Reviews 6

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Andrea McKenzie Raine

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Outcast is a story that went back and forth for me.  Raine does a great job with her descriptions and hitting me in the heart.  The plot took an interesting turn part way through allowing for a fascinating look at what is really important in life.  I struggled a little bit with the very angry main character, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying Raine’s exploration of communication, society, and just life in general.


Master Pet Sitting with Rover

Sarah Jordan

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Sarah Jordan’s Master Pet Sitting with Rover covered a variety of subjects encountered when trying to set up a pet sitting business.  I found Jordan’s tips useful, especially the ‘what not to do’ section.  The guide was well organized and an easy read with a lot of voice.  Jordan’s personal pet sitting stories were a lot of fun as well.  It has a bit of a narrow focus since it largely just deals with the Rover app, but Jordan throws in plenty of tips that are useful for pet sitters and business owners at large.


Tropical Sunsets in Delhian Nights

Kimelene Carr

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Tropical Sunsets in Delhian Nights by Kimelene Carr was just the cup of emotional tea I was looking for.  This collection of poems varied in the emotions it evoked, but it was always beautiful.  Carr tells an incredible tale of love and loss and longing and I look forward to more from this talented poet!


Not a Drop to Drink

Patsy Collins

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Patsy Collins is a master of taking meaningful snapshots from people’s lives and weaving them into heartfelt stories in Not a Drop to Drink.  Sometimes listless or difficult, sometimes with a gentle smile, every story left me with a fuller heart.  Even though this book is called Not a Drop to Drink, it’ll fill your cup and leave you hopeful.


If I Could be Like Jennifer Taylor

Barbara Ehrentreu

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Barbara Ehrentreu’s If I Could be Like Jennifer Taylor follows our somewhat envious, somewhat unconfident main character through her journey in starting high school.  This can be a difficult time of transition and Ehrentreu explores all the challenges of growing up for a girl starting a new school.  I enjoyed the deep feels and the journey of the characters, most for the better, which led up to a satisfying ending.


Railroad Tracks

Valentin Boubee

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

What would you do if you were kidnapped by an evil spirit train?  Call for help of course!  Valentin Boubee’s Railroad Tracks is a short story letter detailing the creepy account of a man being transported to an evil other world by a malevolent train.  It’s twisty like the tracks and leads to a very deadly ending.


Sticks and Stones

Alexandra Peel

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Alexandra Peel’s Sticks and Stones is a collection of short stories that follow different witches throughout history.  Each story was vastly different both in subject matter and style which (no pun intended) kept things interesting.  All around, a fascinating look at witches and their place in history.


Ten Tales for Tomorrow

Stuart Aken

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Stuart Aken’s short story compendium Ten Tales for Tomorrow explores several possible futures.  Speculative fiction often has the capacity to be a little dry, but Aken’s writing does not suffer from this plague.  Each story was full of life, action, and the capacity to make you think in a way that would make Asimov proud!


The Creaky Old House

Eileen Troemel

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Siblings are great about nearly getting each other killed.  When one sister pressures the other into exploring a creepy old house, the tense tale of The Creaky Old House ensues.  Eileen Troemel takes you on a journey to the abandoned old Tate house at the edge of town and builds an anxiety-driven tale towards a surprise ending.



BMB Johnson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Shortly after the invention of the artist came the invention of the critic.  Apparently in the magical world of BMB Johnson’s Etchings, they take their art seriously.  The worlds of classical skillful art and modern assembly line art collide in a decidedly strange tale.  I enjoyed Johnson’s writing and the quirkiness of it all, and I totally want a dragon that can paint/sculpt.  Just sayin.


Write Better Right Now

Gary Corbin

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Gary Corbin’s Write Better Right Now is a well written, well organized guide to help improve the writing of any fiction author.  Corbin explains his reasoning well and offers great examples that keeps everything clear.  If you’re looking for tips on how to improve your writing, this is a great place to start.


From Within

Jennifer Rayes

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Jennifer Rayes’ From Within is a gentle caress of the heart.  This poetry collection often deals with loss or struggle, but always leaves a little glimmer of hope.  I loved its various styles and uplifting message and it left me wanting more!


Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners

Nicole Sletten

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Being new to air fryers myself, Nicole Sletten’s Air Fryer Cookbook for Beginners really helped me out!  It only has seven recipes, but they were all delicious.  I’m also a terribly lazy cook so it really helped that they were all easy to prepare and Sletton’s guide was very well organized.  All around a great addition for anyone with an air fryer.


Christmas Shopping

Angel Gelique

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

You ever feel like you’re being followed?  In Angel Gelique’s Christmas Shopping, Jilly is stalked across a mall by a man with dark intentions.  I found Gelique’s short story to be well written and creepy.  A good one for anyone that wants to bring Halloween back for the holidays!


Blueberry Muffins

Jamey Boelhower

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Jamey Boelhower’s Blueberry Muffins is a collection of short stories and thoughts from Boelhower’s blog.  I was skeptical about this at first, but was quickly won over by Boelhower’s style and unique thoughts.  This is a real heart warmer great for anyone looking for an uplifting read!


The Abode

Patricia Mather Parker

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Patricia Mather Parker takes a bunch of classic fantasy archetypes and turns them on their head in her adventurous novel The Abode.  As a young girl escapes the oppressive residence The Abode, she finds herself embroiled in a greater world shattering plot.  I really enjoyed the uniqueness of Parker’s plot and the greater journey her characters traversed.  This book holds a slew of emotions and is great for any Harry Potter or Tim Burton fans out there!


Low Life

Allan Walsh

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

If you ever wanted to experience what hell is like, this is it!  Allan Walsh’s Low Life explores various venues and creatures of hell in the main character’s attempt to redeem himself.  Both creepy and fascinating, I’d recommend it for any fans of Dante’s Inferno or Nightmare on Elm Street out there!


Stained Glass

Joanne Van Leerdam

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Joanne Van Leerdam’s Stained Glass is a beautiful collection of poems.  I was moved by Van Leerdam’s words as they navigated through pain and loss finding beauty in love.  Great for anyone looking to be moved.


A Flower’s Stem

Samuel Kigelman

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Sam Kigelman’s A Flower’s Stem is a bit of a sad book, but it offers hope like a flower pushing its way out of the weeds.  Kigelman follows a family struggling with raising children, maintaining a marriage, and fighting drugs.  The beauty in the ordinary is Kigelman’s strength.  I enjoyed the realism of his words and the powerful emotional scenes he was able to evoke because of it.


Personal Pronouns

David Allen Edmonds

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

This book really hit me.  David Allen Edmonds’ Personal Pronouns follows a teacher who watched the love of his life die in a car accident and his journey to claw his way along the road to recovery.  This is a story of grief, but also one of love and hope.  Edmonds’ writing was both inspiring and engrossing and moved me to the core!

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