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February 21, 2024

AFTERLIFE: Cool Assassins 3

By J. O. Quantaman
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

J.O. Quantaman's AFTERLIFE: Cool Assassins 3 is an ambitious book that sets out to do many things, and it does enough of those things well...

February 21, 2024

THE BOOK OF IRWIN GOULD (IDG)

By Irwin Gould
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Irwin Gould’s THE BOOK OF IRWIN GOULD is a short and inspiring memoir that shows the author is more than ready for whatever life throws...

February 21, 2024

THE ORPHANAGE BY THE LAKE

By Daniel G. Miller
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Daniel G. Miller’s THE ORPHANAGE BY THE LAKE is a chilling, nail-biting thriller about a chase for the truth when everyone else has failed. 

IR Approved
February 19, 2024

THE HUMAN DISPERSAL PROJECT

By Adam James Chouinard
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Pleasantly complex and filled with heart, Adam James Chouinard's THE HUMAN DISPERSAL PROJECT melds exuberant sci-fi storytelling with a compelling existential mystery.

February 19, 2024

THE SISKIYOU SON

By G.M. Davis
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

THE SISKIYOU SON by G.M. Davis is both tragic and triumphant, tinged with a painful bittersweetness. A scathing commentary on the failures of adults in...

IR Approved
February 19, 2024

SPILLAGE

By Michael Gross
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

From its Milton Glaser-style cover onwards, SPILLAGE by Michael Gross shines as a resurrected literary curio from another era. An infectiously entertaining comic novel, charming...

IR Approved
February 16, 2024

JOURNEY TO THE DARK GALAXY

By Hannah D. State
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Hannah D. State's JOURNEY TO THE DARK GALAXY is a well-constructed YA space saga that manages to keep the reader engaged, even through its more...

February 14, 2024

GRAVEL SOLDIERS

By Terry Iwanski
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Terry Iwanski’s GRAVEL SOLDIERS is a compelling account of a biker's adventurous lifestyle during the late-twentieth century and his strained relationship with his father.

IR Approved
February 14, 2024

FOG & FIREFLIES

By T.H. Lehnen
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Well-imagined and confidently told, T.H. Lehnen’s FOG & FIREFLIES is thoughtful and engaging enough to please both mature YA readers and adults alike.

IR Approved
February 12, 2024

TITAN’S TEARS

By Chad Lester
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Chad Lester’s TITAN’S TEARS is an intelligent and entertaining sci-fi thriller that grips the reader from the first page. Cleverly plotted, it has some well-disguised...

February 9, 2024

A FLASH IN TIME

By J.N. Frye
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

An inventive and manically fast-paced thriller with the feel of a Hollywood movie, J.N. Frye's A FLASH IN TIME is exciting, nerdy, energetic, and engaging. 

IR Approved
February 7, 2024

MY SOUTHERN TABLE: Recipes From a Georgia Kitchen

By Lana Taylor Stuart
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Written by Lana Taylor Stuart with a heart full of butter and a soul marinated in Georgia charm, MY SOUTHERN TABLE isn't just a recipe...

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