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Nothing ever happens in Dawson, Colorado.

Until high school senior Cassidy Roekiem’s mom checks into a “wellness center,” but nothing is wrong with her.

Then people start seeing lights in the sky and missing chunks of time, but the town insists nothing is going on.

And now Hayden, the new boy at school who keeps to himself and is more than a little mysterious, starts to notice her like it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

Suddenly, “nothing” is starting to feel a whole lot like something. And everything leads back to Hayden. The boy she’s starting to fall for. The boy with too many dark secrets for his kind heart. The boy she’s pretty sure isn’t human…

Under the Milky Way by Vanessa Barneveld

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Publisher: Entangled Teen

NICUnurse’s Review of Under the Milky Way by Vanessa Barneveld

Ms. Barneveld is a new-to-me author, but if you’ve followed my reviews at all, you know that doesn’t stop me from trying new things. The cover was beautiful, the blurb grabbed my attention, and the fact that it gave me Roswell vibes (a fave TV show of mine in my younger years) all worked together to make me really, really want to read this book. And it’s a romantic suspense, so that was also a plus.


Cassidy and Hayden were adorably awkward and adorably awkward together. I enjoyed watching their young love grow and blossom. And the plot, especially the twists and turns, kept me turning pages until very late into the night when I really should have been sleeping. While some parts felt a bit choppy and underdeveloped, all in all, it was a delightful read. However, the ending had me wondering if there’s going to be a sequel, which would make me a happy camper. Either way, I’m glad I took a chance on this author and look forward to whatever story she brings us next.


NICUnurse’s Rating: I give Under the Milky Way by Vaness Barneveld 4 out of 5 propellers!


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About the Author

Australian Vanessa Barneveld lives in a 19th-century house in inner-city Sydney with a 21st-century husband, two eccentric cats, and one ghost—all of whom provide inspiration for her spirited novels. In addition to her writing career, she’s part of a crack team that produces closed captions for deaf TV viewers and audio descriptions for the blind. An avid traveler, she enjoys the journeys almost as much as the destinations. She freely admits to being food motivated and will stop at nothing to find the perfect hot chips wherever she roams around the world.

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