Disconnected, by Nick M. Lloyd

Disconnected reads like a Michael Crichton novel. In fact, it opens in a very similar manner to some of his books. A scientific expedition works their way through a jungle to investigate a troop of “rabid” bonobos. As readers, we can only assume that a curse or some violent disease follows.   Not exactly.  …

Dragonsoul, by Kayl Karadjian

This was so. Cute.   Gloom and doom have got people feeling a little…gray. In a literal sense. Denyth is a young boy whose life consists of nothing but gray. Kid’s never seen a color before, though he has heard of the legends. Of a place called Evenar. And dragons. But that’s only a legend,…

Joaquin’s Ghost, by Mike Hershman

Joaquin’s Ghost reads very much like a novel geared for younger audiences, like Nancy Drew. Or Babysitters Club. The style is very simplistic, as is the mystery. Alberto and Toru discover a washed up hand on the beach. So begins the mystery. Who killed him? Why? Why are Joaquin and Three-Fingered Jack so important? Beyond…

Deity’s Soulmate, by Angelina Kerner

Deity’s Soulmate is an interesting amalgamation of Greek mythos and modern storytelling. Modern in that it takes place with current amenities, so to speak. While the deity’s can go anywhere and to any time, the story itself feels like it takes place in the year 2017. Gardenia, Apollo and Athena’s daughter, starts her journey creating…

Hidden in the Dark, by RaShell Lashbrook

  If you’re ready for an intense, emotional rollercoaster ride, look no further.   Hidden in the Dark tells the tale of three sisters that discover their family secrets. The tone is immediately set when we open with a man beating his wife. It wasn’t much before she decided to up and leave. Conflict’s established…

Moon River, by Amber Tran

    Moon River takes place in Stream Ridge, West Virginia. Everyone knows everyone and it’s thirty miles to the nearest store. About as backwoods and redneck as you can get without embracing the stereotype.   Abigail is our narrator here, a third grader who has a crush on Ryan Mills. And she doesn’t let…

Mercer Street, by John A. Heldt

  Mercer Street is a heartwarming tale of three women that get to travel back in time.   Susan, Elizabeth, and Amanda. Mother, grandmother, and daughter. After tragedy strikes the family, the women get the opportunity to travel to the late 1930’s. Like any good, sensible people would do, they look the chance. A chance…

Aversion, by Kenechi Udogu

Averters prevent things from happening that would alter a person’s fate. With their mind. They have these things called ‘jolts,’ which allow them to see a crisis. From there, it’s the job to make sure they avert the crisis (see what I did there?).   Gemma Green is an Averter responsible for doing exactly that….

Hallow Mass, by JP Mac

All the time, people want to use the Necronomicon as a pivotal plot point for their novel. Often, it’s misused and misrepresented, contorted to whatever special need the author decries . Imagine my delight and surprise then, in Hallow Mass, to find that the book’s used as intended. And what a narrative built around it….

Campion’s Choice, by Geoff Warwick

Meet Jack Campion, your average thirteen-year-old. Except he finds weird coins and elephants in abandoned air-raid shelters. And makes piggy banks explode, and…Jack does a lot more than the usual kid his age. I like the fact that while Jack’s life takes the obvious weird turn, his focus is clear: make his dad better. After…

Dragon’s Bane, by Melody Jackson

After reading the summary, I had two initial impressions. First, that Dragon’s Bane was going to be a classic “Chosen One” story trope. Only the main character could solve all the problems. Second: the main character was going to become engrossed in an awful love story. All things considered, I wasn’t wrong. A young woman…

The Book of Moon, by George Crowder

Alright, so, The Book of Moon sounds very much like another book I’m sure many people have heard of: The Book of Job. Guess what? That’s not a coincidence. The Book of Moon begins with the main character (named Moon Landing—I’m not sure if I want to applaud his parents for their sense of humor…