June 18, 2024


Uglier is an introspective young adult novel, the second in a series, following a young person’s search for identity and community.

Nicole, known as Nic, is a nonbinary high school student who has just moved to a residential school in the Oklahoma City suburbs. Nic’s life now is far different from her previous one. Here, […]


June 14, 2024

Not That Kind of Call Girl

This tale revolves around two Mexican women, each with very different lives; one who struggles with everyday problems, the other who faces grave danger.

As the story opens, Julia Navarro-Nilsson is about to take maternity leave from her job as a supervisor at a newspaper call center and is looking to hire a new employee […]


June 4, 2024


Ugly is an insightful YA novel, the first in a series, about a young woman’s struggle to find her identity.

The novel follows Nicole (“Nic”), a high school student in small-town Oklahoma frequently mistaken for a boy. Extremely shy, with only one good friend, she yearns for love while struggling with bullying and memories of […]


March 12, 2024

The Exiled Queen: A Roman Era Historical Fantasy

In this historical fantasy set in the era of the Roman Empire, Andrada, Princess of Kerta, seeks to prove she is a worthy heir to her father’s kingdom.

Andrada is the only child of King Cothelas, ruler of Kerta, one of four Dhawosian Kingdoms with a history of infighting and distrust between them, even though […]


February 5, 2024

Candlewood: A Wizard’s Heritage

Carol Louise Standley’s novel is a secondary world adventure fantasy that follows a 16-year-old farm boy who leaves the safety of his home and embarks on a dangerous journey of self-discovery where he realizes that he is destined to unite two realms at war.

Gaylen has been told all his life not to enter the […]


June 21, 2023

Extreme Vetting: A Thriller

In this timely thriller, a long-time undocumented immigrant in America finds he’s just one step from deportation no matter how long he has lived and worked in the country.

Laura Holban, an immigration attorney, is herself an immigrant from Romania. Divorced with an American-born daughter, she knows firsthand the difficulties of re-establishing a career and […]


May 16, 2023

North Queen (Crowns, Book 1)

Author Nicola Tyche introduces an engaging protagonist and expansive narrative universe in her epic fantasy North Queen.

Tyche’s first installment of a promised series opens with Norah Andell awakening in a mysterious setting with no memories of her life to that point. After then being rescued in the wilds of the Shadowlands by Alexander Rhemus, […]


February 7, 2023

Movement Makers: How Young Activists Upended the Politics of Climate Change

Growing up with an impending sense of doom from the threat to our planet, younger generations feel a deep sense of urgency around the issue of climate change. In Movement Makers, Nick Engelfried recounts the history of youth-led climate activism in the 21st century.

Engelfried divides this history into three parts: first, he examines the […]


December 27, 2022


In Dennis Batchelder’s young adult novel Oversight, a girl fights for her destiny and uncovers ancient secrets that pit her against her ally.

Connected to a group called Soul Identity by her special ancient soul line, 17-year-old Zelly is destined to become one of the organization’s overseers when she turns 19. The clandestine organization dictates […]


November 22, 2022

Moonlight Can Be Deadly (A Discount Detective Mystery #4)

Charlotte Stuart hits all the cozy mystery marks with a well-balanced blend of quirky characters, odd twists, and lively writing—adding a dollop of droll political commentary for added flavor.

Cameron Chandler likes her job as a detective for Penny-wise Investigations: Discount Detective Agency; she enjoys her co-workers, including her glamorous boss P.W. and her trivia-spouting […]