Nightmare at Emerald High


Christian - Fiction
310 Pages
Reviewed on 02/10/2012
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Joana James is a young Christian author from the island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. She is an I.T. professional by day but in her free time she escapes from the logical world of technology into the artistic world. She is an avid reader and her kindle is her favourite piece of technology. Music is her best friend and that manifests itself through her love for dance and singing.
Joana writes stories that portray the reality of her world. Her first book, a two-part short story series called Rise from the Ashes featured the lives of two young girls struggling in dire circumstances.
Her latest book, Nightmare at Emerald High, brings to the fore a world that everybody knows exists but no one talks about.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

"Nightmare at Emerald High" by Joana James is a novel dealing with a theme that in all actuality could be happening to our teenagers today even though they do not realize it. Malcolm Drake is an excellent student in school, raised only by his father and who at one time attended church regularly. As time went on both himself and his father drifted away from church and that sets the stage for what is about to happen. Being what one would call a geek in school, he was picked on by some bullies. When a special class was introduced by the science teacher, the students had to take a test to see who would qualify to be in it. Passing this test could land them a scholarship to the university. Malcolm was the top student along with several others who passed but little did they realize there was a price to pay for winning. This class was going to take them into the world of the occult. When Malcolm realized along with the others what was going on, how were they going to get out of it? Malcolm knew too much now and they were not just going to let him go.

As I read this book it brought to mind that teens are at the age where it is easy to control them. There is so much going on in the world today and it does not take much to entice them away from all they have learned as one will see in this book. I feel that all teens and their parents should read this book to see the hidden dangers at some of the things that are taught, especially those that have drifted away from church. I could feel the tension the students of this class were facing when they realized what was going on in their lives at the time. I enjoyed the book and the characters and feel that this is a subject that needs to be brought out to help families realize just how much their children are subjected to. Teens usually will not read a book that is true to life on occults but will read a novel about it, so hopefully this book will help those who read it.