RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    This novel had a lot of charm. I will read more from this author in the future. I do recommend it. ~ Lori Simmons, A Graveyard Visible

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    I was captivated by this story and I urge others to give it a chance.
    https://rorotbd.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/arc-a-graveyard-visible-by-steve-conoboy-review/ ~ Roise Dennison, Come Here Often?

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    In The Alaskan Chronicles, Book 1, The Provider elderly Jim Richards takes us back to his teen years in Anchorage where sun flares devastate America and beyond. A shy gamer, his tale exposes us to the cruelty and surprises of the elements given modern lethargy, crime, and fundamentalism as he moves through the seasons of life with a makeshift family.

    Neighbor Bob drives the narrative with grit as the story erupts. He is just off the grid enough to keep the community a few steps ahead. Unlikely talents emerge from the group as needed including a bit of romance. The hunting scenes describing the landscape and wildlife in the countryside are particularly vivid. We can imagine the cabin fever induced during the coldest months of pioneer-like living and gain appreciation for the native people.

    A quick read, especially from Part 2, young readers will revel in the boyscout hero's encounters in wild Alaska. With an epilogue, the elderly narrator draws us into Book 2 reminding us that things will never be the same. ~ Emmy Slatni, Waterstones YA

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    The Alaskan Chronicles is an epic tale on one family’s struggle to survive in an unforgiving and unremitting landscape. This story instantly pulled me in and took me right into the wilderness. It dragged me into confrontations with wild animals and also with the seasons that were breathtaking in their realisation. The true to life writing style brings the story to life in sparkling detail and brings this epic, wild and dangerous landscape into sharp relief. It is in that accurate and beautifully descriptive detail that the strength of the storytelling shows. Vivid descriptions of a world, then a society falling apart, with all the problems that brings. Then swiftly followed by the breakdown of that society and all the flaws in human nature that brings out. When stripped of our constructs of civilisation, we must get back to nature, or die, and on her terms.
    A wonderful triumph of a story, epic and detailed, harsh and yet human, a tour-de-force of creative writing. I am really looking forward to the next instalment of Jim's adventure.
    ~ Stephen Oakes, Author

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    A modern day Swiss Family Robinson. The author imagines a scenario where solar flares wipe out all the electronics in our world. The story progresses through the first seasons spent in the wilderness, the struggles, stumbles, and triumphs. It really takes hold in the final third of the book, when outside influences occur. I don't want to give away too much of the plot. I enjoyed the story very much. The ending! Wow! Just when you thought you could see how it was going to wrap up, the author throws a huge wrench into the mix. I was very surprised! I can't wait for the next instalment!



    ~ Randal White, Randa's Booklikes

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    Honestly, this book kind of terrified me. I’m used to dystopic novels being set hundreds of years in the future, a safe arm’s length away. This book is set at just an uncomfortable distance. Pair that with the fact that the Event could possibly happen at any time, and this story gets scarier than any horror story. I really found myself getting into it. Scary realism put aside, it was really interesting following Jim and his family through this huge event, and watching them as they learn to adapt to this new way of life. I had a tense feeling in my chest throughout most of this book, thinking that there was some huge conflict just waiting around every corner. I look forward to the next book.


    ~ Bailey Randolph, Reading Rabbit Hole

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    John Hunt has a deft hand at weaving an interesting tale. ~ Anders Mikkelsen, KOEUR'S BOOK REVIEWS

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    John Hunt has a deft hand at weaving an interesting tale. ~ Anders Mikkelsen, KOEUR'S BOOK REVIEWS

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    I was first drawn to this book because of its striking cover and interesting synopsis. It's about a young boy called Caleb, who has lost his mother and lives with his pretty unresponsive, cold father. Their home backs onto the graveyard where is mother is buried and which is home to a slightly odd young girl called Misha and her grandfather.

    According to Caleb's father and grandfather his visiting and 'obsession' of the graveyard isn't healthy. But it's through this yearning to visit and study the graveyard that his dark adventure begins.

    For me personally, this is a story of profound loss. Each character is battling with their own loss and dealing with it in varied ways. It is through this loss that I really connected with Caleb and his grandfather's story. It's an interesting view point to feel that loss through a child's eyes, not only of a mother but of his uncaring father. I felt that the loss aspect really outshsdowed the 'horror' aspect. But I think that's why I enjoyed it if in honest.
    ~ Jayne Sutcliffe, NetGalley

  • Frankie & Me
    Marie Yates
    Praise for Marie Yates:
    Marie Yates is an author and coach who works with survivors of rape and sexual abuse. She brings a very special expertise in writing Reggie & Me, the first in the Dani Moore series. A thoughtful and thought-provoking work of fiction, Reggie & Me is one of those deftly written novels that lingers in the mind and memory long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library collections. ~ Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    This book is amazing. Feel like I've just been on one incredible, sometimes laugh out loud funny, always intensely moving journey & graduated from the most appalling small town American high school. ~ Lu Hersey, Twitter

  • Cold Fire
    James Hartley
    ...atmospheric, very readable, and in the best sense very educational. ~ Charles Nicholl

  • Cold Fire
    James Hartley
    Intertwines modern day mystery and introducing the writings of Shakespeare in a new and refreshing way. ~ Jennifer Henderson

  • Cold Fire
    James Hartley
    A great way to get younger teens enthralled by Shakespeare as they’ve never been before. ~ Lucy Russell

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    This is a book for teens and is very personal to the author as it is based on a true story. It is the story of Coco, who ends up in hospital after a car accident, where she suffers internal injuries including crushing her voice box. The ensuing months and years follow her struggles to regain her health, but also to see how her relationships with family and friends pan out. It is a totally uplifting tale that I will probably read again and would definitely recommend to other adults as well as to the intended audience. ~ Margaret's Reading Shelf, Edublogs

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    Review copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was so relatable and emotional. I can't think of much to say about this one, I'm still processing my feelings. Did you ever experience trauma and just want to give up? That's what this story is..it may be a hard read if you've been there.. ~ Hospital High, NetGalley

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    Have you ever been through something so severely traumatic that you didn't know or maybe didn't want to know how to come back from it? You will relate. When Coco is severely injured in a car accident and wakes up after coding in the hospital, she's mad. She wishes they'd let her go where she'd felt at peace with no pain rather than pull her back to this hell she's going through. She's touched that everyone is thinking of her and sending her cards, but not before she's upset that her friend isn't in the hospital bed next to her. Worst of all, she's horrified to learn she may not be able to ever sing again. This book is well written and full of humor but also a lot of real pain and struggle. I loved every minute of it. ~ Melinda Turner, GoodReads

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    Buckle up, because you're in for a bumpy (but great) ride! This book is a great mix of humour and darkness! It's well written and has a great writing style with a great pace! Coco was a great character and I loved spending time with her. ~ Victoria Tickle, A Novel love

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    What a great YA novel. I am always in search of books in the YA genre that do not fall into the fantasy category. It is nice to have some variety for the younger folks (or an easier read for us older ones) that has a little something different. Written in the tune of a memoir, as it is based on a true story, it follows her through dying, and then learning to relive after such a traumatic even at a young age, one that affected her talents and dreams. Some of it was gut wrenching, some was lighthearted, and all of it was enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book as a YA read for all ages. ~ Amy Wolf, NetGalley

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    A powerful, raw and honest book. ~ Gill Lewis, Twitter

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