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22 01, 2016

Review: The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

By | January 22nd, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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the journeyman book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Journeyman is the first book in The Commons trilogy. I think it fits very well into urban fantasy, though some may argue.  I’ve read different books about a ‘shadow’ world in the after world of ghosts and this one was very well done with a few original twists of its own.

We meet the orphaned Paul Reid as he leaves the shelter he’s called home for the last several years. He’s 17 and planning on going out to California and never coming back. He uses most of his last few dollars to buy a bus ticket and meets Annie Brucker and her son Zach while waiting for the bus to arrive.

Boarding the bus, Paul chooses a seat near Annie and Zach and listens to Annie as she reads to her son. Periodically, they talk.

19 01, 2016

Review: Seasons of Pain by Imowen Lodestone

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

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seasons of pain book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Seasons Of Pain is an action-packed tale filled with horror, lust, gore and even reflections of self-discovery. Author Imowen Lodestone creates and develops an excellent complex main character Jesse that the reader will have a hard time deciding if they want to stay away from or engage with. The book may be a lot to take for readers who are generally not fans of horror fiction due to the overly descriptive, vivid details of blood and gore, but the writing is clear and the story is enjoyable enough to not have those scenes be the main focus.

Jessica or Jesse, as she is affectionately called, is a college student and stripper with a drinking problem, a no care attitude and a dark past. Expelled from her family’s witches kuven (how Lodestone chooses to

11 01, 2016

Review: Power Surge by Ben Bova

By | January 11th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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power surge book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Power Surge is a thriller showcasing the convoluted politics in Washington, where the rich and powerful have a disproportionate influence on the government. If something hurts their profits, they try to quash it and if it will help, they will bribe and threaten to get their way.

Our protagonist Jake arrives in Washington D.C. as the science adviser to Tomlinson, a freshman Senator from Montana. Both Jake and Senator Tomlinson want to propose a comprehensive energy plan for the country. Tomlinson knows it would look good on his record but Jake truly sees a need and a possible way to do it.

Unfortunately for both of them, just by trying to do this, they are perceived as stepping on a lot of toes. And big oil and coal have a lot to say. The big

5 01, 2016

Review: Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki

By | January 5th, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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rising tide book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

While science fiction isn’t a genre I delve into all that often, Rising Tide by T.L. Zalecki caught my attention immediately, first for its intriguing cover and second for its futuristic setting and tie-in with a human-like species that seemingly exists undetected by humans underneath the ocean.

First of all, Zalecki is talented at world building. The year 2098 is vividly described with tons of details that were thoughtfully considered. Likewise, each of the characters I was introduced to had clearly developed personalities and motives for their actions. I enjoyed the presence of a strong and capable female lead character (Lorel), and felt great sympathy for Mello, leader of the Sirens who is tricked and betrayed by humankind. No wonder why the Sirens did not make their presence known to humans until now, right?

As

22 12, 2015

Review: Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

By | December 22nd, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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ashley bell book coverReviewed by Neriza Billi

Back in 1999, after numerous attempts, I gave up reading any Dean Koontz book. I could never seem to follow and appreciate his style, especially the way he mixes mystery, fantasy and science fiction set in today’s time. Still, I decided to give Ashley Bell a try; me being more mature now and all. So glad I did; I never regretted a single minute of that decision.

Ashley Bell is not the protagonist in this book, Bibi Blair is. Bibi is a 22-year old author who was told that she would only have one year to live. But to everyone’s astonishment, Bibi woke up one morning completely cured. As a way to celebrate her recovery, her parents arranged for her to meet Calida, a masseuse-diviner. With Calida’s help, Bibi found out that she was

3 12, 2015

Review: Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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stars of fortune book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Introverted artist Sasha cannot escape the dreams and nightmares that have been plaguing her, nor can she stop painting the faces of five strangers from those dreams. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where she encounters the first individual from those dreams, Riley, an archaeologist. This meeting begins a chain of events, where six individuals are drawn together in a quest to protect three powerful fallen stars from falling into hands of evil goddess Nerezza.

Stars of Fortune is the first of three novels in Nora Roberts’ new Guardians Trilogy. All six individuals in this story bring their own unique experiences and secrets to this quest. The first novel focuses on the story of Sasha and Bran, but also introduces readers to the other four individuals, Riley, Sawyer, Arrika, and Doyle.

30 11, 2015

Review: The Muiread by Luke Taylor

By | November 30th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: |2 Comments

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the muiread book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Muiread is an epic fantasy tale that follows the journey of a mysterious warrior across many magical lands that have been torn apart and battle ravaged. Accompanying the warrior is the mysterious and beautiful Ivy Machue, who is a companion as well as a warm and welcome distraction in lands brutalized by war. Each parcel of land that is crossed holds dangers of their own: from ruthless tribes, kings on a mission, beautiful women and more. A path for the world has been constructed as lives and lands are ripped apart, nations struggle and the darkness that has been brought on by The Warrior Who Knows No Defeat and other dark forces has begun to spread rapidly and successfully.

The Muiread is set up to be The Ageless Duel and that journey unfolds in the

24 11, 2015

Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

By | November 24th, 2015|Categories: Literature & Fiction, New Adult & College, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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the mine book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

Cliché time travel plots seem to plague the literary world, but The Mine by John A. Heldt was a refreshing take on an often overused story line.

In 2000, Joel Smith is a 20-year-old geology major from Seattle visiting Montana who decides to explore an abandoned mine, and gets sent back in time to 1941 because of a strange alignment of the planets. With only the clothes on his back and present-day cash he cannot use, Joel jumps a train to Seattle and makes friends with local college student, Tom Carter, after he saves him from a beating by some debt collectors. Joel ends up staying with Tom’s family, getting a lucrative job from Tom’s father, and becoming a popular member of Tom’s social circle.

The book has several delightful twists: Joel makes friends with a 20-year-old version

20 11, 2015

Review: The God Thought by Dave Cravens

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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the god thought book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

The God Thought is a very unusual type of book…  in a good way. More than just a sci-fi book or a thriller, this book delves into the fantasy world of what could happen if human beings were just a little bit more than human, but not so different that it couldn’t actually happen.

First of all, I love the cover. As a book cover artist, I found it to be stunning and it really made me want to read the book. It’s also very fitting for the theme of the book and what you can expect inside of it.

The first part of the book did a great job at sucking me in with snippets of social media conversations on the main character, Oliver’s, page. You instantly start to read from his friends about his

9 11, 2015

Review: I and You by Beverly Garside

By | November 9th, 2015|Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels, Dystopian, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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i and you book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

The concept of stories told through art, or sequential art, is as old as human kind. There are many styles of graphic novels available nowadays–sophisticated, comic, nightmarish, smart, classic, moral, and so on. Too often, the graphic novel is undervalued as a literary contender and is seen too frequently to have no intellectual merit. It is unfortunate that some limit their expectations of what is and is not an appropriate format for storytelling. These people might be missing a wide array of great stories simply because pictures accompany the narration.

One such intelligent story that could be lost to those who will not read a graphic novel is I and You written by Beverly Garside and illustrated by Lucas Duimstra. At its core, I and You is a smart, moody narrative. I and You begins