Archives for November 2016
Odessa Lace: Teenage Gypsy Detective is the story of Odessa Lace, a girl who believed she was ordinary until her sixteenth birthday when her life becomes more extraordinary than she ever could have imagined.
Clark’s smooth blending of mythologies from multiple cultures makes this story a standout, giving it a backstory that is intriguing, and a cast of fascinating characters. While the novel is geared toward a YA audience, the story itself does not necessarily “feel YA,” which gives it crossover appeal.
Fans of mystery, fantasy, and YA novels will not want to miss this short, sweet introduction to what promises to be an enjoyable series!
The Departed the tells the story of Gwen and her high school crush, Isaiah, as they try to uncover the mystery behind Gwen’s missing friend Lana. Lana, along with thousands of other people world-wide, has vanished in what some believe is a doomsday plot, while others believe that the rapture has come to fruition.
Cooper’s novel is a unique departure from the typical YA science fiction/dystopian genres, addressing interesting and thought provoking themes like world-wide conspiracy, the power of cults, and religion. The premise is wholly original and will sweep readers away into a dark tale that will certainly strike a chord considering the political upheaval in the world today.
In addition to a captivating plot, Cooper’s writing style flows beautifully, making for a smooth, enjoyable read. Combine that with well-crafted suspense, and authentic characters, you have all the hallmarks of an entertaining and fascinating read.
The Departed is an excellent read and is not to be missed by fans of the YA genre, or anyone looking for an edge of your seat tale.
The Guardian, a Sword and Stilettos is a fast-paced, action-packed plot. Van Risseghem’s novel tells the story of Zoey, your average run-of-the-mill teenager with some not so average friends and a destiny that will thrust her into an epic battle of good vs. evil, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Van Risseghem’s story is gripping from page one with a writing style that is fluid and a knack for crafting intense suspense, all the while maintaining an authentic teenage voice. The fast-paced nature of the plot will keep action fans hooked, while the well-developed characters, authentic teenage voice, romance with a hot Nephilim, and typical high school drama, will ensnare fans of YA paranormal romance and fantasy.
Fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series won’t want to miss the first installment in Van Rissgehem’s The Enlighten Series.
This is a must read!
When in Rome…Find Yourself by Lena Mae Hill is a new, unique, heartwarming, NA romance that will not only entertain readers, but open their eyes to the very real struggle of living with anxiety.
The novel tells the story of Rory Hartnett, a twenty-one-year-old woman who ventures away from home for the first time in a study abroad program in Rome. This trip is a huge step for Rory, as are her experiences all along the way, as she discovers her own inner strength in the face of her anxiety.
Hill’s story is well-written, with prose that flows off the page, and well-drawn characters readers will connect with, sympathize with, and champion. Hill does an excellent job of illustrating the sweeping impact of parental anxiety on children, and how anxiety itself can manifest in ways that others may not understand or even notice. The evolution of Rory’s character is well-done as she explores a foreign land, opens herself up to new love in the wake of a horrible break-up, and learns to assert herself.
When in Rome…Find Yourself is a fantastic read and is ideal for fans of romance novels who want characters with depth that they can connect with and champion.
Alien Busters is a science fiction novelette by Safa Shaqsy. The story is of Nat, an alien hunter, who finds herself in a moral dilemma when she can’t bring herself to kill an alien baby. Nat’s decision ultimately leads her life in a direction she never expected, changing her life forever.
Shaqsy’s novelette is entertaining and touching and the beginning of what looks to be an entertaining series. Fans of science fiction will enjoy the premise, while reluctant sci-fi fans will be drawn to Nat’s character and the difficult, life-changing choice she must make.
The Alien Busters series is one for readers to keep their eye on.