Young Adult

Angelfyre (Destiny)

Lydan Francis (Ukiyoto Publishing)

| Reviewed by Christian Fernandez

A winner for a debut, Angelfyre (Destiny) by Lydan Francis is a wonderful meld of science fiction, dystopian, and space opera, a story with a setting in the distant future in the twenty-fifth century, a time when humanity has experienced migrations in other planets. Human beings live side-by-side with the extra-terrestrial race known as the Fel. With time, a new species occurs through the illegal splicing between humans and Fel, resulting in the hybrid called the Felsians, who are eventually treated as low-class and unwanted citizens....

Falling On The Sword

Bryan Havel (Bryan Havel)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Jack and Jill have known each other since preschool. The bond between them is so strong and Jack is confident that Jill will remain by his side until all that changes when Jill starts dating Tanner in the last year of high school. Jack and Tanner decide to play against each other in a football game in order for Jill to choose the better of the two. Which of the two will be able to win Jill’s affection?Falling on the Sword (Jack and Jill) by Bryan M Havel opens with an enticing description of North Bay Preschool and introduces readers to the cha...

Favorite Daughters

Laurel Osterkamp (Black Rose Writing)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Elyse Gibbons is raised by a single mother and language professor in Pennsylvania who instills in her great values. As an undergrad at Columbia University, she makes friends with the two most popular students on Campus — Aubrey Adam-Drake born into a powerful political family with a grandfather who was the former president, and Marina Hunt, the daughter of a famous mob lawyer. Finneas Beck is another handsome yet enigmatic character from a rich family that catches Elyse’s heart. While Elyse is drawn into the glamorous world of these characters,...

The Gray Line

B.J Cyprian (Divergent Expressions Publishing)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

Angel and Bethany are a happy couple, even if Beth’s idea of having a child is not shared by Angel. Then, just so suddenly, Angel’s life is shattered — emotionally and psychologically —when her wife, Beth, dies in a car accident. She blames herself for the loss and to heal, she joins a grief support group, but when the members of her group begin to disappear one by one and mysteriously, she and some members of the group set out to unravel the mystery. She is aware that someone is targeting members of her group. As Angel is pulled into a world o...

Death by Chaos

Renaii West ( ‎ Independently published)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Mystery, murder, and relentless drama in the campus setting are among the strong elements that elevate the entertainment in Death by Chaos by Renaii West. The narrative features four beautiful, intelligent, and gifted girls who decide to become the goddesses of the liberal arts college in Southern California — Tasha, Elizabeth, Dawn, and Miranda. They seem to enjoy everything about the life they are reinventing for themselves, even having a crush on the same guy. But everything changes when a student is murdered on campus as graduation is set t...

Hero Maker

Tom Starace (Fiddler's Bridge Press )

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Tom Starace’s Hero Maker is a page-turning novel with a young protagonist, a story that explores a young hero’s unique ability to transform the lives of ordinary people by inspiring them to become heroes. Sixteen-year-old Adam has been assailed by unusual dreams throughout his life, starting from when he was just six. He becomes conscious of his power to make heroes from ordinary people when a memory of an experience he has long forgotten, an experience that links him to someone who escaped from death comes back to him. It is the memory of him...

Saving Sophie

Debbie Schrack (Fire and Ice (Melange Books))

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Saving Sophie by Debbie Schrack is a poignant tale of romance that instantly grips readers, surprising them through every page with twists. Seventeen-year-old Gabe Hunter finds it difficult to come to grips with a car accident caused by his half-brother, Josh, an accident that killed four members of a family, leaving sixteen-year-old Sophie, the only survivor of the accident, struggling with amnesia and brain injury. Gabe accepts to tutor for his senior service and is stunned when he discovers that he will be tutoring Sophie, a National Merit S...

Quillan Creek and the Little War

Ian Hunter (Ian Hunter)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Jessie Mason is a child with a troubled history, the laughing stock at school who doesn’t find love at the children’s home. But she has a connection with her aunt that gives her a sense of home. Jessie is fascinated by history and spends a lot of time feeding her curiosity. When she accidentally discovers her mother’s Time Stone, it leads her on a terrifying path through history. She is suddenly thrust into the past, two-hundred-and-fifty years back, and into a world brimming with conflict and where she meets three quirky companions — Kes, Tip,...

Dead Cereus

Kira Seamon (Kira Seamon )

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Holly Jackson’s college scholarship is already in limbo and on top of that, she is at loggerheads with some of the most distinguished donors from the institution. Her only opportunity at redemption is now the Shellesby Scholarship that will allow her to attend the prestigious college. Holly is set to make an enthralling performance at the Night Lights Gala but portraying herself as the best choice is not the only thing she has to worry about. Her archrival is also there, and she doesn’t just have her eyes on the scholarship but also on Holly’s...

Getting By

Jaire Sims (BookBaby)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Carver Goodman is an Afro-American student who has just turned seventeen, and while he nurtures the dream of one day becoming a successful photographer, he also struggles with the perennial stuff that teenagers have to deal with —taking the ACT, handling bullies, and falling in love. While these are common experiences for teenagers navigating high school, Carver has a deeper problem to face — he thinks he is gay. As he navigates his sexuality, Carver undertakes a journey of self-discovery that is as telling as it is immersive. This beautifully...

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