Review of “Given to Fly” by JD Estrada

I smiled the entire time I read this book. It's sweet, fun, colorful, imaginative, and includes wonderful lessons for any child or adult. The wordplay often made me chuckle, and the writing proves Mr. Estrada is a poet even in prose. The story reminded me at times of "Alice in Wonderland " and at times... Continue Reading →

Review of “Darkest Hours” by Mike Thorn

It might be odd to call a collection of horror/noir short stories "beautiful," but that is the impression I'm left with.  These are incredibly well-crafted, well-written stories from an author I quickly grew to respect.  Thorn's mastery of prose is an absolute delight to read.  His creativity is refreshing.  His subtle ability to make the... Continue Reading →

Review of “The Sea Was a Fair Master” by Calvin Demmer

This author never disappoints in coming up with unique, impressively well-written shorts.  This collection of 23 stories has a little bit of everything - from crime to love to androids to the worst English class imaginable.  There's a great balance of creepy, troubling, sometimes funny (in an "oh, that's terrible" grinning kind of way), and... Continue Reading →

Review of “Tick” by Allison Rose

Starting this book, I thought it would be a typical YA Dystopian SciFi story, and I was happy enough with that.  But every time I thought I knew where the story was going, it took a swerve and headed in a new direction.  I was NEVER bored with this book, and there were so many twists... Continue Reading →

Review of “The Black Swan Company” by Luna DeMasi

I'm not an automatic sucker for any vampire book, but this one won me over quickly.  I loved the focus on investigative journalism as a way to dig deeper into the conspiracies and injustices committed by the authorities in this dystopian, semi-post-apocalyptic setting.  There are also elements of paranormal romance for readers who are drawn... Continue Reading →

Review of “Be Careful What You Joust For” by Ryan Hauge & Ivy Smoak

A lot of new fantasy stories about knights, lords and ladies, and ancient lands feel like "Game of Thrones" these days, so if you're into that kind of story but more for a YA audience, this book could be for you.  With multiple characters' points of view, you get a good cast to add depth... Continue Reading →

Review of “Them Rabbit Foot Blues” by Jason Spurlock

What did I just read?!  And I mean that in a good way.  My mind is always blown when a brand new author debuts with a book so well-written that it feels like the work of a pro.  Don't get me wrong - this book is all over the place and will be hard for... Continue Reading →

Review of “Hardened Hearts”

I finished this collection the day after Valentine's Day, which was kind of perfect.  These are not your typical love stories, although "love" is the general theme connecting them.  I was very impressed with each writer, and I didn't feel like there was a weak story in the bunch.  The writing is solid.  The range... Continue Reading →

Review of “Rise of The Super Strike” by Maxwell Blake

I suspect this book would work great for a young audience. For me, I got distracted several times by things not lining up with reality or plot points getting a little convoluted.  The author has a lot of potential, I think, and I definitely see how he understands the superhero genre.  I really liked that... Continue Reading →

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