Category: Young Adult

Donise Sheppard “The Altered: Subsist”

the-altered-book-coverThe action starts immediately in Donise Sheppard’s The Altered: Subsist as Katherine and her sister Izzy fend for themselves in the cold woods. It’s a regular day, hiding from the Altered – those who have been captured, tagged and chipped to make them more compliant. Yes, this is a YA dystopian story.

There are a series of flashbacks, chapters taking you to how the girls first grew up with their mother before the government took her away before the young girls escaped with the packs of food and supplies their mother prepared for them. She knew. There were volunteer days, a chance to step right up and be Altered, but it wasn’t enough. The government wanted more people, so the process became mandatory. Can’t have people making wrong decisions……………..

The Altered came out in April of 2016 and is 214 pages, 4488 on my Kindle Fire. It’s a steady read with a moderate pace leading to a more frenzied ending as the girls meet others who have avoided being Altered and wish to live without the change. Available for $2.99 it is also Free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Three Stars

Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr “The Magician’s Workshop”

the-magicians-workshop-coverAuthors Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr released The Magician’s Workshop (Volume One) on November 8, 2016 – published by Wondertale. The book runs 247 pages, a little less than 4000 units on my Kindle Fire.

This is a well-written, whimsical young adult tale where everyone has magical abilities. There is more than enough here to get readers hooked. As the author’s put it:

Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop.

Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.

Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.

Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.


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