Monday, September 2, 2013


Quote for the week:  Hope is the destination that we seek. Love is the road that leads to hope. Courage is the motor that drives us. We travel out of darkness into faith. Dean Koontz

Do you remember  TEX THE WITCH BOY YA novel that I reviewed awhile back? Well, Tex is back in another adventure, and I'm excited to tell you about it. So sit back, relax, and see what Tex is up to now.

I adore this cover. Intriguing, huh?
By Stuart R. West

Girl troubles, gangs, murder, and spirits ¾ just another year at Clearwell High School. Yep, the characters we met in TEX, THE WITCH BOY are back, along with some new additions to add excitement to Tex’s life. 
Author Stuart R. West continues the story of Richard (Tex) McKenna in his latest YA fantasy novel TEX AND THE GANGS OF SUBURBIA. Tex, now a junior at Clearwell High School, just wants to survive the year. Like any “normal” teenage boy, he often acts before he thinks and the consequences at times can be fatal. If only he’d learn to keep his mouth shut. Instead of the peaceful year he had hoped for, he struggles to get his girlfriend Olivia, who broke up with him, back. He’s caught in the middle between two rival gang’s warfare. Elspeth, a hot new girl that isn’t exactly who she seems to be, comes into his life. And if that’s not enough to cope with, a dead boy’s spirit returns and he’s after Tex. Oh, and don’t forget another body that turns up and the suspicious cop that suspects Tex is involved in the whole mess. Now, why would he believe such a thing? In all this bedlam, Tex’s protectors try to help him out, not very successfully, I’m afraid. And I have to admit, I think they’re my favorite characters. Yes, the cats.
Will Olivia and Tex get back together? Will Elspeth take Olivia’s place? Can Tex convince the gangs to settle their differences without further killings? Can Tex send the spirit back where it belongs, or will Tex be sucked into the hole with the spirit? Wow! There’s never a dull moment in TEX AND THE GANGS OF SUBURBIA. If you like a fast paced adventure with good guys, bad guys, and those in between, then this is the book for you. In spite of Tex’s impulsive nature and constant mistakes, he’s a character that I keep cheering on. He’s good at heart and a son any father and mother could be proud of. This novel would make a good addition to school classrooms and libraries to show the downside of gangs and perhaps influence young people to stay clear of trouble. That said, I’m wondering what trouble Tex will find in the next book in the series. I hope we find out before too long.
The book can be purchased at MuseItUp Publishing
And other places where eBooks are sole.
Happy Reading.


  1. It's so nice to see boy-centric YA. There isn't enough of it out there. This novel sounds very exciting, and I love the idea that his protectors are cats! I wish both Tex and Stuart huge success! :-)

  2. Nice review, Beverly. I love when books feature males like this. We need more of those.

  3. Beverly, thanks so much for the kind review. You're the best.

    Lexa and Kelly! Hi, and thanks. I started writing the Tex series because I thought there was a severe lack of boy-friendly YA titles out there. The odd thing is the series sorta' ran away from me and went in different directions. Even though the protagonist is male, the female characters are the strongest! They also carry the action, while my male hero sorta' thinks, agonizes, frets and runs! Call me a feminist writer if you will (just don't tell my male friends. LOL!). But, everyone knows females handle problems better anyway.

  4. Aw, thanks, Stuart. Your books are fun to read because you never know what the kids will do next. :)