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Space Invader

Carey Azzara

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Space Invader by Carey Azzara is an intriguing short survival story.  Set in the dangers of space, the story actually bounces back to the interaction between two friends that adds a lot of depth to the later action.  All around a good survival tale with a lot of heart!  Great for any fans of The Martian!


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Ronan’s Dinosaur

Nadishka Aloysius

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Moving to a new house is never easy, especially for kiddos.  Nadishka Aloysius tackles some of the issues around moving in a fun and meaningful way with Ronan’s Dinosaur.  Ronan is sad after the big move but quickly discovers the wonder of exploring a new place after meeting a talking dinosaur.  All around a fun and heartfelt tale!


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The Power of Two

Leigh Vining

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Corey Preston finds himself on a journey of love and self discovery in Leigh Vining’s The Power of Two.  Vining portrays emotions beautifully and I quickly found myself falling in love with her characters.  Having found himself sort of trapped in the mundane, Corey hops a train, ending up in a new city and a surprising new relationship that he’s not entirely sure about.  A beautiful romance that I really loved!


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In the Shadows

Lawrence Medici

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

In the Shadows by Lawrence Medici was a really cool supernatural thriller.  I liked Detective Russo, the tough down-to-Earth inspector who is thrown into a crazy case after a seemingly simple car accident.  Medici does a great job of describing everything as Russo unravels an intricate and twisting plot involving ancient horrors and dark things in the night.  A good one for any Seven fans out there!


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Drafted

Rich Allan

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Rich Allan’s half memoir, half made up comedy Drafted was a lot of fun!  As college student Eli is drafted and sent off to Vietnam, he comes across numerous outrageous situations and memorable characters.  This tongue in cheek spool is written very well and managed to put a smile on my face numerous times!  All around a fun read great for any fans of MASH out there!


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The Broken Kaleidoscope Series

S Ramesh

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

The Broken Kaleidoscope Series by S Ramesh is a darker journey, but one well worth taking.  This collection of short stories follows various characters dealing with some of the darker sides of humanity, but it does offer some slim slivers of hope.  Ultimately, it’s Ramesh’s writing that takes center stage.  Beautifully poetic and flowing, it had me transfixed to the very end.  All around a beautiful read despite the darker subject matter!


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The Good Goblin

David McElroy

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Set in the early 1900s, a time rife with urban discord, The Good Goblin by David McElroy is a great wedding of the past and present worlds.  This modernization of an old fable was heartfelt and told in a storybook manner I really enjoyed.  In his search for a friend, a kind goblin named Ben migrates to the human world, settling in the concrete jungle of St Louis.  He struggles against threats both human and otherwise in this endearing tale about friendship and kindness.  A meaningful and entertaining read for any fantasy lovers out there!


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Eyes of the Galaxy

Jolene Skvarek

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Eyes of the Galaxy by Jolene Skvarek is my kind of novel!  It starts you in with the mystery of fifteen year old Tera’s dreams and slowly unravels the dire state the planet is in and how Tera can save it.  This novel has some great twists, but my favorite portion is actually Tera and Kaiden’s interactions.  They have a good rapport and I seldom left their scenes without an internal smile.  Skvarek does a great job of making likeable characters making Eyes of the Galaxy a fun and worthwhile read!


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St Rage

Karen Eisenbrey

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Character is what defines Karen Eisenbrey’s St Rage.  I loved high school students Barbara and Jackson’s back and forth as they go from discussing everyday high school things to Barbara’s sudden and inexplicable super powers.  This short story is really fun and I truly cared about Eisenbrey’s characters!  I’d strongly recommend this entertaining short dive into the life of a high schooler that develops super powers!


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Hostile Witness

Rebecca Forster

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster was exactly the crime thriller that I love to read!  It started out fast paced with the murder of a judge and the incarceration of a teen girl, but then slowed down to make for an intense build.  As attorney Josie Baylor-Bates gets wrapped up in the case, we quickly discover that not all is as it seems or should be in this murder.  Forster’s writing is excellent and the story takes some surprising twists.  This is a must for any Dan Brown fans out there!


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Sports are Worth How Much!? And Other Questions in Pro Sports

Justin Bedi

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

For a guy who knows nothing about sports, Justin Bedi’s novel Sports are Worth how Much and Other Questions in Pro Sports (whew!) was extremely fascinating to me.  It’s both well organized and Bedi’s writing flows like a novel.  This evidence-backed analysis covers everything from the economic impact of sports as an industry to why hockey is so important in Canada.  A fun and interesting read!


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Storm’s Herald

J.W. Golan

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

There’s something about a fantasy world, when well crafted, that just draws me in.  Maybe it’s the different cultures or the threat of imaginative monsters.  Perhaps it’s the everyday protagonists that have to stand against great evil in epic battles.  J.W. Golan’s Storm’s Herald has all that, really anything you could want in a fantasy novel, and it’s well-written to boot.  Main character Lynnette must learn magic in order to stand up to an ancient evil while travelling a really cool fantasy realm.  All around a great one for any Lord of the Rings fans out there!


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Tess: Awakening

Andres Mann

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I love a good military thriller, but there’s more to Andres Mann’s Tess: Awakening than meets the eye.  Tess is a military pilot fighting in the second Iraq war, but when she gets mixed up with CIA officer Jake, she’s thrown into a world spanning adventure.  This is when things get interesting.  The action and intrigue in this book are done very well, but the romance aspect of it is what makes Mann’s writing unique.  It’s a military thriller with heart and one very much worth reading!


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Taryn’s Hunt

Chrys Cymri

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I love when two unlikely genres meld to make a really cool story.  Taryn’s Hunt by Chrys Cymri did this seamlessly with its fantasy creatures carrying on a gritty cop drama.  As human Peter joins a police force comprised entirely of fantasy creatures, he must prove himself, especially to his gryphon partner Taryn.  All around a great read and I look forward to more stories in this unique world!


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After

R.L. Bull

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

After by R.L. Bull paints a bleak picture of the future after humanity has experienced an apocalypse and is on the brink of having another.  There are facilities where people are being experimented on, terrible diseases, and different factions.  But all is not lost.  As survivors gather in one of the world’s last cities, they must choose sides in order to fight for humanity’s future.  A book with great description and characters well worth your time!


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The Cabin Sessions

Isobel Blackthorn

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

The Cabin Sessions by Isobel Blackthorn explored the darker side of human nature.  It was interesting as it bounced from the perspective of a number of characters.  As several strangers gather at a cabin in the forest, darker events come into play.  It was an interesting and somewhat creepy spin on the classic ‘cabin in the forest’ trope.


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A Darker Shadow: The Darkness Within

A.D. Bane

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

You gotta love a good demon hunter novel, at least I do.  A.D. Bane’s short story The Darkness Within fits the gritty mold.  It’s like a deeper more thoughtful version of Constantine or Devil May Cry, and I really enjoyed Michael’s conundrum as he clashed with the forces of darkness.  A good one for fans of Supernatural and the like!


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Alaskan Storm

Kronos

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I’ve been craving action lately and Alaskan Storm by Kronos certainly delivers.  This techno thriller follows Nick Park as he unlocks the powerful technological secrets of an ancient stone.  Meant to end the blight of disease, the stone, and Park, quickly find themselves in the wrong hands.  An evil shadow organization sets out to create an army of regenerative super warriors.  Thus the Cobalt strike force led by Captain Blood is tasked with stopping them and saving Park.  A lot is happening here but it’s all well written and action packed in a way that should please any spy thriller fans.


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Coming Home

J.D. Park

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Coming Home by J.D. Park was a great emotional masterpiece!  When Rayanne’s parents decide to sell her childhood home, she decides to move in and save it.  With the home comes a flood of warm childhood memories, and even a surprise reappearance of an old fling.  This is a feel good novel with warmth and heart and I enjoyed every page of it!


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My Supernatural Encounter with the Orange Being

Hayley Bi

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Hayley Bi’s memoir My Supernatural Encounter with the Orange Being followed several paranormal encounters in her own life.  This book offers some interesting perspectives into the unexplained, but also some interesting aspects of different cultural views of the paranormal.  If you like reading up on the world beyond our own, this one’s for you!


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If you Believe in Love at First Sight

Sarah Baethge

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

I always wanted to be a werewolf when I grew up.  Though that never happened, Sarah Baethge gives me the experience of what that would be like in her novel If you Believe in Love at First Sight.  As singer Joel sets his eyes on a beautiful woman, he gets whisked away on a crazy adventure.  Baethge’s book is perfect for any Supernatural or Twilight fans out there!


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Blood Diamonds Conspiracy

Yvonne Crowe

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Rarely do you have a sort of action thriller that also makes you think.  Yvonne Crowe’s Blood Diamonds Conspiracy did just that.  Grappling with the morality (or immorality) of the diamond industry, this book didn’t pull any punches.  After leaving her estranged lover, writer Colette finds herself embroiled in a life-threatening world spanning conspiracy.  Well written and tense, this one’s perfect for any Dan Brown fans out there!


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Two Pairs of Shorts

W.C. Clinton

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Two Pairs of Shorts by W.C. Clinton is a collection of short stories separated into two categories, Light and Dark.  The Light section has a sort of darker cynical humor to it whereas the Dark section is more morose.  The stories were set in real life and were able to bring about a slew of emotions in me.  They were written very creatively from different styles and perspectives making each an interesting read!


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Resistance

Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Mikhaeyla Kopievsky wrote the perfect dystopian experience with her novel Resistance!  The gritty world that worships efficiency makes for a great villain and I loved the cool class system where everyone is separated into four elements.  Young Anaiya is sent to eliminate the resistance to the Orthodox, a chance for her to erase her ‘shameful’ past, but she is presented with some tough choices along the way.  A great dystopian tale perfect for any Equilibrium or 1984 fans out there!


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Sovereign’s Wake

Lee LaCroix

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Lee LaCroix’s Sovereign’s Wake kept me very entertained all the way through!  In the wake of the king’s death, the countryside of a fantasy kingdom becomes fraught with danger as anarchy ensues.  Enter Garreth, a simple man of the forest.  He must protect his family all while battling cutthroats and an evil company intent on filling the power vacuum.  Perfect for anyone who loves Game of Thrones or Robin Hood!


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Power Hunt

Erinn Price

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I love near future sci fi.  I also love spy thrillers and Indiana Jones so Erinn Price’s Power Hunt was perfect for me.  After heading to Germany, Lara Croft-esque Morgan must battle a Shadow Organization as she hunts down powerful artifacts.  This novel was just fun and cool, like a mash up between Indiana Jones and Perfect Dark, and I look forward to seeing where the story goes next!


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True Death

Dale Lehman

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Great mysteries give you just enough information along the way without spoiling the secret or leaving you wanting.  Dale Lehman has found this sweet spot with True Death.  Beautifully descriptive, True Death follows Detective Rick Peller after the tragic car accident and subsequent death of his wife.  I really liked Peller as a character and it was really interesting how he gets wrapped into a case about a bank robbery, one that has something to do with his wife’s death.  I won’t spoil it by saying more, but this is a great mystery for anyone who enjoys lots of twists!


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Miss Gemquist and the Pearl of Peking

Laura Hepworth

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Miss Gemquist and the Pearl of Peking by Laura Hepworth was a fast-paced adventure.  Set in Victorian London, Loralai Gemquist is mysteriously summoned to a library.  She quickly finds herself wrapped up in an adventure filled with intrigue, stolen treasure, and a looming war.  I really enjoyed this mystery and recommend it for any fans of Indiana Jones out there!


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Isca

Ceri Bladen

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As the saying goes, the road to romance ought never be smooth.  Isca by Ceri Bladen takes place in the Roman occupied region of the same name.  We follow Branwen, a region native who must contend with the conquerors and the general rough conditions of the time.  Through chance of fate, she meets Marcus, a Roman legionnaire.  Despite their many differences, warmth starts to grow between them.  I love Bladen’s descriptions and the way she brought this time period and the romance within it to life.  A really good heartfelt read!


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Jacaranda Blues

Mehreen Ahmed

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Jacaranda Blues by Mehreen Ahmed doesn’t pull any punches.  Rhonda isn’t happy in her marriage and seeks love in the arms of an old fling.  She is quickly confronted with a tragedy involving her brother only complicating the matter.  This story is very melancholy, but it’s well written and offers some hope in the end.  A good read for anyone looking to tackle the challenges of the heart!


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The Locked Woman

Sean Benham

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

The Locked Woman by Sean Benham is a modern fable that warns of the evils of pride and gluttony.  A king demands that a hunter and his son slay the most fearsome beast in the kingdom so that he may eat it.  This hunt quickly goes awry leading to some dire consequences.  I really enjoyed the storybook nature of this tale and look forward to reading more from Benham!


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Tainted

H.C. Cavall

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I really enjoyed Tainted by H.C. Cavall!  This demon slaying adventure follows Astin as he develops special powers and must contend with otherworldly horrors.  Nothing necessarily special on that front, but Cavall’s writing is really fun, witty, and perfectly descriptive.  This novel was fast-paced and left me wanting more in a good way!  Great for any Supernatural fans out there!


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Living in the Shadows of the Pyramids

Amira Awaad

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Living in the Shadows of the Pyramids by Amira Awaad was a beautiful yet yearning set of poetry.  Awaad calls for peace for humanity along with social justice and freedom from oppression.  This was a heartfelt and passionate piece that was brave enough to tackle some difficult issues and I appreciate it for it.  All around a great one for anyone who loves poetry and real life issues!


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