Category: Young Adult & Middle Grade

The Aurora Antidote | Critical Book Review

Ela Hugh’s inaugural work, The Aurora Antidote, plunges readers into a realm of unknowns. Protagonist Dylan Dubois, grappling with the aftermath of a house fire, her sister’s coma, and enigmatic dreams, embarks on a quest through her mother’s cryptic past. Teaming up with shady characters, she delves into family secrets, desperately seeking to alter her…

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Not My Fault | Critical Book Review

In the realm of YA novels, SB Frasca’s “Not My Fault” unfolds as a sparkling tale of a quirky, endearing teen navigating the intricate path of social justice through the lens of art. A Mosaic of Adolescent Emotions Told through the lively voice of tenth-grader Hy, the narrative captures the rollercoaster of teenage emotions –…

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The Red Rebel Extravaganza | Critical Book Review

Welcome to the empire of Aerimora, where Angela Kay’s The Red Rebel Extravaganza unfolds an enchanted circus of mayhem and mystery. The invitation to The Red Game, presented as a miniature carousel in Cape Solera, beckons readers into a world where traditional horses and jewel-tone unicorns gallop in a circular pattern, accompanied by a haunting…

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Drifters Realm | Critical Book Review

In the enchanting world of Drifters Realm crafted by Annemarie Mazotti Gouveia, young readers are thrust into a magical adventure with twelve-year-old twins Roe and Ori, accompanied by their older brother Theo. Unraveling the Threads of Turmoil Roe, a Life Giver with healing prowess, finds herself entangled in a web of chaos when bestowed with…

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The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen 3 | Critical Book Review

Will you be a nightlifer or a daylifer? In “The Boring Days and Awesome Nights of Roy Winklesteen 3,” Sally Dill spins a tale that not only has children yearning for midnight escapades but also prompts parents to check under their kids’ pillows for any unexpected adventures. Normalcy Meets High-Stakes Hijinks Forgettable to Superhero? Charles…

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The Watchers | Critical Book Review

In Jo Sisk-Purvis’s “The Watchers,” the realm of Young Adult fantasy unfolds with a tantalizing narrative and commendable character evolution. Delving into the pages of this indie novel, readers find themselves immersed in a world where secrets, powers, and uncertainties reign. The Enigmatic World of Alesea Alesea, our young and unsuspecting protagonist, finds herself thrust…

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The Exploding Experiment (The Adventures of the Flash Gang, 1) | Critical Book Review

IndieBookView’s Warren Maxwell takes on The Exploding Experiment, the first installment in The Adventures of the Flash Gang series by M.M. Downing & S.J. Waugh. A Gritty Plunge into the Past In this series debut, Downing and Waugh plunge readers into the gritty underworld of depression-era Pittsburgh. The Adventures of the Flash Gang Episode One:…

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Cryo | Critical Book Review

Blake Fisher’s Cryo takes readers on a chilling journey into a seemingly tranquil society, concealing dark and haunting secrets. Lindsay Crandall dives into the depths of this indie sci-fi novel, offering her take on the intriguing narrative. Unfreezing the Plot: An Impressive Start Cryo emerges as an impressive kick-off to what promises to be a…

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In Search of Rohan Chang | Critical Book Review

“In Search of Rohan Chang” by Lincoln Lee ventures into the realm of daring romanticization, pitting the forces of Good against Evil. Timothy Thomas explores the intricacies of this indie YA fantasy, shedding light on its bold approach. A Lost Protagonist and Unearthed Powers Rohan Chang, a 17-year-old Asian American, grapples with parental expectations and…

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Rebellium (The Aether Chronicles) | Critical Book Review

Rebellium, the brainchild of AJ Wolfe, weaves a spellbinding tale that revolves around an orphan’s quest to dismantle a corrupt regime using her extraordinary powers. In this indie fantasy novel, Alexandria Ducksworth unravels the enchantment that lies within the pages. A Dystopian Tapestry Welcome to Araedia, a land fractured into four distinct sectors. President Vayne…

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