Book Review: The Things They Carried

Throughout my academic career, I have read snippets of this book. A chapter here, a few paragraphs there. Normally, it was an activity set by one of my English or Writing classes in high school and college. And although I enjoyed O'Brien's writing and could feel his pain tugging on my heartstrings, I have never had the opportunity--or courage--to read the entire book. I decided to change that this summer. I ended up reading this entire book in not only one day, but one sitting. 

Book Review: Sorrowfish

Title: Sorrowfish Author: Anne C. Miles Series: The Call of the Lorica Genre: Fantasy Publishing Date: August 30th, 2019 Publishing Co.: Indie Length: 363 pages Format: Kindle Unlimited, Paperback Acquired: Given a free paperback copy in exchange for an honest review Amazon Link: Sorrowfish TWO WORLDS ONE FATE A bard. A wizard...and a college student from Kentucky. Sara Moore is having crazy dreams.... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Caresaway

If there was a pill that made you successful, would you take it? What if it also made you a psychopath? Edward Crofte was a dedicated scientist who wanted to cure depression. After years of work and sacrifice, the Caresaway drug he developed seemed to work wonders… but at what cost? Years later, Edward’s wonder drug has helped people with depression. But has it also helped destroy the world economy? And what has it done to him?

Book Review: Aliens and Ice Cream

In this half horror, half sci-fi novel by Michael James, the characters start off in a normal suburban neighborhood, where we learn about both teenagers as well as their parents. There is a bit of tension between many of the characters, but nothing compared to the tension that unfolds when these giant pods come from a hole in the sky and start murdering all of the humans they see. Supposedly, they are aliens from another planet, and the characters are only able to save themselves by staying indoors. Unfortunately, Heather, Matt, and Matt's little sister are trapped in a tree house, with no food and no water... Will they be able to do something about the Aliens before they starve to death?

Book Review: The Duchess of the Shallows

In this riveting fantasy story by Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto, a poor girl with a mystery past and going by the name of Duchess is thrust into a higher calling. She must complete this almost impossible task set her by the intriguing and mysterious group known as The Grey. If she is able to complete the task, she will be initiated into this secret society, one that will grant her status and infamy within her world. But is everything as it seems? Will The Grey hold up their end of the bargain if Duchess makes it out alive?

Book Review: He Wrote in Red

In this thrilling novel chock full of fear and suspense, but also romance and fate, Mary Stein Myers paints a scary reality that could be hanging out just down our block. In present-day America, Leocadia (Leo for short), is a clinical psychologist, currently working on a legal custody case for a law firm. The lawyer she is working with is Avery, and as they progress on the case, so too does their romantic interests in each other. But their client Grant, the husband in the custody case, is making moves on Leo. Not only that, but he seems to give off creepy vibes. When Leo's life, and the life of those she loves--old and new--is threatened by an intruder, stalker, and murderer, it seems that her caseload is to blame. Will she give up on the case that's bringing this all to bear? Or will she put all of their lives at risk to get down to the truth?

Book Review: A Single Light

In this thrilling sequel to The Line Between, Tosca Lee continues to astound readers with her gut-wrenching plot twists, complicated romance, and amazing suspense. At the beginning of this book, our protagonist Wynter and her dreamy love interest Chase have just been sealed off from the rest of the world in Noah's nuclear bomb-shelter silo with 60 other people, Julie, Lauren, and Truly included. Still wanted for murder and potential terrorism, Wynter must continue to hide her identity even now. Maybe once the silo opens up in 6 months, she can run away with Chase and Truly and live happily ever after. But even that dream is dashed as tensions rise in the silo, and Julie is gravely injured. After the silo opens up, Chase and Wynter must traverse ghost towns, sick and desperate humans alike, and even a corrupt, mafia-like governance system in order to find the IV medications that Julie needs before time runs out. Can she survive--not only physically intact, but mentally?

Book Review: Legend of the Stone Keepers

In this YA Fantasy, J.L. Trepanier takes her readers on an amazing journey. The mission of her beautifully fleshed-out characters is to find the shattered pieces of the world's soul in order to fuse them back together and thus banish Nixa Somnia, the everlasting winter that freezes a being from the inside out. On this journey are the young, newly graduated Elaro, his classmate Cirra, his hero--and the Obsidian Warrior in the flesh--Plutollo, brothers Garenth and Ronin, the fiery Kindle, and the asthmatic scientist Atlas. Each have their role to play in obtaining the first piece of Terranum's soul, which lies with the humans. Will Elaro find the confidence within himself to lead his crew to the stone? Will the humans help the Agraxians save the world, or will they be too focused on their differences?

Book Review: Adventures in Amarant

In this fantastically written collection of epic fantasy short stories by J.D. Bowens, we readers embark on several exciting--if quite brief--adventures with the Edderick brothers. We travel with them as two work as hired swords to protect a false priest, we follow two other brothers into dank sewers to rid a tavern of a rat infestation (and maybe more!), and we finally see all four brothers together as they save a group of halflings from bandits. In this prequel to the The Adventures of Amarant trilogy, we get a good feel for both the world that the Edderick brothers occupy, as well as the brothers themselves!

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