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Book Review: “Atlantic Island” by Fredric Shernoff

Book Review: “Atlantic Island” by Fredric Shernoff

Theo and his friends are just teenagers who want to spend a weekend at the Jersey Shore. Their biggest concern is how to talk to girls, assuming they even get one to notice them. They’re not scholars, just average Joes, looking forward to their final year of high school. When a car full of cute girls passes them on the highway they can only hope to run into them again. The boys can’t believe their luck when they and the girls all end up at the same pizza joint for dinner. Then, while walking and enjoying the evening air the whole world changes. A huge storm rolls over the island and the friends will soon find out that Atlantic City is now just an island with no other land or civilization in sight. This group will have to grow up fast as a vicious dictator takes over and Theo suddenly finds himself leading a rebellion.

This book will draw you in fast and keep you engaged until the very end. I love that Theo and his friends are just ordinary kids. No superstars or superheroes here. No magical powers flowing through their veins. They must become creative and resourceful in order to make a life for themselves in this new reality, and they must stay true to each other. This is an alternate reality, apocalyptic story with great characters and plenty of action. The story will probably be most attractive to teens and young adults because the heroes are teenagers but there’s plenty here for readers of all ages. This is the first book in a series and does leave you with unanswered questions. There are some descriptions of violence that may not be appropriate for sensitive readers but overall a very good read.

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Book Review: “At the Sharp Edge of Lightning” by N. R. Bates

Book Review: “At the Sharp Edge of Lightning” by N. R. Bates

A complex and intriguing adventure! N. R. Bates has created a universe where four different worlds exist with little knowledge of each other. Then things start to go wrong in the Oceanlight world where the Sea Sprites live. Yalara is on a quest when she finds a Sprite village that has been destroyed and the inhabitants are either dead or have disappeared. Meanwhile, Helia, a forest Sprite from the Forestlight world, is sent to locate a Thinness, a weakening of the membrane that separates the worlds. Einion lives in the Humana world. He is a young man with hemophilia who is trying to make a life while being handicapped by his illness. Einion stumbles upon an Interface and finds himself in the past trying to save a dying girl.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially Einion. His perseverance, even in the face of death, is a good example to readers of what the human spirit is capable of. He has no superpowers, and very little to offer in the way of physical ability, but he is a fighter who wants to do the right thing. The story is clever one, with 3 separate storylines but you just know they are linked together in some way. My only problem with the story was that none of the storylines came to a conclusion at the end. This book is the first in a planned series but even so, it would have been nice for at there to be more of a coming together in the end. This would be a good pick for a teenager or young adult as the characters are all young.

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