"Lamirand's story of self-discovery is similar to others taking place across college campuses everywhere. What distinguishes her tale is her facility with dialogue, fluid prose, and literary allusions...readers will find a thoughtful reflection on the significance of friendship, belonging, and coming of age."
Coan provides an intriguing look at some of the most mysterious questions of human existence — but the effort required to get through it may dissuade some readers.
… a quirky yet refreshing romp that plays out in continually changing points of view … Jacaranda is a well-developed, intriguing and delightful first novel written in a unique voice.
“This uncommonly brave book is based on Rill’s father’s eight-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Using five narrators in short, alternating chapters, the novel tells the story of Saul Reimer’s decent into Alzheimer’s…Rill’s grief-stricken love for his father, who died in 1998, invests every page with true feeling.”
"An intensely personal account of a marriage that devolves into chaos...This account feels lengthy and could have been trimmed. Nonetheless, it may serve as a guide for others by raising questions about the nature of addiction and attitudes toward it."
"Author Ron Shapiera has clearly studied the people he writes about, infusing the book with cultural color and references. It is a story of good vs. evil, with a sense of foreboding established early on. And while the moral of the story is not new, it is engaging as told from the perspective of people from an old and simple culture."
"This is a startlingly well-written, fast-paced and exciting novel with a heightened emotional tension and a poetic, noir-like prose that lends the book an ambitious, propulsive pace — not to mention a plot twist that lingers even after the final denouement has played out."
"Michael T. Santini’s book uses both scientific facts and biblical exegesis to explore answers to questions concerning the afterlife and whether or not places like heaven, Hades, or the biblical lake of fire physically exist...all sorts of readers will find his book intriguing — believers, non-believers, scholars, and non-scholars alike."
"An intriguing premise: The story begins in some kind of top-secret facility in Malibu, California, and revolves around four teenagers who live there as subjects for some unknown scientific research..the nonstop action and pedal-to-the-metal pacing make this a book that should keep young adult readers turning pages until the end."
"While the illustrations tell the story clearly, they are flat-looking and unexceptional. Additionally, the narrative includes some copyediting errors. These issues aside, Pebble is a generally well-told tale. It should draw in readers with its unique viewpoint of a young boy’s daily life."
"Those interested in a different take on Gnosticism may be interested in this volume; however, it needs editing to promote better clarity and to correct punctuation and grammar errors. The book could also benefit from fact checking and references. As it stands, From the Beginning to the End presents a challenging read."
"Although the author’s writing style shows promise, the book suffers from several flaws: overstuffed with plot, stock characters, gruesome murders, and the contrivance of tarot cards. Bothersome editing and grammatical mistakes abound."
"In his debut novel, Pastor Vern L. Alford portrays a renegade president of the United States who takes radical actions against America’s enemies in the name of Christian values...The patriotic outlook and fundamentalist religious mores may appeal to some readers, but those with a less narrow mindset should look elsewhere for their thrills."
"This intriguing, futuristic, science fiction novel takes place after a worldwide pandemic..Desperate for a leader, a savior, and an antidote to the disease, survivors argue and fight among themselves...[an]intricately woven, skillfully crafted story"
"Readers who have decided to use a firearm for self-defense, and who can persevere through this book despite its narrative challenges, are likely to avoid becoming one of the all-too numerous statistics on gun mishaps and can even learn something that might save their lives."
“Catholic readers may find daily inspiration in this book of simple good-for-you advice and indeed be encouraged to live their faith 365 days a year.”
"Malone has populated her 1960s/70s era childhood and coming of age memories with over-the-top events and evil characters reminiscent of a Roald Dahl fantasy. While not for everyone, it is a mash-up that strangely works without trying too hard to sort out fact from fancy…"
“An erotic romance novel that blends sensuality, spirituality, and a bit of mysticism…an original, sexy, and well-penned story, a pleasing choice for fans of erotic romance.”
"The American Revolutionary War tests a family’s political ideologies in this first novel of a three-part saga..Despite writing stumbles, readers will appreciate the story’s vast canvas and seeing how the tidal forces of history affected everyday citizens."
"Paying tribute to a brilliant doctor, irreverent troublemaker and much-loved friend whose life was shortened by Multiple Sclerosis at age 59 is a wonderful premise for a book. Unfortunately, good ideas and good intentions do not always translate into a solid read."