Some books are read once; this book will likely be referred to repeatedly as specific needs arise.
"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..."
"A spiritual adventure story borrowing tropes from magical realism, speculative fiction, and urban fantasy...an exciting story with a wealth of provocative thoughts."
"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."
"Such diversity of thought makes for difficult reading simply because there is so much to digest. Moreover, the book needs copyediting to catch punctuation problems and word misusages."
"Arden’s grace and comic wisdom shine through. How could any reader resist a sentence like this? 'Mickey was a line editor with a face like a first draft.'"
"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."
"Blind Thrust makes good use of Marquis’ background as a professional geologist, particularly in NEIC workers’ discussions of the quake and Joe’s investigation of a mysterious leak on Quantrill Ventures property...For suspense fans who enjoy science mixed with their thrills, Blind Thrust offers page-turning pleasures."
"The Healing of a Broken Spirit has its limitations, but Fayette uses gentle persuasion, inspirational language and personal examples to help others and, in so doing, may increase her reading and listening audience."
"The Slush Pile Brigade capitalizes on the fear every author feels when sliding that precious manuscript into an envelope and sending it off to publishers...Read it not for the rewards of carefully crafted intrigue, but for the enjoyable romp that it is."
"While steeped in academic-like prose, Edison also offers unscientific personal asides that are jarring. Such diversions dilute the authority of his more formal presentation and create an identity issue for the book: Is it a serious, academic work, or a personal plea?"
"Way to a Stranger’s Heart is an exciting and sexy erotic romance, perfect for readers who enjoy a fast-paced story with a heart-warming conclusion."
"George Cameron’s business book offers snippets of advice to aspiring executives, middle managers and CEOs..One trusts that Cameron knows the territory well. And while the book would resonate far better with careful editing and sourcing, those willing to overlook this issue will glean some worthy nuggets here."
"In Mindfulness, Lopez set out to create a recipe for a rich and flavorful life. It’s a culmination of all the self-care and spiritual teachings of the past, simply explained and tied together with language that is beautifully poetic at times."
"Leeching the Sirens is intelligently written and intense. Debauchery is as much a part of the artist’s drive as is his desire to perfect on canvas the beauty and form of the female figure. To that end, the author presents well-defined character portrayals and doesn’t rely on gratuitousness for the story’s suspense."
"A powerful novel that explores a powerful topic. Regardless of readers’ religious belief systems, the story will surely compel them to re-evaluate their take on the afterlife."
"While stories promoting a love of science are highly desirable these days, problems with content and style greatly detract from this offering...My New Friendship and Experiment requires thoughtful polishing before it is suitable for early readers."
"A straight-talking guide to neurological diseases and disorders, Is My Brain Broken? offers clear profiles of various disorders and showcases the personal essays of young people who have survived—and often thrived—with the medical issues in question...A useful resource for families with children impacted by these challenging issues."
"A professionally written narrative, told with detail and through a young boy’s innocent eye. While readers are likely to feel impatient with the story early on, those who persist will be rewarded for the wait."
"The faults are numerous and lamentable because Seul writes well, the story has an intriguing premise and it offers an unusual twist, one that could have been made much stronger with an editor’s guidance. Overall, the book fails to deliver a story that will please fans of the suspense genre."