Just Another Bad News, by PM Browne 


Just Another Bad News was actually a very refreshing read in the crime/mystery genre.

It started off simple enough: main character comes across a dead body. Main character calls police. However, circumstances as well as something that seems like a good idea at the time land the main character as a prime suspect in the case. From there it takes off and unfolds in a variety of different ways that kept me guessing (which is a very difficult thing to do). Not only that, but it takes a bigger and broader direction than most crime novels take.
Aside from a bit of silly romance (which no crime novel is complete without), my biggest problem was the editing. And I’m not sure if it’s the editing, or confusion over certain phrases. I’m not calling it bad grammar–it actually sounds more like English might be a second language. With just a bit more polishing, Just Another Bad News could easily stand out amidst the myriad of mysteries populating the genre.
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From Fairies and Creatures of the Night, by Emily de Courcy


Chock full of eye catching characters, wonderful settings, and witty dialogue, this is one of the better fantasy collections I’ve read in a long time.

All of them were entertaining, some of them connected, and I was delighted to find out that some of my favorites were part of another series.
I think there’s a story type in this anthology for all sorts of fantasy readers. Beautiful written, excellently paced, and an absolute delight to read.
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X: A Collection of Horror, by C. M. Saunders


Short, sweet, to the point, and certainly a deviation from what we’ve come to expect from horror stories.

Most of the stories are designed to be psychological terrors, feeding on the things we’ve feared since childhood. Those are amplified by the fact that each story cuts off before giving away too much resolution, leaving seeds of doubt in the back of your mind, and making you want to start checking over your shoulder.
That being said, it still feels more like psychological goosebumps and not terrifying horror. I think some were cut just a little too short to really convey that teeth chattering fear, but that might just be me. They were still well written and the authors notes were very entertaining.
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Birthright Unknown spins the tale of one fairy hidden away her entire life until her eighteenth birthday, and then gets the most explosive present of her life.

Resistance movements, betrayal, high-flying dragons all set the mood for a fast-paced adventure. Match that with witty dialogue and well-developed characters and you have a decidedly fantastical tale.
Unfortunately the fast-paced adventure made things a little easy for the main character. There was conflict, but she easily overcame it, much to my disappointment.
Also, the romance aspects were very predictable, occurring too fast to develop any real chemistry and therefore seemed incredibly unnecessary. That being said, it did harbor one twist at the end that I did like.
Overall not a bad read, but definitely geared towards the YA audience.
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Lazarus, by Jason Akley

Lazarus is an incredibly long–and at times, a trying–read, but readers are intensely rewarded with the tale of familial lives so intertwined they couldn’t extricate themselves if they tried. The world is rich, the characters so alive they’re practically popping from the pages.

Throw in references to Greek tales, modern philosophies, as well as new age culture…the reader will be left reflecting on every aspect of their life as they continue to turn the pages.
It is possible to get lost, as the author has created a plethora of different telling styles (e-mails, first person, third person) each time the character perspective switches. However, he was kind enough to include a quick reference guide at the end for those who feel like they’ve missed something. An absolutely mind-blowing read.
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Meeting a Dream, by John Angiulo 


Meeting a Dream takes you into the hidden subconscious of the human mind that is seemingly only accessible through dreaming. Two strangers meet for the first time–or is it?

Through rhyming prose and wistful imagery, Meeting a Dream makes one aware of their own subconscious and question brief thoughts of reality.

A cute story for children (complete with hand-drawn sketches children can identify with), and an open-ended provocation for adults.
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Busy Dizzy, by Dr. Orly Katz 

 

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Busy Dizzy, by Dr. Orly Katz is an absolute wonderment of a bedtime story for children. It shows children (and even adults) how to dispel those constant nagging, negative thoughts (known as Dizzys) that continually hold someone back. It’s designed to instill confidence in both children and adults alike through cute little rhyming narrations. I think this would be a fantastic way to plant those subliminal messages in a child’s mind that they can overcome things like shyness, anger, or embarrassment all by themselves.

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