The Artist of Ruin by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend classic horror tropes, the issues common to teenagers, and unique perspectives, creating another young-adult vampire tale that will appeal to readers of all ages and on many levels. This novel is the third in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers might lurk ahead. With the mood swings her transformation brought fading, her … Continue reading The Artist of Ruin by Matthew S. Cox

A Beginner’s Guide to Fangs by Matthew S. Cox

Cox skilfully balances the extremism inherent in both vampires and teenagers with the unique complexity of every person, creating young adult urban fantasy with both passion and depth. This novel is the second in Cox’s Vampire Innocent series. Spoilers might lurk ahead. With a whole fortnight of being a vampire under her belt, Sarah Wright … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Fangs by Matthew S. Cox

Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S. Cox

This novel is a post-apocalyptic road movie through the eyes of an innocent, both providing a story filled with adventure and peril, and questioning whether the collapse of civilisation must leave us uncivilised. The events of this book take place after Cox's The Awakened series. Spoilers ahead. Following the defeat of Archon, Althea has returned … Continue reading Prophet’s Journey by Matthew S. Cox

The Lucky Ones by Matthew S. Cox

Cox mixes nuanced characters and plausible consequences of civilisation collapsing to craft a young-adult post-apocalyptic tale that provides intensity without resorting to stereotypes. This novel is the third in the Evergreen series. Risk of spoiler contamination beyond this point. In the eight months since nuclear strikes shattered the United States, Harper Cody has transformed from … Continue reading The Lucky Ones by Matthew S. Cox

The World That Remains by Matthew S. Cox

Cox fuses the scarcity of resources and breakdown of civility of post-apocalyptic narratives with the personal focus of young adult fiction to create a survival thriller driven by character not trappings. This novel is the sequel to Evergreen. Danger of narrative contamination past this point. After escaping the gang-ridden ruins of her home for Evergreen, … Continue reading The World That Remains by Matthew S. Cox

The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run by Matthew S. Cox

Blending a nuanced portrayal of the paranormal with the mundane subtleties of marriage and small-town life, Cox creates a supernatural thriller that draws it’s horror as much from the plausible reactions of characters as any ghostly presence. Mia Gartner loves her job, but not the two-hour commute. So, moving to Six Minstrel Run—a spacious house … Continue reading The Spirits of Six Minstrel Run by Matthew S. Cox

Evergreen by Matthew S. Cox

Cox builds a very personal narrative on a foundation of modern science to create a post-apocalyptic story that captures the scale of nuclear devastation without losing its human impact. Two months ago, nuclear missiles struck towns and cities across the United States. Far enough from the nearest target to survive the attack, seventeen-year-old Harper Cody … Continue reading Evergreen by Matthew S. Cox

Emma and the Elixir of Madness by Matthew S. Cox

Cox continues to blend the excitement and strangeness of fantasy with the lightness and smaller-scale of middle-grade fiction, producing a tale that grips the reader without instilling terror. This book is the fourth in the Tales of Widowswood series. Spoilers may leap from the undergrowth. Strange transformations and embarrassing events are disturbing the peace of … Continue reading Emma and the Elixir of Madness by Matthew S. Cox

The Cursed Crown by Matthew S. Cox

Cox smoothly blends questions of metaphysics with grimy fantasy and diverse characters to create a young adult tale that is both deep and fast-paced, uplifting and realistic. This novel is the sequel to The Eldritch Heart. As Cox himself says at the start, sharp pointy spoilers ahead. With the twenty-five-year war against Evermoor over, King … Continue reading The Cursed Crown by Matthew S. Cox

The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox

Treating both childhood and roleplaying games with seriousness while remaining aware of their more absurd aspects, Cox creates a fantasy tale that is accessible to younger readers without sacrificing the tension and complexity more mature readers seek. Thirteen-year-old Keith Croft has been invisible for his entire school life: not a brainiac; not a jock; not … Continue reading The Cursed Codex by Matthew S. Cox