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The Chase (Bradley Caffee)

4 Stars  Perform, or wake up in a new body.   Earth's one world government has had a hard time making all of its people agree on laws. Only one law a year can be changed, and...

The Crescent Stone (Matt Mikalatos)

Five Stars   This was one of the most interesting YA fantasies I've ever read! Matt Mikalatos has combined the tropes of high fantasy with present-day life of teenagers in real trouble. Madeline is dying of...

LAUNCH (Jason C. Joyner)

Five Stars Launch: Rise of the Anointed, a superhero novel by Jason Joyner, is filled with appealing sixteen-year-olds. Two of them, Demarcus Bartlett and Lily Beausoliel, are at crisis points in their lives even...

SPARK (J. M. Hackman)

Four Stars  This is how the first paragraph of the blurb for the book reads: Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have...

Starfire (Stuart Vaughn Stockton)

4 ½  stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ In Stockton’s Galactic Lore world, the planet in question is inhabited by various species of sapient dinosaurs. In fact, they are the only sapient species group on the planet. Rathe, born into...

Rhats! (Kerry Nietz)

4 ½ stars  Frohic needs to make it home, ideally without being killed in some unpleasant way. He's a muto (or rhat), a small, rodent-like species that has a...

Forged in Steel: An Underworld Mythos Novel (The Crucible, Book One) (H.A. Titus)

3.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 Forged In Steel opens with a taut, stylistic first-person narrative that moves at a pleasingly fast pace. From there, things transition immediately to a gritty, action-oriented story, with an urban fantasy plot based...

THE KING’S TRIAL by M. L. Farb

  Five Stars   Yosyph is a developmentally disabled, mixed-race man who is mute--in public--in this high fantasy abounding in metaphors about following God's guidance instead of one's own understanding. In private, Yosyph works with his...

The Place of Voices (TimeDrifter Series, Book One) (Lauren Lynch)

5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Place of Voices is a Christian coming-of-age fantasy in the tradition of C.S. Lewis. Three young characters, widely separated by time and space are miraculously brought together by divine intervention. In their...

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