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Enchanting the Fey

Rebecca Bosevski

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

It’s not easy living in someone’s shadow, especially that of a war hero.  In Enchanting the Fey, Desmoree is the granddaughter of a famous Fey warrior who banished a great evil.  Now a demon is rising and Desmoree is prophesized to stop it, but she quickly learns that not all is as it appears.  Enchanting the Fey offers plenty of twists that any fantasy or new adult fans will enjoy!


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Devian

Shanna Bosarge

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Devian by Shanna Bosarge is the gritty fantasy tale of Sterling, a young woman with an unknown past.  Sterling is constantly being hunted by an evil force, and people are slow to trust her due to her mysterious silver eyes.  As the war between demons and humans rages on, Sterling must fight to uncover her past so the world can have a future.  Tense, fast paced, and vivid, the mystery of Devian was a really cool read any fantasy fan can enjoy!


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Ronaldo: The Phantom Carrot Snatcher

Maxine Sylvester

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Ronaldo and Rudi return in another fun-filled adventure in The Phantom Carrot Snatcher by Maxine Sylvester.  The two friends stumble upon a wolf cub and decide to return it home.  Their superhero adventure gets sidetracked by Ronaldo’s dream of gaining the speed record, putting a strain on their friendship.  The Phantom Carrot Snatcher is a great addition to the Ronaldo series sporting all the quirky humor, neat adventures, and good morals that make it a wonderful children’s series!


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The World Within

Prasad Gogada

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Prasad Gogada returns with more spiritual guidance in The World Within.  Through his creative retelling of parables and fresh perspectives on thought and its use for good or evil, Gogada paints a fascinating moral picture with depth.  Great for anyone wanting to look inward to improve their outward life!


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Neighbors

Brian Whiting

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Neighbors by Brian Whiting has a slightly different feel than its predecessor, but I’ve loved both!  In this continuation, we see a newly rebuilt UEF square off against the creepy alien Zorn in an attempt to save Earth from their invasion.  All the great characters return from the first one, each attempting to deal with the Zorn in their own way (Timmy’s piece is particularly interesting as he investigates a mysterious artifact that predates humanity).  Whiting’s characters are fun and his writing is exciting.  I loved seeing the UEF’s origins in the first and where it’s going now.  Can’t wait for the next one!  This is a good one for any Stargate SG-1 fans out there!


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Love Bites

T.L. Clark

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Love Bites by T.L. Clark is a supernatural romance with an interesting and broody main character.  Shakira just moved to a new place.  She struggles to fit in, in large part thanks to her tragic past.  But when she encounters some otherworldly beings, her life changes forever.  You might say that’s your standard supernatural romance setup, but that’s not a bad thing.  Clark’s writing is engaging and I enjoyed seeing Shakira’s journey.  This is a good one for anyone itching for a story with magic and romance!


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Melody Jackson v. The Woman in White

BMB Johnson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

There are mysterious goings on on Lafayette Street.  In BMB Johnson’s latest mystery Melody Jackson v. The Woman in White, Melody is set on a new case.  After encountering a mysterious figure in the night, Melody and her family must investigate in an adventure that takes them all over town.  I was pleasantly reminded of Sherlock Holmes and the Hardy Boys, and Johnson’s writing really brings everything to life!  This is a great mystery for anyone that loves a good light-hearted and thoughtful investigation novel!


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A Traveler from an Antique Land

Harvey Click

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

In my earliest days of reading, I began with the sci fi classics from series greats Heinlein and Asimov.  That’s a bit what Harvey Click’s A Traveler from an Antique Land reminds me of.  After getting kidnapped and being brought to an alien world, Mary is in for a healthy dose of adventure.  I loved the discovery aspect of this book.  Around every corner was a singing statue, a strange alien, or a basement full of assassins.  It was exciting flipping ahead to see what would pop out and Click’s writing brings it all to life marvelously!  This is a fun read for any sci fi lovers out there, both classic and contemporary!


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The Last Ranger of Sarn

Ed Ireland

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I love it when an author manages to create a fantasy world with tons of depth without sacrificing readability.  Ed Ireland’s The Last Ranger of Sarn tells the exciting tale of Vespias, a young woman who is forced to stand against the evil wave of undead that is invading Castia.  The world has great depth with royal families, intrigue, and epic battles, but it’s Ireland’s creative writing that brings it all to life.  Here and there we find excerpts from Vespias’ journal that add a lot of heart to her story of desperate struggle and heroism.  This one’s perfect for any Game of Thrones or Dragon Age fans out there and I can’t wait to see what Vespias finds on the Lost Isles!


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Hacker

Barbara Tarn

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Barbara Tarn’s Hacker is a futuristic story about love.  After escaping the disaster that took his world, Jes-syd is trying to adjust to his new life.  He has a new girlfriend despite his feelings for the girl he lost back on his planet.  But when reports of survivors from his planet surface, things get complicated.  Tarn’s writing is lively and flowing, bringing the emotion to life, and I liked Jes-syd as a character.  This is a good one for anyone looking for a little drama splashed in with their sci fi or romance!


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Stranger & Stranger

Rachael Arsenault

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Rachael Arsenault’s Stranger & Stranger is full of adventure and fun.  Teenager Ainslee is kidnapped by the fae and brought to the otherworldly land of Duircean.  She must navigate this strange world and deal with its often dangerous denizens while she is slowly transformed into a fairy.  But the transition isn’t smooth and there’s more going on than meets the eye.  The mystery of Stranger & Stranger and the cool other world make this a fun read for any fantasy lover!


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Grace

Marilia Bonelli

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Marilia Bonelli’s Grace is a truly creative novel.  In the fantasy kingdom of Tretion, when you’re about to die you receive Grace, a twenty four hour period of life where you can do whatever you like.  But when a murderer kills several people without allowing them to use Grace, the kingdom calls upon Luke to solve the murders.  Luke is a dead man walking, having already entered his Grace period.  It’s a perfectly tense, fascinating mystery that had me enthralled to the very end!


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Abundance

Shanna Swenson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Characters are what make or break a romance novel.  Fortunately, the only thing that broke for me with Shanna Swenson’s Abundance was my heart.  Single parent Natalie is running from the circumstances of a rough past with her daughter.  When she breaks down near a small town, she finds help in more ways than one in the form of ranch hand Jack.  This novel is heartfelt, I loved the characters so much, and Swenson hit me in the heart so many times making this one of the most memorable romances I’ve ever read!


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Kaleidoscopic Beauty

Karen Horsely

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Karen Horsely evokes some powerful emotions in her poetry collection Kaleidoscopic Beauty.  With the use of beautiful imagery, Horsely walks us through some challenging feelings.  Though lustful, Kaleidoscopic Beauty never makes the pitfall of going dark and always offers the magic of hope.  If you love poetry, you’ll really like this one!


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EVAC Ignition

AJ Britnell

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

The year is 2065 and humankind is pushing further and further into space.  AJ Britnell captures the real struggles and intrigue of near future space travel in EVAC Ignition.  This novel is realistic but also fast-paced.  Business tycoon Healey has enlisted Haruka and her crew of rescuers to work for him, a move Haruka suspects has other motivations.  But that all heats up when her team is faced with a worst-case scenario aboard a space station.  This novel reminded me pleasantly of films like Poseiden Adventure and The Martian, and I appreciate Britnell’s attention to detail and realism.  All around a good one for any space or survival enthusiasts!


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Music Business Bastards

Russell C. Brennan

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Russell C. Brennan comes at you with a wealth of knowledge about having a successful music career in Music Business Bastards.  Brennan imparts several decades of experience through easy to navigate chapters chunked out into subjects varying from things to avoid to where the industry is headed.  I honestly know nothing about music (I can clap but that’s about it), but as a businessman and an artist I found the parallels to be rather interesting.  All around a good read for anyone looking to break into the industry!


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Clemmie’s War

Rosie Boyes

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

What would you do if you died and came back to life?  For Clemmie, that’s a very real question.  Clemmie’s War by Rosie Boyes is a beautifully descriptive fascinating read.  Clemmie awakens after dying with no memory.  After slowly piecing things back together, she must decide if she wants to take revenge on her killer.  Add in a splash of time travel and you got my kind of book!  Boyes’ writing is really what makes Clemmie’s War great.  Her descriptions are meaningful, but also not overwhelming.  All of it flows towards a smash bang ending.  This is a good one for anyone who loves a good heartfelt and fast-paced young adult novel out there!


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Sarah’s Song

Vicky Whedbee

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Set in Appalachian country in the 1940s, Sarah’s Song by Vicky Whedbee already had appeal for me.  I love this period of history and a good rural story and Whedbee captured the feel of both beautifully.  Couple that with some strong emotions, a good badguy, and a slew of secrets to be uncovered, and you’ve got an instant classic in my eyes!  Sarah’s Song hit me right in the heart and I recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction!


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Holtur Stories

Cameron Wayne Smith

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I already enjoyed my first dive into the land of Holtur, so getting to explore it further through Holtur Stories by Cameron Wayne Smith was a real treat for me!  Here you’ll find slayers and imaginative monsters alike, even a story from a Wyvern’s point of view, all of it well-written by Smith’s flowing actiony style.  If you’re looking to break into the series or just need a fresh dose of dungeon crawling, Holtur Stories is for you!


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Kaitlin’s Mooring

Carey Azzara

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Kaitlin’s Mooring by Carey Azzara is a fantastically crafted emotional roller coaster!  It follows three generations of the Deveau family as they’re faced with challenges and emotional heartache.  The characters are deep and realistic, and Azzara knows how to reach in and grab your heart.  This is a beautiful family drama worthy of your time (just have some tissues nearby)!


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Summer Moments

Kimelene Carr

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Summer Moments by Kimelene Carr has a powerful emotional punch.  After experiencing a major childhood tragedy and the ensuing emotional fallout, Alexandra has struggled most of her life.  Now, just before she’s freed to go to college, she finds herself stuck at home.  But when Michael shows up, everything changes.  Alex’s journey is a satisfying one and I love her dynamic with Michael.  It’s all beautifully described making Summer Moments one of my favorite feel good novels!


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Shadow House

Stuart Land

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Stuart Land unspools a gripping tale of terror and mystery in Shadow House.  Living 50 years apart, PJ McAvoy and protagonist Aaron are strangely connected.  Murderous PJ blames Aaron for his family’s death, conveniently ignoring the fact he hasn’t been born yet, and begins setting in motion his plot for revenge.  It’s the connection between these two characters and the mystery behind it that makes Shadow House so compelling.  Any Dean Koontz fans out there will be right at home here (if you’ll pardon the pun)!


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The Vampire

Dana Skvarek II

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Demon slayers and vampire hunters are an immediate draw for me, but Dana Skvarek’s short story The Vampire was something special.  This first person account of a man hunting a monster was beautifully poetic and had a neat twist that stuck with me long after reading.  This one’s perfect for any prospective slayers out there and, oddly enough, any lovers of poetry too!


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Mars Underneath

Mala Mukherjee

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Mala Mukherjee’s Mars Underneath blends the worlds of science fiction and fantasy in an interesting way.  After terraforming and colonizing Mars, humanity has reverted to a kingdom structure.  They find themselves in a war with Mars’ original alien inhabitants.  Erik and his girlfriend Volga strive to save some Martians from being enslaved by an evil king, only to be taken as slaves themselves.  This is a story about what it means to be human on an alien world and I enjoyed the way Mukherjee blended different styles to tell it.  Mars Underneath is great for any classic fantasy and science fiction lovers out there!


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Raavana’s Daughter

Nadishka Aloysius

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Some of my favorite books ever are The Illiad and Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.  The highflying action, the interesting and often creepy monsters, and the over the top but also human characters speak to me.  Nadishka Aloysius captured all of this in her retelling of the Ramakien, Raavana’s Daughter.  Beautifully descriptive and fast-paced, we follow Hanuman as he is tasked with saving Sita Devi (Rama’s wife) from the evil clutches of the Demon King.  But like any good myth, the journey is fraught with danger.  Raavana’s Daughter is perfect for any Rick Riordan or mythology fans out there and I look forward to seeing more stories from a Hindu perspective!


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