsey’s job is to protect and serve but when she meets Vedalia, she finds herself longing to do more than just guard her from harm. What could be the start of a great new relationship is interrupted by the meteor than crashes into a bean field and unleashes the beginning of the end of the world.

Together, Vedalia and Sabra fight to save the town from being overrun by an insidious parasite that spreads faster than they realize. Either they root out and eradicate every bit of the threat or watch as the fungus turns humanity into alien zombies.



Already a fan of author Jen Ponce, this book did not disappoint. This truly imaginative tale of bugs and fungus is led by Vedalia, an exceptionally well written character who ends up being much stronger than even she thought possible. Ponce is known for writing amazing female characters, and this shows through with not only Vedalia, but with a host of female supportive characters such as Sabra, Cypress and Mildred. Add in a very believable bad guy named Brent, and you’ve got a winning combination.

This book would not let me put it down. A mix of Urban Fantasy and a smidge of Science Fiction, this book will not disappoint. Highly recommended.

4.5 of 5 Stars (rounds to 5)