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Fiction

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Twisted

By Lola Smirnova

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Hand-cuffed, ball-gagged and wearing nothing but a motorcycle helmet – not your typical introduction, but it’s how readers first meet Julia, a young Ukrainian woman whose ambitions for a better life land her in an illogical place: the seedy world of the sex trade industry.

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Flat-Out Celeste

By Jessica Park

Rating: ★★★★★ 

The third volume in the popular “Flat-Out” series, FLAT-OUT CELESTE explores the budding romantic relationship between two social misfits.

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Avoid. Negotiate. Kill.

By C.W. Lemoine

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

A fighter pilot and all-around military hardass Spectre has to deal with his decisions on previous missions, and the fallout from the events of Spectre Rising.

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The Boy Walker

By David Perlstein

Rating: ★★★★½ 

An English Bulldog recounts the story of life with his family, an estranged father and son, as they heal old wounds, battle new ones, and learn what it means to live.

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24 Tales to Pass the Time

By Carlos Perez

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A collection of short slice-of-life stories with odd twists, strange premises, and quirky characters.

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The Wanton Life of My Friend Dave

By Tristan Wood

Rating: ★★★★½ 

In this book, Isabella Maria follows the story being lived by her friend named Dave. She can describe him as wanton because she knows everything there is to know about him.

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The Little Suicides

By Mike Guest

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

THE LITTLE SUICIDES is an insightful novel that follows its protagonist through a journey that culminates in an expanded sense of racial privilege and moral ambiguity.

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The Luck Particle

By J. K. Hayward

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

It’s 2008, and in Switzerland, CERN is getting ready to switch on one of science’s greatest achievements yet: the Large Hadron Collider. They’re looking for the Higgs Boson, but what they don’t know is that a secret cabal called The Watchmen is trying to sabotage the LHC to keep them from finding something even bigger.

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Alethea

By Jesse Arnold

Rating: ★★★★½ 

ALETHEA has perhaps the most gripping opening of any independently-published novel in recent memory.

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Isabella Rockwell’s War

By Hannah Parry

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Isabella Rockwell has lived her entire life in British Empire-era India, learning shooting and riding from her father and herbalism from her father’s housekeeper, Abhaya (also the only mother-figure she remembers). When her father goes missing, and Abhaya dies, Isabella is shipped back to Britain to find a post as a servant.

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Snakebite Remedy

By Timothy L. Huffman

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

SNAKEBITE REMEDY is a collection of eleven short stories, ten poems and one play. The author Timothy L. Huffman subtitles this volume “short works sharp teeth.” Indeed, the stronger stories are both short and sharp.

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Impetus

By Scott M. Sullivan

Rating: ★★★★½ 

It is ten years since The Impact, the day when meteors struck the earth. The city of Boston has become a dark, dust driven scape with a small fraction of its population alive and living the semi feral life of scavenging tribes.