“Silent Child” by Sarah Denzil

This is a powerful, adrenaline pumping thrill ride. Sarah Denzil (nee: Sarah Dalton, young adult author) takes her readers deep into the mind of a traumatized mother that has suffered the ultimate horror. Her six year old son wandered away from school during a horrible rain that was causing the river to flood. The hectic […]

“The Long Dark Cloak” by Vicki D. Thomas

Fabulous story about a boy, his two mischievous beagles, and his cantankerous horse. This is a young adult novel and the first of a series called “Relics”. It is well written, filled with imagination and easy to read. Story line: (Contains spoilers). A young, passive boy, bullied in school, and living alone due to the […]

“The Talents of Bet” by Steven Hammond

What a fun book! Steven Hammond, once again, brings his imagination to us in this young adult novel. Innocence, turned determination, turned intensity allows this young lady to expand on and improve her talents. Hammond follows the “Rise of the Penguins” saga with this heart tugging and energy pumped novel of a young girls quick […]

“The Eye of Heaven” by Clive Cussler and Russel Blake

This is a treasure hunting adventure with an exciting ending and an appetizer of a prologue. There was obviously a good deal of research done to put this novel together. Unfortunately, I found the body of the work to be a little on the boring side, which surprised me considering the popularity of the author. […]

“The Gripping Hand” Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle

This is the hard science fiction sequel to “The Mote in God’s Eye” and is packed with suspense, tragedy, and action that includes space battles. The duo of Niven and Pournelle have brought to paper several well written novels besides these two, including Lucifer’s Hammer, Footfall, and Inferno. Unfortunately, the magic pens of the two […]

“Humans, Bow Down” by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

When two or more people collaborate on a novel, you never know who to give the credit to for the story line. This is a young adult/ science fiction work and it is outstanding. Hard to put down. I have read all the Maximum Ride books by Patterson and this novel is better than any […]

“Grace the Mace” by Tirzah Duncan

This book is packed with mental and physical struggles in medieval times. The story focuses around a hardened cynical daughter and her compassionate and caring mother. This is a 159 page novella and will grab your interest from early on. I could see how the situation depicted by the author could have conceivably happened as […]

The Fall of Shannara – The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks

What an astounding start to the end. “Sometimes the magic works” is a quote from Brooks. He should know, because he performs magic every time he touches his keyboard. I’ve now read all the Shannara novels, the Word novels, and the Landover novels and it is truly hard to find anything negative to say about […]

The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

This is a nine book young adult series that features six special kids known as ‘The Flock’, led by Max (Maximum Ride). These kids were stolen from their homes and experimented on by some pretty evil scientists and turned into mutants with Avian DNA. This made the kids special in that they had wings and […]

“The Girl Before” by JP Delaney

This book is a double mystery of sorts. Mystery number one: Were people killed? If so, who killed them? This is a psychological thriller about two different women from two different periods that rented out the same London house. Emma was first and Emma was a little flighty and free-spirited. As a rape victim, she […]