Review of “Given to Fly” by JD Estrada

I smiled the entire time I read this book. It's sweet, fun, colorful, imaginative, and includes wonderful lessons for any child or adult. The wordplay often made me chuckle, and the writing proves Mr. Estrada is a poet even in prose. The story reminded me at times of "Alice in Wonderland " and at times... Continue Reading →

Review of “Amongst the Killing” by Joe Compton

This book has absolutely everything I look for in a crime thriller.  Is there a ton of action?  No.  Is the editing in this book perfect?  No.   Did I care?  No.   I read a book hoping for great characters, and the two main men in this book are so well-portrayed that it was impossible... Continue Reading →

Review of “The Road to Grandeur” by Brandt Trebor

First of all, the blurb for this book doesn't do it justice.  The story is a full-out adventure in a magical world populated by every fantasy creature you'd hope to find, and there's plenty of heart and comedy thrown in. I loved all the twists the plot took in bringing together the main characters, and... Continue Reading →

Review of “Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith” by Shaun Hume

It’s impossible to write a review of this and not mention the similarities to Harry Potter.  A parentless boy is whisked away from the ordinary world and taken to a fantastical school.  He ends up with really only two friends, one of whom has constantly unruly hair.  Each class focuses on a different discipline and... Continue Reading →

Review of “Tongues” by Sam Joyce

At the start of this book I couldn’t tell exactly where it was going, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it (based purely on another book’s similar premise where I ended up hating that story entirely). However, THIS book drew me in pretty quickly.  The twists and complexity of this story were thoughtfully... Continue Reading →

Review of “The Elemental” & “The Empath” by Lisa Veldkamp

I’ve read a couple of fantasy/magic-based stories using the elements as the source for magic, and I liked the everyday approach to them in this story. Catherine and her gifted circle of friends lead pretty ordinary lives, but they use their gifts to help others in subtle ways every day. I WOULD say that there’s... Continue Reading →

Review of “Anatomy of a Darkened Heart” by Christie Stratos

This felt like a book I would've had to read in an English Literature class in college - and I mean that in a good way.  Everything about the writing and the story felt legitimately true to the period, like this was an old, classic book I'd somehow missed all these years. The writing is... Continue Reading →

Review of “Discovery” by J.B. Taylor

I’m a sucker for any opportunity to read about a new alien world, and the one in this book is pretty good.  In a few short pages (most of the book is set on Earth), the author does a great job of describing this alien planet, alien animals, and alien people.  You get little glimpses... Continue Reading →

Review of “Escape from Witchwood Hollow” by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

I usually get sick of teen girl stories, but this one was unique enough that it drew me in. You immediately have sympathy for the main character in that she lost her parents in 9-11, and you get to read her thoughts and emotions so that you know her pretty well. The other members of... Continue Reading →

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