Best Reviewed Books of May

 

OVER THE MOUNTAIN by Katherine P. Stillerman

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Deftly written, OVER THE MOUNTAIN is a charming and heartwarming story with a likeable protagonist growing up in 1960s Alabama.

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STOLEN OBSESSION by Marlene M. Bell

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: STOLEN OBSESSION satisfies any reader’s lust for adventure—part mystery, part romance, all suspense.

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SLAY THE DRAGON by Laura A. Zubulake

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Laura A. Zubulake’s very human players, living, loving, lying and dying in her viscerally enthralling SLAY THE DRAGON know it’s a brutal game—with no Off-switch save insanity or death.

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LOST AND FOUND IN HARLEM by Delia C. Pitts

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: From the spot-on noirish ambiance to the spare yet colorful prose, LOST AND FOUND IN HARLEM is a fine mystery and the first in a series that will likely leave readers wanting more.

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THE KITCHEN PARAPHERNALIA HANDBOOK by Jean B. MacLeod

Genre: Food & Cooking

IR Verdict: THE KITCHEN PARAPHERNALIA HANDBOOK is a guide that should be in every kitchen, especially for cooks who want to experiment with new and interesting recipes but do not want to devote their entire income and kitchen space to an array of rarely-used single-purpose tools.

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PIERRE FRANCOIS: 5TH GRADE MISHAPS  by Lori Ann Stephens, Trevor Yokochi (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: This fun illustrated chapter book for middle-grade readers uses plenty of gross adolescent humor to tell a deeper story of compassion.

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AFTER THEY GO by J Mercer

Genre: Women’s Fiction

IR Verdict: While not all of its plot lines are equally engaging, AFTER THEY GO is a heartfelt look into lives of four ordinary women.

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THE REBEL’S CODE by JD Nelson

Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

IR Verdict:  Vela’s internal conflict between her need to fit in and her frustrated response to the dystopian society she lives in makes for an emotionally evocative story that will fill the reader with a sweet, righteous anger and inspire them to be brave in the face of injustice.

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#WALK by Ovid House

Genre: Popular Fiction

IR Verdict: A political tract of sorts, which doesn’t conceal the failings of the people involved in political metamorphosis, #WALK is an effective commentary on the nature of both grassroots power and political suppression. 

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LORD JESUS, I WANT TO SEE…by Rev. Peter G. Vu

Genre: Religion

IR Verdict: LORD JESUS, I WANT TO SEE… is a sweet, thoughtful devotional for children that is age-appropriate without being condescending, and seeks to foster a kind and compassionate morality.

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IN MY FATHER’S SHADOW by John M. Tabor

Genre: Biography

IR Verdict: IN MY FATHER’S SHADOW is more than a biography. It is a solidly conveyed tribute to John M. Tabor’s father which includes a great deal of history and humor.

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SPIRIT OF THE AMAROQ by James Charles

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: The struggle to move forward makes SPIRIT OF THE AMAROQ an empowering and realistic read as Charles captures the emotional process of putting life back together after losing everything.

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THURSDAY’S CHILD by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Genre: Lit Fiction

IR Verdict: Joseph Wurtenbaugh’s THURSDAY’S CHILD is a wholly enjoyable modern romance built on a framework of timeless myth and fairy tales. Fabled kingdoms rise from the legal battlefields of 1980s Manhattan, while the damsel attempts to save the male hero in distress.

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THE WASTE-WISE KITCHEN COMPANION by Jean B. MacLeod

Genre: Food + Cooking

IR Verdict: A comprehensive guidebook, THE WASTE-WISE KITCHEN COMPANION will stuff reader’s brains with ideas on how to use extra, leftover or slightly flawed, but fixable foodstuff.

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RED CLAY, YELLOW GRASS by Richard Barager

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Author Richard Barager’s lively and erudite voice conveys the story with a vibrancy that mirrors the times, although the overall plot of RED CLAY, YELLOW GRASS is as formulaic as the genre warrants.

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RACE FOR THE MIND by Daniel G. Welch

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Revelatory in its exposure of the underbelly of the American pharmaceutical industry, RACE FOR THE MIND is a nuanced business thriller with elements of both personal drama and professional risk-taking in equal measure.

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THE ROSE AND THE CRANE by Clint Dohmen

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: THE ROSE AND THE CRANE reads like a medieval Pirates of the Carribbean, featuring non-stop action-adventure with almost never a dull moment.

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HAND OF SILVER, HAND OF GOLD by Christopher Grey

Genre: Historical Fiction

IR Verdict: Part vengeance quest, part fantasy adventure, HAND OF SILVER, HAND OF GOLD is a beautifully vivacious novel that transplants effortlessly into its time and place, taking a complex and interweaving journey through magic and mystery, and giving a clever history lesson along the way.

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