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25 02, 2017

Review: The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

By | February 25th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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dirt on ninth grave book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Dirt on Ninth Grave is the ninth book in the Charley Davidson series written by Darynda Jones. Although I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I was pleasantly surprised with Jones’s writing style.

Jane Doe has no idea who she is or where she came from–hence the reason for the name. All she knows is that she is in New York City working in a diner, trying to remember her past. Well, that is before she realizes that she can see dead people…and to say that it surprises her would be an understatement. Pair that with everyone around her seeming to know more about her than they’re willing to admit, and things begin to get interesting.

3 02, 2017

Review: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Time Travel|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

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all our wrong todays book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

I read All Our Wrong Todays, a book about the year 2016, in the last month of the year 2016. I am writing this review in the last week of the year, but by the time you read it, it will already be 2017, making this a tiny experiment in time travel. We can all admit that 2016 did not live up to anyone’s expectations, and you may be tempted to read this book to find solace in Mastai’s perfect, made-up 2016. But All Our Wrong Todays does you one better: it teaches you to appreciate the one we have.

Tom Barren comes not from the future, but from an alternate 2016, where all our 1950s dreams of hover cars and food synthesizers have been made possible by the 1965 invention of a machine called the Goettreider Engine.

27 12, 2016

Blog Tour: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Dystopian, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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queen of the tearling book coverPlease join Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is the coming of age fantasy novel that I have been waiting for! With action and adventure, magic and mystery, and also a little bit of romance sprinkled in, this book is definitely on my list of top ten reads!

Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn has been living in exile for many years after her mom hides her from an immense evil, the Red Queen. However, after her mother’s death, and then finally her 19th birthday, she must face her fate head on and make the journey back to the Keep in the Tearling to take her rightful place on the throne.

9 11, 2016

Review: The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Dystopian, Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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the hatching book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

When the world comes face to face with an ancient species, will it be able to survive? In The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone instantly captures our attention with the story of a hiking trip gone terribly wrong in Peru. A small group of hikers venture deep into the Peruvian forest hoping for the the trip of a lifetime, which is exactly what they get. The hikers are ravaged by a black mass, an ancient species only looking for one thing, to feed.

This ancient species of spider is ravenous, unlike anything anyone has seen before and it quickly spreads from Peru across the globe devouring everything in its path.

2 11, 2016

Review: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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annie aster book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Mailboxes and doors are seemingly simple devices. Both allow communication. Both open, yet protect that which is within. Both offer a modicum of mystery. Sometimes, though rare, mailboxes and doors allow the select few to correspond with the past or future or even travel into other worlds. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks is a story that drops the reader within a mysterious adventure that includes a mailbox and a door.

On a dry dusty Kansas morning in 1895, Elsbeth Grundy’s trip to the water-well baffles then irritates her. Someone has placed a tall strange house in her back forty acres. Her attempts to approach the house are thwarted by some unseen barrier.

21 09, 2016

Review: The Dark Side by Anthony O’ Neill

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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the dark side book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

Fletcher Brass has created a reserve for the dregs of Earth’s society. Located on the moon the aptly named Sin is home to criminals, murders, and deviants of all kinds. Not everyone in Sin is there for himself or herself, however. Damien Justus, an exiled cop, becomes embedded in a twisted assassination plot and finds that the high ideals he holds fast to make him an outcast.

The Dark Side is a noir crime story that calls upon classic hard boiled detectives like Mike Hammer and Sam Spade set in a gritty and dark science fiction setting. Damien’s stoic adherence to a system of rules that failed him and have been entirely forgotten in Sin make him a very intriguing character.

19 09, 2016

Review: The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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the dragon round book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

I was initially drawn to The Dragon Round because of its amazing cover. It is a beautiful image of a dragon over a ship on the sea, and very fitting for this book. I will say that this is not a feel-good book. It’s an interesting book, but there is a lot of darkness in it and it often made me really depressed or disgusted. At the same time, I really enjoyed most of the book… up until the end.

At first, I had a very hard time reading it. It is written in the present tense, which I absolutely hate and had a very hard time getting used to (I did eventually get used to it). I also initially had a very hard time understanding what was really going on in the book. There were a lot of names being thrown around, and a lot of references I didn’t initially understand. I decided to continue reading it though, and am glad I did.

7 09, 2016

Review: Arcpoint Traveler by John Wozniak

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , |1 Comment

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arcpoint traveler book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

What would it be like to live a life completely isolated from society? What if the only people you knew or would likely ever know were just a couple dozen families who agreed to operate by community rules? What if you lived closed in and surrounded by invasive forest and thick thorny brush? What if you needed out but that wasn’t possible? What would that kind of desperation feel like?

In the year 2028, a small group of families moved to a former research lab on the edge of the Mohave Desert and started a new life at the place they called Arcpoint. Seeing the growing chaos and destruction in the world around them, they decide that isolating themselves is the best chance they have to maintain their Christian faith and protect their loved ones from impending doom. By pooling resources, they set out to convert the large facility into a combination of mini apartments and a large commons area for communal eating and living. 

1 09, 2016

Review: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

By | September 1st, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , |1 Comment

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children of earth and sky book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

A young pirate seeks to make her name and prove that she can add to her town’s already legendary reputation. A talented painter accepts a life-changing commission. A merchant used to taking chances takes the biggest one of his career to date. A disgraced noblewoman becomes a spy to escape the restraints of her family. And a young soldier prepares for a deadly march north. These are the core stories that make up Children of Earth and Sky, a story of the rise and fall of empires told by people who intersect only in the smallest ways with the mighty who make the decisions. The merchant state of Seressa is caught in the middle of a religious war between the Holy Jaddite and Osmanli Empires, and their meddling may make or break the oncoming war.

29 08, 2016

Blog Tour: Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mythology & Folk Tales, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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aphrodite's choice book coverPlease join Christy English, author of Aphrodite’s Choice, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

To win an eBook of Aphrodite’s Choice, please enter via the Gleam form below. 5 eBooks are up for grabs! 

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Aphrodite’s Choice by Christy English re-imagines the tale of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, giving the reader a different take on the various gods and goddesses of Greek mythology.

Aphrodite has been living among mortals for over 9,000 years, offering the blessing of the Goddess one night, and to one man at a time. Each time she takes them to bed, she heals their wounds, both physical and mental, and then leaves before they awaken. These men, although healed, don’t remember anything about her or about the night they shared.