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Fangirl Club

Jolene Skvarek

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

If manga was a chapter book, Jolene Skvarek’s Fangirl Club would be it!  As Emma is forced to move away from New York City, she quickly discovers that living in a small town isn’t exactly quiet.  Joining the super secret Fangirl Club to standoff against the nefarious Nerd-Rage group, Emma finds herself locked in a battle that could decide the fate of more than just her new hometown.  I loved the heavy Japanese influence in this one, as well as the great nerdiness to it all, and Skvarek’s writing is fun and flows really well.  All around the perfect novel for any anime or manga lovers out there!


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Here We Are & There We Go

Jill Dobbe

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Anyone who has travelled with young kids knows that it’s nuts!  Now tack on numerous countries, years, a few lions, and a typhoon and you’ve got Jill Dobbe’s travel memoir Here We Are & There We Go.  I loved the spirit of adventure in this book and just seeing where the Dobbe family would go next.  This one’s all around perfect for anyone getting that old bit of wanderlust!


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The Night Alphabet

David Donachie

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

What exactly are dreams and why do we have them?  David Donachie answers this and more in his creative, mysterious, terrifying, and intriguing collection of short stories The Night Alphabet.  Each story was written in its own diverse style and covered everything from ghosts to aliens to even floating castles.  I loved the variety and just getting to see what would roll off Donachie’s pen next!  Check this one out next time you’re experiencing a bit of insomnia and looking for something interesting to dream about!


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Hounded

Ellie Douglas

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Having to face off against zombies is bad enough but when they turn out to be zombie dogs you have the true nightmare that is Ellie Douglas’ Hounded.  The Fosters find themselves fighting for survival as they are hunted by the undead, their tense story culminating in a surprise twist.  I loved that this book had more than just the stereotypical zombie, and that it was about the powerful bond between family.  All around a good one for you zombie lovers out there!


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Mind of Darkness

Jes Drew

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Jes Drew builds an interesting world of superhumans and deceit in Mind of Darkness.  Emily Rogers enrolls in the Yin Program only to discover it isn’t what it seems, and neither is reality.  On the other side of the world, superhuman Charsia faces off against a dark conspiracy.  I loved picking through the two stories to see how they were connected and enjoyed the interesting array of characters Drew laid out.  This one’s great for any superhero fans out there or lovers of the dystopian genre!


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The Owl of the Sipan Lord

Viv Drewa

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

If it’s excitement you crave, look no further than Viv Drewa’s The Owl of the Sipan Lord!  After her husband’s death during an archeological dig, Clare begins to be visited by a mysterious owl prompting her to return to the scene of her trauma.  This story reminded me pleasantly of The Mummy and I really liked Clare and the other characters.  It’s a neat supernatural mystery perfect for any adventure fans out there!


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Top Advice for Authors Promoting their Book

Barb Drozdowich

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As an author myself, I really found Barb Drozdowich’s guide Top Advice for Authors Promoting their Book to be helpful!  It’s really just a slew of quotes from book bloggers all answering the same question, ‘what advice do you have for authors promoting their books?’  The simplicity of this guide is its strength and I really enjoyed getting the many different perspectives.  This one’s great for any authors looking to dredge up some hype about their writing!


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Biomass

R.C. Ducantlin

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

When ordinary people encounter immense threats, extraordinary things can happen.  R.C. Ducantlin’s Biomass is tense and twisting.  A journalist uncovers a plot to eradicate the majority of human life on the planet.  This book had me on the edge right up until the very end!  Great for any Tom Clancy fans out there!


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The Janus Enigma

William Dudley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

William Dudley takes us on an awesomely gritty sci fi action ride in The Janus Enigma.  Calder is a bounty hunter on the Janus Station, a travel gate owned and operated by the rich and powerful and riddled with crimelords.  When he takes a job to track down a kid, he finds more trouble than he’s looking for.  I loved Calder and the depth of the locations in this book, as well as the crazy twists.  This one’s great for my fellow sci fi nuts out there!


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The Light in the Labyrinth

Wendy J. Dunn

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

The 1500s spawned a great wealth of dark tales for subsequent generations to be fascinated by.  Wendy Dunn seizes on this in The Light in the Labyrinth, a tale of the Tudors told from a fresh perspective.  As young Kate goes to attend to her aunt, she witnesses the drama and ultimate terror that surrounded Henry VIII.  This is a heartfelt, intriguing, and dark story told from a wonderfully fresh perspective!


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