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The Spark

By John Kenny

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Captain Donny Robertson knows fire – how it should and shouldn’t behave. So, when Donny loses his mentor and long-time friend, Chief Paul Fitzgerald, to a fire that wasn’t supposed to “flash” , Donny suspects foul play.

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An Animal Life

By Howard Krum

Rating: ★★★★½ 

AN ANIMAL LIFE is as smart as it is funny; brilliant characters, hilarious occurrences, and smart medicine make this a fun and engaging read.

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The Latecomer’s Fan Club

By Diane V. Mulligan

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Everyone’s a protagonist in this Boston-based tale of relationships between men and women.

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That Crazy Little Thing

By Kate Bracy

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Melanie Davis is a divorced mother raising a typical rebellious teenage daughter, Jessie. Melanie describes herself as a fixer-upper, a loser in love, and resigns herself to an ordinary life. For pleasure, she secretly reads — and shares with others — her boss’ private emails of love and longing with only the “tiniest pang of guilt.”

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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu

By Ylleya Fields

Rating: ★★★★½ 

The whimsical nature of Princess Cupcake is a realistic picture of children at preschool age; all things are enticing, and everything is of interest.

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I, Paris

By Rick Garnett

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

To understand the significance of this novel, readers should first be familiar with the basics of Paris’s role in the Trojan War of Greek mythology. Paris has often been portrayed as “weak, almost effeminate,” as author Rick Garnett states in his introduction. In this novel, there’s an attempt to humanize him.

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By Blood

By Tracy E. Banghart

Rating: ★★★★★ 

This is a thoughtful, funny, intense work of young adult fiction that takes the reader on a journey through the streets of Oxford, exploring everything from the passion of summer romance to the mystic appeal of the ancient druids.

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Labor Pains

By C.A. Huggins

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

LABOR PAINS by C.A. Huggins appears to be aiming for an “Office Space”-like effect, but is ultimately goes on far too long without developing a compelling or particularly witty conceit.

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Beyond the Clearing

By Robin Mahle

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

To mourn their dead friend Diane, a group of three women go to pamper themselves at the incredibly swank and new-agey Serenity Resort. But Serenity Resort is a pretty suspicious place, and not just because of the 6 a.m. wake-up calls and the fact that they don’t serve alcohol.

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Field of Vision

By Michael Jarvis

Rating: ★★★★½ 

FIELD OF VISION is the lyrical, simmering story of a jaded photographer occasionally named Jake who, at age 27, is unafraid to take pictures of a man who threatens to kill him.

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Fixed

By Paddy Head

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

In Paddy Head’s FIXED, we confront the seedy underbelly of rigged horse races and sleazy power struggles through the idealistic prism of Andy, an upright jockey whose talent far outmatches her experience with uncouth characters.

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Love Beyond Time

By Bethany Claire

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

How do Scotland and, to a much lesser extent, Austin, Texas, become the geographies of loss and love and meet over the course of four centuries? Through the mind of an architect-mother, the skills of a spell-casting 17th century relative, and the drama of a regal land-owning “laird-dom.”