Category Archives: Book Reviews

ICYMI: Did You See the 5-Star Review for Forlorn!

3D ForlornForlorn, the young adult fantasy series, has a wonderful five-star review! In case you missed it, here is what the reviewer had to say about the start to this young adult fantasy series!  We’re so proud of this book!

If you’re into Angels and Demons this is the book for you. This story is about Grace Fortune and Jared Lorn. Grace goes through something tragic when she was very young and if not for her Guardian Angel she would have been dead. As a result of her interaction with her Guardian she is able to hear the Angel’s Song. This comes in handy when the school is attacked at lunch time, because of this she gets to know Jared Lorn who turns out to be more than just the hot mysterious guy at school. Together with some friends they battle for more than just each other, they battle for humanity. Can’t wait to read the next installment.

Playing By Heart Earns More Rave Reviews!

Playing by Heart, a young adult historical novel by Carmela Martino, is no stranger to rave reviews. Since its release in September 2017, the book has maintained a 4.9 star rating on Amazon, has received the Catholic Guild’s Seal of Approval, and has won several awards. Now, YA Books Central Review gave the book another thumbs-up with a review that calls it “a pleasure to read.”

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The novel was also reviewed in the February issue of  the Italian Catholic
Federation Bollettino. [Page 7] The reviewer, Vince Piro, said that Martino “[fills] her novel with a page turning plot, relatable and engaging characters, and descriptions of Italy and court life that fill the reader’s imagination.”

Congratulations to Carmela Martino for penning this extraordinary novel!

 

5-Star Review for Forsaken by Gina Detwiler

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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite5star-shiny-web

Grace Fortune knows that her boyfriend is dead and she watched him die, but then she continues to hear his voice. Is she going nuts or did he really die? How about the boy who walks and acts like him, the boy who seems connected with the homeless man that Grace suspects to be her father? Grace has many questions about Jared Lorn’s death and as she and her friends begin to investigate, they are plunged into a world filled with mystery and darkness — Silo City. Grace is caught up in a web of conspiracy involving her mother, the boyfriend who died, and a rock star called Lester Crow. It’s a world where nothing is as it seems and where darkness lurks at every turn. When her life is in the gravest danger, Grace finds revelations that are mind-blowing.

Forsaken is the second book in the Forlorn Series by Gina Detwiler, an interesting paranormal tale with dark themes and romance. Gina Detwiler is a great writer with a gift for plot and character. Her characters are real and she does an impeccable job in exploring their hearts. The author allows readers to feel the conflict in the characters. The prose is highly descriptive, and while it offers vivid images of the setting to readers, it gives a clear view of characterization and the action taking place. For instance, when Grace talks about Ollie, she describes him as “a tuba player for the school orchestra. He’s kind of shaped like a tuba, rounded and flaring in all the wrong places, with a mop of shaggy hair that sticks up every which way, like he’s been recently electrocuted.” The prose itself is enjoyable, the writing deft and balanced. Forsaken is a great story for readers who love emotionally rich stories with quick action and a powerful conflict. A gripping tale that features supernatural powers colliding with each other.

The Rainbow With Dull Colors by J.J. Johnston Earns 2 5-star Reviews!

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The Rainbow with Dull Colors’ speaks to the ‘Archie’ in all of us. Despite his sad self-image (compared to what he sees in his peers) he stumbles on the path to finding real joy in the way God made him. JJ Johnston shares that map through this ‘colorful’ story of self discovery. And just like with Archie, the rainbow with dull colors, God, in His Mercy, wants to show us exactly how special we are, too. ~Foundation of Jesus The Divine Mercy


The Rainbow with Dull Colors by J.J. Johnston is a beautiful little book that teaches children the importance of having confidence in how valuable they are to God, no matter what they look like or whether they are different from other children. Archie, a self-conscious rainbow up in heaven, is sad because he has very dull colors. The others glow brightly and are sure they are better suited to God’s work. They pick on him and laugh at him. God takes Archie on a tour of the world and explains that He doesn’t always use flashy things to speak to people. After comforting Archie, he explains that Archie was made this way deliberately for a reason and then He gives him a special mission.

What a charming book! With lovely illustrations that capture every emotion the rainbows are feeling and that children can sympathize with, The Rainbow with Dull Colors stood out to me as an excellent children’s book. Without being heavy-handed, J.J. Johnston builds a solid explanation for how God cares for those who feel underrated, in friendly language kids can understand. The parallel between Archie being discounted by other rainbows up in heaven and his mission, a shy little girl who is being picked on at school on earth, teaches kids in a nutshell that God understands—He isn’t remote. He sees everything and He cares. The message that God wants us to be proud of our individuality, even if it seems we don’t have what someone else does, is a great focus for the story. Archie tries to be someone he isn’t, but only by doing what God has required of him does he find true happiness.~Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite