‘A Blizzard of Polar Bears’ by Alice Henderson is a combination of mystery, thrills, and wildlife adventure

A Blizzard of Polar Bears by Alice Henderson It's not often that a novel can combine thrilling action with fascinating characters and a setting that is depicted so precisely that we shiver while reading about venturing out onto pack ice in Northern Canada. Alice Henderson accomplishes all that and more in "A Blizzard of Polar … Continue reading ‘A Blizzard of Polar Bears’ by Alice Henderson is a combination of mystery, thrills, and wildlife adventure

‘A Solitude of Wolverines’ by Alice Henderson combines endangered animals and nail-biting action

It's always a treat to read a really thrilling first book in a new series and know that the future will have many more such good reads in store. "A Solitude of Wolverines" by Alice Henderson is such a book, and readers will want to keep biologist Alex Carter on their radar as her upcoming … Continue reading ‘A Solitude of Wolverines’ by Alice Henderson combines endangered animals and nail-biting action

“Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

“Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic” is a set of twenty excellent short stories dealing with the terrible effects of pandemics and lockdowns on both normal and abnormal human beings — and on normal people who become abnormal as the result of attempting to cope with viral plagues. The editors, Nick … Continue reading “Lockdown”: Disgustingly Superb Short Stories

‘After Sundown’ by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a story of survival, solitude, and two lonely people who find each other

While the publicity for "After Sundown" by Linda Howard and Linda Jones emphasizes that it's a love story, it's also quite a tale of survival -- how appropriate for right now. In this novel, there is a huge CME, or coronal mass ejection, that hits Earth, causing a massive disruption of the electrical grid. Sela … Continue reading ‘After Sundown’ by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a story of survival, solitude, and two lonely people who find each other

‘The Life Below’ is the sequel to “The Final Six,” both dystopian YA scifi novels you’ll love

If you like a quick read that will keep you in suspense until the last page, pick up "The Life Below" by Alexandra Monir. If you haven't read the previous book, "The Final Six," be sure to pick it up and read it first. You'll find both books are hard to put down, as the … Continue reading ‘The Life Below’ is the sequel to “The Final Six,” both dystopian YA scifi novels you’ll love

‘Survivor Girl’ by Erin Teagan is a middle grade story which proves that survival is not just about staying alive; a student review

“Survivor Girl” by Erin Teagan is so good you will not stop reading it, and when you are done, you will want a sequel. Alison, the main character, has mixed feelings about her dad. She learns things about him that disappoint her, but she also learns aspects of herself that help her in life-threatening situations. … Continue reading ‘Survivor Girl’ by Erin Teagan is a middle grade story which proves that survival is not just about staying alive; a student review

‘The Speed of Falling Objects’ by Nancy Richardson Fischer is a survival story filled with thoughtful perspective on who we really are

"The Speed of Falling Objects" by Nancy Richardson Fischer first caught my eye because it's a young adult survival story about a girl who must survive in the Amazon after a plane crash. But while this is a thrilling story of adventure and the dangers of navigating the rainforest in Peru, it's also much more.  … Continue reading ‘The Speed of Falling Objects’ by Nancy Richardson Fischer is a survival story filled with thoughtful perspective on who we really are

‘When We Were Lost’ by Kevin Wignall is a wonderfully suspenseful survival novel

"When We Were Lost" by Kevin Wignall is a superb young adult novel about a group of teenagers in a plane crash on their way to Costa Rica. They wake up as their plane begins shaking, and while the front half of the plane breaks off and crashes down a mountain, the back half of … Continue reading ‘When We Were Lost’ by Kevin Wignall is a wonderfully suspenseful survival novel

‘Freefall’ by Jessica Barry is a thriller about the hidden strength in a mother and daughter

"Freefall" by Jessica Barry is an action-filled thriller that is about a daughter who has left home, lost her job, lost her compass, and in the process of becoming a hero is also in huge danger. While Ally is literally running for her life, her mother, halfway across the country, is mourning her daughter's supposed … Continue reading ‘Freefall’ by Jessica Barry is a thriller about the hidden strength in a mother and daughter