" 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."
"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."
"Equal parts post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, Houghton’s mind-blowing epic tale of humankind’s struggle to survive in a critically overpopulated world stripped of all its resources is nothing short of a science fiction masterwork."
"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."
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."
"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."
"This is a captivating, relentlessly paced novel with well-developed characters, a fascinating backstory, richly described world-building, and a multitude of visionary imagery . But perhaps the most powerful aspect is the story’s dark atmospherics and compelling underlying themes, not the least of which is the sheer unpredictability of existence."
"This winning science fiction romance revolves around a seafaring civilization with three women for every man. The story is powered by vivid and visionary world building. The erotic scenes fall well short; they’re rushed and lack real passion. Readers will find a satisfying story that is both entertaining and thought-provoking."
"Although it’s clear that the story is a work of fantasy, the book is steeped in the ancient myths, folklore and energy of that country. The length and density of the spiritual message may put off casual readers. This impressive debut is more appropriate for those with an interest in Eastern philosophies."
"The story is escapism in its purest form: The tale kicks off with a protagonist entrenched in modern technology and veers into a fantasy world where medieval rules apply. The plot is simplistic, and the ending far from surprising, but the author manages to embed some genuinely valuable life lessons in the short tale."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"The author has a big idea here. It's far too big for a mere 90 pages and would require expansion to flesh out its characters and plot points, which feel underdeveloped and unsatisfying. The story relies on too many convenient explanations to feel plausible. It's also disorganized and repetitive. Numerous misspellings also distract from the story."
"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."
"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."
"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."