John Alva Smith
Johnny Moscato brings out a compelling sci fi mystery in John Alva Smith (Being John Smith Book 1)! Hundreds of thousands of clones, all known as John Smith, suddenly appear leaving everyone to wonder where they came from and why they were made. I love the mystery Moscato has set up and his style in telling each story from a different John Smith’s perspective! The novel can occasionally feel like you’re being told a story rather than being right in the action experiencing it, but I didn’t find this distracting and ultimately loved the twists of this one! Moscato builds some wonderful and compelling realistic sci fi worlds so be sure to look for his works if you want a thrill backed by depth!
The Rebels of Caer City
Return to Thomas Kane’s wonderful fantasy world in The Rebels of Caer City! When Mara’s dear friend Annie-Rose mysteriously disappears, she must set out into a dangerous fantasy world to look for her. Kane has an almost magical ability to bring this gritty realistic world to life. Each character has depth and there is a sense of aliveness in each page. I really enjoyed stepping back into Mara’s plight and spending time with characters that I really cared about! If you’re looking for more realistic fantasy that focuses more on the humor side of things, be sure to check out Kane’s series!
Malcolm the Demon
Damien Joseph hits us with a gritty new take on vampires and urban fantasy with Malcolm the Demon! Malcolm Black has an interesting conundrum. He’s in love with a vampire, hangs out in a vampire club, but is actually a demon that eats vampires, a problem made more complicated when he eats an important vampire. I loved Joseph’s interesting take on the vampire trope and I came to really like Malcolm (though I didn’t at first)! This book isn’t exactly for the faint of heart as it can be pretty vulgar, but it has a really cool story if you can get past that. If you love urban fantasy or vampires, definitely give Malcolm the Demon a nibble!
Outfox Your Mate
Sara Spark melds steamy romance and action into a glorious hybrid in Outfox Your Mate! It’s hunter meets hunted as sniper elite Eli Pelton encounters the love-em-and-leave-em Josiah Tanner. He’s out for a one night stand. The only problem: Eli is a Chimera, and when she mates, it’s for life. Spark’s book is a great blend of action and romance that had me hooked from the start! I don’t usually get into the shapeshifting romance, but Spark’s writing and great characters definitely won me over! Check this one out if there’s a bit of romance in you desperately aching to claw itself out!
The Colour of Your Voice
Daniel Newwyn paints a beautiful tapestry of human emotion in The Colour of Your Voice! Young prostitute Violet Pham can see sound as colors, a blessing and a curse as she falls in love with violent prisoner Turner Nguyen. This love story is a bit tragic, but it’s also beautiful as it shows humanity in a very realistic way. Newwyn captures the subtle nuances of life, both beautiful and hideous, in his touching descriptions! Though not always easy, The Colour of Your Voice packs great depth and heart and is certainly worthy of your time!