"A highly engaging plot, well-drawn, articulate main characters, a literary, yet accessible style, and plenty of action all conspire to make readers turn the page. However; the novel makes judges and police officers rather unsubtle villain which may turn off some readers. Nonetheless, this is a captivating read overall."
"In this Christian-based romance novel, the protagonist must decide if she can forgive herself for her past actions and re-connect with her faith, her family and her first love...For those involved in their own struggles, Anna and Drake’s story will likely resonate in a positive way."
In this gently told picture book, a little boy enjoys his first day of baseball practice. Stylistically, the blocky, colorful illustrations feel a bit dated. Nonetheless, Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball is an effective way to excite kids about athletic play, providing an accessible, easy-to-follow introduction to the sport.
"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."
"This sprawling family epic is a somewhat-typical immigrants’ tale of achieving the American Dream, bookended by a murder and subsequent trial...Readers who can overlook the narrative’s superfluous detail should become easily immersed in Anselmi’s storytelling."
"While Three-Day Journey reads like a memoir for the benefit of family and friends, the emotional toll of war and the author’s triumphs are powerful on the page...Despite the book’s narrative limitations, readers will be glad they shared the trip."
The author's writing is pinpoint sharp and adroit, even when discussing sensitive issues such as Margarethe's father taking his mother's best friend as a mistress on the side.
"..In a genre where true originality is increasingly hard to find, Kobasic has written a singularly unique paranormal fantasy with singularly unique characters. Grand-scale storytelling with an intimate feel, — this series truly is, as the author notes, 'the most twisted love story ever told.' Irresistibly so."
"Though imaginatively conceived and designed, the text includes distracting inconsistencies. Aoleon and other Martians sometimes speak without contractions; other times they use contractions and American slang. Despite these inconsistencies, Aoleon The Martian Girl offers fresh and funny entertainment."
"Barringer enters a crowded marketplace with a book he hopes will act as a guide for those seeking fulfilled senior years...The major failing is that the author endlessly repeats himself. In each chapter, he goes over the same ground; chapters end with a summary and, for those who still haven’t got the message, a final chapter summarizes the book."
"In this novel of self-discovery, Jim Scoresby struggles to come to terms with his estrangement from his family in the wake of Hurricane Katrina...Despite the strong section on Katrina and a solid ending, Jim’s journey is surprisingly conflict-free. Nonetheless, this book is a gentle reminder that tragedy has a lasting impact on its survivors."
"This intriguing science fiction novel combines futuristic technology with ancient spiritual teachings for a violent morality tale...science fiction readers also interested in quantum physics and Eastern mysticism should find this book an enjoyable read."
"Cheri Marie Anthony blends reality and fantasy in her children’s picture book Magic Land...a disquieting storyline, illustrations of burial, and irresolution of the tragic plot will be upsetting to young children."
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.
"An experienced business leader in Central Europe regales his readers with advice and stories that illustrate lessons in management...but, readers are left craving deeper, more inventive material. While there are nuggets of good advice here, a straightforward biography of this businessman from the former Soviet Bloc might be more insightful"
… 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.”
"This fantasy concerns a sorceress and her younger brother’s attempt to keep an evil spirit from manifesting itself into the world...while the novel’s premise shows potential, the execution is flawed. Cardboard characters, questions involving key plot points, and an awkward narrative ultimately makes this a forgettable read."
"In this martial arts-themed fantasy, Butler constructs a frequently gory saga of battle and conquest in a society where males and females are equal in power, aggression, beauty and courage. Fantasy fans who appreciate familiar godlike names, idyllic settings, noble concepts and interspecies warfare are likely to enjoy this tale."
"The poems and lyrics included in The Twisted Muse seek to document the emotional life and struggles of their speaker, who, according to the back cover, suffers from a bipolar disorder...While those facing similar struggles might relate to the pieces here, they ultimately lack the resonance and widespread appeal of more accomplished work."