The Blizzard's Secrets

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
89 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2023
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Author Biography

DJanée is both an author and a poet. As an author, she writes material ranging from children’s books to young adult fiction.

With a collection of young adult novels, children’s books, and poems to her name, DJanée is a multifaceted writer of various genres and formats. Her published books include Jimmy and the Teddy Bear and On the Run, the first book in the young adult dystopian series More Than Conquerors.

As a roller coaster enthusiast, DJanée uses her works to captivate, inspire, encourage, and entertain young readers with engaging plots and exciting twists and turns throughout her stories. When she is not writing poetry or stories, she is learning something new, such as a new language, a new skill, or random facts. She also enjoys traveling with loved ones.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite

Far off on the horizon, on top of a great waterfall that overlooks a deep valley, stands a walled community called Taliver. Not too far beyond its protective wall lies an unforgiving and desolate landscape, where biting cold, treacherous storms and horrifying creatures roam, relentlessly threatening human life. So, to keep everyone safe, no citizen is supposed to go beyond the wall except for exiles, like Taliver's previous Seer. No one else in the community knows how he died, except for the current Seer. After keeping the dark secret for years, he shares it with Daia, a young woman preparing to ascend to the rank of Taliver's Commander of the Forces. Curious to untangle the secrets and web of lies shrouding Taliver and desperate to save her mentor from exile or worse, young Daia gets trapped in a quest that is nothing less than a death sentence to anyone of her kind. Find out more in The Blizzard's Secrets, a captivating YA novella by DJanée.

The Blizzard's Secrets is undeniably a masterpiece. DJanée expertly weaves a complex web of conflicts, tensions, and mysteries that captivates readers from beginning to end. You can relate to the characters' challenges, aspirations, and personal development because they are well-developed; this gives the story depth and realism. DJanée's deft use of vivid imagery and authentic dialogue to bring the story to life is another strength of the book. You can visualize Daia traversing the icy tundra amid falling snowflakes. I couldn't shake the feeling that an ice monster was lurking below the frozen lake. The Blizzard's Secrets offers you more than an engaging and exciting journey. It explores various thought-provoking themes like identity, power dynamics, societal expectations, and the implications of one's decisions. It does so in a manner that resonates and inspires readers to think about their own lives, leading to greater introspection and conversation on pertinent issues. There are well-fleshed-out characters, with good pacing and the perfect balance between suspense and action—you won't be able to look away from this one!

Jamie Michele

The Blizzard's Secrets by DJanée revolves around Daia, the next Commander of Taliver, who senses something amiss in preparing for her induction ceremony but, determined to protect her people, hopes to find its source. The Ruler shares a plan with Daia that prioritizes the economy over education and healthcare. Now in a difficult position, Daia follows the Ruler and discovers his plan to exile the Seer, suspecting foul play. The Ruler tasks her with finding the Seer's son and sends Daia to the Frozen Tundra. There, Daia learns the Ruler manipulated events to usurp power from the true heir, who she convinces to return to Taliver to seek justice. Together, they hatch a plan to confront the corrupt ruler and force a public confession, hoping to restore order without a revolt, but putting things right might just create a bigger storm than the one intensifying outside.

In The Blizzard's Secrets, DJanée takes a genre known for its page count and loquaciousness and sets free a story that is both engaging and immersive. The author accomplishes this with cinematic descriptions that set Daia's world in order and bring Taliver to life. The study, the Frozen Tundra, and the Seer's log cabin are all depicted in a way that immediately visualizes, then pushes the plot forward with character development and a fast-moving narrative. Daia is as determined and resilient as we expect in our main character, but she is also exceptionally strategic and resourceful. Daia is careful with what she reveals, she tests others to understand their motives and intentions before disclosing her true purpose. She's resourceful in finding ways to survive the storm and later utilizing her training to push for crucial information and plan. The pacing is brisk but the story is full, and I look forward to seeing where DJanée takes us next.

The Bookish Elf

Prepare to be whisked away by the enchanting pages of DJanée's "The Blizzard's Secrets." This literary gem unfurls a captivating odyssey through a realm teeming with enigmatic enclaves, power tussles, and the intricate labyrinth of identity. Picture yourself wandering the intricate landscapes of Taliver, a world of both mystery and revelation, where this fantasy novel orchestrates a symphony of intrigue and personal revelation that entrances readers from the very first utterance until the final note.

Nestled within the core of "The Blizzard's Secrets" lies an exploration of choice, destiny, and the tireless pursuit of absolute truth. The story's leading light, Daia, stands as a fierce protagonist straddling the crossroads of obligation and curiosity. As a fledgling Commander, Daia's destiny is seemingly etched in stone, yet her encounter with the enigmatic Seer and the commanding Ruler sends ripples through her life, charting a course rife with unexpected bends. The artistry of DJanée's prose intricately captures Daia's internal battle, turning her into a figure both approachable and endearing. Witness Daia's transformation from an eager apprentice to a leader wrestling with the labyrinthine paths of moral quandaries—a journey that's both inspiring and profoundly thought-provoking.

Taliver, the very world that cradles the tale, is crafted with astonishing finesse. DJanée's mastery of detail renders it a living, breathing entity, one where grand castles ooze opulence, regal corridors exude an air of majesty, and an aura of enigma envelops the Ruler's dominion. The author paints a portrait of a society dancing on the tightrope of tradition and modernity, weaving tribal roots with contemporary governance—a masterpiece of intricacy and allure.

Marvel at the symphony of pacing in this narrative—a testament to DJanée's innate storytelling prowess. The cadence of suspense holds readers in thrall, the tempo quickening in anticipation of secrets yet to be unveiled. A prologue drenched in intrigue teases the elaborate web of enigma that awaits. And as Daia shoulders the colossal responsibility of donning the Ruler's mantle for a single day, the tale's trajectory veers into a realm of political machination and concealed motives—an unforeseen twist that catapults readers into a maelstrom of intrigue and clandestine agendas.

Characters are the lifeblood of any narrative, and "The Blizzard's Secrets" is no exception. DJanée's brushstroke-like development breathes life into characters, transforming them into multi-dimensional companions. Daia's growth is bolstered by the enigmatic Seer, an oracle whose cryptic counsel challenges Daia's perceptions. The Ruler's labyrinthine motives infuse the tale with depth, and his unprecedented request for Daia to briefly wield his authority raises a pivotal question about leadership—how does one balance power and responsibility without faltering?

Beneath it all, Daia's internal strife over loyalty reverberates like a heartbeat, lending an almost tangible pulse to the narrative. With every nuance of Daia's emotional struggle masterfully conveyed, readers become inextricably bound to the unfolding saga. Threads of relationships and motivations weave a tapestry of complexity that leaves readers thirsting for revelations yet to be unveiled.

The narrative's core weaves an intricate tapestry of themes—loyalty, authenticity, and the ceaseless pursuit of truth. The murky demarcation between right and wrong dominates the narrative landscape as Daia grapples with her duty clashing against her innate curiosity. As Daia's struggle mirrors the societal tremors coursing through Taliver, the narrative's resonance deepens, spotlighting the intricate dance of authority and the inherent trials of leadership.

DJanée's prose is an orchestration of elegance and emotion. Readers are transported, not just to Taliver, but to the very heart of its existence. The descriptions burst forth like blooms, the sensory immersion almost tangible—each scene transforms into a vivid canvas, from the towering opulence of castles to hushed conversations that resonate with gravitas, to pivotal junctures that sculpt Daia's destiny.

In essence, "The Blizzard's Secrets" stands as a spellbinding masterpiece in the realm of fantasy. DJanée's finesse in world-building, character evolvement, and narrative depth reverberates through the pages. The author's storytelling prowess glistens as an intricately woven tapestry of power, enigma, and self-discovery unfolds. As Daia's expedition unfurls, readers embark on a riveting odyssey that delves into the heart of identity, loyalty, and the relentless chase for unvarnished truth. A mandatory read for aficionados of fantasy, this book is a pledge to an immersive voyage that lingers, casting its spell long after the final chapter.

Kathryn M.

This was such a great suspenseful mystery novel, it had everything that I was looking for in this type of book. The characters worked well in this universe and loved from the genre. I couldn’t put the book down and really enjoyed every bit of this. DJanée does a great job in creating this.

Kristine L.

Everything Daia thinks she knows is about to go up in smoke… or blow away on the howling wind of an icy storm in DJanée’s riveting and compelling tale of suspense, lies, treason, and murder.

On the eve of her induction ceremony into the Commander of the Forces of the community of Taliver, young Daia finds herself in the middle of the bitter Frozen Tundra, facing into the teeth of a raging blizzard as she carries out a direct order from the Ruler. But is there more to the secret mission than meets the eye? Furthermore, only direct descendants of the tribal answers are immune to the raging storms outside Taliver. And Daia isn’t one of them.

Daia soon wonders if “Always faithful, always true” as applied to the Ruler may not be all it’s cracked up to be – or perhaps pretend to be – in this gripping suspense tale.

Meanwhile, in a society that values balance, the position of Ruler is held only by direct descendants of the tribal ancestors. With secrets swirling like snowflakes, Daia soon finds herself caught between the Ruler’s orders and her sense of duty to the community of Taliver.

More questions begin to whirl. Is there more to the Ruler than meets the eye? If so, why? Will the citizens’ lives be jeopardized by lies and manipulations? Have the citizens put their trust in a lie? If they have, then what?

The tradition of “pure tribal ancestry on the throne” and a “tainted bloodline wearing the crown” is a recurring theme. It’s one of the ways the author skillfully builds tension in this taut and tightly written tale of suspense and double-crosses, where all is not what it seems to be.

Reading The Blizzard’s Secrets is like peeling an onion. Just about the time you finish peeling one layer, you find another. And another. And secrets a-plenty. In fact, you don’t really know who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. So when the Ruler sends Daia out into the Frozen Tundra on a covert mission, you’re soon wondering along with Daia what she’s really after - and why

The author’s world-building skills are impressive. Fully immersed in this story from chapter one, you’ll soon find yourself moving soundlessly through a grove of trees under a bright moon or shivering and reaching for another blanket.

The author’s ability to craft a subtle but distinct rising line of tension shines throughout the storyline. The plot keeps readers dangling like a fish on a hook and reels them in slowly with just enough bait to keep them biting. And guessing. Or in this case, shivering. The pacing is brisk. The author does a great job of doling out just enough clues to keep readers wondering about what’s happening and why without giving away too much too soon.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked up The Blizzard’s Secrets. But sometimes when you take on chance on an unfamiliar author with a brand new title, it pays off. In spades. Like The Blizzard’s Secrets.

The Blizzard’s Secrets is sure to be a hit with its target audience of young adult readers, and anyone who enjoys a well-told story.

And talk about a cliffhanger ending! I’m hanging on by my fingernails! More, please!


I received this as an arc in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely flew through this book I loved it that much!! The world-building was incredible and I felt like I was in the freezing Tundra with Daia


I do love a good political thriller and this novella was along those same lines. "The Blizzard's Secrets" by DJanée has just enough intrigue to keep the reader hooked and interesting characters that make the reader (at least this one) want to know more about them. And what I really want is to see where this story goes from here.

I look forward to see what she comes up with next.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.