While it needs more depth, the world laid out in this book promises an entertaining series to come.



White Witch Kana brings himself to earth to teach a group of young men and women to fight back against the devil.

Olheiser’s debut fantasy novel opens with a quote from ancient text the Tablets of Time: “There will come a young White Witch, Kana by name, who shall be more powerful than any White Witch before him. With the weapons of God and an army of Youth recruited from the earth, he will drive Satan from that world forever!” [pg. ix] The prophecy begins to come through after a party, where best friends Ryon and Mádeohn display supernatural ability when they attempt to fight off a tidal wave that suddenly crashes on the beach near them. Soon after this incident, the boys’ community college Mystic Arts class is crashed by Kana, a leading White Witch who also happens to be Ryon’s guardian angel. The time has come, he explains, to make sure Ryon and his friends are ready for the role they will play in saving the world from the Devil and his armies. After a lengthy explanation of the events leading up to Satan’s expulsion from heaven, and events thereafter, Kana effectively takes over the Mystic Arts class to teach the students how to fight and defend themselves, all with the power of their minds. They’ll need it, too - while most of the book deals with these lessons, and with the things that happen as certain students get closer to each other and closer to their supernatural benefactors, Satan is hatching plans, and they’ll need to use everything they’ve learned to make sure he doesn’t win. While the book introduces an interesting mythology and a few interesting characters, it suffers from a lack of insight into why these events are happening. What makes this the right time for Kana to teach Ryon what he knows? Why are these students enrolled in a Mystic Arts class? What makes Kana the most powerful White Witch? Why are witches synonymous with angels in this world? A deeper look into these ideas as the story unfolds would have made it a more powerful and compelling read. As it stands, it is entertaining and interesting, and makes additional stories in the upcoming series promising.

While it needs more depth, the world laid out in this book promises an entertaining series to come.

Pub Date: Jan. 22, 2014

ISBN: 978-0615886237

Page Count: 298

Publisher: Anthony Ray Olheiser

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2014

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A strict report, worthy of sympathy.


A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact.

"Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads for New York to try to keep his latest failure from his parents. He tries to have a wild evening (all he does is pay the check), is terrorized by the hotel elevator man and his on-call whore, has a date with a girl he likes—and hates, sees his 10 year old sister, Phoebe. He also visits a sympathetic English teacher after trying on a drunken session, and when he keeps his date with Phoebe, who turns up with her suitcase to join him on his flight, he heads home to a hospital siege. This is tender and true, and impossible, in its picture of the old hells of young boys, the lonesomeness and tentative attempts to be mature and secure, the awful block between youth and being grown-up, the fright and sickness that humans and their behavior cause the challenging, the dramatization of the big bang. It is a sorry little worm's view of the off-beat of adult pressure, of contemporary strictures and conformity, of sentiment….

A strict report, worthy of sympathy.

Pub Date: June 15, 1951

ISBN: 0316769177

Page Count: -

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Nov. 2, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1951

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Shalvis’ latest retains her spark and sizzle.


Piper Manning is determined to sell her family’s property so she can leave her hometown behind, but when her siblings come back with life-changing secrets and her sexy neighbor begins to feel like “The One,” she might have to redo her to-do list.

As children, Piper and her younger siblings, Gavin and Winnie, were sent to live with their grandparents in Wildstone, California, from the Congo after one of Gavin’s friends was killed. Their parents were supposed to meet them later but never made it. Piper wound up being more of a parent than her grandparents, though: “In the end, Piper had done all the raising. It’d taken forever, but now, finally, her brother and sister were off living their own lives.” Piper, the queen of the bullet journal, plans to fix up the family’s lakeside property her grandparents left the three siblings when they died. Selling it will enable her to study to be a physician’s assistant as she’s always wanted. However, just as the goal seems in sight, Gavin and Winnie come home, ostensibly for Piper’s 30th birthday, and then never leave. Turns out, Piper’s brother and sister have recently managed to get into a couple buckets of trouble, and they need some time to reevaluate their options. They aren’t willing to share their problems with Piper, though they’ve been completely open with each other. And Winnie, who’s pregnant, has been very open with Piper’s neighbor Emmitt Reid and his visiting son, Camden, since the baby’s father is Cam’s younger brother, Rowan, who died a few months earlier in a car accident. Everyone has issues to navigate, made more complicated by Gavin and Winnie’s swearing Cam to secrecy just as he and Piper try—and fail—to ignore their attraction to each other. Shalvis keeps the physical and emotional tension high, though the siblings’ refusal to share with Piper becomes tedious and starts to feel childish.

Shalvis’ latest retains her spark and sizzle.

Pub Date: Jan. 28, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-296139-6

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2019

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