" Schmidt has tapped into the real world of high school relationships and narrated the novel in a language her readers will understand—even crave. In doing so, she has transformed what might have been a trite story into something utterly fresh and original."
"Poignant, quirky, cleverly humorous and infinitely relatable, Now That We’re Adults could easily be a big-screen ”dramedy” appreciated by the generation it portrays and still thoroughly enjoyed by others."
"Scarred’s pace is nearly cinematic, every action scene ripping with desperate man-to-man violence...Historical fiction and Civil War buffs will wish Scarred were closer to the epic length of Gone with the Wind, simply because the subject never grows tiresome."
"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."
"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."
"The story’s end has a twist that’s sure to raise a final goosebump. With some editing and ample illustrations, it could prove to be an exciting read for young zombie lovers."
"The use of repetition and the tone of gratitude create a graceful stream for readers, and overall, the work renders a coherent personality through the consistency of its concerns. Those who enjoy rhetorical poetry may find some rewards here."
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
“In this dark, sometimes raw novel set in Laramie, Wyoming, a young woman physically and sexually abused by her husband is being held captive by him in their home…This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it carries a powerful message for those interested in the roots and tragedy of victimization.”
"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.”
"With a straightforward narrative style tailored for young readers, Gaur handles this ambitious mix of elements with consistent skill. Descriptions of modern-day Kashmir blend well with Tarun’s interactions with Ganesha and his voyage through the Veiled Lands. Ganesha’s Temple never gets bogged down by the weight of its own considerable goals."
"Echoing the comedic tone of the 1989 comedy Gross Anatomy, the novel’s affection for this uniquely strange experience makes it the best fictional portrayal of med school since ER. Readers will savor the experience."
"While often cheerful, many poems are somewhat bland and devoid of specific and engaging details. Overall, they lack the attention to musicality or variation in form that would intrigue fans of more sophisticated fare. Nonetheless, their appealing sense of place and time will engage some readers."
"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."
"Salt Lake City author Jeri Parker knows well the vast beauty of the American West, not least the North Fork of the Snake River. Her description of the ruinous Teton Dam Flood of 1976 is spare and harrowing, and she perfectly captures the morning-after shock of the fatal fire."
"Overall, this is a fun look into what the feline mind may hold and makes for an easy, smile-invoking read. It could serve as a welcome gift for a cat lover friend or a favorite vet’s office."
"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."