Reviews written by Patrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   May 20, 2017
(Updated: May 20, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Fun, Engaging Paranormal Action

The story: Jessica Kane is forced to move to the small town of Druid’s Hollow under the care of her Aunt Ruby while her alcoholic mother is busy going through rehab. Trying to fit in with a completely new crowd of teens is never easy, but when...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   May 20, 2017
(Updated: May 20, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

A delightful YA romp

The story: Despite living a life of privilege, sixteen-year-old Emma Rothchild has known her share of tragedy. She lost her mother several years before, and more recently, her father. Determined to solve the mystery behind the mysterious plane crash that claimed her father’s life, she soon finds...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   April 21, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Not For The Timid

The story: Jeannie Kynde has had it bad the last few years. The tragic drowning death of her mother, coupled with a partial hearing loss as a result of a sports-related accident, has made her the brunt of her father’s anger. When she hits her eighteenth birthday,...

Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   October 27, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Really good fantasy story

Most YA stories worth reading have at their center a strong, worthy heroine. They usually possess a character trait or a perspective that is unique, and because of that, she ends up changing the world around her for the better. Claire Luana's Kai is just such...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   October 27, 2016
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

One of the best I've ever read

There is nothing I love more than well-written stories that hit me right in the heart. Amalie Jahn has written just such a novel. In a world where time travel not only exists but can be used by pretty much anyone (though only once, per...

Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   September 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

An Absolute Gem

I have, this year, become a huge fan of YA Dystopian stories. I have been fortunate to read some gems in the last few months, including T.D. Shields' "Into Shadow" and Kayla Howarth's "Institute" series. This past week I tackled Michelle Bryan's "Awaken", and I enjoyed it immensely. ...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   September 01, 2015
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

Gripping and heartfelt

In Visions, I was introduced to the character of Heather Reiner, a vulnerable but brave teenage girl with the power of clairvoyance. Using this gift, and with the help of her friends, she is able to overcome her fears and help the local authorities crack the ten-year-old unsolved homicide of...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   September 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Delightfully Snarky

In Emerge: The Awakening, we meet Allie, a diminutive teenage girl with fiery red hair and a snarky attitude. She has been on the run, moving from place to place, her entire life, and she's had nary a clue as to why. But that changes when she...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 27, 2015
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

Great YA Story for All Ages

With the verbal brush-strokes of a Renaissance artist, T.D. Shields crafts a vivid picture of a world two centuries in the future. Thousands of books are given such a setting, but it takes a skilled author to immerse us in that world without weighing the story down in descriptions. ...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 26, 2015
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

Better Than Divergent

Joining strong YA dystopian heroines like Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior is Kayla Howarth's Allira Daniels, who lives in a world whose population has been devastated. The governments of the world have sealed their borders, and they maintain that the greatest threat to humanity are "defectives", people born with supernatural...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Taut, Tense and Triumphant

In Visions, I was introduced to the character of Heather Reiner, a vulnerable but brave teenage girl with the power of clairvoyance. Using this gift, and with the help of her friends, she is able to overcome her fears and help the local authorities crack the ten-year-old unsolved homicide of...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Great Paranormal Thriller

What do you do if you're a teenage girl with the ability to see things that others can't, disturbing, haunting images that are revealed at the slightest touch? If you're seventeen-year-old Hether Reiner, you seek solitude, avoiding friends and any kind of social life. When her mother...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 25, 2015
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Gripping and heartfelt

It is the future, and the world ain't what it once was. Britain is ruled under military occupation, and all attempts of sedition are quelled violently, and criminals are sent to the colonies - the former United States - for the merest of infractions. ...

Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 25, 2015
(Updated: August 25, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Great YA fantasy read!

In this fast-paced debut from Rebecca Jaycox, we meet 17-year-old Reggie Lang, a teenage girl with an alcoholic mother and an unusual ability: the power to bring dead creatures back to life. Visited in her dreams by a mysterious character named Rhys, Reggie soon finds her life turned upside-down, as...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 25, 2015
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

Joshua's Island

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Joshua's Island by Patrick Hodges is the story of Joshua and Eve, two 13-year-old kids who face something many kids have to deal with in real life, too: bullying. And not just verbal bullying, but bullying that includes physical violence....

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