Jack Lisbon returns for another skull-splitting edge of your seat thriller in Blair Denholm’s Kill Shot! Lisbon must head to the more swampy northern regions of Australia where a mangled body is discovered. There, Lisbon ends up in another fight for the truth as a killer appears to target the professional fighter community. It was fun to see Lisbon fully in his element as this one hits close to home for him, having once been a boxer himself. Denholm always manages to surprise in the ways he always manages to surprise me in this series! Head spinning twists and gritty crisp dialogue make Kill Shot a must read for the gruff mystery thriller crowd out there!
Matthew Lopez gives us all the action and feels of an anime in his thrilling novel Code Artemis! Sophia Frost is homeless and trying to scrape out a living on the rough streets of Imperia city. When circumstances force her to become a Mercenary, she discovers that Imperia houses some dangerous secrets, and even more deadly enemies. I loved this book, especially the way Lopez captured the feel of an anime! Great description, fun characters, and a city that felt pleasantly like Iron City from Alita made this a really fun read. If you love anime, manga, or cool action plots, come shoot your way through Imperia with Code Artemis!
Gray Horse at Oak Lane Stable
Kerri Lukasavitz gives us a wonderful coming of age story perfect for horse lovers in Gray Horse at Oak Lane Stable! Young Cassie finds an ominous note in her show trunk one day warning her to stop winning blue ribbons or she and her horse Snowdrops will suffer the consequences. Coupled with the stress of this and trying to figure out who placed the note, Cassie must navigate the challenges of a young romance. Lukasavitz’s writing is middle grade at its finest, packed with all the great emotion and heartfelt moments I want from this type of book! I’m scared of horses, but this book made me like them better, and Cassie is a really likeable and realistic main character that I felt invested in. If you love horses or meaningful coming of age stories, ride on over and check out Lukasavitz’s series!
Hollywoke: Another Novel
Tony DiGerolamo battles through the politics of an alternate reality Hollywood in Hollywoke: Another Novel. Roger Lee strives to bring film back to its classic days, but struggles against an ever changing political climate. DiGerolamo’s description is excellent and brings to life the nuances of an industry I know little about. It was interesting watching Lee strive to bring his style of art to the big screen in a world deadest against it, and though it’s splashed with humor, this is a novel that will make you think. If you love film and a deep examination of politics and ideology, come book a trip to Hollywoke.