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Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review wrote the following:

Well-written and presented with a few surprises, The Boy from the Woods is leisure reading teens will appreciate. 

Have you ever wanted to believe the leopard could change his spots so badly that you’ve contemplated repeating past, predictable patterns of defeat against all odds and logic? And have you ever seen a total transformation that required proof to be believed?

All this and more is faced by a spunky female protagonist who finds herself on the wrong wide of romance with seemingly a second chance for success … but, is it real? That’s Julia’s dilemma – and one not easily resolved. The fact that she doubts both circumstances and herself, at times, lends to the strength and believability of the plot: Especially notable is the presentation of how Julia grows and evolves. There are no pat answers available, and that’s one satisfyingly realistic aspect of the story.

But, be forewarned – this isn’t strictly a romance – it includes a dose of the paranormal. Just how does this happen? Therein lies the heart of The Boy From the Woods.

4-star review by Michelle Randall for Readers’ Favorite

“Jen Minkman uses typical German phrases and greetings frequently, which lends to the authenticity of the story. Add to that the forest and Celtic folklore, and you have a full and wonderful romance and coming of age story that is wonderfully written and great for any age reader.”


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The Island (one of the novellas in Defiant)

 5-star review by K C Finn for Readers’ Favorite

“Jen Minkman has created something truly fascinating in The Island. Her characters are born from a mentality that is similar to that of Lord of the Flies (…). The result is a sharp and interesting concept, told with simplicity and engaging, fast-paced narrative from the central character’s perspective. Minkman has created a story which is comfortingly similar in its storytelling approach to other teen dystopias, yet also fundamentally different in ethos, which makes this a truly intriguing story.”

4-star review by Jennifer Murgia, author of the Angel Star series and 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Award Winner

“A simple, fluid way of writing… The foundation the author gives to her characters and the society they are part of is very inventive and visual.”





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