"Larkin’s linear writing style, interesting premise, and satisfying conclusion will appeal to detail-oriented readers intrigued by a worst-case scenario threatening the nation. With buckled roads, collapsed buildings, injured people, and no way to reach others, this is an eye-opening cautionary tale."
I was especially intrigued by the juxtaposition of the disintegrating human society that Danny and Wendy come from and the ghost of the ancient aliens that the book’s characters uncover
"Stunning. Awe-inspiring. Revolutionary. Superlatives can’t aptly describe the immersive experience of reading Aaron Safronoff’s lavishly illustrated fantasy fable for the first time... this mesmeric fusion of Ursula K. Le Guin and James Cameron will entertain readers young and old and leave them wanting more. It’s an instant fantasy classic."
"West Texas Crude has a great deal going for it, and may entertain readers despite its flaws. A bit of polishing and a more fully developed solution to the mystery, however, would put it in the league of James Magnuson’s wryly powerful works of Southwest noir."
"This story is undeniably action-packed and fast-paced. However, while the character of Carver is somewhat intriguing, there is little to no character development anywhere else in the storyline. Readers who enjoy action above all may appreciate this novel, while those looking for more story development will likely find it lacking."
"Wild Beast Cat sits firmly in the tradition of chapter books like the Boxcar Children series: stories that feature intrepid young people investigating unexplained occurrences… largely because of its brevity, the story never gains momentum or a sustained sense of real danger or conflict."
"This utterly compelling historical novel revolves around several characters whose lives have been irrevocably changed and, for the most part, damaged, by the WWII Japanese invasion of Singapore. This book will be enjoyed by a wide readership, particularly those who appreciate a fast-paced, realistic tale of war, survival and redemption."
"The second Freddy Anderson book pits the precocious boy genius against a giant asteroid headed toward Earth. This book offers an interesting premise, but it asks its readers to suspend too much disbelief, resulting in an unsatisfying reading experience overall."
"A powerful blend of post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction and brass-knuckle social commentary, Outland Exile is a towering tour de force of a novel... Relentlessly visionary, thematically profound and impeccably edited, it is one of those rare stories that both entertains and enlightens."
"In this action-packed young adult novel, 15-year-old Will Conlan finds his own morality under fire. The book—the second in the series—is engaging overall, and Will is a likeable hero. Given its fast-paced plot, the book would be particularly well-suited for teens who like the action of video games brought to the printed page."
"A simply told story (don’t expect flashy stylistics, or clever dialogue), but it never insults the reader’s intelligence. Featuring a strong young female protagonist, it is equally appropriate for a precocious pre-teen as for a young adult. This enchanting story is especially likely to captivate young readers already interested in mythology."
"A spiritual adventure story borrowing tropes from magical realism, speculative fiction, and urban fantasy...an exciting story with a wealth of provocative thoughts."
"This well-written and richly descriptive adventure about an American family vacationing in England that gets transported into a magic-filled realm. This is an engaging story that has major flaw: The fantasy realm the Deeks family is transported is uninspired and conventional, but fantasy fans will find it a highly readable offering."
"Blind Thrust makes good use of Marquis’ background as a professional geologist, particularly in NEIC workers’ discussions of the quake and Joe’s investigation of a mysterious leak on Quantrill Ventures property...For suspense fans who enjoy science mixed with their thrills, Blind Thrust offers page-turning pleasures."
"Post-apocalyptic dystopian novel concerns a former biology teacher and the group of nomads as they try to stay one step ahead aliens who have invaded and destroyed most of the earth. Readers willing to overlook the novel’s flaws will find a solid post-apocalyptic story, that offers an interesting cultural character study of growth and adaptation."
"The Slush Pile Brigade capitalizes on the fear every author feels when sliding that precious manuscript into an envelope and sending it off to publishers...Read it not for the rewards of carefully crafted intrigue, but for the enjoyable romp that it is."
If you’re looking for a book that will take you to the warm beaches of the Caribbean, the desolate terrain of the desert and other places then this is the book for you.
"The tome reads like three fantasy books in one: Each of three sections boasts its own well-crafted characters, distinct tone and unique perspective. She works to distinguish each story, using different tenses and perspectives, adjusting her narrative style to fit each epic chapter. An intriguing and well-crafted fantasy of epic proportions."
"In this lightweight romance, Irish lovers Samantha Kelly and Niall Connors may have to live on memories of their “enduring love” when Niall is forced to flee Northern Ireland. The book is a pleasant romance, with no greater ambitions. Still, the novel will have its charms for romance fans, who will breeze towards the happily-ever-after ending."
"The story features some intriguing aspects, including a deep dive into the real-life history of the Hope Diamond and a taut mission to steal the jewels back from Rivera. However, the novel is overly reliant on exposition, with numerous uninspired scenes where various members of the cast are just sitting around in a bar talking."