Category Archives: Young Adult

Trailer for the “Sage Alexander: Hall of Nightmares” Pilot

Trailers – I saw that this trailer for “Sage Alexander: Hall of Nightmares” had been posted on YouTube today. The synopsis of this Young Adult story:

A group of young Angelic Response Council members, each yearning to explore the boundaries of their angelic gifts, practically stumble into the Dark realm, the dominion of the Seven Princes of Hell. What started as a simple exploration quickly devolves into a fight for their lives. Inside a constantly changing structure that feeds off their growing terror, their only hope for survival rests in the hands of a missing Council member thought to be long dead.

This proposed TV series is based on the very popular Young Adult novel of the same name. I haven’t read it myself, but a granddaughter has and says it was very good. That seems to be a common consensus as the book is rated 5/5 on Amazon.

The pilot certainly looks promising. In addition to this just looking like a good story, I have the added incentive for it to be successful and picked up as a series – I know one of the young actors, Ashlea Rae.

What do you think after viewing this short trailer?


Trailer for “Perfect​”

Trailers – The movie “Perfect” premiered at SXSW a couple of days ago. The synopsis:

A boy in a cold and stark modern house, in a vaguely science fictional world, is seduced by advertisements of perfection to install implantable characteristics directly into his body. The implants heal his dark, twisted visions, but come with a corporeal cost. He persists on applying them, hoping to reach perfection, but ultimately he discovers that purity of mind is not exactly as he’s imagined.

This looks like it might be an interesting movie, but it certainly looks dark. The movie has only earned a 6.6/10 on IMDB, so I am not sure how good it really is.

Short Science Fiction Film “Prospect”

Short Films – The short (13:52) science fiction film “Prospect” was published to YouTube in February of 2016 by All In One Place 2016. The synopsis is:

Prospect is the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.

The short “Prospect” premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. This is a good young adult scifi film and was awarded a 7.0/10 on IMDB. This short is the basis for a full length film of the same name that premiers at SXSW 2018.

Review of “Children of the Dust”

Book ReviewShort Stories – The short story “Children of the Dust” is available from the Baen Books website. It was written by Catherine Asaro ( Ms. Asaro has published many works of both fiction and non-fiction. This short story is set in her “Saga of the Skolian Empire” universe. As pointed out at the end of this short story:

Two-time Nebula-award winner Catherine Asaro has an M.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard. A former ballet and jazz dancer, she founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and now teaches at the Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet. “Children of the Dust” is a prequel to her Major Bhaajan series, which is set within her popular Skolian Empire, with Undercity and The Bronze Skies out now.

I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set on another world, one colonized by humanity it the far future. Young 15 year old Bhaajan is one of many who live in the derelict tunnels beneath the City of Cries, the Undercity. She and the other eek out a life of survival – stealing, dealing, fighting – with one another and with the civilization that lives on the surface of the planet Raylicon.

Bhaajan wants more for her future. It will be a struggle to leave her pseudo family in the Undercity, and an even bigger struggle to fit in, but she sees enlisting the Army as her way out.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 100 minutes I spent reading this young adult science fiction short story. I both enjoyed the plot and the rich characters that were created. I look forward to reading more stories set in this universe. I give this short story a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “Invictus”


Book Reviews – “Invictus” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Ryan Graudin ( Ms. Graudin has published seven novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’, though there are minor scenes of Violence. The setting spans the centuries. The primary character is Farway Gaius McCarthy.

McCarthy is in his late teens and is a student at the Corps of Central Time Travelers Academy. This has been his objective since he was young, since his mother, a time traveler, disappeared. He is about to graduate as valedictorian, when everything goes wrong. His final exam has been sabotaged, but unable to prove it, he is kicked out of the Academy.

That is when he is approached to become a Time Machine Captain operating outside the law and collecting artifacts for private sale. He, and his crew, are performing well and succeeding. Then they find out that their memories and their entire timeline is at risk. They must risk their very existence and all be willing to sacrifice much in an attempt to save their timeline and themselves.

I really enjoyed the 9.5 hours I spent reading this 465 page science fiction young adult novel. I really liked the characters and the plot. I thought that the plot was very different (in a good way) from so many other novels I have read. There is a little action, a lot of creative problem solving and even a bit of romance. I don’t like the cover art as it relates to nothing. I give this novel a 4.4 out of 5.

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Trailer for “Maze Runner: The Death Cure”

Trailers – This trailer for the science fiction young adult movie “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” looks good (IMDB has it rated at 8.3/10). The movie is based upon the novel “The Death Cure” by James Dashner. The synopsis (according to IMDB):

Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

I haven’t seen the first movies in this series. Perhaps I need to view those before I see this one. Not much time as it opens later this month.

Trailer for “Ready Player One”

Trailers – This trailer for the young adult science fiction film “Ready Player One” looks very interesting. The fact that it is directed by Steven Spielberg also makes me think it will be a good movie. The synopsis (from IMDB):

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

The movie opens late this coming March. I think that this will be one I want to see in the theater.

Review of “An Alien Perspective”


Book Reviews – “An Alien Perspective” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Roxanne Barbour ( Ms. Barbour has published five novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The story is set in contemporary times, though it takes place on another planet. The primary character is 17 year old Cyn-Tia Silverthorne. She wakes up to find herself with seven other Humans and 24 aliens split between three other races.

None know why they are there. Alien tech allows them to communicate easily with one another. They are given a number of challenges by their abductors that they must complete as a team. Silverthorne finds herself on the managing committee for the group. She encounters many issues and experiences a variety of emotions. She also finds herself drawn to one of the males from another species.

I spent 4+ hours reading this science fiction young adult novel with a touch of romance. I liked the characters. I also thought that the plot was interesting. It was a story dealing with how teens must adapt and learn to cope with their unwanted situation. I felt it was a little weak, but then again I guess that is part of being a young adult novel. The cover is OK, but one showing a scene from the story would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 3.8 out of 5.

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Review of “Mask of shadows”


Book Reviews – “Mask of Shadows” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Linsey Miller ( This is Ms. Miller’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and a little Mature Language. The story is set in another universe where magic is possible. The main character is young Sallot Leon.

Leon is a thief. S/he (Leon is a bit gender fluid) wants to get away from robbing the nobles. From one young woman victim, who Leon is quite taken with, she finds a notice of an upcoming audition to become a new member of the Queen’s Left Hand – the Queen’s personal assassins.

Leon sees the audition as a way out. This is not an easy competition. Leon is the last of 23 to be accepted. Not only must the competitors prove their abilities, but assassination of fellow competitors is not only allowed, but encouraged. Leon must use skills learned fighting on the streets to survive. As the audition progresses, a tutor is assigned to Leon to help with reading and language skills. The tutor turns out to be the young robbery victim and before long feelings develop between the two.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 352 young adult fantasy. I liked the characters that were developed in this novel and the plot. It is never clear what gender Leon is, so this should be considered a LBGT novel. This is a miner point and doesn’t really impact the story much. I liked that it was a world of magic, but the magic is now just part of their history. The cover art is OK, but something relating to a scene in the novel would be better in my opinion. I think that Ms. Miller did an excellent job on her first novel and I look forward to reading the second book planned for this duology. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time”

Trailers – This trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time” based upon the book of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle (available on iBooks). The synopsis (from IMDB):

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

This looks like a good Young Adult Science Fiction story. I look forward to it opening in March 2018.