Category Archives: Young Adult

World Saver by Neal Goldstein

Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

World SaverMeet Cy “LUVTR41N” Orbick, a teen hooked on the World Saver computer game, and the hero of talented author Neal Goldstein’s debut sci-fi novel. Cy’s father died while flight testing a plane in New Mexico, and his mother remarried her late husband’s best friend—Captain Trent, who happened to be manning the radar when Cy’s dad’s plane crashed. Cy aspires to solve the puzzle clues of the World Saver game, and to get hired at World Saver headquarters. Little does he realize his gaming chops will be put to use helping to save real worlds.

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Westward: The Journey Of Adolf Nagel by Harry Simpson

Reviewed by Lisa Brown-Gilbert

Westward:  The Journey of Adolf NagelComparable to the famous Louis L’ Amour western novels, Harry Simpson’s Westward: The Journey Of Adolf Nagel brings readers along on a wild and exciting jaunt through the old west.

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The novel starts out with a bang, literally, as seventeen year old Adolf Nagel is forced to go on the run to the untamed west, after thwarting the attempted rape of his beloved fiancé the beautiful Caroline. Accompanied by his long-time best friend, Oskar McGill, Adolf makes his way from Hocking County, Ohio into the vastness of the western frontier. Although great friends, Adolf and Oskar are polar opposites which makes for entertaining moments throughout the story.

The Wanderer’s Last Journey (The Orfeo Saga Book 4) by Murray Lee Eiland Jr.

Reviewed by Veronica Alvarado

The Wanderer's Last JourneyIn The Wanderer’s Last Journey, the fourth volume of the young adult Orfeo Saga, Murray Lee Eiland, Jr., delivers an exciting, fast-paced historical fantasy that will no doubt please devoted fans of the series.

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The Wanderer’s Last Journey opens with a burst of action. Traders from a foreign land have arrived Linnaeus’s kingdom, where Orfeo and Clarice are currently residing. Soon a scuffle ensues, during which Orfeo is taken captive. In order to get Orfeo back, Clarice has no choice but to send for Daryush, the Kassite. She and Semria, Daryush’s wife, join Daryush on the quest when he arrives at court. Soon, Zurga joins the search as well. He first looks for clues first at home and then travels to Egypt. There, he learns that foreigners from across the sea have kidnapped Orfeo; he soon enlists a crew to go and rescue Orfeo.

The Truth About Fragile Things by Regina Sirois

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Truth About Fragile Things“I’m here to forgive you. It wasn’t my idea—to forgive you. It was my dad’s.”

What has made you fragile? What event in your life left you so scarred emotionally that you could break? That feeling as if you are made of glass is terrifying for each person, always wondering when you will shatter.

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For Megan Riddick, she carries the memory of her two-year-old self. As a toddler, she was following a butterfly when she ran out onto the road in front of an oncoming vehicle. Miraculously, a man pushed her out of the way, giving his life for hers. The guilt of his death and hers being spared still hangs on her like an albatross around her neck.

Megan is a junior in high-school and enjoys being the prize of the drama department. She loves becoming someone else. That is much easier than being herself.

The Book of Nonsense (Forbidden Books) (Volume 1) by David Michael Slater

The Book of Nonsense

Reviewed by Diane Pollock

What if you life depended on the next word you read? A fun and intriguing adventure story with just enough of a fantasy element for added interest. This series promises to be a winner!

Oldenglen (Volume I) by Robin Mason and Michael Mason

Oldlenglen

Reviewed by Teri Davis

“In the center of a small glade in a deep wood, an animal crouched, hidden within the shadow of a pillar of blood-red stone. One paw rested on the cool, rough granite. The eyes of the animal closed. It breathed quietly, its flanks rising and falling; its black nose quivered. It seemed to be listening…sensing. All around, the forest was still…The glade echoed with the sound of its fury. And with its fear…Danger was coming-they could feel it, though none but the beast from the glade knew what it was.”

Most people don’t enjoy moving to a new home and that is true for Jax. In England, Jackson who goes by the name of Jax, plays ball, has his friends from school and was enjoying life.

The Gatekeeper’s Son (Book 1) by C. R. Fladmark

The Gatekeeper's Son

Reviewed by Book Bug

On Junya Thompson’s (James) 16th birthday, his wealthy grandfather announces Junya to be heir to his company.

Junya is surprised as well as flattered to one day being chairman and sole shareholder to The Thompson Group of Companies.

That’s only in the event of his grandfather’s death or illness. Coincidentally, his grandfather suffers a heart attack right after the nnouncement.

Junya soon meets a girl around his age. He’s instantly fascinated with her.

Running by S. Bryce

Running


Reviewed by Douglas Cobb

Running by S. Bryce is an intense, page-turning novel set in 1983 about a teenage girl, Kate, 16, who finds herself on the streets with her younger brother, Tosh, 8, and six-year-old sister, Ellie, after her mother abandons them. She and her siblings are taken in by a shady alcoholic man named Mannis and they live in a drafty, derelict “bungalow” that had been a warehouse or factory at one time. Their future outlook is far from being safe and secure, and Kate, Tosh, and Ellie live in fear from many dangers, like a mysterious person they know as the “woodcutter.”

Life is hard for Kate, Tosh and Ellie in the small town of Medswell. She relates in Running that, when they first arrived at the bungalow, Mannis wrenched the gold-plated chain Kate had about her neck. He had told them they could just stay a “couple of nights” adding “You’re not my responsibility.”

Knights of the Withering Flame (A Saga of Sword and Stone, Book 1) by Kyle R. Zeller

Knights of the Withering Flame

Reviewed by Timea Barabas
Knights of the Withering Flame is the start of a magical story named A Saga of Sword and Stone by Kyle R. Zeller. It is a book deeply rooted in Arthurian legends, but the branches of the tree flower a fresh perspective. In a way, it is a sequel to King Arthur’s story. It sheds light on what happened to him, and Zeller cautiously weaves together those mythological times with our modern days.

This fantasy adventure novel centers on a 15-year-old teenager named Garith and his unique early graduation. Although he starts out as an average boy, who leads a pretty troubled family life, he escapes into a magical realm where he is far more than average. Kyle R. Zeller draws an interesting parallel between the troubled family life of Garith and the turmoil in the magical realm he enters. While this realm is foreign both to our main characters and our readers, it is still vaguely familiar. The inhabitants and the magical elements that build it are inspired from other fantasy worlds, but they are unique enough to stand on their own. So, there is a sense of a warm welcoming feel despite the chilly dangers lurking in the shadows. Basically, it is about the eternal war between the shadows and the light. But, this confrontation is set on many planes, both geographical ones – where the armies of the two sides fight – and immaterial ones – where invisible forces battle on the field of human conscience.

Ahoy Gum Drop! by Miss Mae (Audible Version)

Ahoy Gum Drop

Reviewed by Inishowen Cailín

‘What if -? What if you no longer could find your favorite chocolate in your candy store? What if the store informed you they may never get in a new shipment? Imagine the horror, the chaos, the wailing and gnashing of teeth, not to mention your impending foul-mood. And then imagine this scenario happening on a worldwide scale! What can be the problem? What can be the solution? It’s up to the brave (?) adventurer, Sir O. Yuri Wiseguy-eh and his mishaps from Gum Drop Island to boldly (double ?) go where no one has gone before. Yes, they must enter the realm of the forbidding and humuggity shrouded land called Moldy Corners. The next question, dear readers, is – can what happens in Moldy Corners affect you?’
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