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April 19, 2024

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

By Noa Silver
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

Noa Silver’s evocative imagery and strong dialogue imbue CALIFORNIA DREAMING with memorable narratives and characters. 

April 19, 2024

SILENT ECHOES

By Aldo Grech
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

A book that was always going to struggle to stay as neutral as it claims to be, SILENT ECHOES by Aldo Grech is nonetheless a...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Combining an engaging narrative, an enduring life lesson, and captivating illustrations, Kimberley Lovato’s PISA LOVES BELLA: A Towering Tale of Kindness is as fun to...

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April 19, 2024

MORAL FIBRE

By Helena P. Schrader
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Helena P. Schrader’s MORAL FIBRE is an excellent work of historical fiction that readers will love for its realistic depiction of war and the moving...

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April 17, 2024

THE EMERALD CROSS

By Ken Cruickshank
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Ken Cruickshank's THE EMERALD CROSS is a great, action-packed thriller about revenge and second chances.

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Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Readers new to Mike Murphey's series would do best to read the first four novels first, but the worldbuilding and clever time travel mechanics in...

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April 17, 2024

THE ENGINEER’S MECHANIC

By L. K. Wintur
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A promising beginning to a new series, L.K. Wintur's THE ENGINEER'S MECHANIC is an action-packed adventure set up in a well-crafted future world with engaging...

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April 17, 2024

MARRIAGE AND HANGING

By Genevieve Morrissey
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Genevieve Morrissey’s MARRIAGE AND HANGING is a splendid historical novel that will captivate fans of mystery as it explores questions of trust in marriage, religion,...

Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

While J.A. Simmons's JORDAN FROST AND THE AWAKENING (Book 1 of the Shadows) has the bones of a compelling YA read, a combination of lax...

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April 15, 2024

BRINGER OF LIGHT

By M Thomas Apple
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In BRINGER OF LIGHT, author M. Thomas Apple crafts a believably complex interplanetary future complete with twisting politics, well-drawn characters, and resource management woes.

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April 15, 2024

THE BARGAIN SHOPPER

By WC Latour
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

An endlessly entertaining life story of its intellectual, misanthropic main character, W.C. Latour's THE BARGAIN SHOPPER is a literary novel whose political and social commentary...

April 15, 2024

THE SHADOWS OF AGENT J

By Daniel Lowell Placiszewski-Plazek
Rating:
2.2 / 5.0

THE SHADOWS OF AGENT J is an opaque and mysterious series of disparate vignettes. It starts with an interesting premise, but lacks focus to make...

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