A young man and his two companions seek a chance at freedom, while searching for the answer to what true freedom really is.
Join Alex as he finds himself journeying through the rugged and yet beautiful Underlands in search of answers, as well as a chance to see the one thing he always dreamed of... a place that a slave like him thought he would never be able to go... The Overlands.
Review for Demon's Song:
In this fantasy, many believe that only a few demons survived the Human-Demon Wars that took place 100 years ago.
In the dark Underlands, Alex is an enslaved boy whose owner insists on being called Grandfather. In a land known to mistreat its subjugated denizens (who are the descendants of those who sided with the demons during the wars), Alex fears he will be taken away from his mother, his owner, and the only life he knows. Yet he impossibly dreams of one day visiting the sunlight-filled Overlands. Rita is a witch-in-training whose biggest fear is being forced to marry a person she despises. Her only chance to be free of this prospect is to become a seer. Milos is a traveler from the Overlands, one of the Alertian Line of famous demon slayers. His initiation requires him to find and slay an evil demon (and everybody knows all demons are sinister), and his greatest fear is that he will fail and disappoint his parents. The lives of Alex, Rita, and Milos are upended when their worst fears come to fruition just as their paths intersect. This fantasy series opener is set in a world with a strict hierarchal system that splits Overlands and Underlands and enslaved people and nobles, seemingly with no flexibility or possibility of choice. Boglisch’s absorbing tale puts the three main characters (who share the narrative) through the wringer, leading to an intriguing interrogation of legacy, agency, belief systems, the unjust power dynamics in their world, and how the truth can be twisted to fit a story created by the mighty. Unfortunately, the internal monologues tend to be repetitive (especially Alex’s, with his constant self-doubts and his misguided attempts to make it seem that a noble without a choice is in a similar position as an enslaved person). Still, this promising installment delivers engaging character dynamics between Rita, Alex, and Milos and an ending that sets up a captivating hook for the sequel.
An engrossing supernatural tale with a strong cast. ~Kirkus Reviews
Maxwell and Karina, twins, flee from their hometown in search of answers to why they are being hunted and what’s going on outside their home.
As a pandemic ravages our world, step back and experience a tale of a family who struggles to deal with a changing world. Yet, even within the danger and tragedy, hope exists.
Review for Epidemic:
Two children journey to find their missing mother and discover a country ravaged by disease in this YA novel.
This first book in Boglisch’s Elifer Chronicles series deals with topics that resonate with the contemporary moment, including governmental and public reactions to a seemingly unstoppable virus. Veronica Elifer, a single parent living in Claremore, an autonomous town, with two children, Maxwell and Karina, remains haunted by the day when a mysterious official took away her husband, Felix.
Now, four years later, Maxwell and Karina return from school to find their home ransacked, Veronica missing, and “men dressed in dark clothing with sparkling medallions and cuffs stepping out of black cars” to pursue them. Maxwell and Karina have never suffered any kind of illness before, so when they make their way to an isolated town, they can’t comprehend a disease that “starts as a simple cold” and progresses to “pockmarks, swollen eyes and shallow cheeks, along with...open wounds and thin skin” before death. The omniscient narrator’s voice has a casual tone, and it’s a style that occasionally results in awkward phrasing: “On either side were men dressed in uniforms that resembled tuxes. Their eyes were covered in sunglasses and their mouths covered in doctor masks.”
However, the novel’s great mystery has to do with how Felix’s and Veronica’s disappearances are related to the epidemic, and Boglisch, the author of Demon Song (2019), handles this aspect impressively. Just as an important piece of information seems about to be revealed, a character defers it—as when the twins ask Lex, their newfound friend and benefactor, what he means when he refers to “clean” children.
As a result, readers will feel compelled to keep turning the pages of this timely novel.
An engagingly suspenseful dystopian drama.
Kieran, Felix and Mira find themselves searching for the answers to the strange figures only Kieran sees before they end up with the same fate.
A twisting tale of love, loss and the question of truth. How much can the human mind handle before it breaks?
Is a utopia lacking death, fear and crime really possible? Or is there more to this world than meets the eye?
Review for Ghost of a Memory:
In Boglisch’s YA novel, a teen tries to figure out why he’s seeing what appear to be ghosts.
The novel is set in a future in which technology has supposedly advanced enough that there are no more fatal illnesses, and crime of all kinds has been eradicated. However, Kieran still gets terrible headaches, and afterward, he sees strange, silent, all-white figures that no one else seems to notice. His parents are aware of this odd ability, but for some reason, they tell him not to go to the hospital or to tell other people about it. Nevertheless, Kieran’s good friends Felix and Mira know about it, and they find it absolutely fascinating. Mira wants nothing more than to be able to see ghosts, as Kieran apparently does. Kieran, however, only wishes that he were normal—even more so now that the headaches are getting worse. Then he learns that the strange white figures are able to grab him—and hurt him.....There’s definitely something odd going on, and the people in authority may know more than they’re letting on. Boglisch provides readers with a... novel that... features some chills and thrills. The gradual reveal of the figures, their purpose, and even the world in which the characters live requires some patience on readers’ part, but there’s enough intrigue and mystery along the way to keep them engaged. However, the friends clearly care about one another and about helping Kieran solve the mystery, and their interactions give the novel focus and a sense of forward momentum.
An intriguing... novel of paranormal mystery. -Kirkus Reviews
Aiden and Noah's mother disappeared without a trace years ago, and now, with the aid of a strange ghost, they need to find the one who took their father, before the killer finds them.
A new thrilling adventure from the award finalist and acclaimed author: Julie Boglisch!
A middle grade work perfect for lovers of Nancy Drew, the Hardy boys and works like the City of Ghosts.
Blurbs and Reviews:
"The Ravens Crux is a spine-tingling story, full of suspense and paranormal happenings that will keep you on the edge of your seat." - Kathryn Randall, author of The Listening Tree
"A fantasy to warm any middle-schoolers heart: spells, cold spots, rain, missing persons...ghosts. Couple those with twins of opposite personalities, throw in a lot more supernatural, and you've got a sure-fire thrills and chills." - Mary Ann Noe, Author, To Know Her, A Handful of Pearls, and Hannah's Eyes