“Be a rebel. In a world of darkness, become light.”
Emily Adams has lost everything. Injured from a fight with her now officially-ex-boyfriend, she’s fled to an unfamiliar city with nothing but the change in her pocket and a broken relationship with her father. As hope slips away, she seeks to put a permanent end to her pain…
Until an enchanting encounter with a magic man in a dress changes everything.
Given a new chance at life, Emily embarks on a journey with her new BFF, a mysterious clairvoyant, and a band of musicians to stop the monsters that threaten the world. And she may uncover something even more impossible-if she can let go of the past and believe in herself enough to embrace it.
🏆 2020 Best Indie Book Award® Urban Fantasy Winner
🏆 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® Fantasy Winner
“This story begins with the titular character standing on a roof top, contemplating suicide. Thankfully for lovers of off-kilter urban fantasy, she is saved by a man in a black cocktail dress who takes her on a journey to save the world and herself. The Very Real World of Emily Adams is as much an extended love letter to the 1990s as it is a fantastic adventure, bursting with pop culture and music references, solidified by the author’s use of CD-inspired “Tracks” instead of chapters. Rose makes the bold decision to alternate between first- and third-person narration with these tracks. In the hands of a less-talented author this might not work, but via her skilled pen this unusual structure creates a deep, nuanced and satisfying journey.”—John L. Rak, Jr., Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge
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I absolutely unequivocally loved this book. . . . I finished it in one sitting WITHOUT TAKING A BREAK. I couldn’t put it down even if you paid me because this book was so captivating and engaging that I had to finish it. The plot twists made my jaw drop to the floor because they were written so seamlessly it almost seemed effortless for the author to come up with them. The characters stole my heart.–Meli’s Book Reviews
“What an incredibly witty, lovely and original read. . . . This is a book that has no category for me, it is a tantalizing cocktail [of] different styles, wise words and a thought provoking story. . . . This is a treasure to keep with you and to re-read.”–Discover My Book Soul
“I was hooked immediately. . . . This is a magical gem of a novel. I adored this book and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to review it. . . . It’s just a wonderfully unique novel and I urge you to try it out for yourselves.”–Kerry Robinson, Like Herding Cats Blog
The Very Real World of Emily Adams strikes the perfect balance between dark and light. Samantha Rose, an emerging new author, displays unique talent on every page. She offers up a story that is as modern as it is timeless and brilliantly weaves a believable fantasy world through pockets of very real issues that are familiar to so many of us. With an air of edgy humor, and an abundance of mystery, this novel belongs in the hands of any person who sometimes blurs the lines between monsters and humans.–Kaci Morgan, bestselling author of Queen Immortal