Cake Pop Crush

Cake Pop Crush by Suzanne Nelson Reviewed by Clover Brooks Amazon Rating: 4.5/5 Warnings: None Alicia Ramirez has always loved baking. Her family owns Say It With Flour, the small bakery in town. And Ali’s specialties are cake pops: delicious confections on a stick. But Ali’s sweet life turns sour when a sleek coffee shop…

The City of Ashes

The City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare Reviewed by Clover Brooks Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 WARNINGS: Swearing, Incest, Mentions of Blood and Alcohol Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and…

The Whispering Skull

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) by Jonathan Stroud Reviewed by Clover Brooks Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 WARNINGS: Violence, Murder, Mentions of Blood and death In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his…

Farworld: Air Keep

Farworld: Air Keep by Jay Scott Savage Reviewed by K. Cushing Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 Content Warnings: None It’s been six months since Marcus and Kyja obtained the help of the land and water elementals, but before they can secure the help from the mysterious air elementals, the two friends must first be reunited, a task…

City of Bones

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare Reviewed by Clover Brooks Amazon Rating: 4.4/5 Content Warnings: Swearing, mentions of alcohol When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos…

Farworld: Land Keep

Farworld: Land Keep by Jay Scott Savage Reviewed by K. Cushing Amazon Rating: 4.8/5 Content Warnings: None Four mythical Elementals- Water, Land, Air, and Fire- have the power to save two worlds, Earth and Farworld, from a common enemy: the Dark Circle. In book one, Water Keep, Marcus, a disabled boy from Earth, and Kyja,…

The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud Submitted by Clover Brooks Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 Warnings: Violence, Murder, Mentions of Blood, Suicide, and Ghosts When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in… For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of…

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

By Clover Brooks Camp NaNoWriMo is a great program that I highly recommend if you want to get your book down quickly! Like NaNoWriMo (an event that happens every November), you commit to writing your novel in 30 days. Except, the one thing that separates Camp NaNoWriMo from the original is the lack of real…

Castle Hangnail

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon Reviewed by Sada Wright Amazon Rating: 4.9/5 Content Warnings: None When Molly shows up on Castle Hangnail’s doorstep to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the castle’s minions are understandably dubious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite polite. (The minions are used…

What Do Publishers Look for?

Advice given by Emma Nelson at UVU Teen Writing Camp, 6/9/17 Notes Taken and Arranged by Clover Brooks I’m almost positive this question has passed through many authors minds – including my own.  We as writers try our hardest to write the best books we can, but what if we get to the end and no…