Reviews 5

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The Fang

The Fang

K.I. Zachopoulos

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I love comic books.  I also love a darker monster hunter narrative.  So when KI Zachopoulos put the two together, I was in heaven (albeit a dark heaven).  The graphic novel The Fang follows a trio of vampire hunters as they take on none other than Dracula himself.  Both well drawn and well written, this is a must for anyone who enjoys a darker more serious hunter’s tale.  I know I certainly did!


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Crossroads of Draston

Aaron Wulf, Jack Gabriel, and Joel Norden

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

The Crossroads of Draston by Aaron Wulf, Jack Gabriel, and Joel Norden was a fantastic foray into the imaginative world of Dragonband, a world populated with interesting locales, deep characters, and dangerous monsters.  I loved my walk in this Dungeons and Dragons-esque world.  Each chapter followed a different character, giving me a fun tourist-like taste of venues around Dragonband.  The different authors did a fantastic job of creating fun plots and building a realistic and interesting realm that I would love to explore further in the future!


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Absence of Blade

Caitlin Demaris McKenna

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Absence of Blade by Caitlin Demaris McKenna tells a very different sci fi story, one where humans are the alien aggressors.  The violent Terran expansion has decimated the Osk, but a few brave rebels fight back in a desperate struggle.  All around I loved the imaginative worlds, the cool technology, and the heartfelt message of the story.  Great for anyone who loves Avatar or Firefly!


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The Small Group Saga

Cody Taylor

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

The Small Group Saga by Cody Taylor is a well-paced action romp that has a deeper meaning.  Tyler is a reluctant church camp small group leader, and secretly a kick-arse action hero.  He feels worthless and is suffering from a recent tragedy, but Tyler finds meaning through helping a student who is similarly suffering.  Interesting monsters and intense action make this one worth a read!


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Night Conjurings: Tales of Terror

Harvey Click

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I’d say the mark of a great horror book is one that lingers with you long after you’ve put it down.  That’s exactly what Harvey Click achieved in his short story anthology Night Conjurings.  Click has interesting characters and perfect pacing, a difficult thing to accomplish in a horror story.  My hat goes off to Mr. Click, and my lights won’t go off for awhile because of his book!


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The One

Belle Ami

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

The One by Belle Ami was actually my first foray into erotica.  Ami does character well and has just the right amount of description to keep things steamy but not get in the way.  I usually prefer more left to the imagination than erotica allows, but Ami was able to weave in a deeper (probably shouldn’t use that word when talking erotica) plot that kept me interested.


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Light’s Dawn

Yvette Bostic

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Light’s Dawn, a spinoff prequel to Yvette Bostic’s Light in the Darkness series, was action packed, suspenseful, and full of fun characters.  I especially liked how Bostic wove in actual historical events with a mystical theme.  I’m looking forward to reading the follow up novel now that I have some character background and to see what happened to our noble evil-slaying crew!


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Hemingway’s Shoes

Brian Scutt

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Brian Scutt’s Hemingway’s Shoes is an unsettling tale of a man’s dark tragedy.  Scutt does a great job of throwing you straight into an intense and intriguing situation, and then slowly unravelling (literally) the mystery in a way that absolutely demands your attention.  It’s a little disturbing, just as a warning to those of you with a weak stomach (literally).


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Pride be Damned

Ellen Boyd

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Ellen Boyd’s Pride be Damned was a well-paced actiony yet emotional thriller.  I liked the dynamic of the two families, one the protagonist and the other the antagonist, and how they showcased the battle between good versus evil in a realistic and satisfying way.  Family is important, and this book shows how that can be a good or a bad thing.


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The Dragon Ring

C. Craig Coleman

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

It’s never really a good idea to depose a queen when she’s a powerful witch.  That’s what the denizens of C. Craig Coleman’s The Dragon Ring figure out pretty quick.  The world is full of interesting monsters and a plot full of political intrigue that draws you in til the very end.


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Moonfeather

Grace Anthony

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Moonfeather by Grace Anthony is a very loveable horse story.  It was filled with emotion and interesting characters, and I really felt for Moonfeather.  It’s a little tricky to navigate on occasion for anyone who doesn’t know anything about horses, but all around a solid read.


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