Reviews written by Patrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   April 04, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Great slice of life romance

The story: Michaela Matthews’ life has been all planned out: graduate law school, marry her longtime boyfriend Ethan, become a corporate lawyer like her emotionally distant father and a socialite like her domineering mother. And she wants out. When she meets Jason, a handsome bar owner, she...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   April 04, 2019
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

Heartbreaking, Funny, Brilliant.

The story: Lock is a shy, closeted sixteen-year-old boy, transplanted with his little brother and alcoholic mother to Atlanta. West is a rich classmate who’s watching his life spiral out of control. The two quickly realize there’s a spark between them, but can they explore it when...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   March 07, 2019
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

Raw and Beautiful

The story: Jackson Wolf, a teenage boy from one of Buffalo’s poorer neighborhoods, has it rough. His mother abandoned him, leaving him with his perpetually-drunk, always-angry father who physically abuses him on a regular basis. A chance encounter with a classmate named James McDougal not only turns...

Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   February 08, 2019
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

A Dystopian Novel Worth Your TIme

The story: Lune Tatum, the adoptive daughter of this dystopian world’s Supreme Elite, wants out. Out of the walled city that’s been her prison, out of sight of the populace who hate her because of her privilege, and out of the clutches of the father who’s beaten...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   December 13, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
2.0

Intriguing Concept, Good Execution

The story: Effy Garcia commits suicide on her seventeenth birthday. Her body is then possessed by a wandering spirit whose destiny it is to spend 364 days in its host only to move on every March 29th. She’s been doing this for 109 years, moving from body...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   November 30, 2018
(Updated: February 08, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Decent if silly teenage spy romp

The story: Teen spy team The Gems (Emma, Olivia, Nadia, and Miyuki) have gelled as a team and now undertake dangerous missions while trying to maintain their cover as everyday high-school students. One day, a mysterious boy named Robert crosses their paths. Turns out Robert hides one...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   October 18, 2018
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

Intense Story that Bridges the Gap between Past and Present

The story: In 1983, high school senior Laura Sherman was gunned down by a jealous classmate, who then turned the gun on herself. Thirty years later, her spirit returns to help budding medium Rebecca, a teenage girl facing a crisis of her own. Can the two prevent...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 11, 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

One of the best you'll read

The story: A childhood tragedy forces Sable to flee her home, change her identity, and eke out a meager existence in a land that doesn’t want her there. When her past catches up to her, she’s forced seek protection from Jos, a mysterious man with a past...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   August 02, 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

Little story with a lot of heart

The story: Disfigured by a childhood accident, thirteen-year-old Karina Morgan has it tough. Labeled an outcast because of her appearance, she must deal with bullying, rowdy brothers, and parents struggling with their own problems. One day, walking through the woods, she happens upon a mysterious cave. What...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   July 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Decent but flawed

The story: Nancy Miller is a poor, illiterate teenage girl scrounging out a meager living in Edinburgh. On the day she gets fired from her waitress job, she is snatched off the street, thrown in a truck and driven to a huge house. There, she is held...

Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   July 06, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Worthy Take on Beauty and the Beast

The story: Christine is a beautiful young woman who dreams of being a photographer despite her mother’s insistence she become a model. When her photos mysteriously disappear from her laptop, she enlists the aid of Erik, a scarred youth who hides in his house and uses his...

Young Adult Indie
Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   June 01, 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

That Moment When Clarity Strikes

The story: California “Callie” McCoy is a typical teenager in many ways: unsure of her future, struggles to fit in, and loves the few friends she has… especially Jamie, who she finally begins a relationship with after years of him pursuing her. They start their senior year...

Young Adult Indie
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

Great Dystopian Thriller!

The story: Sawyer is an orphaned girl who lives in a world not unlike that of the Terminator movies, where machines have taken over and now roam the streets searching for the last remaining humans. She is a Watcher, a skilled tracker and eliminator. However, when the...

Patrick Hodges, Staff ReviewerPatrick Hodges, Staff Reviewer   April 22, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0

Deep, Complex Story for Fantasy/Dystopian Lovers

The story: Ember Trouve, missing for three years in Trinity Forest, has been “rebirthed”, in the form of a controversial mega-pop-star, Oshun. This process is supposed to remove all prior memories, but Ember’s personality fights to break free. Meanwhile, Ember’s brother Jared and best friend Maddie continue...

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...

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