Reviews 6

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Falling Pomegranate Seeds

Wendy J. Dunn

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Enter one of history’s brutal holy wars in Wendy J. Dunn’s Falling Pomegranate Seeds.  In this difficult time of strife and exile, tutor Beatriz must guide young Catalina, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabel, through all the hardship.  Dunn beautifully brings history to life making the characters believable and meaningful.  If you love historical fiction, don’t pass this one up!


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Hypnotic Redemption

J.B. Darroch

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

J.B. Darroch lays out a most unusual murder trial in Hypnotic Redemption.  Laura Stanton is being held for murder, a crime even she’s not sure she committed.  A hypnotist is brought in to delve into her mind and reveal her secrets.  The reveals in this book are great and kept pushing me forward to see what would be discovered next.  This one’s a great page turner for you mystery lovers out there!


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The Dead Wake

Ellie Douglas

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I both love and am mortified by zombies so the variety Ellie Douglas brought forth in The Dead Wake really hit the spot for me!  From Antarctica to the past, even to space, The Dead Wake is filled with a span of short stories brimming with everyone’s favorite shambling corpses.  Douglas ratchets up the tension and writes in a variety of styles keeping each short story fresh.  Check out The Dead Wake next time you get that old hankering for some human flesh!


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Monty and the Monster

Rhonda Smiley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Monty Hyde struggles to find friends like any kid.  Unlike any kid, he finds a strange serum that allows him to create his own friend.  This quickly goes awry as his friend turns out to be a monster that might be eating people.  Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley is fun all the way through, but also packed with all the moral implications and touching moments that make middle grade novels so much fun to read!


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Bloody Walls

Thomas Scopel

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

If you love horror, you’re definitely going to love Thomas Scopel’s Bloody Walls.  This collection of creepy short stories runs the gamut of all things terror, from twisted fairy tales to the source of an unscratchable itch.  It’s bowel-twisting horror at its finest filled with a variety that’ll be sure to please any horror fan like me!


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Broken Blossoms

Julia Bell

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Julia Bell builds an intricate web of secrets in Broken Blossoms.  After being kidnapped, young Katherine is returned home.  Still a captive in her soul, she flees for years from her past, marrying in an attempt to find peace.  What she finds instead is that her husband has secrets too, secrets that can be very dangerous to her.  Bell’s writing is powerful, compelling, and descriptive and the mystery of Broken Blossoms drives you quickly to its final page.  This one’s perfect for anyone that loves a bit of mystery and depth to their romance!


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Podunk Moon

Erin Geil

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Erin Geil takes us on a darker emotional journey in her poetry anthology Podunk Moon.  This series has a melancholy mood about trying to figure out life when one has very little.  Though sad, it’s still beautiful and should resonate with those struggling to make ends meet.  If you like somber poetry, this one’s for you!


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Thomas Grove, The Dead

Margherita Gilley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Football, a coma, and plenty of intrigue all come crashing together like a bunch of linebackers in Margherita Gilley’s Thomas Grove, The Dead!  When Thomas Grove’s best friend collapses on the field and slips into a coma, he knows there’s more going on.  With the help of his friends, he must fight through his mutism and expose the corruption at Wilson High.  Gilley brings all the emotion and interesting characters that makes reading YA so much fun!  Check this one out if you’re looking for some realistic YA with a lot of intrigue!


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Un-Clenched Emotion

Natasha Gruss

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Natasha Gruss compiles some powerful emotional poems in her collection Un-Clenched Emotion!  I love how this series was separated into three sections: enjoying, despairing, and philosophizing.  Each was a wonder unto itself in how Gruss evoked a different mood.  The imagery was beautiful and the prose flowed freely making Un-Clenched Emotion perfect for anyone looking to do a bit of soul searching!


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Something’s Missing

Maureen Grenier

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Three young people, all searching for something different, are all pulled together to solve a mystery in Maureen Grenier’s Something’s Missing.  After a theft, the Viking hockey club is implicated leading Chris, Jaylon, and Rebecca to band together to save their organization.  Grenier’s characters are fun and have their own unique interesting drive and journey.  Couple that with a fascinating mystery and I was happily entertained!  Check this one out both if you love sports and lighthearted mysteries!


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Freedom from Psychiatric Drugs

Chaya Grossberg

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Chaya Grossberg puts together a comprehensive guide on escaping drug addiction apptly named Freedom from Psychiatric Drugs.  Grossberg bravely shares some of her own story before moving on to other forms of encouragement and guides on self help and seeking therapy.  Well organized and easy to read, Grossberg’s guide is a great resource for anyone whose life has been touched by the tyranny of drugs.


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