Reviews written by Patrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   April 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Brilliant, heartbreaking story about triumph over adversity

The story: Samantha “Sam” Becker wants only one thing – to go to Juilliard. She’s a veritable prodigy with the guitar, a fact that everyone who’s ever heard her play is entranced by her ability. But she is trapped in a house with an alcoholic mother and...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   March 31, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Great Dystopian Survival Story

The story: Fifteen-year-old Alexandra Spencer has led a life of privilege. That all disintegrates when her boyfriend Marcus begs her to take the fall for a minor crime that he committed, and she is sentenced to a year at Elder Gray prison – by her...

Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   March 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

A marvelous book with depth

The story: Casey Morgan has a unique gift, though many (including her) would view it as more of a curse: all she has to do is touch someone’s skin, and she automatically knows how many days that person has left to live. Out of fear and dread,...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   March 08, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Fast paced paranormal thriller

The story: Hanna is a typical teenage girl - not the prettiest, not the most popular, and totally not prepared for what lies in wait for her. A deadly encounter in an alley behind a nightclub leaves her with a mark on her arm that provides her...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   January 27, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Do not miss this brilliant YA book!

The story: Abby Renshaw is not a normal seventeen-year-old girl. She suffers from hallucinations wherein she sees ghosts, a malady she attributes to the “Renshaw curse”, a curse that caused her father to take his own life. When her mother secures a high-paying job in London, Abby...

Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   January 20, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Interesting Twist on a Common Theme

The story: At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2019, adolescents Mari, her brother Randall, her best friend Lauren, her frenemy Stefanie, and Stefanie’s boyfriend Tony are sucked into a portal and transported to a world full of danger. They find they all bear the...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   January 13, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Great Charaters, but Somewhat Lacking in Plot

The story: Phoenyx Blake, a teenage girl, awakens in a locked dungeon with only a girl named Lily for company. Soon after, they are joined by Sebastian, to whom Phoenyx has an instant attraction, and Skylar, his best friend. Through conversation and snippets of info given to...

Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   December 24, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Well-written yet complex middle grade adventure

The story: Emerson Page is a thirteen-year-old girl who has been through her fair share of tragedies. Her mother died under mysterious circumstances, and her father has gone all-out to hide the truth behind her mother’s death. Emerson’s quest to discover said truth takes her on a...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   December 12, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Fast-paced Dystopian Thriller

The story: Seventeen-year-old August is a weapon, a mindless tool of the government of Belstrana, helping to put down anyone who dares to question his President’s authority. Taught to fight since childhood, his free will is held at bay by injections of Crystal. One fateful night, he...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   November 20, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Great Dystopan Read for Teens of All Ages

The story: In a futuristic society that oppresses immigrants and requires citizens, including children, to use guns to enforce the laws, two teenage girls from completely different backgrounds must question everything about the society they live in to save the people they love. ...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   October 13, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Quick, entertaining read!

The truth doesn’t always set you free. The story: In a post-apocalyptic world where only the Eastern coast of Canada can still support human life, eighteen-year-old Joanna has completed her education and must now move on to the next stage of her life (known...

Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 22, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

A very solid debut effort

The story: Haunted by the tragic death of her parents, seventeen-year-old Ember Trouve has withdrawn from her life. She has shunned her best friend Maddie, dabbled in drugs, and kept company with shady boys. Her hobby – chronicling stories of missing kids in her notebook – has...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 06, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Great, Quick Dystopian Read

The story: Charlie Abbot lives in a dystopian world where “dreamers” are a precious national commodity. Dreamers, you see, can foretell the future, and are cultivated by the government in order to prevent catastrophes and terrorist attacks. Charlie, much to her chagrin, is having the same...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   July 10, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Good story for middle-grade readers

The story: Zak Connors is a twelve-year-old boy who is not long for this world. A terrible virus has engulfed the earth, causing all children to die immediately upon reaching their thirteenth birthday. However, a lucky few are chosen to travel from Earth to Kronnus 13, a...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   June 01, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

A Decent Adventure Romp

The story: Kinneret Raza is a tough, adventurous, headstrong young woman with the misfortune of being on the lower rung of the caste system her society employs. She is looked down upon by the upper and middle castes, and longs to improve her station in life so she can...

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