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Interesting Departure from Normal YA, But About As Unapologetically Preachy as the Late Michael Crichton

The War on Science Goes Batshit by Allen J. Woppert (BookBaby, 2013, 248pp.)
You probably haven’t heard of Batshit, IL. It was founded in 1879 by a Persian immigrant named Omar al-Baht-Shi’it. Us Americans being the way we are, Omar quickly became known as Omar “Batshit.” The name stuck. One hundred and thirty years later, our story begins. 
The novel focuses on the perilous Freshman year of local brainiac Timothy Thompson at Omar L. Batshit High School. Timothy is the son of a high-powered lawyer who frequently takes on controversial cases. On the first day of school, Timothy saunters off to enjoy one of his favorite classes, biology, and is startled to discover that the teacher, Mrs. Barker, has decided to forego evolution entirely. Instead, she will teach her students Intelligent Design, an alternate theory that proposes that life on Earth is too complex to have simply crawled from some primordial ooze, and must have developed under the direction of a higher being. Timothy reasons th…

Complicated, Plot-Driven Modern Fantasy

Pigments of My Imagination (Soul Painters #1) by Angela Kulig (Green Envy Press, 2013, 324pp.)
I don’t know why I inevitably compare everything to Harry Potter, but I do. This book will be no different. Pigments of My Imagination starts out a little bit like Harry Potter, if J.K. Rowling had forgone wizards and instead focused on artistic, creative types who reincarnated on a regular basis. The heroine of this tale is Lucia, a budding prodigy who arrives at Bayside Art Academy in Galveston, Texas. Before long, she meets fellow classmate Leo. Although he’s a bit stand-offish at first, she soon realizes that he has been her soulmate from the beginning of time—literally. The two of them are Soul Painters, a group of artists with magic capabilities who reincarnate through the ages. They are also at war against the Deceivers, another similarly-abled group who are, well, deceitful. Add to this mix various fantasy entities (harpies, oracles, and mysterious beings called the Fates), and you ha…