It’s been a while since I read a book that transported me fully into a story. I saw this author accept the Indie Author Project Best YA Book for the State of Texas and speak with such genuine appreciation for her reading audience that I could not wait to start the book. Let's start with … Continue reading Manufactured Witches by Michelle Rene – Texas Author Project YA Award Winner!
Need a book that you can curl up with and forget about the rest of the world – this may be it. My reading for an hour on Sunday afternoon turned into several hours because I just had to know what was going to happen. This book is filled with adventure, interesting characters, challenges, and … Continue reading Michael McGillicuddy and the Most Amazing Race by Trevor A. Dutcher
The main character, Jessica, is portrayed with the blend of kid and adult that most feel at this age. Written in present tense it allows the reader to experience things as the character does. Jessica has a whirlwind going on in her life. The grandparents were very entertaining with their various physical attributes and their … Continue reading Lightmasters 13 by M. G. Wells
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this middle school adventure and could not wait to see where Jabu would lead us next. A nice surprise was the return of the character Ice, who added a lot more depth to the attitude of the other characters. This is a series that I have now recommended … Continue reading Saving Thandi (Adventures of Jabu & Friends) Book 2 by Kate S Richards
I love book series, especially when I can read several in a similar time period. Having read Book One – Chance Beginning - last month, I snuck Book 2 into my reading schedule because when you work for yourself, you can do these things! The book picks up almost immediately after where the author left … Continue reading Dark Winds: Shadow’s Fire Book 2 (Shadow’s Fire Trilogy) by Christopher Patterson
This is the start of what could be a sweet series for middle school and older readers. The book lacks some needed polish, but the story is one that will capture the heart of most young readers. There is some mention of magical ability, but it is rarely experienced for the reader to get a … Continue reading Binding Fate (The Fates Align Series #1) By Alyssa Rose
What a perfect start to either YA or Adult summer reading. Majority of the story gathers around high school age characters. There is a strong supporting character in Blackjack (the cat) and his relationship with the main character, Mark giving the reader glimpses of light humor. The story follows Mark through his life and the … Continue reading Defiled (The Castle Chronicles, Book 1) by Michael Vassel