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Best Reviewed Books for April

 

ASTEROIDS: Escape from the Arcadians by Mike McCoy

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: ASTEROIDS: Escape from the Arcadians is an extremely immersive adventure with memorable characters, tons of high-tech flourishes, and, despite being a massive book, debut novelist Mike McCoy keeps things moving briskly.

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PARALLAX: True Crime Tales by Lance J. LoRusso

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: PARALLAX: True Crime Tales is a gripping, unforgettable look into the reality of law enforcement told with sheer honesty and deep humanity.

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DANCING WITH DEATH by Jean-Philippe Soulé

Genres: Memoir, Travel

IR Verdict: Thrilling adventure, soulful insights and crisp, fast-paced writing combine to make Jean-Philippe Soulé’s DANCING WITH DEATH a great read.

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BLACK AND BLUE IN HARLEM by Delia C. Pitts

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: In her poignant and hopeful noir mystery, BLACK AND BLUE IN HARLEM, Delia C. Pitts depicts her characters and their lives with insight and compassion.

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BAD LUCK CHARLIE by Scott Baron

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: BAD LUCK CHARLIE keeps readers guessing what will happen next to nerdy protagonist, Charlie, and author Scott Baron ups the stakes with a page-turning story, an intriguing plot and a brilliantly conceived new world. 

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COGNITION by Jacques St-Malo

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction

IR Verdict: Espionage, politics, science, technology, and romance come together in COGNITION, a beautifully written, unusual book that challenges readers with its intricate plot and high-level concepts about philosophy.

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BLACKQUEST 40 by Jeff Bond

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: BLACKQUEST 40 sparkles with imagination. Code flies from keyboards, setting off ingenious flying devices, hatching plots and subplots and, ultimately, giving heroes the chance to help the good guys win.  This book is a delight, and one readers should download right away.

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I’M HERE FOR YOU MY GODDESS by Lynda Colucci

Genre: Romance

IR Verdict: Devotees of the dominant/submissive culture featured in the narrative will find kindred spirits in Sharon and her partner. Those unfamiliar with it may discover a secret yearning of their own. And those who are neither here nor there on the sub/dom scale, but who are just fans of racy romance tales will not be disappointed by this promising erotic debut.

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MARY MONSTER by Matt Ingwalson

Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal

IR Verdict: An interesting premise and a well-done presentation wrapped in a horror novel, MARY MONSTER is an engaging, fun and thoughtful critique of the creative process and relationship between artists and inspiration.

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IMMORTALS’ REQUIEM by Vincent Bobbe

Genre: Fantasy

IR Verdict: The eternal struggle between good and evil receives the fully fantastical treatment it deserves in IMMORTALS’ REQUIEM, an erudite and entertaining dark fantasy.

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THE INDIVISIBLE AND THE VOID by D.M. Wozniak

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: THE INDIVISIBLE AND THE VOID captivates, enlightens and delights. Imaginative and provocative, the story winds through a wonderful, imaginary land filled with page after page of repercussions and revelations on what it means to journey, unflinchingly into the truth.

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RISK A VERSE: A Year in Daily Sonnets by Libby Weber

Genres: Memoir, Poetry

IR Verdict: RISK A VERSE will delight sonnet-lovers with its experimental, playful, curious and creative approach to that most elegant of verse-forms.

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THE BOOK OF JOE B: A Love Story by Michael Winn

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: Michael Winn’s THE BOOK OF JOE B: A Love Story is an enjoyable retelling of the Book of Job with an impressively light-hearted touch. This is a contemplative read that will inspire discussion, self-reflection, and maybe even a deepening of one’s faith.

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MOM’S PERFECT BOYFRIEND by Crystal Hemmingway

Genre: Chick-Lit

IR Verdict: Funny, a little wacky, but with a lot of heart, Crystal Hemmingway’s MOM’S PERFECT BOYFRIEND is an energetic epistolary romantic comedy.

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THE SOFA SLOTHS by Miriam Kay, Illustrated by Jenny Dang

Genre:  Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: THE SOFA SLOTHS is a gem of a children’s book with fun illustrations, great word play, and a timeless message. It makes an outstanding addition to any children’s library and will no doubt become a household favorite.

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THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE by Vadim Babenko

Genre: Science Fiction

IR Verdict: Thick with deep discussions and heady concepts, author Vadim Babenko channels the spirit—and talent—of “hard” science fiction master Stanislaw Lem, making THE PLACE OF QUARANTINE a rare and thought-provoking journey.

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TWO LIKE ME AND YOU by Chad Alan Gibbs

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: Teens will enjoy the fast-paced mix of adventure, heartbreaking romance, and satire in TWO LIKE ME AND YOU, as well as the occasional swearing and crude joke.

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TOURMALINE by Ginger Tran

Genres: Poetry, Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: Like a series of skin-deep selfies, “Tourmaline” is a beautifully crafted collection of poems that invites the reader to take a lingering look at the wounding effects of love, loss, self-discovery and trauma. Though a bit lengthy, there are plenty of gems that stand out to make it a volume worthy of anyone’s poetry bookshelf.

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V.E.N.O.M. by Ty Mitchell

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Brimming with espionage, mystery, murder and moral conflict, V.E.N.O.M., by Ty Mitchell, is a fast-paced thriller that lures readers in at page one and keeps them riveted to the very end.

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QUIETING THE MONKEY MIND by Dudley Evenson and Dean Evenson M.S.

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: Part instruction manual, part guidebook, QUIETING THE MONKEY MIND is a great tool for both the novice and expert and reading it will help battle the ever-jabbering monkey mind, combat anxiety, and usher in a more peaceful, mindful state.

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IMMACULATE PERCEPTION by Kik Phillips

Genre: Women’s Fiction

IR Verdict: Kik Phillips’ IMMACULATE PERCEPTION is a very funny, well-written book with an outstanding main character and visually beautiful layout.

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