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Tau Ceti: The New Colonists

George T. Hahn

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

It’s really cool to see the realistic evolution of George T. Hahn’s fictional colony Pitcairn in Tau Ceti: The New Colonists!  In the previous book, Pitcairn managed to gain more independence from Earth, but with the creation of a faster space drive and the arrival of new colonists, that independence is quickly challenged.  Pitcairn also has a secret that drives the story forward.  I really loved the moral conundrum of Pitcairn and Hahn’s realistic take on everything.  Check out the Tau Ceti series if you love more classic sci fi like me!


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The Bat

Leslie W.P. Garland

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Poor Thomas is in for one wild ride in Leslie W.P. Garland’s The Bat!  When Thomas’ teacher is replaced, all hell breaks loose as strange specimens come back to life.  This is a story about the meaning of good and evil and the value of belief.  I enjoyed the moral depth of this one told through the exciting and suspenseful action.  This is a great coming of age story for those looking to explore the spiritual side of things!


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The Obsession of Doctor Pendergrass: Spring-heeled Jack

John David Buchanan

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

One menace returns to fight another in John David Buchanan’s The Obsession of Doctor Pendergrass: Spring-heeled Jack!  Spring-heeled Jack is more monster than man, jumping from rooftop to rooftop and breathing fire, a legend come to life to terrify the citizens of London, and a real thorn in Doctor Pendergrass’ side.  As with other criminals, Pendergrass decides to take matters into his own murderous hands.  This book is like one of those awesome superhero villain face offs, except both people are villains.  Buchanan once again sets the perfect tone for industrial London and Pendergrass is a fascinating character.  This one’s great for anyone that enjoys a good vigilante thriller!


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The Raging Signs of the Times

Kobina Amissah-Fynn

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Kobina Amissah-Fynn ponders how modern advancements fit into classic scripture and vice versa in The Raging Signs of the Times.  This examination is an interesting exploration of whether we’re going down a dark path as a species or whether we’re beginning a new golden age.  I’ve always found Amissah-Fynn’s writing to be enlightening and I love how The Raging Signs of the Times makes you think, both in a logical and a spiritual sense.  This is a great book for those looking to deepen your spiritual side!


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Noble Mission

Adeleke Kayode

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Kick butt agent Carter Noble returns in Adeleke Kayode’s Noble Mission!  Carter has been captured and must figure out how to escape from a Prometheus prison.  Meanwhile, Alex has been sent on a mission to rescue someone from a different Prometheus facility.  I liked the dual storylines and how they wove together, and Carter’s sarcastic snarkiness was a lot of fun.  This one’s great for any spy thriller lovers out there!


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Revelation

Mikhaeyla Kopievsky

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Mikhaeyla Kopievsky brings us on another dystopian adventure in Revelation!  Otpor is a walled city that has everything thanks to its controlling government, the Orthodoxy, but Cleaner Lira wants something more out of life, a want that’ll lead her to discover that Utopia isn’t everything it’s chalked up to be.  I love Kopievsky’s world and Lira is a deep and meaningful character.  Revelation is a fast-paced, rich moral examination that’s perfect for my fellow dystopian lit lovers out there!


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Only in India

Jill Dobbe

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

After reading Jill Dobbe’s previous travel memoir, I couldn’t wait to pick up another one!  Only in India contains all the humor and excitement that I’ve come to know Dobbe for.  After being hired to teach at a school, Jill and her husband Dan discover that Indian life is filled with its own nuance and is crazy fast-paced right up until they were expelled from the country.  I love the sense of the culture and environment Dobbe always conveys.  If you’re looking for a bit of world adventure, check this one out!


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Lucan

Christine Duts

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Christine Duts takes us on a fun mythological adventure in Lucan!  Running from the wrath of an emperor, Lucan must leave his family.  He is transformed into a vampire by none other than Penelope herself where he is catapulted down a crazy quest filled with danger and mystical beings.  I loved Duts’ writing and the really cool fresh take on the vampire genre filled with other creatures.  The story truly never slows and Lucan is complicated and likeable making this one great for anyone that loves vampires or mythology alike!


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Oracle’s Hunt

A. Claire Everward

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

When a top secret facility is attacked, investigator Donovan Pierce is thrown in way over his head in A. Claire Everward’s Oracle’s Hunt.  On the reverse side, Lara Holsworth is tasked with keeping Oracle a secret.  Pierce is a compelling character, but my favorite part was the almost opposing dynamic between him and Lara and the ultimate mystery behind Oracle.  This is a great techno thriller for anyone looking to get their blood pumping out there!


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Screen

Aarti Patel

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Aarti Patel explores a somewhat dystopian version of the future in Screen.  Misha struggles to adapt to a modern society that spends most of its time in a virtual world.  But when circumstances push Misha into that world, she quickly finds that there’s more to ‘the screen’ than meets the eye.  Patel’s writing is exciting and I really enjoyed the parallelisms with our modern world’s interaction with technology.  Check out Screen if you’re looking for a fast-paced short thriller with depth!


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Crooked Grow the Trees

Carmel Hanes

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Carmel Hanes takes us on a powerful emotional journey in Crooked Grow the Trees.  Sophia has survived a rough childhood.  Now she works with troubled youth trying to help others overcome difficult things, but when her father passes away she struggles with the trauma of her own youth and family secrets all being dredged up.  This novel doesn’t pull its punches, but that’s what makes it great.  Crooked Grow the Trees is rich with emotion and depth making it the perfect read for anyone looking to do a bit of soul searching!


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The Guardians

Sue Harmeling

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Good and evil collide spectacularly in Sue Harmeling’s The Guardians!  Andrina is a Guardian, a descendant of angels and humans tasked with fighting the Fallen.  But there’s more going on than meets the eye and Andrina quickly finds herself wrapped up in a greater conflict.  The Guardians is a really cool concept and I really liked Andrina as a character!  This is a great one for those of you that love that angel demon conflict out there!


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Circles of the Soul

Ashlie Harris

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Ashlie Harris forms emotions into words in her poetic collection Circles of the Soul.  The poems were beautiful and traversed everything from melancholy to whimsical and I found the moralistic essays to be insightful.  If you love poetry, or just want to deepen your thought, Circles of the Soul is for you!


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The Journal of Austin Sommers

DJ Hart

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

DJ Hart gives us a fresh view of the decomposing zombie apocalypse in The Journal of Austin Sommers!  Neuroscientist Austin Sommers must travel to the city of San Pedro to battle a mysterious disease.  Little does he know, a contagious disease is only the start of his nightmare.  Like the name implies, the book is written as a series of journal entries which I thought was really cool and gave you an in depth and realistic look at Austin.  If you love zombies then definitely pick this one up!


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Frankie and the Claws

Thomas Hautaniemi

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Thomas Hautaniemi takes us on a wild adventure in Frankie and the Claws!  When teenage genius Rupert builds a portal to another world and that portal strands his dog Frankie on that other world, he must rush to fix his machine.  Frankie finds himself up against a mysterious planet filled with shadowy forests and the strange creatures that inhabit them.  Frankie and the Claws is humorous, endearing, and a memorable middle grade tale.  Check this one out if you love all the humor and touching moments that come with YA literature!


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