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Review of Chilling Effect

Chilling Effect (Harper Voyager, 2019) by Valerie Valdez is a fast-paced space adventure with twists and turns aplenty. With amazing characterization and witty dialogue, it’s the sort of book you’ll only put down if you absolutely have to. The book … Continue reading

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Review of Power and Majesty

Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts (2019) is the first book in the Creature Court series and serves as a wonderful introduction to this epic fantasy world. The city of Aufleur seems like a normal enough place, if a … Continue reading

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Review of The Key of Astrea

The Key of Astrea by Nicholas Marson (Maple and Pine, 2019) is a young adult adventure novel with elements of fantasy and science fiction blended together. With some characters that you want to root for, and others that you will … Continue reading

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Review of Carpe Glitter

Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo (Meerkat Press, 2019) is a clever novelette about family secrets, magic, and antiquated war machines. A very quick read, this novelette blends a very real story of dealing with the estate of a recently deceased … Continue reading

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Review of Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming?

Jameson Currier’s short story collection, Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming? (Chelsea Station Editions, 2019), is a themed collection featuring stories with gay male protagonists and told in first and second person. While the speculative elements in this … Continue reading

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Review of Into Bones Like Oil

Karron Warren’s Into Bones Like Oil (Meerkat Press, 2019) is a Gothic-style novella that blends the surreal and literary into a ghost story like nothing I’ve read before. With characters that feel equally at home here as they might in … Continue reading

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Review of A Family Matter

A Family Matter by Ox Aaronson (Lightning Cellar Publications, 2019) is a fast-moving sci-fi heist novel with plenty of twists to keep you turning the pages. Alexander Romano-Bennetti is the nephew of the ruler of Nostraspace, one of seven galactic … Continue reading

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Review of Triangulation: Dark Skies

Triangulation: Dark Skies, edited by Diane Turnshek and Chloe Nightingale (Parsek Ink, 2019), is an anthology of stories about people longing to see the night skies. Whether the stars are missing due to light pollution or something else, the stories … Continue reading

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Review of The Great Faerie Strike

The Great Faerie Strike by Spencer Ellsworth (Broken Eye Books/Stinkeye Books, 2019) is a spirited adventure story set in the Otherworld, a region inhabited by fantasy creatures. The story is told from two points of view: Jane, a half-vampire, and … Continue reading

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Review of Tales for the Camp Fire

Tales for the Camp Fire (Tomes & Coffee Press, 2019), edited by Loren Rhoads, is an anthology of horror stories from Northern California authors who banded together to raise funds for the victims of the November 2018 fire that destroyed … Continue reading

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