Taylor Kole thrusts us into a waking nightmare with Dream Riders! Couple Corey and Marci have the unique ability to dive into other people’s dreams and enhance them, something they quickly try to capitalize on. But when they dive into a stranger’s dream, they encounter a malevolent Being, one that doesn’t enjoy having its natural hunting grounds disturbed. This book was creepy, pleasantly reminding me of Stir of Echoes with a splash of Inception! Kole does a great job of building the tension and making this strange concept believable, and really grows Corey, Marci, and even the Being as great characters. If you’re looking for something suspenseful to keep you up tonight, come burn some midnight oil with Dream Riders!
Johnny Moscato casts us into a desperate struggle for survival in Isolation Island! Ten contestants are dropped onto a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, tasked with surviving against the elements, animals, and isolation in order to win a million dollars. But when people start turning up dead, the contestants learn that someone amongst them is playing for keeps. If you loved classics like The Most Dangerous Game or The Hatchet, you should definitely check this one out! Moscato’s crisp writing seamlessly brings the feel of Isolation Island and its inhabitants to life (well, for as long as they are actually alive). The book was tense all the way through and I really didn’t know what to expect next. If you love survival thrillers or even murder mysteries, definitely come book your ticket to Isolation Island!
Nghich Tu and Viet Nguyen
Nghich Tu and Viet Nguyen show us that not all change is good in their fantasy horror thriller Eyes! Young Vu Thanh is returning home to her village to celebrate Lunar New Year only to discover that things aren’t quite right in her village. Now she has no choice but to trust a strange young man if she has any hope of surviving the darkness that has descended on her home. Eyes is a great mystery soaked in black magic, spirits, and Vietnamese culture. I loved getting to learn more about Vietnamese culture and folklore over the course of this pulse-pounding ride, and I really felt connected with Vu Thanh! If you love darker fairy tales like Pan’s Labyrinth or you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture, come celebrate the new year with Eyes!
Tempest of Bavoure: Castaway
Valena D’Angelis lets us get lost in another world with the exciting follow up Tempest of Bravoure: Castaway! Ahna is back, this time searching for answers to the tangled questions of her past. With the help of a veteran spy (my favorite) and an amateur mage, she heads into a new world, one filled with new and creeping dangers. I loved getting to explore a lush fantasy world with Ahna in the past, so to get to dive into a new realm is a treat. There’s a great deal of mystery in this one, and the characters pack plenty of surprises, both series regulars and newcomers alike. If you love your fantasy packed with witty characters who also have depth, imaginative worlds, interesting creatures, and surprise twists, come search for the Magi in Castaway!