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Magnetic Reverie

Nico Genes

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Nico Genes’ Magnetic Reverie is a tale of unexpected love.  When a young woman stops in at a restaurant before she flies out to move in with her fiancé, she has a chance encounter with her soul mate.  Not your typical romance, Magnetic Reverie is an endearing story of self discovery that is beautiful and full of heart!


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Flow Like Lyrics

Lori Katherine

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Lori Katherine’s Flow Like Lyrics is filled with beautiful emotions and well-crafted imagery.  Sometimes sorrowful, often hopeful and determined, it’s a lovely journey through a sea of life’s struggles and triumphs!  A great read for anyone looking for a little food for the soul!


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Beef

Mat Blackwell

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Beef by Mat Blackwell wasn’t at all what I expected.  The name and cover imply you’re walking into some kind of dark slasher film.  What I found instead was something witty and thought provoking.  Blackwell’s characters and voice take center stage here.  Both are the perfect balance of fun and believability and they drive this story home to a masterful end.  A little bleak but all around satisfying read!


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Vanished

Mark Bierman

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Mark Bierman does a fantastic job holding your attention all throughout his thrilling novel Vanished.  Set in real events, Vanished begins with a prison break during the 2010 Haitian earthquake and never lets up from there.  Bierman’s characters are realistic and likeable and the plot always has an interesting twist to bear.  A wonderful thrill ride, especially for any world travelers out there!


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The Quick and the Sharp

Trevor Elder

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

I happen to love a good modern detective story, and Trevor Elder’s The Quick and the Sharp certainly delivers.  Similar to Seven in a way, Elder’s tale follows a rookie as she teams up with a gritty veteran detective as they take on a serial killer.  Their conversations are witty and fun, and the story takes some great twists.  All around a thrilling and entertaining read!


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The Strange Fate of Lord Bruton

F.R. Jameson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I love a good mystery, especially the classics like good old Sherlock Holmes.  That’s sort of what The Strange Fate of Lord Bruton by F.R. Jameson reminded me of.  Written in the classic Gothic style (minus the difficult language) the story details the mystery of what happened to the slightly unlikeable Lord Bruton.  All around a very twisty and interesting tale!


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The Murder of a Boy

Kaitlin Scott

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

What a powerful story!  After their friend is murdered in a brutal hate crime, two friends are forever changed in Kaitlin Scott’s The Murder of a Boy.  This book is super emotional and moves you with its powerful anti-bullying message.


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Ghosts of Innocence

Ian Bott

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Ghosts of Innocence by Ian Bott was a wonderful blend of both classic and modern sci fi.  At some points it had the depth of the Golden Age of sci fi in the same vein as Heinlein or Asimov.  At other times it had the action and feel of Star Wars.  All around it was a great balance of both and I thoroughly enjoyed this actiony struggle against a tyrannical empire!


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To Utopia’s End

Baylor Blackwell

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Baylor Blackwell’s To Utopia’s End was a great examination of what it means to be human.  Utopia has settled over the world turning it into a rather dull place, that is until helicopters arrive at a remote settlement.  The book is deep, asking whether utopia should be upheld or cast down, but also fast paced and well written.  A gripping dystopian tale with great characters!


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The Stonegate Sword

Harry James Fox

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As I read The Stonegate Sword by Harry James Fox, I was pleasantly reminded of the writings by Tolkien.  This medieval-esque fantasy war had depth and scale.  I enjoyed Fox’s in depth description, his varied characters, and the way each chapter connected back to Biblical text.  A fantastic read for anyone looking for some Tolkien or Lewis in their life!


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That Year

Sevda Khatamian

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

That Year by Sevda Khatamian is largely a book about self discovery.  This memoir finds Sevda striking out on her own and trying to figure out life.  It feels like you’re viewing the world through the eyes of an artist as the chapters go along.  I loved Khatamian’s insights and descriptions of ordinary life.  All around a beautiful read!


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Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy

Maxine Sylvester

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester was an endearing Rudolph-like tale of a reindeer learning how to fly.  Well illustrated and imaginative, this is a fun story of perseverance and believing in one’s self, with a bit of kid humor splashed in there for good measure.  All around, a great family friendly story for the holidays!


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Vampire Mage

Janelle Peel

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As a young vampire tries to make her way in the world, chaos ensues.  Janelle Peel’s Vampire Mage has plenty of twists in store but it was Sora that took center stage for me.  She’s gritty and tough, but also down to earth and likeable, very important properties for our main character and narrator.  A great action-packed and heartfelt novel for any fans of Supernatural out there!


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I Am the Stars in the Sky

Karen Horsley

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Karen Horsley’s collection of poetry I Am the Stars in the Sky is a powerful set of emotions laid bare for all to see.  I love the way Horsley arrays the poems under a certain emotion from fear to hope.  Through her incredible imagery, she captures each feeling like time capsules frozen in glass.  This is a great emotional experience for anyone looking for a little hope!


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The Holtur Enigma

Cameron Wayne Smith

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons, I really appreciated Cameron Smith’s The Holtur Enigma.  The town of Holtur sort of reminded me of my time in Baldur’s Gate, but it has a life of its own.  As vicious monsters begin plaguing the land, Vivian is tasked with finding people to slay them.  What he finds instead is a town full of mystery and intrigue.  This story is action packed and well-written, great for any Dragon Age fans out there!


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Xiyuan Bridge

Xiao Long Lin

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

As the world falls apart due to climate change and pollution, one man finds something more sinister in the muck.  Xiao Long Lin’s near future novel Xiyuan Bridge is thrilling and fast paced.  Confronted with a conspiracy, a man must take on the most powerful corporation in China, possibly the world.  This novel is full of twists and Lin’s writing brings a great sense of realism to it.  A good one for any fans of The Firm out there!


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Mental Damnation: Reality

Konn Lavery

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Mental Damnation: Reality by Konn Lavery is a book that offers plenty of food for the imagination.  Its setting is unique.  The deep City of Renascence is crawling with danger and intrigue as is the plot that takes place there.  Two friends are split by their beliefs as they are forced to navigate street gangs, a growing dictatorship, and a mysterious evil disease.  Both well-written and well thought out, Mental Damnation is an instant classic and I can’t wait to see what happens next!


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Feather of Hawk: Rebellion

Dave Michael

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Feather of Hawk: Rebellion by Dave Michael is the exciting tale of change.  But it isn’t the story of the ancient Romans invading Scotland that took center stage for me (although that part was done exceptionally well).  It’s the story of how main character and kick butt warrior Calach had to change to stop them that intrigued me the most.  Calach is a great character and the struggles that he took on both internally and externally made this a powerful and realistic read.  A good one for any Gladiator fans out there!


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Things He Hadn’t Told Her

Vicky Whedbee

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

What if you never got a chance to say goodbye, or to say the things that really mattered?  That’s the feeling that really drives Vicky Whedbee’s Things He Hadn’t Told Her, and feeling is what this book is all about.  Following snapshots in the lives of Chad, Cole, and Maggie, this book brings you along an emotional journey about second chances and thriving in the face of tragedy.  Heartfelt, realistic, and well written, this one’s great for anyone who’s been neglecting their tissue box!


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Playing in the Rain

Sandra Jackson

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Sandra Jackson’s first novel in The Escape series Playing in the Rain starts you right into the action and never lets up.  It doesn’t make the mistake of most thrillers.  Jackson keeps things fast-paced, but she always takes the time to highlight the characters’ emotions and make you care about them.  The internal thoughts and flashbacks were the highlight of the novel, as was the mystery.  Our main character is kidnapped and placed in a mysterious facility, forced to plot a daring escape.  Great twists and meaningful characters make this a must for any fans of The Island or Maze Runner out there!


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Dog Gone

Diane Moat

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Like many others, I grew up with a slew of heartfelt dog stories like Old Yeller and Shiloh.  Diane Moat borrows the heart from those classics in her novel Dog Gone, but this story goes in some surprisingly different directions.  It certainly is a tale about building love and trust for a lost cause like those other ones, but there’s a lot more going on than is originally apparent.  I can’t really say more than that since the twists are what I like best about this book, but if you love the classics, this one’s for you!


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A Body Resurrected

Groovy Lee

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Groovy Lee’s A Body Resurrected is an adventure both modern and ancient.  Set perfectly in Egypt, a wonderful cast of characters and a museum find that there’s more to Egyptian gods than just the stories.  This book is fast-paced and exciting, but it’s the characters that make it for me.  Lee takes the time to focus on their relationships, finding the perfect balance between fun and believable that makes A Body Resurrected a delight to read!


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