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Sunwalker

S.T. Sanchez

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

S.T. Sanchez creates an interesting and complex vampire world in Sunwalker.  Lilly is a Sunwalker, a vampire born from human parents (like a Muggle).  But when she saves her friend from a vampire named Tread, she’s introduced to a world she never knew.  Like many vampire books, Sunwalker features a romance, but Sanchez’s writing and ability to focus on a greater plot sets this one apart.  This one’s perfect for any gritty vampire book or romance lovers out there!


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Life or Death

L.D. Nash

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

L.D. Nash’s short short story Life or Death left me thinking for hours.  When a girl dies, she must choose between Life and Death.  Both are physical characters, and both are refreshingly presented as beautiful.  Nash’s writing is beautiful and thoughtful making Life or Death one of my favorites!


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Tales from Haran

Elin Pettersson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Through a set of short stories we get an in depth look at the cool fantasy world of Haran’utarie in Elin Pettersson’s Tales from Haran.  Filled with elves, monsters, quests, and danger, Haran offers everything a fantasy lover could want in a make believe world.  Pettersson’s writing is the perfect blend of action and description and her stories genuinely bring the mystic world of Haran to life.  I enjoyed my time there and look forward to exploring that otherworld further!


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Darkness and Bloodshed

Lennie Grace

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Lennie Grace pulls together three intriguing tales of terror in Darkness and Bloodshed.  These are some of your traditional horror stories filled with things like werewolves and haunted objects, but that’s not a bad thing and the way Grace tells them is a lot of fun!  This one is perfect for anyone who loves a good supernatural mystery or anything creepy!


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The Agony of an Age

J.W. Barlament

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

J.W. Barlament continues to build onto his rich fantasy world in The Agony of an Age.  This epic, like its predecessor, spans many years following three different characters.  Rahdain is an immortal leader with many enemies.  Hallmund is a king plagued by his inner demons.  And Reolus (my favorite) is a man trying to protect his family in a time of great upheaval.  I always love the way Barlament puts his characters at the center of deep moralistic struggles that make The Agony of an Age meaningful and memorable.  This one’s perfect for anyone that likes a little depth to their fantasy!


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Vikings: Taken

Ceri Bladen

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

The best kind of romances are like the one in Ceri Bladen’s Vikings: Taken where two very unlikely partners slowly discover feelings for one another.  Rosfrith lived a relatively peaceful life in Middle Britain until one day some bloodthirsty Vikings raid her village and take her as a slave.  She eventually meets Ubba, a war-hardened Viking, but one that begins to feel a stirring in his heart.  The way Bladen describes subtle emotions brings this romance to life making Vikings: Taken perfect for any historical romance lovers out there!


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Ren

Amira Awaad

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

When Nadiah must return with her family to Egypt, she’s unhappy about it, but she quickly discovers there’s more to her heritage and original homeland than she ever realized.  Amira Awaad brings Egypt to life once more in Ren, an actiony and intriguing thriller.  I really enjoyed all Ren’s characters, Nadiah in particular, and really liked the cool concept behind Ren (the idea of ancient spirits living on in us today).  This one’s perfect for anyone who just loves mythology and Egyptian culture!


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Ctrl Z

Shabana Mukhtar

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

We all have those things in our lives we wish we could go back and change.  Shabana Mukhtar revisits some of her regrets in Ctrl Z.  This somewhat listful memoir is interesting to me because it covers an aspect of life we often try to avoid.  This one’s good for anyone looking for a little self reflection and validation that others experience challenges similar to our own.


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The Poetic Furnace

Ndubichi

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Poetry has the power to unlock the human soul in a way no other writing can.  Ndubichi creates some beautiful metaphors for the different aspects of human nature in The Poetic Furnace.  The way Ndubichi arranges these in opposite emotions (happiness, then sadness) was a cool touch and each poem presented the emotion through creative stories.  This one is perfect for anyone looking to ride a wave of emotions!


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Damnation

Igor Valec

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

I love fantasy, all the medieval drama, epic battles, and creatures.  Igor Valec captures all of that in his gritty epic Damnation.  After coming upon a strange cult, King Lortar finds his kingdom thrown into chaos as he is forced to square off against his own son.  This world is instantly reminiscent of dark fantasy epics like Game of Thrones, something I enjoyed greatly!  This one is perfect for anyone who enjoys a more complicated, intrigue-filled fantasy!


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The Novice Wielder

Franca Ogbonnaya

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

An epic quest unfolds in Franca Ogbonnaya’s The Novice Wielder.  After discovering she has powers, Britea is whisked away across the ocean to hone them at the training academy.  Unfortunately, she finds herself at the epicenter of an ancient conflict between mystical races and a world-shattering prophecy.  Ogbonnaya has a knack for making likeable characters and the great journey leaves me wondering where the story will take us next!  This one’s perfect for any lovers of pirates, the ocean, and fantasy epics!


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Forever and a Night

Lana Campbell

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Lana Campbell writes a really intriguing vampire romance in Forever and a Night.  Nathan has been turned into a vampire by Isabella over a century ago.  She eventually released him from her thrall to strike out on his own but has since returned with the intent to marry him and re-enslave him.  This becomes more complicated when Nathan meets Isabella, a charming human waitress he quickly becomes enthralled with.  I really enjoyed the multilayered aspect of Campbell’s plot and her superhuman ability to bring scenes vividly to life through description.  This one’s great for any vampire or romance lovers to sink their teeth into!


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Seahaven

Raymond Cain

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Raymond Cain creates such an imaginative world in Seahaven!  In this fantasy meets steampunk meets sci fi adventure, young captain Flynn must track down the mystery of how his parents died, leading him to discover that a greater evil threatens the seas.  The world of Seahaven is really cool with underwater cities and threats, Flynn is a really fun charismatic character, and the adventure is fast-paced making this one perfect for any lovers of the ocean, Aquaman, or pirate fantasy out there!


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Lying in Wait

Laurel Ostiguy

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

College is an exciting time.  Getting to strike out on your own, meet new people.  Laurel Ostiguy captures this feeling in Lying in Wait.  Laura Chase is trying to bring her friends and the whole Onondaya State campus together through her new radio DJ job but things don’t always go to plan.  Throw in a budding romance, Ostiguy’s fun voice and description, and Lying in Wait is instantly fun and heartfelt.  This one’s great for anyone excited about college or feeling a little nostalgic!


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Jake Lucid Dreamer

David Naiman

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

David Naiman’s coming of age story Jake Lucid Dreamer really knows how to hit you in the heart.  Twelve year old Jake struggles with the loss of his mother and is constantly being bullied at school.  To make matters worse, he must also contend with strange and often frightening dreams.  But when Jake finally learns to control his dreams, he finds himself on the road to healing.  Both mystical and realistic, this was a heartfelt and meaningful novel filled with some great emotional moments!


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