Reviews 4

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Who Got the Meat Come off Them Bones

William Naylor

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

William Naylor takes you on a wild ride in Who Got the Meat Come off Them Bones.  After receiving a mysterious phonecall, Darce Vardy finds himself racing against time to save a child.  Naylor’s writing is witty and the book full of unseen twists.  This one’s perfect for any fans of Heavy Rain out there!


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The Turning

Micky Neilson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Micky Neilson provides a fresh and tense take on the werewolf genre in The Turning.  After being infected with the werewolf virus, Brandon is lost.  A lady named Celine gives him a path back to wholeness but subsequently passes away.  Devastated, Brandon boards a cruise ship intending to never return.  What he finds instead is new love, a dangerous hunter, and a deadly plot.  Neilson’s writing is actiony, moody, and perfectly descriptive bringing the great character of Brandon to life.  This one’s perfect for anyone who loves werewolves or cruises (and especially both together)!


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Yseult

Ruth Nestvold

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Ruth Nestvold brings us back to a darker time in Yseult.  This great retelling of the tragic tale of Drystan and Yseult mixes the gritty realism of the Dark Ages with the magic of fantasy.  It’s a weird combo but Nestvold’s writing makes it work really well.  Yseult was an interesting and gut-punching addition to the Arthurian legend perfect for any fans of historical fantasy out there!


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A Talisman Arcane

J.M. Ney-Grimm

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

J.M. Ney-Grimm’s A Talisman Arcane is magical and charming!  When young Lealle finds an old haunted house after fleeing some mean boys, she discovers there’s a lot more to the place than meets the eye.  I love the mystery and magic of this coming of age story and Ney-Grimm’s writing is full of voice.  This one’s great for any fans of The House with the Clock in the Walls!


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In Deep

Sage Nottley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Every great mystery has great characters.  This holds true for Sage Nottley’s In Deep.  After the strange death of a driller, Jessica O-Neill is called in to investigate.  She finds a town full of intrigue and secrets, as well as a little romantic tension with the town’s sheriff, Sam.  It’s character that drives this novel as well as Nottley’s command over detail and description.  This one’s perfect for any mystery lovers out there!


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Cryptofauna

Patrick Canning

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Every now and then, a book is just so absurd it works wonderfully.  That’s Patrick Canning’s Cryptofauna in a nutshell.  This irony-packed adventure starts when custodian Jim attempts suicide.  He finds himself being invited to the game of Cryptofauna, a world-spanning endeavor to create mischief.  It’s really like if you mixed It’s a Wonderful Life with Hitchhiker’s Guide and I loved every second of it!


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The Barcza Gambit

Roger Cave

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Set in the time America was looking to pull out of Iraq, Roger Cave’s The Barcza Gambit was already poised for tension.  Throw in a conspiracy plot and it’s a party.  Alec Fincham is sent in to train the American forces still positioned in Iraq, but he quickly discovers that there is more going on.  Cave’s writing has depth and is fast-paced making The Barcza Gambit perfect for any Tom Clancy fans!


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Weeping Well

Angel M.B. Chadwick

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Angel M.B. Chadwick’s Weeping Well is dark, descriptive, and filled with interesting characters.  Chadwick’s focus on character is what sucked me into this novel the most.  It’s moody and atmospheric and Chadwick draws you in bit by bit through surprising twists.  All around a good one if you’re looking for a darker tale.


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Shakti: The Divine Feminine

Anuja Chandramouli

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Anuja Chandramouli covers all the interesting faces and personas of the goddess Mahamaya in Shakti: The Divine Feminine.  This fascinating take follows the goddess as she becomes different aspects of herself.  Chandramouli’s writing is wonderfully descriptive and flows well making Shakti perfect for any fellow lovers of mythology out there!


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Brandon Makes Jiao Zi

Eugenia Chu

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Eugenia Chu makes a fun way to learn and experience Chinese culture in her children’s book Brandon Makes Jiao Zi.  When Brandon’s grandmother visits from China, he tries to help her make Jiao Zi in the way that all kiddos ‘try to help.’  It’s a really fun book that also teaches Chinese vocabulary and pronunciation.  This is a fun children’s book and great for anyone that loves Chinese culture!


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Crying, The Nightingale

Suilyaniz Cintron

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Who ever knew that a suspenseful mystery could also be poetic and beautiful?  Suilyaniz Cintron achieves this in Crying, The Nightingale.  After a heavy loss, Warren begins having dreams of a faceless woman.  When he meets Moira, a singer at a popular nightclub, the mystery deepens.  This period piece is not only intriguing, Cintron’s writing is beautifully poetic and descriptive making Crying, The Nightingale perfect for mystery and poetry lovers alike!


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The Collector

Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Being abducted can be a terrifying experience.  Stjepan Varesevac Cobets explores this in The Collector, but it’s not what you think.  After going to a bar, George awakens in a mysterious forest with several others, told to follow a path.  This novel is a great mystery with good character development and interesting twists.  I especially like how Cobets subverts expectations.  The Collector is not what you think and is certainly worth your time, especially if you love science fiction and mysteries!


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Blossoming Bones

Decio Coelho

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Decio Coelho dissects the human soul in Blossoming Bones, a beautiful collection of poetry.  Some poems are about pain, others growth and healing.  All are beautiful in their own right.  One of my favorite things about Coelho’s work is that the entire thing collectively is a metaphor for the spirit of youth.  This moving piece is perfect for any lovers of poetry out there!


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Raven’s Peak

Lincoln Cole

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Lincoln Cole begins a bloody escapade in Raven’s Peak.  Insanity takes hold of a mountain town prompting investigation by Abigail.  She quickly finds something sinister and supernatural is going on and she must protect local resident Haatim to stop it.  I enjoyed Abigail and Haatim’s rapport, and Cole does a great job unspooling a creative and tense mystery.  This one’s perfect for any horror or thriller lovers out there!


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Aluria

Tyler Cook

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Tyler Cook builds a new superhero universe in Aluria.  When Jason Conner’s crush is threatened, he accepts the help (and powers) of an entity known as Aluria.  Now he must battle a powerful sorcerer as he protects his home and the people he loves.  Aluria is a fun origin story with action and heart that reminded me pleasantly of Avatar: The Last Airbender.  This one’s perfect for any lovers of all things superhero!


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