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July 15, 2018
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3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
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3.0
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Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0
Young Adult Indie
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...

July 06, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

May 14, 2018
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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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...

April 17, 2018
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

March 15, 2018
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
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,...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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. ...

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