Book Reviews

The Button Girl | Book Review

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

The Button Girl | Book Review

You NEED this book in your life.

Repentance Atwater is a headstrong girl with a resolute spirit and a plan… and she will enact that plan no matter who she hurts. Because of this, I had a hard time with this story at the beginning. I understood Repentance’s reasoning for her goal, and I certainly related with her stubborn determination, but I was angered by the way she refused to see beyond her nose. However, her growth through that selfishness to learn how actions have consequences that ripple out beyond just ourselves is one of the main themes of the story. It is what makes The Button Girl an excellent fantasy dystopian novel.

As with the character of Sara in Jim Henson’s movie Labyrinth, I was frustrated with Repentance through the first part of the novel. However, the author is a friend of mine, so I kept reading. I am very glad that I did because, again as with Sara in Labyrinth, The Button Girl shows how Repentance grows from short-sighted girl to a compassionate and generous young woman. By the half-way mark I was totally emotionally invested, and by the end I was an emotional wreck. I enjoyed this novel so thoroughly that I plan to buy a paper version (instead of reading it on my reading device) so I can display it on my bookshelf in my hall of favorites. I am confident you will enjoy this novel just as much.

Do yourself a favor – skip the digital version and buy the paperback one first.

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Review by Avily Jerome, Editor of Havok Magazine | Healer’s Rune

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

Review by Avily Jerome, Editor of Havok Magazine | Healer’s Rune

“Every now and then I actually get to sit and read and when I do, I really appreciate it when the story I’m reading is worth the time I spend on it. Such was the case when I got to read The Healer’s Rune, by Lauricia Matuska.”

– Avily Jerome, Editor of Havok Magazine

Read the entire review on her webpage.

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Last summer, at the AP Lit. Conference in Austin, the teacher sitting next to me was reading this book.  I have been searching for it ever since, and finally had my local mom-and-pop bookstore order it for me.  It was so worth the trouble!

This contemporary novel falls under the genre of magical realism.  It is a tightly structured, well told story about a computer programmer fan of fantasy fiction, people who love books, Google, and the quest for immortality.  I can’t tell you anything else, or it will give everything away, but I can add this:  the cover glows in the dark!  That’s not just a marketing gimmick, either, but an excellent visual of one of the story’s major components. But wait… I’ve said too much.

This story was one of those that I’m still thinking about after I’ve put it down.  It satisfied my longing for a story I could fall into and love, which is hard to do lately. I highly recommend this book.

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