Samuel Yaw Jian Fong
Samuel Yaw Jian Fong hits us again with another great genre-bending sci fi tale in Hajogana! Young Hajogana sets out to rule one of Konjor Supercorporation’s colonies with kindness and wisdom. He soon discovers that in a vicious galaxy, that can be challenging. I love Jian Fong’s world-building and the depth of the challenges and relationships Hajogana faces! The description in this book is also beautiful and incredibly powerful. The key to writing good sci fi and fantasy is to create a world you would want to live in. This is one of those worlds, and it felt very alive. If you’re looking for in-depth sci fi with a great positive message, grab a rocket and come explore Hajogana!
Bryan Dull ups the ante in his gritty exciting vampire action thriller with Equinox! Gavin and Solstice have been pinned down in an old abandoned plantation by the bloodthirsty monsters outside. But they soon discover the true threat isn’t what’s waiting for them outside, but what lurks within the doomed structure. Part action, part horror, Dull delivers a pulse-pounding ride in this follow-up sequel. I loved the growth of Gavin and Solstice and their dynamic (I’m still pleasantly reminded of The Last of Us), and the new terrors of the plantation brought a whole new element to an already exciting story. If you love action, horror, or darker vampire stories, come spelunk around in the decrepit halls of Equinox!
Don’t Judge a Book
Rose Milburn blends romance and a bit of mystery in the heartwarming Don’t Judge a Book! Ellie was close friends with five boys growing up. As an adult, after a night of stiff drinking to try to drown away the pain of an unfaithful boyfriend, one of these men sees her home and tells her he likes her. The only problem, she can’t remember which it was. Now Ellie must set out on a quest to figure out which of her five friends might be her happily ever after. I loved the premise from the get go, and Milburn floods this fun and heartwarming tale with memorable characters and lighthearted intrigue! It’s like a nice romantic version of the Hangover, and it drew me in to see just who Mr. Right really was. If you love a tinge of mystery with your romance, come do a little sleuthing in Don’t Judge a Book!
Sons of Caasi: Battle for Time
P.C. Grant delivers a wonderful tale of family strife that threatens to overturn a fantasy world in Sons of Caasi: Battle for Time! In a strange fantasy world existing outside of normal time, Amo is the twin of a godlike being destined to become Time Ruler. Living in that shadow has led Amo to have to constantly prove himself, but when one of his attempts gets out of hand, he must battle to undo his mistakes and save those that he loves. Grant’s worldbuilding is excellent, leaving me to want to know more about this strange and lush world! So much thought and depth has been poured into each character, bringing them to life and making them feel very natural. This book being a tribute to Grant’s late brother, I found it to be very moving, and I think that resonated well within the story as well. If you love in-depth fantasy with great action and a well-drafted pantheon of characters, come spend a bit of time with the Sons of Caasi!
Road of Bones
John Huber draws us into a grizzly psychological thriller with Road of Bones! Xander Crowley is a tortured soul, a man haunted by a spirit named Jocelyn who demands he tortures and kills women in order to please her. After being picked up by police, we watch as Xander descends further into madness. Huber has a power for description, as gut wrenching as it can be sometimes, and we really feel Xander’s hopelessness as lives are destroyed around him. It’s definitely not a happy novel, but an intriguing one in the same dark vein as Lovecraft and Poe. If you love a good dark mind game, come be haunted by Road of Bones!