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
“(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.”
"The plot is also disappointingly uneven; Jack's frequent war flashbacks aren’t very illuminating, while Diana's numerous internal monologues rarely advance the story. All these flaws threaten to derail Jack's arc of redemption, but like British heroes do, he manages to finish the book with a stiff upper lip."
"With 45 years of experience in the auto repair, body, customizing and restoration businesses, Bob Bacon may not know it all, but he comes close...At 65 pages, the book seems a tad thin. With all his experience, Bacon probably could have filled twice as many pages with interesting stories and good advice."
"This complicated but very readable historical novel takes readers back to a challenging and transformative moment in America’s past. The story opens in the basement of the White House in the last days of the Civil War. This is a well-told tale, filled with fully drawn characters who confront a believable series of crises."
"Wild Beast Cat sits firmly in the tradition of chapter books like the Boxcar Children series: stories that feature intrepid young people investigating unexplained occurrences… largely because of its brevity, the story never gains momentum or a sustained sense of real danger or conflict."
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."
"A lengthy poetry collection comprised of densely-worded, emotionally-charged, free-verse poetry that centers on the speaker’s lost loves and enduring sorrow, anger, and loneliness in their wake. The repetition of hopeless and totalizing pronouncements will likely to weigh down readers rather than inspire them."
"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."
"In this compelling novel, the author tackles the complex problems of the foster care system through the story of Nia and her family. The writing here is spot-on, capturing the characters’ plight in a way that is both touching and heartbreaking. The book is not without flaws, and readers may find it frustrating to keep track of all family members."
"While potentially compelling, this story contains elements that may disturb young readers. The cat is described as “scarred from head to toe,” with a “nearly severed ear” and “big chunks” of fur missing all over his body. After the camel steps on him, readers learn that he “had a bone sticking out and blood was gushing all over the ground.”
"This book explores Nua's personal experience with enlightenment and offers suggestions for readers hoping to be similarly awakened. This book is more spirit than material, and some may feel that the author hasn’t delivered enough substance to enable them to grasp his ideas. Fans of new age writing may find comfort and inspiration."
"The author sticks to the basic thematic cornerstones of the genre: an unassuming protagonist, a villain bent on pure evil and an epic battle between the two. This is a simple premise, one that Wheeler brings to life with a straightforward, crisp writing style. Such simplicity may be lacking for hardcore fantasy fans."
"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."
"In just a few years before and during WWII, Latvia went from independence to being ruled by Russia and then being occupied by Germany. Later, Russia regained control. Vilnis Bankovics, a young student at the outset of this upheaval, was dragged along during these unsettled times and has written a highly readable memoir of the horrors he endured."