"Her writing style is fluid and at times lyrical, her description of northern Germany meticulous and fully immersive, and her knowledge of folklore extensive. But it’s her characters that make this novel so readable. Interesting and emotionally compelling, they are certain to resonate with readers."
"Schrader, a career diplomat with a PhD in history, delivers a meticulous historical drama full of telling details and dialogue that’s contemporary-feeling without compromising its historical authenticity... readers are sure to find the author’s enthusiasm for Crusade-era history infectious."
"Nedelea’s descriptive skill is impressive (one character, for example, is “a short unremarkable blonde with a face like a seal’s.”) Her locales paint a perfect sense of place, with pinpoint specificity of sights, sounds and even smells. And her literary tour of medieval torture devices? Explicit—-and chilling."
“(This) is an accomplished Dickensian morality tale for young adults, set in London in 1834…Dark Against the Sky is an authentic, evocative, and classic portrayal of the human capacity to endure.”
"Kieran’s esoteric subject suggests a narrow market for the multi-published, English-educated author. For those interested in the topic, however, this is a thorough, detailed history of a rare award."
"Old-time spy buffs will appreciate the tradecraft and attention to detail, while adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the unique perspective and setting for a WWII story."
"This is an interesting conceit, but the telling of the story unfortunately does not live up to its early promise. Important questions (e.g. the fate of some of Emma’s family) are left unattended, presumably to be answered in a planned Volume 2. And the failure of some scenes to flow smoothly from one to another sometimes confuses."
Ex- Rich Girl Tells is the difficult story of a real person who desperately wants to find her place in the world but doesn’t have any of the tools to get there. Thankfully Kami takes life in stride and was brave enough to share her journey with us. There are plenty of opportunities to see yourself in Kami and to learn from her mistakes.
"The Wanted Book is a collection of brief profiles of inspiring public figures with a compelling spin: It presents each individual profiled as the subject of a “wanted” poster...Unfortunately, the biographical content is marred by an inconsistent writing approach."
"A fast-paced WWII historical novel that dramatically illustrates how war can transform ordinary citizens into heroes and villains alike. Ultimately, the novel explores human endurance in wartime, and well-crafted descriptions
". Like Rhodesia’s paternalist prime minister, Ian Smith, Selby justifies the defunct country’s defiant white-minority rule on the basis that black Africans were too “inexperienced” to govern themselves without “essential training” by their white overlords."
"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."
"This book is a provocative look at how religious thought is molded by cultural norms and will help many people understand the subtle and not so subtle ways Christianity is developing in the Far East."
"The novel is aimed at the young adult market and the type of older supernatural romance readers who embraced the Twilight franchise (from which many ideas are borrowed). Lively language makes this an easy read, despite the length, and most story threads tie together satisfactorily — although some unanswered questions leave an uneasy feeling..."
"Overall, this brilliant story simmers beneath the surface, revealing how a single decision can have an explosively negative effect on one’s life; in short, it offers intimate insight into the fragility of us all. Imaginative from start to finish, it should lure a wide audience."
"The book begins with an inherently compelling premise: the idea of shadowy organizations battling for the future of the world. But this exciting concept falters under poor and confusing pacing. The novel frequently jumps back and forth in time with no apparent purpose, continually forcing the reader to reorient."
"By its end, all the revelations, disclosures, surprises and their aftermath bring the novel to a gratifying and rewarding end. If it raises more questions than it answers, the questions are surely worth the asking."