Reviews written by Melissa A. Craven, Indie Manager

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August 17, 2016
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A gripping continuation of The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

I enjoy this author's ability to bring history to life. I particularly enjoy the way she alternates the past with the present. Sometimes Historical Fiction can get a little heavy, but Jennifer Laam chooses just the right moments to switch back to present day Russia, which keeps the pace moving...

August 02, 2016 (Updated: August 02, 2016)
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Hilariously Clever

When the great and mighty Apollo is cast from Mt. Olympus by an angry Zeus, he falls to earth and quickly realizes he is nothing more than mortal teen, Lester Popadopoulos––with horrible acne to boot. Stripped of his godly powers and everything that made him Apollo, he must find his...

July 25, 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
Young Adult Indie
An extremely rare find

Bucher’s take on contemporary romance might be a strike of brilliance, but get your box of tissues … you’re going to need them. The fact that The Hereafter is her debut novel and her first time publishing as an indie author is astounding. Clearly, Jessica’s educational background in...

July 18, 2016
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Get your Fantasy fix and discover a phenomenal new series

I am now a die-hard Jeff Wheeler fan. I was so excited to find such a great example of a young adult book that will appeal to ALL audiences. The story is told from the perspective of a young boy taken from his home and placed precariously among the dangers...

July 07, 2016 (Updated: July 07, 2016)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
A compelling sequel to 13 Days of Midnight

An enjoyable read and a huge change from the YA norm, 8 Rivers of Shadow will resonate with fans of the series. Picking up a few months after 13 Days of Midnight ended, life seems to have returned to normal for Luke Manchett and his girlfriend, Elza. That is, until...

June 18, 2016
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Hilariously funny and insanely enjoyable

Finding Fraser is for the reader who can’t live without books or the characters that have profoundly affected them. Hilariously funny and insanely enjoyable, I laughed out loud at every turn of Emma’s “Eat, Pray, Love” journey through Scotland. If you are a fan of Outlander, and you...

June 05, 2016
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
A delightful tale for young readers

A hilarious and sometimes terrifyingly suspenseful adventure young teens and tweens are sure to devour. The story begins with an unexpected prologue set in Nazi Germany to establish the tone and show the reader this is no ordinary kid’s tale. And just as quickly, we’re transported...

June 05, 2016 (Updated: June 05, 2016)
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
One to Watch

A typical fantasy tale turned upside down, taking the reader on an exciting journey through colliding worlds. While somewhat predictable, The Marked Girl definitely puts a fresh and unique spin on a classic plot. In her debut novel, Klingele brings the fantasy world into the real...

May 23, 2016 (Updated: May 24, 2016)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
A perfect blend of fantasy and history

The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is a carefully woven tale of three lives, converging in a powerful ending that will leave the reader eager for the sequel. Historical fiction fans and Contemporary romance fans will enjoy the Secret Daughter of the Tsar—a wonderful blend of two...

May 11, 2016 (Updated: May 11, 2016)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
Young Adult Fiction
Quirky and Imaginative

A wildly unique tale that will surely delight readers with its witty dialogue and unexpected twists and dark turns. A bit of a slow starter, Deathcat Sally doesn’t hit its stride until Zachary the cat enters the picture. Thankfully, it’s not a long wait. From the...

May 07, 2016
Overall rating
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
A rich tale of action and adventure with a spark of magic

Straitlaced Maxine and the impish Will come together in this nostalgic action adventure that will appeal to parents and children alike. Within the first few pages, I was transported back to my childhood of reading such tales as The Eye of Midnight under a veil of sheets lit...

May 06, 2016 (Updated: May 24, 2016)
Overall rating
 
3.7
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
No women. No babies. No hope.

The premise of The Last Girl is enough to spike the interest of any dystopian fan. A world where the female birthrate inexplicably declines and only a few precious girls remain to save the human race? I was immediately on board and The Last Girl was the first book I...

October 16, 2015
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
Nothing is as it seems at St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys…

Nothing is as it seems at St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys… And what an intriguing world this author has built! When I first arrived on the steps of St. Griswold with Xavier, I felt like I’d stumbled onto Platform 9 3/4 again. But in a good way,...

October 16, 2015 (Updated: October 16, 2015)
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A YA couple that manages equality? It's like finding a tap dancing unicorn!

The cover of this book caught my eye because the girl exudes so much strength and confidence! I knew I had to read it, even though I'm not a fan of Dystopian/post-apocalypse stories (and my TBR pile is huge!) Rachel and Logan were a breath of fresh...

August 26, 2015 (Updated: October 16, 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
If you love strong female MCs, and cliffhangers that make you want to find out where the author liv

If you love strong female MCs, and cliffhangers that make you want to find out where the author lives, The Institute is for you. I'll say it. Dystopian has been done to death and I was leery of picking up yet another one, but this book captured my...

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