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August 22, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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3.0
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5.0
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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The story: Haunted by the tragic death of her parents, seventeen-year-old Ember Trouve has withdrawn from her life.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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

May 20, 2017 (Updated: May 20, 2017)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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,...

October 27, 2016
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
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...

October 27, 2016 (Updated: June 22, 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
Young Adult Indie
One of the best I've ever read

The story: In a society where time travel exists but is strictly relegated, eighteen-year-old Brooke decides to use her one allotted trip to save her beloved brother Branson, who died of a mysterious illness. When she “jumps” into the body of her younger self with the purpose...

September 01, 2015
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
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. ...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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. ...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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
Young Adult Indie
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...

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