Reviews / June 14, 2017

by Scott Reintgen Young Emmett certainly isn’t one of the winner in the lottery of life. His mother is very ill, his father works himself tired to provide for his family and pay the medical bills. So when Emmet it approached by Babel, a powerful corporation, and is offered money beyond his wildest dreams, and the chance to change his family’s long dark history, he jumps at the opportunity, even through there are signs that Babel is hiding important information. Stuck on a spaceship with other boys and girls just like him, they are forced to fight for points. In the end, only eight of them will go to the planet Eden and change their fates, the other two are to be send back home as losers. But as the days pass, he can’t help to question Babel’s intentions and hidden agenda. Something isn’t quite like it should. Nyxia is a fast paced, action-filled novel that captures your attention from the first line. It draws you in and it’s hard to let go. The cast is by far the most ethnically diverse I’ve seen in YA, and I love how it features people from all around the world. I also…

The Corner Office
Reviews / June 4, 2017

by Katerina Baker In the Corner Office we follow Tara, a hard-working woman in the run for a well-deserved promotion. In her way stands a man who’s not afraid to throw her under the bus if he needs to. The two of them have been fighting for over fifteen years and Tara can’t wait to put him in his place and get the promotion they both want. But an unexpected love-affair with a new coworker turns into something more sinister and changes everything. The Corner Office is marketed as a contemporary romance, and I suppose that’s when I usually turn away and choose to read something else. I’m not a fan of contemporary, and especially romance novels tend to make me want to roll my eyes and hide somewhere. But I liked the premise of this novel despite it all, and I am truly happy that I took the chance to read it. Underneath the romance is an exciting plot that made me eager to turn the page, and before I knew it the book was finished. The writing is solid and the pacing is fast and constantly intriguing. I love the fact that it’s written in first person, this…

The Supes
Reviews / April 10, 2017

by Matthew Pritt In The Supes we follow the son of a world renowned Super who can turn himself invisible. But Slip Stephenson doesn’t come near his father’s super power, and all he can do is to turn himself completely black. Totally the lamest super power of all time. Slip is a student at the School for Underage Power Enhancement and Refinement (SUPER), and after years of failing his Super-exam (cause what use can turning black really be) he is now on his last year. Either he must pass the test or he will have to live his life as a regular civilian. Slip does not want to be “normal”, but how can he pass the test with his lame super power? Slip and his fellow classmates, who are in the same position, has to work together as a team and make the best of their useless super powers if they are to make it in the Super world. I found the premise of this novel to be quite intriguing even though I’ve already had my share of superhero novels. I thought it was impossible to make something new in this genre, and it was with a lot of skepticism…

Wizard’s Key
Reviews / April 3, 2017

by Mitch Reinhardt In Wizard’s Key, which is the first book in The Darkwolf Saga, we get to know a boy named Geoff. Geoff is a bit different and he’s bullied at school. When his bully Sawyer one day stops by Geoff’s house to return a book he stole from him at school, the two boys sneak in to Geoff’s father office. Here they find a strange key, which Geoff accidentally activates, and an archway appears in the office. A girl Geoff knows arrives at the house just when Geoff is being sucked into the archway, and in an attempt to save him the three kids get sucked into the archway and ends up in a strange new world. Their new world is filled with dangers and all the three kids want to do is return home, something that turns out to be much more difficult than one can imagine. Not only does this new world lie on the brink of war, the kids are also stalked by a mysterious creature that will stop at nothing to end their journey. Overall, I found this book to be really enjoyable. I was sucked in to the story and I wanted to…

4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace
Reviews / January 11, 2017

by Johan Twiss Having read the novel SIM 299 by the same author and really loved it, I was intrigued to see he had released another novel. I couldn’t wait to get started even though this was a bit different than the previous novel. In 4 Years Trapped in My Mind we follow Aaron, a young boy with a rare form of meningitis. He is paralyzed from head to toe and everyone thinks he’s unable to see or hear what goes on around him. His parents have sent him to be cared for in a sort of retirement home where he spends his days trying to cope with the fact he’s trapped in his own body without any way to communicate. That is until he receives a roommate, an elderly jazz-musician with dementia who for some reason can hear his thoughts. The reader gets to tag along as Aaron learns more about his new friend Solomon’s exciting life and as Aaron begins to break free from his prison. This story is as much a story of growing up as it is of what life is all about. It’s heartbreaking to imagine what kind of life Aaron must have had before…

In Truth & Ashes
Reviews / December 29, 2016

by Nicole Luiken The final installment of the Otherselves series and it mostly takes place in the True World where we meet Belinda. Belinda is from a First Family, basically royalty in the True World. She is to be bonded with a boy chosen by her family. But the bonding process goes terribly wrong and it’s reveal that Belinda is already bonded, something that could only have happened during the time she was kidnapped as a child by Malachi. She sets out to get revenge and brings along her childhood friend Damian. This third novel in the series is probably the best one if you ask me. I love how a lot of things a put in to place like a puzzle here and things are explained and explored in both the True World but also the four mirror worlds. Belinda’s otherselves are always there in the background and even if their original quests differ they all come to work together to achieve the same goal in the end. It’s easy to see why the third novel is the best one and in my opinion it’s mostly because it focuses on the same world almost the entire time. This provides…

Amid Wind & Stone
Reviews / December 29, 2016

by Nicole Luiken This is the second book in the Otherselves series and I received this novel in exchange for an honest review. In the first book, Leah lost her soul mate Gideon and fought together with her otherself Holly to protect Gideon’s otherself from the same fate. They managed to save Ryan on water world and now the time has come to the two other mirror worlds, air and stone. Here we are introduced to Dorotea from Stone and Audrey from Air. War is coming to Audrey’s city and an angry Goddess in threatening to destroy Dorotea’s home. As if this wasn’t enough, now they have to learn about the mirror worlds and help save a soul mate they haven’t even met yet. As I started this book my first thought was that the transfer from Leah and her world to the new worlds wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. It felt a bit rushed and somehow these new worlds and new characters were pushed upon me and I wasn’t sure what was happening. I wanted to continue the story from the first novel, but I got stuck with something completely new with nothing leading back to…

Through Fire and Sea
Reviews / December 29, 2016

by Nicole Luiken In this book we begin by following a girl named Leah and her life in a world full of volcanoes and dukes who can talk to them. Leah is the illegitimate child of one of these dukes and is forced by her father to impersonate his “real” daughter and leave to be an apprentice with a woman called Qeturah.  Here Leah finds out about the true world and the four mirror worlds – fire, water, stone and air. With Qeturah’s guidance Leah learns to call her otherself, Holly, on water world. When Leah finds her soul mate in the son of a volcano lord, she does what she can to help Qeturah save him from a dangerous curse.  But as Leah learns of Qeturah’s true objective she has to work with her otherself Holly to prevent the mirror worlds from shattering. When beginning to read this book I was instantly drawn to Leah and the world she lived in. It was interesting and written beautifully and I couldn’t put the book down. I loved learning about Leah’s life and her struggle with her father, whom she had been looking at from a distance for so many years,…

Reviews / November 17, 2016

by Sharon M. Johnston Shattered is the second book in the Open Heart series by Sharon M. Johnston. I really enjoyed the first book in the series (Divided) and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. In this book the main character, Misha, is on a quest to find and rescue them before their evil twin kills them. A quest that by no means is as easy as I might sound. During this time we also get to follow Misha and her relationship with Ryder in more detail since half of the book is written from Ryder’s point of view. After reading Shattered I do wish I had read the first book again before starting the sequel. I found myself feeling a bit lost and I didn’t recognize the characters even though this book basically picks up right where the first one ends. I do think it would have been much different had I read Divided again. The book is very well written, and just like Divided, this book is full of surprises and twists. You can never guess what will happen next and I love it. I did struggle a bit with keeping Misha’s and Ryder’s POV…

Reviews / August 29, 2016

by Ryan O’Sullivan & Plaid Klaus Turncoat is a somewhat humoristic riff of some of our most well known superheroes.  They are not exactly mentioned by name in this comic, but it isn’t hard to find characters that resemble Batman, Superman etc. This story is about a man called Duke, he’s part of a group of superhero assassins. Duke however really sucks at his job, but being completely unaware of this, he sets out to kill one of the biggest superheroes in the world. Kind of makes up for a great plot there. This comic has a lot of humor to it, but at the same time you can’t really say that the art is particularly “child friendly”. There is a lot of blood and a lot of splasher-like deaths and injuries pictured here, still done in a comic way though so no need to be grossed out. I think the art it amazing, not to mention the wonderful cover, and the plot is original and fun. The characters are well developed and you will find loads of twists and turns you probably didn’t see coming. This comic has everything a comic need and all pieces are placed exactly in…