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Strain of Resistance

Michelle Bryan

Rating: 3 Shrimp

Strain of Resistance paints a harrowing tale of the apocalypse filled with hardened heroes, twisted creatures, and gruesome deaths.  Bryan establishes a fascinating but dark world.  I enjoyed learning about the battered locales and the vibrant (albeit gritty) characters.

Here is Bryan’s biggest strength.  Her characters were interesting and had a lot of voice.  Some you loved and some you hated.  Luke was my favorite and I really enjoyed his and Bixby’s dynamic.  It was fun to watch the team bicker and see how they overcame terrible situations.

Resistance is told in first person present tense which was a bit of a challenge for me.  My brain kind of struggled to get into the action because of this, but once I got used to the style I enjoyed the ride.

I had fun with Strain of Resistance.  Definitely a dark thrill ride perfect for anyone who loves classics like The Last of Us or The Walking Dead.


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Wild Magic

Eileen Troemel

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

Wild Magic by Eileen Troemel offered a wild ride through a cool fantasy world.  Mallory is a magi, a powerful magic user who is often shunned by the public.  When a boy is nearly killed by an angry mob, she is forced to serve him and his friends, unfortunately exposing her at the same time.  This story was fast-paced and the characters particularly stood out to me.  I’m looking forward to seeing more installments in the Wild Magic universe!


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Back from the Dead

Stuart Land

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

I read Stuart Land’s Back from the Dead all in one sitting!  I’ve always enjoyed the original Frankenstein, and this sequel was true to the source material.  After reviving the original monster, scientist and psychiatrist couple Sergio and Sophia Carerra must help him try to integrate into society.  It’s a deeply emotional and somewhat troubling look at humanity from which I especially loved ‘the monster’s’ perspective.  All around a perfect one for any lovers of the original classic!


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The Power of Conviction

Catrin Russell

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

When priestess Anaya encounters the demon Samael, she’s in for a hell of a time.  Catrin Russell’s The Power of Conviction paints a picture of a darker world where the priesthood is embroiled in a sweeping battle with demons.  But all is not as it seems, a fact that Anaya will soon be confronted with.  Russell is a great writer who seamlessly splashes down actiony scenes and emotional encounters in a way that kept me turning pages to the end.  I’m really looking forward to the next one!


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The Crimson Deathbringer

Sean Robins

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

If it’s sci fi action laced with quirky humor you’re looking for, set your coordinates for Sean Robins’ The Crimson Deathbringer and ‘engage!’  Robins pulls together a lot of fun pop references as his main character Jim simultaneously pulls together a crew to save the galaxy.  Assassins and character impersonators and even an evil race of galactic pranksters all come together to make The Crimson Deathbringer a lot of fun!


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The Storyteller’s Student

Ikenna Ngene

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

The Storyteller’s Student by Ikenna Ngene is no ordinary How To guide.  Ngene teaches the art of telling an inspirational story in a unique way: by doing it through telling an inspirational story.  This parable follows Jack as a mysterious Storyteller coaches him.  I found it very creative and also equally informative!  Great for anyone looking to up their prose!


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The Target List

Dr. John Reizer

Rating: 5 Shrimps!

When med student Clyde Daniel invents a revolutionary new medical tool that can heal the severely sick without surgery, he finds himself in way over his head.  The Target List by Dr. John Reizer takes us through the mayhem that follows the invention of WAND as big pharma fights to bury it by any means necessary, even lethal.  This one’s a thriller through and through in the same vein as The Firm and I really enjoyed the tense ride!


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Our Teenage Years

T.J. Wray

Rating: 4 Shrimps!

Take a walk down memory lane in T.J. Wray’s Our Teenage Years!  This memoir/story is a fun waltz through Wray’s whacky life, filled with anecdotes and nostalgia we can all relate with.  It was an interesting and fond look back at a different time perfect for anyone looking to cruise the 60s onward!


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