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Set Me Free

Cachline Etienne

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Cachline Etienne lays out the beautiful power of friendship in Set Me Free.  This is the wonderful tale of Anita Baum, socially awkward girl without a friend in the world until one day she meets outgoing Tina.  It’s a heartwarming story about our power to hurt or heal one another brought marvelously to life by Etienne’s beautiful writing.  This one’s perfect for any lit fic fans out there!


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The Jewish FBI Agent

M.A. Ettlinger

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

M.A. Ettlinger takes us on one crazy action-packed ride in The Jewish FBI Agent.  Two men, a detective and an Israeli commando, are thrown into the hunt for a thief that takes them on a world-spanning adventure.  This novel is full of action and twists, Ettlinger’s writing and dialogue are crisp, and the characters are believable and likeable.  The Jewish FBI Agent is perfect for any action buffs out there like me!


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Earth Lessons

Rachel Dacus

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

We can learn a lot from our planet, both physically and spiritually.  Rachel Dacus brings this concept to life beautifully in her poetry collection Earth Lessons.  These poems explore things like love and harmony and are very touching.  This one’s for anyone that loves poetry, spirituality, and the Earth!


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The Art of Hitting Home Runs

Tyler Cook

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Tyler Cook teaches us how to hit one out of the park, both on the field and in real life, in The Art of Hitting Home Runs.  Cook details his extensive knowledge of baseball throughout the book, but the coolest part was the life lessons he puts into it.  This wasn’t just about swinging the bat, but about how to live your life in a goal-achieving way.  This one’s great for baseball lovers and self-help enthusiasts alike!


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Return to Abundance

Shanna Swenson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Shanna Swenson brings us back to the colorful characters and deep feels of small town Abundance in Return to Abundance.  Nathan Butler struggles with his past, a past that threatens to throttle his future unless Jordan Tate can help him.  As always, Swenson’s writing is realistic and moving.  I enjoyed the gripping tensions between Nathan and Jordan and hope to see more of the denizens of Abundance down the road!  This one’s perfect for any romance lovers out there!


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Whisper Lake

Micky Neilson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Micky Neilson’s prequel Whisper Lake adds a lot of depth to protagonist Jason.  After returning home from Iraq, Jason discovers not all is well, with himself and with his girlfriend and best friend.  My favorite part of any horror book is when the characters start to discover that something’s not right.  Neilson does this particularly well as Jason begins to realize something is wrong with him.  Read The Turning first and then dive into Whisper Lake.  You won’t be disappointed!


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Time Travelers are Schizophrenic

Dr. A.R. Davis

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

You’re in for quite a ride in Dr. A.R. Davis’ Time Travelers are Schizophrenic.  A Martian genealogist finds himself trapped between the cosmic forces of the past and the future as he tries to protect reality from an evil entity.  Davis always has great plots with depth and manages to present them in a way that’s easy to understand but also makes you think.  I’m looking forward to seeing where else The Family of Man series can take me that it hasn’t already gone yet!


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Windswept

Suilyaniz Cintron

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Windswept by Suilyaniz Cintron is a powerful tale of pain, healing, and beauty of the human spirit.  After moving to the countryside in 1912 England, James is invited to dine with the rich and powerful Lady Amelia Williams.  While there, he discovers Magdalena, a woman secreted away and forced to work.  This is a powerful story full of mystery and touching moments.  Cintron’s writing hits you right in the heart adding weight to the novel’s name Windswept!


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Nightwalker

S.T. Sanchez

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

S.T. Sanchez brings her vampire epic to new heights in Nightwalker.  Lilly and Tread are back, recovering from their fierce battle, but peace is short lived.  Multiple brands of chaos have descended on their beloved city forcing Lilly to look for help in unexpected places.  I love where Sanchez goes with her characters and the tension that has erupted between them!  This one is for all vampire and thriller lovers out there!


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Mental Damnation: Dream

Konn Lavery

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Konn Lavery returns us to his cool fantasy world in Mental Damnation: Dream.  Having been sent to the surface from the underworld as part of a ploy, Krista has always been split between two realms.  But now she finds herself dreaming up a new and dark place, one ruled by an even greater evil than she’s encountered before.  Lavery’s world building is by far my favorite element of his work as are his likeable characters and fast-paced writing.  If you like fantasy, this one’s for you!


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Didn’t Get Frazzled

David Hirsch

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Medical school is crazy lumped upon crazy, a feeling David Hirsch captures well in Didn’t Get Frazzled.  Seth Levine is trying to survive medschool, something made more complicated by potential romance, odd teachers, and even stranger classmates.  Hirsch finds that sweet balance between quirky humor and touching drama making Didn’t Get Frazzled perfect for Scrubs or ER fans alike!


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The Revelation Chronicles: Evolution

Eric Burney

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Eric Burney kicks up the heat in his action sequel The Revelation Chronicles: Evolution.  Charlie Reese is still on the run, but destiny calls as he is forced to face off against bloody terrorist group Evolution.  This is straight out of the realm of series greats like Mission Impossible and I loved every second of it right up to the surprise ending!  Check this one out if you love action flicks with memorable characters and good voice!


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1914

Melina Druga

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Despite being a United States war history buff and having an emphasis in history, I actually don’t know that much about World War I.  That’s why Melina Druga’s coverage of it in 1914 was such a gem to me.  Druga’s writing is both informative and flows well spanning between the United States and Canada at the start of The Great War.  I’m looking forward to delving into more of Druga’s works and recommend 1914 to any history buffs out there like me!


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The Poet’s Survival Guide

LB Sedlacek

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As much as I love poetry, it’s not always easy to write and especially hard to get paid for writing.  LB Sedlacek addresses all of this in The Poet’s Survival Guide.  This guide was easy to read, well organized, and full of good advice and direct links and examples.  I certainly learned a lot to touch up my prose and recommend this to anyone aspiring to be a poet out there!


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Asper

Rhonda Smiley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Rhonda Smiley creates a really cool adventure in Asper.  When Milla loses her father at the hands of an evil queen, she flees the magical realm of Asper to Earth where she can plot her revenge in secret.  There she meets Parker, a kind boy who pushes her in directions she never thought possible.  I loved Smiley’s dual world concept and especially love the dynamic between Milla and Parker.  With good twists and well-crafted narration, this one’s perfect for anyone that loves fantasy out there!


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The Colonel and the Bee

Patrick Canning

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

One of the things I love about Patrick Canning is his focus on odd characters with his world-spanning adventures.  In The Colonel and the Bee, we see Beatrix, a down on her luck circus acrobat, team up with explorer James as they travel the world in a hot air balloon racing to get a mysterious treasure Indiana Jones style.  It was greatly satisfying to experience this late 1800s adventure, getting to see interesting locales and very memorable characters.  It was a little like James and the Giant Peach meets The Mummy, just not as creepy.  I really hope to take another adventure with Beatrix and James and would recommend this one to any Indiana Jones fans out there!


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