The Sisters Will Dance, by Brian S. Wheeler



Intricate, creepy, and very satisfying all around. Tells the tale of a young man struggling to overcome the darkness within himself, a darkness that’s so addicting in order to claim an inheritance he has to get his act together. Broken families, magic, and a bit of the paranormal, The Sisters Will Dance grips you by the throat in the beginning and doesn’t let go until the main character gains his own release. What kind of release, you ask? Well…you’ll have to read to find out.

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Aliens in the Gift Shop, by D. E. Morris



This was a wonderfully characterized book full of many twists and incredibly endearing characters. It was smart, witty, and just about everything sci-fi should be. Subplots came together seamlessly and it had an ending to be overjoyed about. Truly a beautiful read.

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Dawn of Steam: First Light, by Jeffrey Cook with Sarah Symonds



Written in a formal, calmly-paced manner, Dawn of Steam is one of the more interesting Steampunk novels I’ve read. It reads in a traditional English way and all of the information contained within the letters is relevant. There is just enough action and character development (without going overboard) that is sure to catch readers’ attention. Dawn of Steam is told through journals and letters, to and from various people, but doesn’t get confusing. Who knew a tale of exploring the Americas could be highlighted in such a way?

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Jake Harelson and the War for Hope, by Gal Rochwerger 

The story is a very gripping one for young adult readers, as Jake Harelson is a very sympathetic character for most children that age. Even adults find themselves identifying with him as he struggles with bullies and loneliness. It was also a very interesting take on the classic good v. evil, god v. satan tales.

However the English translation (it was originally published in Hebrew) left much to be desired. It made things a little difficult to read at times. The story was also very face-paced and Jake, the protagonist, went through things a little too easily. Perhaps with a bit of translation polishing and maybe a slower pace, Jake Harelson’s adventures could be the ride of a lifetime for even adult readers.
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Rise of the Dunamy, by James R. Landrum

Not quite what I expected, but then that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall I enjoyed the basic idea of the plot and found myself really wondering what Sofia was going to do with the choice presented to her. It was relatively well-written, and I enjoyed the writing style, even if the long-winded explanations over something in her past tended to break the readers attention from the story and was not always be relevant.
I did have a few problems with the way things played out, however. First: things moved entirely too fast. The author focuses on the fact that Sofia has had all incredibly violent relationships…and I mean all of them, which is fine if that’s how the author wants to set up her character, but things need to be kept consistent. She is described as very job-oriented, careful and wary, but then she gives in so easily to a whirlwind romance that I find it hard to believe that she would simply change herself that much…especially as a highly trained and regarded police officer.
I also did not enjoy how much emphasis was placed on how beautiful and sexy Sofia was but she just ‘didn’t know it.’ It seemed like every time a blurb came up about her past, that was the underlying theme…which is one of the reasons why I have a hard time with female protagonists.
In regards to the romance, again things happened too fast. Huge secrets given up in less than a week? If only that level of trust could be found.
Even with all that (and a few other things), I was still drawn to the story. I think with a bit of polishing and maybe some slow down on how the plot plays out, Rise of the Dunamy could be a wonderful series. 
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Godonism, by Theo Von Cezar

I’m typically a very fast reader. However, in order to get a good grasp of what was happening in Godonism, I really had to slow down and read very carefully. The author throws a lot of information at the reader very quickly, and uses excessive description in an attempt to clear up the information, but sometimes it only serves to make the story convoluted. I even went back and read the summary of the book to see if there was something that I missed, and I was right: at no point in the story did I understand that Ahma and Jovian had been fired from Windmill Plant–they just seemed to be on the run constantly.

That being said, the story itself (once you begin to understand it a little farther in) was a very thought-provoking one. The entire thing felt like one big metaphor for the constant war over ‘free will’ and ‘predestination’ and how overzealousness can ultimately corrupt and destroy, no matter how good the intentions. It speaks about time as if it were a real person, and in the apocalyptic setting, you really begin to think that time is a person.
Lots of craziness abound, but if you can ignore that, Godonism throws some new concepts and perceptions your way that really make you stop and think.
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Stateline, by Dave Stanton

Stateline was a wonderfully gritty, incredibly descriptive, and realistic take on the classic detective. Dan Reno, while working on the side of the law and justice, isn’t exactly the cleanest man himself, which was a very nice spin that deviated from the norm.

At first it seems like a straightforward murder-mystery: someone dies, Reno gets hired, tracks down the perpetrators…but then things take a very dark and deep turn and the detective finds out that the lineage of corruption and death goes further than he could have imagined.
Full of relatable characters, excellent dialogue, and a myriad of twists that keep the reader engaged, I find myself becoming a fan of Reno’s later adventures.
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Unreliable Histories, by Rob Gregson

Unreliable Histories by Rob Gregson is a hilarious, beautiful, tongue-in-cheek rewrite of the fantasy genre. Gregson pokes fun at (but not in a malicious manner) everything from naming the lands, the economies of the cities, the traditional layout of how quests (think Skyrim or DnD) are completed. The author manages to touch on just about every stereotype the fantasy genre has to offer.

The narrator does a beautiful job of engaging the readers as he spins Myrah and Al’s quest to find the Index, and why everyone is now trying to hunt them down. Just enough disinformation is contained until one specific moment, and then the tales grows bigger. Throw in a bit of mysterious time-travel, magic and wizards, as well as wonderful character development, and you have possibly one of the most entertaining reads the fantasy genre has to offer.
In addition, the author focuses on having Myrah solve these mysteries with her intellect rather than cutting a bloody swatch through hordes of enemies (that job falls to Al). It’s like a breath of fresh air as Myrah discovers more and more about her past (without throwing it into your face).
Fans of comedy, fantasy (casual or otherwise) will not be disappointed with this brilliantly spun tale. And the best part? There’s a sequel: The Endless Land. 
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Angeions, by Inspirus Mwanake

A blend of “Maximum Ride” and “Percy Jackson,” I think young adult fans would find their favorite aspects of both those series in “Angeions.”

It also draws heavily on several mythos, most notably Greek and Christian as the basis for a unique, character driven plot. Angeions also flips the standard norm of gender roles, which was a very nice change.
Well-paced, nicely stylized, and a wonderful attention to continuity, I would recommend Angeions to young adults everywhere.

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