RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    This book made me cry on public transport.... Amazing tale that felt very true to life. ~ Jennifer Hillyard , NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This book made me so restless that i finished it in one day, I can't wait for the second part! The writing is brilliant and it helped my imagination. ~ Maryam Farwa , NetGalley

  • Barrier
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    For this being book two I was a little lost but it slowly picked up and then it didn't matter if I was lost at the beginning or not! I have to say I really liked the characters and their stories! I can't wait to read book one and the many more to come after it! I will love to see if they go back to save Harriet before anyone else gets to her! I'm so ready for more!!
    5 Stars ~ Amber Carroll , NetGalley

  • Cold Fire
    James Hartley
    This was an enjoyable novel that any one who has read or studied Romeo and Juliet will be able to appreciate as well. It is so well written and weaved seamlessly the aspect of young, forbidden love that even those who have never read Romeo and Juliet will be able to understand and learn to love these characters. It's storyline design of using time travel makes history fun for those of a younger age to learn and read about. ~ Keshia Mahi-Leopoldino , NetGalley

  • Alaskan Chronicles, The
    John Hunt
    This book is written as Young Adult fiction, but is a good story and would make an excellent film. It follows the struggles of a family after society has collapsed after technology is wiped out by a solar storm. I was interested initially in how the younger members would cope, but the story draws you in quickly so that it's about how quickly the family adapts to survive. ~ Margaret Brownlie , Librarian at St Thomas More School

  • Cold Fire
    James Hartley
    After reading the first installment of this series, The Invisible Hand, I jumped at the chance to be able to read and review this installment. I was expecting a lot from this novel, since I enjoyed the first so much, and I was not disappointed! I love that it centers around another of Shakespeare’s play, but with it’s own twists and turns. I read this one in one sitting, because I just could not put it down, I was enamored!

    I loved the character development, and how easily I began to love each one. I’m a big fan of the whole boarding school aspect of the series, it brings something unique to the story. Since Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous plays (that I know of at least) it made it much more fun to read since I knew some wort of back story.

    I feel as though lover’s of Shakespeare and even people who have yet to read any would still love this series! It is told in such a way that makes you fall in love with the character’s and the story. I really feel like the younger generations would appreciate this take on the plays. I can’t wait to continue on with this series!! ~ Kris, Boston Book Reader

  • Barrier
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    Barrier by Mary Victoria Johnson was a great sequel and I couldn't put this one down either. I can't say enough great things about this series and can't wait to read what she has for us next. GREAT BOOK
    ~ Angela Borgo , Librarian at Whiting Public Library

  • Barrier
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    It wasn’t supposed to be her. Of all six teenagers trapped in the Victorian Gothic world of Boundary, Evelyn had always been the one to take the path of least resistance – not liking to question the strange, sealed world around her or wanting to rock the boat. Yet it was Evelyn who escaped Boundary instead of fierce and rebellious Penny. And it is Evelyn who now finds herself on the other side, laden with guilt and loss, and with no idea how to help the friends she left behind.

    http://www.breakawayreviewers.co.uk/Barrier%20The%20Other%20Horizons%20Trilogy%20–%20Book%20Two%20by%20Mary%20Victoria%20Johnson%20(website%2002%2009%2018).pdf

    Plunged into a very different and terrifying time and place, where no one believes her story and the world is engulfed in World War Two, Evelyn is initially placed in boarding school and then sent to a remote farm to help with the war effort. However, dark supernatural forces begin to close in, and her Boundary past catches up with her in the shape of Madon, the evil and sadistic Master of her childhood. Evelyn soon becomes embroiled in a malevolent battle over Boundary, multiple universes overlapping each other, and dark forces attempting to break through the barriers that lie between. Can she overcome her fears and self-doubt and do what she must rescue her friends?

    In Boundary, the first book in the series, the narrator and protagonist was the dynamic and engaging Penny. The focus in Barrier now shifts to Evelyn, who in Boundary was the vain, strait-laced and prudish member of the group. At first, Evelyn is perhaps less compelling a heroine to a modern audience than Penny; however, as the plot develops, this works all to the good. Unlike Penny, who is feisty and determined throughout the first novel, in this book Evelyn goes on a journey, as a character who grows and evolves as the story unfolds. Her struggles to adapt to a new world and life are believably rendered; her fears and lack of confidence in herself ring true. Some readers may find her spoiled, weak and/or irritating, while others may sympathise – either way, she is convincing as a naïve and frightened teenager out of her depth in a scary world.

    As in Boundary, the author’s skill at creating atmosphere is evident: the rural isolation of the farm, the hardship and privation of war, the sinister presence of the supernatural “Others”, a first trip to the ocean, and the gloom of city streets in wartime are all vividly depicted. The plot itself contains several twists and surprises, with interesting revelations about the villains and their motivations. At times the story can be somewhat slow and sags a little in the middle but picks up the pace towards the end with developments both dark and thrilling, cleverly setting up the cliff-hanger for the third book. A sequel recommended for Young Adult readers who have read and enjoyed the first novel in this series. ~ Arwen Evenstar, Breakaway Reviews

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    Boundary by Mary Victoria Johnson had me hooked from the very start. I can't wait for the next book to come out. The characters were interesting and so was the plot. This is a must read for all great storytelling. ~ Angela Borgo, Librarian at Whiting Public Library

  • Hospital High
    Mimi Thebo
    Coco had me captivated throughout. I sympathised with her, longed for her to get better, and at one point where I had lost my own voice, totally felt her pain. A good read but somewhat wordy! ~ Rikkie Louise, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This was one of the greatest books I've read all year long. Penny and her friends that she grew up with in the house under the care of Beutrix, and The Master was a plot that I could not put down. I read this book in a few hours today. I didn't even want to stop for restroom breaks!! The challenge put upon Penny and the others was a wonderfully imaginative storyline. Fantasy to the fullest! I don't want to give the story away for anyone who should want to read it but I must say the ending was a twist I did not expect. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!! Great Read.... ~ Erin Ballinger, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    This is the first book in (what will eventually become) a trilogy. The tone of this novel is very dark and dreary and suits the atmosphere of the novel very well. The author made the children very believable characters who were all very easy to empathize and connect with on many different levels. The story moved forward at a decent pace and kept my interested in the plot from beginning to end.

    One of the most appealing aspects of this novel for me was the setting. I am a huge fan of Victorian novels and love to be immersed in the period in any way possible. I feel that this novel will leave readers wanting more and I am eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this series and cannot wait when it comes out later next year. ~ Sarah K, NetGalley

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    First of all, the cover is perfect! It made me want to read this book.
    The story was very original, I have never really read something like this.
    Very well written, I read it in like two days, couldnt put it down! And with me that's a good thing because I usually take my time with books. Thankyou for giving met the opportunity to read this amazing book, I really enjoyed it! ~ Eva Rian VR, NetGalley

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn

    starsExciting YA supernatural novel
    ByJames Hartleyon 6 August 2018
    Format: Paperback
    This is a paranormal YA novel about a fourteen-year old girl called Tatiana who finds herself coming into contact with supernatural forces linked to a family portrait.
    As she and her friend Marcus get more and more deeply embroiled in the mystery, their adventure takes them to Paris where we get a whistle-stop, exciting tour of the Louvre, the catacombs and even the Eiffel Tower.
    We find out how Tatiana's family history is linked to the French Revolution and get up close and personal with the people and flavour of the times, including the good old guillotine itself.
    The author's personal story is almost as interesting as Tatiana's: she has trained and worked as a sensitive at the college of Psychic Studies in London and worked as a counsellor specialising in Transpersonal psychology perspectives.
    You're in good hands with this fast-moving, exciting tale.
    ~ James Hartley, Amazon / Goodreads

  • Spirit Trap, The
    Veryan Williams-Wynn
    Good read to take on holiday. Made the hair on my arms stand up.
    ByD Baylison 31 July 2018





    Format: Paperback
    The back cover of this book which I always read told me it was a ghost story so I bought it as I was looking for 3 books to take on holiday. It turns out I saved the best for last. The hair on my arms actually stood up when I read some of the paragraphs and I don’t scare easily. What I didn’t know when I bought it was that it was also an adventure into the past. Glimpses of the French Revolution crop up when characters go into the past. I became as involved with those characters as I was with the ones in the present. The writer keeps the suspense building so I was never sure what was going to happen next. This was exactly what I wanted for my holiday and I ended up passing the book to other family members including my teenage daughter who also loved it which was a refreshing change from seeing her eyes stuck to her mobile.
    ~ D Baylis, Amazon

  • Boundary
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    A must read! This book was extremely well written, when you realize that Mary wrote this when she was 14, WOW! It was very much a page-turner, wanting to find out more about the Boundary and the Master. Leaving you with suspense and wanting more details on how the children came to be there in the first place. Looking forward to Book 2. ~ Melanie Laing , NetGalley

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy

    The plot is great and well developed. The style of writing is simple, easy to understand and follow. Steve Conoboy takes a leap into a new and dark world, using a descriptive and gothic style that pulled me in from the very beginning. The main characters are well developed and explored. In general, a refreshing plot with interesting and peculiar characters. I recommend this book to fans of middle-grade horror stories.



    ~ Andreia Nuno , NetGalley

  • Graveyard Visible, A
    Steve Conoboy
    What looks like an odd, quirky mystical read on the surface unfolds into that and far more, like a dismantled creeping skeleton reassembling as it reanimates. Claustrophobic with much left to the reader's imagination and assumptions, Steve Conoboy's book pairs a steady dry-mouth dread of the supernatural with all too universal themes of childhood pains and fears. The characters are sketched out in a way that they take on the shape and appearance of similar figures from your own experience, making the confusion and hurtle towards the finish line personal, deeper, and--yes oh yes--creepier. Genre diehards will enjoy A Graveyard Visible, as will entry-level spooky tale readers.

    ~ Host Irt, NetGalley

  • Last Stop, The
    Michael H. Burnam
    This is a very enjoyable book by a new author, Michael H. Burnham. Staying away from the current trend in young adult books of constant killing and general morbidity he has provided a story of hope and morality. At times reading this book I was reminded of Rama, a series of books by Arthur C. Clarke. With the ultra smart aliens and the tests to find them worthy or not.
    The story focuses on four children who end up being chosen by aliens who having discovered everything there is to know in the universe have lost both the ability to evolve, or change and with it the will to live. The children, well teenagers are your average school kids not super smart nerds who would normally find themselves in this sort of situation in books. The story flows at an enjoyable pace, not seeming rushed or like its rushing through things.
    This book does feel like a prelude for things to come and I look forward to seeing what developments to the story come from future books.
    Overall I would recommend this to sci-fi lovers wanting something not to heavy, or for teenagers who are getting into the genre and already enjoy sentai tropes like power rangers or other suited types. ~ Kyle Davis (Grims Reviews Blod), https://grimsreviewsblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/9-the-last-stop/

  • Barrier
    Mary Victoria Johnson
    . This was a great book in the same tone as the first. I love this series and can't wait until number 3. ~ Felicia Allen , NetGalley

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