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: 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: Second Skin: Fractures

In this LitRPG novel, set in a medieval "world," Dreya must figure out to survive as an outsider and hide her Deathless status from the world's native inhabitants. Dreya, her screen name in this new world, started off as an old man, who had lost everything in his life that was important to him, including his own wife. In a final attempt to make his life meaningful again, he enclosed himself into a new virtual reality game system, which took his body and placed it into this new, supposedly virtual world. But something happened as he was crossing over, and now he is stuck in the world as his avatar, Dreya. Throughout the novel, the man, now Dreya, is searching for ways to survive in the unfamiliar world, as well as searching for who she truly is. Is she the same man that her body left behind in the real world? Or is she actually becoming Dreya herself?

Book Review: Resurrection Men

In this seemingly normal story about a couple of body snatchers from Glasgow, Scotland in the late 19th century, David Craig takes us on a terrifying and unexpected journey fraught with creatures from a nightmare. Foley and Hunt wind their way through coverups and mystery, kidnappings and brainwashing, even murders, all simply so they can go back to their normal, mundane lives of scrounging up enough money to take to the bar at night and keep Foley's pharmacy open during the day. But when they begin to uncover the secrets of the Sooty Feathers Club, their lives can no longer be "normal." Now, Foley and Hunt have to fight for their lives with the help of the age-old Templars and a woman with a grudge. Will they be able to beat back the evil penetrating Glasgow? Or will they end up as a Vampyre's midnight meal?

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: The Coordinate

In this novel, branded a sci-fi by the author, but which I think of more as a YA Adventure/Da Vinci Code, two high schoolers--former best friends who sadly grew apart--are tasked with the history project of  researching the Secret Chamber of the White-Eyed Star God in the Copan Temple. As they navigate past missing webpages, a trip to Europe, time traveling, the President of the United States, and aliens, Emma and Logan find themselves unraveling the mystery of the stars. What will they find? And will they even survive their discovery?

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: Arctic Adagio

This whodunit-esque novelette by D.J. Cockburn is set in the dystopian future, where the rich control the world, and the climate has perished under humanity's negligence. Rex Harme, a former police detective, is now working as security on a cruise ship in the Arctic Ocean, with some of the world's richest--and shallowest--people partying it up. But when one of the guests is thrown overboard, he must solve the mystery of the murderer's identity. 

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