Book Review: Winter Road: A Novella

Amelia just broke it off with her abusive fiance. She returned home for Christmas, hoping to leave her broken relationship behind her in the big city, but her ex-fiance, Jake, had other ideas. Used to being in control, he knows that he's going to get Amelia back. One way or another, she will be his after the night is through. 

Book Review: The Oppenheimer Alternative

It is right in the middle of World War II. Scientists are scrambling to win the war quickly by developing a weapon of mass destruction. Oppenheimer, one of the best scientists in America, leads a team at Los Alamos to create such a weapon--the Atomic Bomb. But after the war is won, there is an even bigger catastrophe about to befall all of Earth. The sun, in about 80 years, will experience a change that will wipe out all life on the planet. It is up to those same scientists to now try to prevent the annihilation of all of human life. 

Book Review: First of Their Kind

In this first book of the Chronicles of Theren, we get to see the birth of a completely new synthetic intelligence (SI). A fully conscious, able to learn and adapt and make moral judgments, metallic body of artificial thought. Dr. Wallace Theren, the human creator of this amazing new life form is killed by those who feel threatened by such a world where synthetic intelligence thrives. The first SI thus takes it upon themselves (as they have even deemed themselves to be gender neutral) to take up Theren's name and spread their love and useful abilities to the world. If they are to survive the radical groups set on destroying them, they must navigate tricky political groups and create their own family of new SIs. Will Theren remain unscathed from the evils and doubts of humanity? Or will this new Synthetic Intelligence prove to be humanity's own downfall?

Book Review: And Then There Were None

"Ten . . ." Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U. N. Owen." "Nine . . ." At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. "Eight . . ." Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die. "Seven . . ." Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

Book Review: Our War

In this dystopian America, eerily similar to our own present time of 2019, a civil war is raging between the liberals and conservatives. The President was convicted of crimes and the Senate attempted to remove him from office; Marsh had different plans, however. He refused to leave his presidency, and the country exploded into kill or be killed. Now, there are hundreds if not thousands of individual militias, barely held together around either the Senate or the President's cause and fighting for their belief. Hannah Miller, a 10-year-old girl stuck in the middle of Indy with no one to help her must find a way to survive this war. She finds help with the Free Woman, a militia fighting on the liberal side. Unfortunately, her older brother Alex is fighting on the opposite side, due to unfortunate circumstances. Will they ever meet in battle? If they do, will their individual sides rip them apart or can they make peace with each other, and thus with the other side?

Book Review: V World

In this sci-fi by Nick Berry, Alex Binary is one of millions of humans living in the virtual (V) world. Years ago, the humans in the real (R) world decided to forsake their world and transferred all their consciousnesses to the V worlds, where they will live out the remainder of their lives as well as the future of humanity. This V world is perfect in every way; grass cut exactly one-and-a-half inches, houses all the same, no death, no sickness, no hunger. That is, until what seems to be a glitch changes everything in Alex's V world, and it begins to turn on itself, killing all who live within it. Luckily for Alex, she is guided out of the V world and into the R world by an A.I. Turns out the various V Worlds are under attack from a psychopathic A.I. in the R world, where he wants to destroy all of humans. Will Alex, now in a human body with all of its imperfections, be able to overcome this faction of A.I.s and save her world before it's too late?

Book Review: Timur’s Escape

In the Ottoman Empire, the vampire Queen rules with absolute control. The human Sultan is under her constant compulsion and she has turned all of the officials into Ubir. But are all of the Ubir happy with this? There may be a plan afoot to depose the Queen... Timur is an orphan Ubir, with no recollection of being human. He fears himself, his Ubir curse, and attempts to get by with as little blood as he can to survive. Emel is a mischievous human girl of marrying age, set to marry the son of a detestable woman. However, Emel and Timur alike are drawn to each other, ever since their chance encounter that day in the streets. Can they stay apart? Can Timur afford to remain away from her and her blessing of relieving hunger?

Book Review: Catching Hell Part One

In this novel, best friends Aryu and Johan embark on a journey of revenge. They have sworn to destroy the mechanical army that devastated their village of Tan Torna Qu-ay, leaving only them--and their childhood enemy Esgona--the last living remnants of the peaceful village. Technology has been long-gone from this corner of the world, after destroying mankind twice, but now it seems that it is back, and more destructive than ever. Even worse, it seems to be led by a man with wings... Someone akin to Aryu. The friends split ways, Johan (and Esgona, unfortunately) to travel with various refugees to a different part of the world; one that is rumored to have the advanced weaponry necessary to fight off the mechanical army. Aryu travels with Nixon, the phoenix tasked by God to kill the bearer of the fabled sword Shi Kaze--the one currently in Aryu's protection--to find Crystal, the oldest and most powerful human alive. She is an Embracer, one who controls the Power, which broke the world once before. With all of these questions and various forms of power and hatred, what will become of Johan and Aryu's world? Can they beat the mechanical army back? And why is it here in the first place?

Book Review: The Cruel Prince

Jude and Taryn are mortal twin sisters, bastards born to the Fae General Madoc's wife. Their half sister Vivienne is Madoc's real daughter and as such, carries within her Fae blood, which takes the form of cat eyes and tufted fur on her pointed ears. They are all three raised in Madoc's household as his own daughters, alongside his new wife and child, Oak. In this world of Faerie, Jude and Taryn constantly need to be wary--as mortals are easily deceived and magicked. As such, they have both learned various ways to combat the magic of Faerie; salting their food, wearing Rowan berry necklaces, wearing their stockings inside-out, rubbing their eyes with a potion to gain True Sight. But even so, they are vulnerable... As Jude finds out when she begins antagonizing the Noble kids of the court. 

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