Best Reviewed Books of the Month

RISE: An Anthology of Change Edited By Bonnie McKnight + Lorrie Wolfe, Introduction by Amy Rivers

Genre: Anthology

IR Verdict: Spanning numerous genres and capturing a diverse range of experiences, RISE offers something for everyone. The collection is elevated by the exceptional quality of the writing and the authors’ authenticity and creative approach to the inspirational theme.

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SIMONE LAFRAY AND THE CHOCOLATIERS’ BALL By S.P. O’Farrell

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Finding her footing as a spy for the first time, 12-year-old Simone LaFray will delight readers as she uses her considerable brainpower to search for a mysterious international thief and save her family’s chocolate shop. Sweet and smart, SIMONE LAFRAY AND THE CHOCOLATIERS’ BALL is sure to  satisfy mystery readers of any age.

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ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather By Carol Gino

Genres: Memoir, Writing/Publishing

IR Verdict: Not all anecdotes are created equal, but most in Carol Gino’s ME & MARIO create a compelling portrait of two great minds and the adventurous, good-natured, and introspective love affair they embarked on together.

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HOLDING ON By Richard Snodgrass

Genre: Short Stories

IR Verdict: Witty and poignant, and occasionally ribald, HOLDING ON is a worthy addition to Richard Snodgrass’s epic tales of a town in America’s heartland.

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THE WATER’S FINE By Janice Coy

Genre: Popular Fiction

IR Verdict: THE WATER’S FINE centers the importance of friendship between women and grapples with the complicated nature of grief and Janice Coy builds a builds a suspenseful novel with a satisfying payoff.

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THE MESSAGE IN THE PAINTED ROCK By Tom Blanton

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: With its realistic, engaging characters, fast-paced plot, and engrossing mystery, THE MESSAGE IN THE PAINTED ROCK is a satisfying novel for readers of all ages.

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SIMON’S MANSION By William Poe

Genres: Literary Fiction, LGBTQ

IR Verdict: In SIMON’S MANSION, William Poe brings his character Simon back to his small town home in Arkansas as he faces the ghosts of his past to desperately find what ultimately matters, creating an emotionally resonant story of universal reach.

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CORPORATE UNDERTAKER: Business Lessons from the Dead and Dying By Domenic Aversa 

Genre: Business

IR Verdict: CORPORATE UNDERTAKER is a business book with a difference: a glance at the dark side of the corporate world from a vastly experienced crisis consultant, penned with humor and a wealth of enthralling personal context.

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WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM By Michael Okon

Genre: Young Adult

IR Verdict: WITCHES PROTECTION PROGRAM is a zany supernatural romp that doesn’t take itself too seriously; it’s a fun premise and the execution is nearly perfect.

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GRACE: STORIES AND A NOVELLA By Dan Burns

Genre: Short Stories

IR Verdict: Storyteller Dan Burns explores the imperfect lives of imperfect people as they face conundrums that threaten all they thought they knew about life in GRACE: STORIES AND A NOVELLA. The humanity of these flawed, but likeable characters connects with readers on a visceral level, inviting them to consider the possibilities of experiencing meaningful metamorphosis in the face of seeming futility.

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I HAVE BEEN MOVED By Yacov Mitchenko

Genre: Poetry

IR Verdict: With artful wordcraft, erudite composition and an overall cohesion of the collection as an artistic whole, I HAVE BEEN MOVED should most certainly attract the universal reading audience it so deserves.

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ODDBALL IN 3G By Marc Berlin

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: ODDBALL IN 3G is a disturbing, spine-chilling story whose point-of-view perspective and matter-of-fact tone only add to its horrifying force.

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THE NEXT BEST THING By Wiley Brooks

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: Fans of exotic, tropical thrillers (with a side of R-rated sex), will enjoy THE NEXT BEST THING, a fast paced tale of violence and vengeance with believable characters and an authentic depiction of Malaysian culture.

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DARKSIGHT By D C Mallery

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

IR Verdict: An engaging female protagonist, a mind-bending plot, and some marvelously gruesome pseudoscience make DARKSIGHT a true page-turning thriller about the fine line between emotional blindness and physical sight.

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WILLED IN HIS GRACE By Laura Jaka

Genre: Biography, Inspirational/Spiritual

IR Verdict: WILLED IN HIS GRACE by Laura Jaka is a heartrending account of the faith necessary to overcome the hardship in beginning a new life and, against all odds, succeed.

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THE L.I.E. By Brian Barrie

Genre: Children’s (Early to intermediate readers)

IR Verdict: Author Brian Barrie has crafted an unusual, layered story for young readers in THE L.I.E. that is sure to intrigue them, both with the intricacies of human relationships and with science.

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