Fiction

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HOCKEY KARMA

Rating: 4.8
The final installment in Howard Shapiro’s Forever Friends trilogy, HOCKEY KARMA, follows the dual protagonists Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson, an athlete well known for his prowess on the ice, and his friend/agent, Tom Leonard.
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THE CLAWS OF PERDITION

Rating: 3.3
A collection of short stories written around dark themes, Alaric Cabiling’s unraveling narratives are sharp and at times shocking, with simple dialogue and common scenarios unfolding into lies, chaos and violence.
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SUPERBALL

Rating: 3.8
SUPERBALL is a relationship story taking place in 1970s Colorado driven by both hippy sensibility and philosophy.
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DIRTY PINK

Rating: 2.5
A genetic therapy designed to “cure” homosexuality in males ends up turning the skin of its users a bright pink color.
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ELECTION 2064: BOOK ONE

Rating: 5
Scott McDermott skillfully takes features of our era--pleas by both sides to come together in unity, quickly followed by a resumption of partisan warfare--and applies them to a not too distant America in the smoking aftermath of a Second Civil War.
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THE GLORIOUS BEYOND

Rating: 4.5
THE GLORIOUS BEYOND details the intensely personal journey one woman takes through the loss of her husband, grief, and finding the courage to move on.
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IT IS MYSELF THAT I REMAKE

Rating: 2
A young woman finds love and healing with her re-embodied spirit guide, the Irish poet William B. Yeats.
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MOCK MY WORDS

Rating: 3.7
An established novelist famed for his beautiful prose, Chinese "literary genuis" David Tan, finds speaking English difficult, setting the stage for a heartfelt story about communication and the lack thereof.
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LURES

Rating: 4
LURES paints sympathetic portraits of everyday people striving after what they may never attain.
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THE BOOK OF MOON

Rating: 5
George Crowder merges the Book of Job, J. D. Salinger, and Woody Allen into an effective tale about an adolescent trying to make sense of life and death amidst the setting of a crumbling world and the scary rite of passage that is puberty.
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THE LIBRARIAN

Rating: 5
Author Philip Wilson takes the most desk-bound of professions, that of the librarian, and pits it against one of the most horrifying, in action/adventure, THE LIBRARIAN
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THE BEST OF FAMILIES

Rating: 5
Author Harry Groome soars in this tale of the privileged clinging to their social positions long past their shelf life, and how one of them seeks to escape his wealthy upbringing via combat.
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Zombies meet high-school romance in the darkly humorous CHEMISTRY

Rating: 5
Often mocked for her size, sixteen-year-old Stella Blunt learned to fiercely defend herself from bullying. But she definitely isn't ready for the designated high school weirdo Howard Mullins to fall in love with her.
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Plunge into a deep and bracing tale with BLACK WATER

Rating: 4.7
Joseph Caspar is a disappointed writer, living with his wife Noelle in a city with air so dirty it can kill. Then an old college friend offers him a project he can’t turn down.
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RICE & ROCKS

Rating: 4.5
A young boy goes on a journey with his aunt and magic pet parrot to see how people enjoy rice and beans all over the world.
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DREAM ELECTRIC

Rating: 3
A virtual reality game becomes real in DREAM ELECTRIC.
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BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN

Rating: 4.5
BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN is a solid fantasy quest adventure for early middle-grade readers.
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SOLE SILENCE

Rating: 4
In SOLE SILENCE, author M.AR.S brings the social media age into the cliques that inevitably form in high school, with a character that did not grow up on even the most basic of technologies and, as a result, is shunned because of it.
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NUMBERS GAME

Rating: 3.8
Imagine a nation in which every citizen’s net societal worth can be boiled down to a single rating – one that is forever tattooed on their forehead for all to see. Now imagine what would happen if the system that awarded those ratings was broken – perhaps even corrupt. That’s the premise of NUMBERS GAME.
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THE AMARANT

Rating: 2.8
Part high school drama and part paranormal adventure, THE AMARANT brings fiction to life when a high school student uncovers the existence of vampires and unlocks a deadly secret about her own genetic makeup.
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MAIL-ORDER ANNIE

Rating: 4
The main character in MAIL-ORDER ANNIE is a trailer park-dwelling English teacher named Frank who is afflicted with considerable sexual frustration.
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PINK SLIPS

Rating: 5
Not since "Rosemary’s Baby" has a thriller revealed how vulnerable women are when pregnant.