“The Gifts of Happiness” is Oliver Smuhar’s thrilling sequel to his hit novel, “The Gifts of Life.” In this follow up, readers find themselves back in Everbreen and the Town of Tents with Perry, Faith, Bailey, and the rest of the crew.
Melissa Flesher’s “PERL: The Awakening” introduces readers to a special young girl named Perl. As a baby, Perl surprised a local order of monks, called the Brotherhood of the Quill, by washing ashore as a passenger on a beached whale.
“Stone Fever” is a clever blend of two civilizations in a sci-fi action adventure for young adults but I don’t think the audience is limited to that age group. It’s an action-packed journey that will be enjoyed by all age groups.
“Daniel: Family of the Lost” is Book Six in the Daniel Series by Peter Pactor. It is a novel set during the Thanksgiving season of 1929, the year of the Great Stock Market Crash.
“The Adventures of Jimmy and Andrew – Book One: American Stonehenge” by Mike Goldstein is a fun sci-fi/fantasy/mystery adventure starring a boy and his immortal dog who communicate telepathically.
“Lost on the Edge of Eternity” by Jonathan Floyd is paranormal thriller that takes readers on a ghostly adventure through high school and beyond.
“Someone’s Story” is an amazing novel by B.A. Bellec. Before I even get started I have to say it’s hard to believe this is his debut novel. I read it from cover to cover in two days. The story centers around Someone. Readers never know his name, but it’s part of the intrigue that draws you in deeper. When Someone’s father gets transferred, it’s a new city and a new school – and being the new kid definitely sucks. Someone quickly finds his own circle of friends though, a group of kids that really only fit in with each other. Everyone in the group has their own issues to deal with but it’s Someone’s journey that will keep you up reading. Someone has some mental health issues that play out during the story but not completely until the end and you’ll wonder how he gets through each day. He has a great circle of friends who support him, a loving father (with his own secret) and a great counselor he meets with often, but that doesn’t stop Someone from sinking into his own abyss.
I enjoyed “Ash Forest: and the King’s Gold” by Stephen Pratt so much and was excited to learn that it is the first book in a new fantasy series for teens. With an orphan, a couple of witches, a greedy king, a pouty prince, some knights in armor and a peasant girl and her father, Ashville becomes a village full of magic, chaos, and the ultimate battle to save the world.
The story is about thirteen-year-old Abigail, who just moved to New York City with her father. Things are very different in the city and not very friendly. The action starts when Abigail is chased by gang members on her way home one night. One by one the people living in the neighborhood close their windows and doors, ignoring Abigail’s cries for help. But wait, did that lamppost just move? And is that little boy blue? Yes, it’s Little Wade and Watchtower and together with Abigail and some other peculiar friends they work to get rid of the gang members for good through the Great Gang Trap!
“The Haunting of Cedar Hill Plantation” is the second book by Margaret J. McMaster about a girl named Phoebe Sproule. Since I read the first book in the series last year, I was excited to see what kinds of situations Phoebe would get drawn into next.
“This We Pray / Sea of People” by W. Nikola-Lisa is a tiny black and white picture book with a big colorful message.
The adventure begins when a dedicated high school English teacher performs a supernatural, spiritual ritual to help two of her students perform better in school. Both show promise but are not living up to their potential.
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