Posts Tagged ‘YA’

The Third Eye of Jenny Crumb, by Martina Dalton

Jenny has a secret.

She’s been hiding it for years. When a boy in her English class comes down with pneumonia, Jenny pretends she didn’t know before the doctors what was ailing him. When the police are called out to a party, she pretends that she has a headache to get her underage friends out before they arrive. Jenny is psychic, and she can’t tell anyone. What would her cheer-leading squad think of her if she said something like that out loud?

But when a girl she doesn’t know goes missing from her school, the visions get a lot more intense, and a lot scarier. A sweaty man with a knife is haunting all her dreams, and he’s doing it at the worst possible times. When a blinding vision causes her to fall off the top of the human pyramid, Jenny has to admit that she has a problem, and it’s not going away.

I enjoyed this story so much I read it all in one sitting. It gets intense very quickly, and kept turning pages just to see what happened next. The writing itself is quite good, and the editing was decent as well. I felt like the characters would have used more contractions in their dialogue, but that’s such a nitpicky thing I’m still giving the book five stars. The characters seemed so natural, and handled their strange situations like real highschoolers might have. I’d recommend this book to teens or adults who like to read like teens. You’ll love it!

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The Storm Prince will be released February 1, 2014!

The Storm Prince will be released February 1, 2014!

Beriani Quintinar, the youngest son of Faerie’s High king, is brilliant, beautiful, and spoiled as only a prince of the Sidhe can be. He has committed an unforgivable sin—he has fallen in love with the half-human daughter of a traitor. When ogres conquer Avalon and execute his father, he must convince the treacherous Queen of Summer to give him troops enough to win back his homeland. But if he makes it home, what kind of king can he be when he has already committed treason?

A defiant prince of Faerie fights to retake his homeland and uphold the ideals for which his father was executed. The Storm Prince, by M. L. John, coming soon!

Review of Daughter of Mythos, By Melissa Drake

I recently finished reading “Daughter of Mythos,” by Melissa Drake. This book is a YA fantasy about a girl named Nora with a mysterious past and an uncertain future. Nora is a foster kid, but she has a bigger problem than most: whenever she gets comfortable in a new home, something terrible happens. An unseen force tears her new home apart, leaving Nora to clean up the mess. Usually, that involves moving to yet another foster home, trying to integrate into another new school, and trying to build a life with people who really don’t trust her. When it happens again, she’s off to yet another new home, but this time, something is different. The people here know she is something different. Something special.
It isn’t long before Nora has a quest before her: She will travel through a new world, be dogged my demons and wicked sorcerers, and she will be asked to perform tasks she thought impossible. Along the way, she might fall in love, she might make a new friend, and she might even die. Who knew growing up could be so uncertain?
This book was fun and fast-paced, and the beginning immediately drew me in. The story was interesting throughout, and I kept reading until I got to the end because I wanted to know what happened next. The editing was good and the plotline was easy to follow. It took me a while to read this, though. I think it was because there was a lack of depth: description, dialogue, and character. We are left to make assumptions about creatures and lands we have never seen. We are told Nora is fighting demons, but we are never really told what demons are; what they look like, sure, but not why demons are present in a world that is more Fantasyland than Hell. Mythos is beautiful and has a purple sky, but beyond that I never really got a good image of it in my head. All relationships were a little thin, a little surface-only—I never connected with anyone, even when Nora did. Because of this, emotional impacts didn’t hit as hard as one might hope, and I repeatedly put the book down. In short, this book was not true love for me, but it was true like.
I am giving this book four stars because it was entertaining and I think kids would really enjoy it. My son (who is ten) picked up my Kindle and was hooked. Mythos is a safe world for him to read with Melissa as his tour guide. I have recommended it to a few different young readers. So if you are looking for something light and good fun, you’ll like Daughter of Mythos.

To purchase, please visit Melissa Drake at Amazon:

Red Tash’s Black Friday Sale

Good morning, and happy Black Friday to you all. Is anyone interested in supporting an artist this year instead of throwing money at the consumerism dragon? My friend and fellow Urban Fantasist, Red Tash, is having a black Friday sale on some really great books. Please come take a look!

I have read her books and recommend them wholeheartedly. Here is one of my reviews of her work:

The Lens and the Looker, by Lory S. Kaufman

The Lens and the Looker, a book by Lory Kaufman, is about three teens from the 24th century. In the year 2347, humans have finally managed to create a utopian society-but they did it in the wake of some massive disaster that nearly destroyed humanity and the entire world. Enter Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln: three privileged kids who have never known anything but this perfect society. They are from a world where they are coddled by artificial intelligences that have been created with the singular directive to keep the kids safe and happy. These three kids have been spoiled to the point of downright brattiness. So to solve the problem of their unpleasant attitudes, their parents and schools decide to send them to a History Camp, which is a place where “hard cases” like them can go to learn to appreciate all they have by being immersed in the culture of a much earlier time. They’re supposed to learn how people lived in the past so they don’t recreate the mistakes of their forebears. But History Camp has never met these three. They’re not that easy to scare.
That is, until they’re kidnapped by a rogue time traveler and dropped into real medieval Italy…
If you’re thinking that this book sounds like a wild mix of science fiction genres, you would be right. Mr. Kaufman has created a genuinely original world and peopled it with realistic characters. I was fascinated by the A.Is. They were so alive that even though they looked like, oh, a balloon with a crayon face or a long-tailed satyr, they still managed to be round and believable. His description of 12th century Italy was amazing as well, so clear that it felt real. Conversely, I thought the 24th century was pretty sparsely built, but I can see why he did it that way. The kids didn’t really learn how to become alive until they were immersed in the grittiness of history.
The way Mr. Kaufman integrated the children into their Italian family was masterfully done as well. There wasn’t a lot of action in the second part of the book, but it drew me in with the layered interpersonal relationships. That being said, The Lens and the Looker took a while to get around to it (it being drawing me in.) In my opinion the book started a little slowly. About thirty pages were spent teaching the boys exactly how people made eyeglasses in ancient Italy. If you ever wondered how this feat was performed, this is the book for you. I will say the book was educational, which in my opinion is always a plus for YA reads. I recommend this book to people that are interested in history and are okay with reading a few chapters of exposition. Also, this was a super clean book. This is a safe read even for younger teens.
If you are interested in this book, Mr. Kaufman’s website is here: