IndieWritersReview’s Book Review Spotlight! YA Sci-Fi Awoken (The Lucidites, #1) by Sarah Noffke and Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer by Ali Maier!

Okay Guys I have a couple more reads from my Kindle tbr from January/February so thought I’d share my thoughts:O) ‪#‎MyMarchReviews‬

First up the fast paced YA Sci-Fi Awoken (The Lucidites, #1) by Sarah Noffke



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My Thoughts

Teen Roya Stark thought herself a normal teenager. She lost herself in books to escape the unhappiness of her life. Soon she discovers that she is a part of a society called Lucidites,where the members have the ability to travel through dreams. Roya is told that she is the one prophesied to defeat the evil Zhuang bent on destroying her world.

Roya is taken to the Lucidites headquarters where she and a group of other young people with special abilities are taken through life risking challenges to prepare themselves for fighting. There Roya faces mental, emotional and physical obstacles that force her to discover who she really is and to cultivate that strength for the battle ahead. Along the way she finds friendship and the buds of romance which challenges her on a totally different level!

Awoken tells the tale of Roya’s world full of darkness and light, a beautifully constructed world that lies adjacent to our own but light-years away!

I enjoyed the richness of the world building by the author and the characters I admired for their strength and courage. Roya started out brittle and angry, but becomes the hero she is destined to become…

The story is well written and the action continuous! I truly enjoyed the twist and turns and I found myself sucked into Roya’s adventure!

I fully recommend this exciting sci-fi adventure!

Grab from Amazon here!



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Sarah Noffke is the author of The Lucidite Series. She’s been everything from a corporate manager to a hippie. Her taste for adventure has taken her all over the world. If you can’t find her at the gym, then she’s probably at the frozen yogurt shop. If you can’t find her there then she probably doesn’t want to be found. She is a self-proclaimed hermit, with spontaneous urges to socialize during full moons and when Mercury is in retrograde. Sarah lives in Southern California with her family.




And my second ‪#‎MyMarchReview‬ is the fresh and fun…Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer by Ali Maier. 

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My Thoughts

So fun! I enjoyed this charming read about 10 year old twins Max and Maggie who were instructed by their mother to write 12 journal entries over the summer. The two siblings often quarreled, so their mother’s hope that their writings would bring a better understanding between the two became the goal.

The fresh and unique journal style entries made for a fast paced trip through the thoughts, dreams and plans of the twins. Their varying personalities became apparent through their choice of topics and each voice of the kids rang true.

Sporty Max and Maggie the fashionista styles shone clearly on the pages. Many times the same situation was told by the differing points of view which allowed the reader to connect with both of the children.

Each entry had accompanying doodles which added to the reading experience.

I think this a funny and very enjoyable read which many of all ages could enjoy!



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Max & Maggie creator Ali Maier knows a great story. As an avid volunteer, hands-on mom and former teacher, Ali has spent years working with children, experiencing their life stories and crafting her own.

Ali grew up in Pennsylvania with her parents and an older sister. Separated by only 17 months, Ali and her sister experienced many of the same events, teachers and friends, as well as all of the fun and challenges that come with sibling relationships.

Today, Ali and her husband have two children who are close in age and share the same kind of close relationship (and the same kind of challenges!).

The most important part of Ali’s life is her family. She is blessed with a loving husband, children, parents and extended family that are a constant source of love and laughter.

Mom Made Us Write This shows a unique and funny understanding of the loving (and not-so-loving) relationship between close siblings and their family.


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