Hot New Release “Given to Fly” by JD Estrada

Have you ever wanted to read a book that dreams about becoming a Studio Ghibli film?  Well now you can.  Given to Fly is the 13th book by Puerto Rican indie author JD Estrada and his first full length middle grade fantasy novel.  But more importantly, it’s a book with a lot of heart and no... Continue Reading →

Hot New Release – “The Liminal Hymns” by Anaïs Chartschenko

**I've only read a little from Anaïs Chartschenko (and, yes, I have to copy/paste her name every time), but so far I'm very impressed by her work.  So, when given the opportunity to help promote her newest creation, I jumped on the chance.  I'm looking forward to this collection and to giving her a listen as... 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 “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 “Cruel and Unusual” by CE Wilson

I picked up this book on a whim and because the cover is gorgeous.  The writing grabbed my attention in the first few pages, and I could tell this author had worked hard to craft this story.  Then, the uniqueness of the story kept me reading to the end. While the setting is sparse and... Continue Reading →

Review of “Serpent’s Sacrifice” by Trish Heinrich

Of course I'm going to read about superheroes. I went into this book expecting a fun, action-packed adventure, and I was delighted by how much more this story held. Female main characters are often used for the sake of just having a female main character, but the time period this book was set in allowed... Continue Reading →

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