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Praise For My Books

  • The Canary Review

    An indie short story worth checking out

    The fact that a 6,000 word story has a flipping subplot should be an indication that Marchini has a knack for story-telling.

    I hope this is the first of many forays that Marchini takes into Brig’s life. I would happily read an entire novel set in the music-controlled world she lives in.

    The Canary Review
  • The O.W.L.

    “The whole mystery of who the sender of the hot tickets is was well done. Just as Juliet’s clues and evidence kept her changing who she thought it was, the reader is kept uncertain as well.”

    The O.W.L.
  • Agrippina Legit

    “The best thing about Hot Ticket, however, is the plot. It’s a mystery concerned with exactly the kinds of things that its audience cares about. It explores ideas of popularity and exclusion, of peer influence and self-esteem, and does it in a way that can’t help but hold the reader’s attention.”

    Agrippina Legit
  • Figuring Out The Small Stuff

    “I felt like I could relate to the middle school need in this book to fit in and to have your successes highlighted. I can also relate to how uncomfortable and sad it can be when you feel like you aren’t fitting in.”

    Figuring Out The Small Stuff
  • The Literate Mother

    “I really enjoyed reading this middle grade novel… My favorite line (because it’s probably one I can really relate to) is, ‘Cindy’s left ear is probably cooler than my entire body ever will be.’”

    The Literate Mother
  • Secrets & Sharing Soda

    “I also think the concept of the tickets is a stroke of genius. There have been a lot of stories about popularity written for this age group, but the idea of an actual ticketing system is a clever – and cruel – way to highlight who is hot and who is not. The ticketing system gave the author a lot of interesting scenarios to play with, and brought new life to an often overused topic.”

    Secrets & Sharing Soda

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