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Jud Widing
Votes: 6 Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars
Love, Language, And A Girl Struggling With Both
This book is recommended for readers looking unique stories about underrated characters. It is also recommended for teens who may be considering college in the Boston area, due to its detailed and thoughtful depiction of the region. However, some readers might be turned off by the thick writing style. This book is not recommended for readers who prefer streamlined, fast-paced writing.
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Jessica DAgostini
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Tender and Magical - A Story for Disney Lovers!

With a female protagonist coming to terms with claiming and wielding her power, this fantasy adventure is rooted in timeless, universal themes. There are moments Magical Eyes: Dawn of the Sand resembles other coming of age tales infused with magic and mayhem so closely that it lacks freshness (and antagonist Drago will forever be Draco Malfoy in my imagination) . However, the story blossoms each of the many times descriptive writing juxtaposes Princess Martina’s inner and outer worlds, deftly showing how each one tests the princess’ courage and belief in herself.

 This book is ideal for multi-generational sharing, a great choice for reading together at bedtime (aloud, with character voices!) or over a rainy weekend. Be sure not to miss the colorful illustrations at the end of the book (also featured on the author’s website).

 
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Elke Silvarain
Votes: 2 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
YA paranormal inspired by First Nation folklore.
For those of you looking for a YA novel that is a breath of fresh air and does not focus on the romance part, Hidden Dawn is a perfect choice. While the pacing could be too slow on some parts and the main character is not the likable type at first, it makes up greatly for the author’s exquisitely delicate maneuver with character development and the stunning imagery that is constantly present all throughout the novel.
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J. Lynn Else
Votes: 5 Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars
Discover the adventure of one woman's lifetime.
For fans of historical fiction, specifically that based on the ancient Egypt civilization, and readers who like stories based on an untold figure in history, this book may just find you delightfully surprised.
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Luke Smitherd
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
An impossible choice. Kill someone to save someone. What would YOU do?

If you like psychological horror and books that make you think as well as scare you, this book is for you. The author is a true professional and this reader can tell that he knows his craft, his pacing and character development. The book never lags. The characters live and breathe and feel very intense emotions that draw you in and make you sympathize. The internal monologue is handled deftly as well, without bogging down the reader in Chris’s agonizing decisions, but giving us enough to allow us to experience this with Chris. It’s a great read and would please anyone who can stomach some violence and uncomfortable situations.

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Rolf Margenau
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
CANDIDE meets MASH. Coming of age during the Korean War
Public Information was a highly enjoyable, detailed read on the Korean War. It gives the reader a real sense of what it was like in the war with lovable characters to root for and a great feeling of years gone by. History buffs and fans of war fiction will love this novel, but the war scenes are not very graphic and the novel incorporates enough humor to make it accessible for a wider audience. A very solid, albeit long, read.
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Rosemary A Johns
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
WELCOME TO THE BLOOD CLUB: WHERE THE PREDATORS BECOME THE PREY.
Light is a British vampire, who has been captured by the ruthless Blood Club, an underground society who deal in vampires, training and selling them as slaves for the rich. Defanged and ‘trained’ into a life of subservience to his new ‘owner’ Grayse, Light feels a long way from the rebel he once was. From the start though, he realises that Grayse, whose father owns the Blood Club, is not like her family her at all. An attraction grows, family bonds are tested, and as Light writes his diary to Grayse, detailing the horrendous abuse he has suffered, the two of them devise a daring plot of rescue and revenge. A shocking and at times uncomfortable read, this dark book leads us deeper into the world of vampires and their enemies, and sets the story up for book three.
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Jennifer H. Westall
Votes: 13 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
God never promised we’d be safe, just never alone.
Don’t let “Christian novel” stop you from diving into the first book in Jennifer H. Westall’s Healing Ruby series. Yes, the story includes quotes from scripture, references to God, and a whole lot of praying, but these elements are squares in a patchwork quilt of skillfully expressed details that make this historical tale engaging, moving and illuminating. Westhall has created well-drawn characters and dialogue so natural that it makes the reader feel like an eavesdropper. The plot’s (very) occasional lags are worth overlooking because of the reflective residue it leaves behind, giving Healing Ruby staying power that lingers long after the final chapter ends.
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Michele Machado
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Will a stint in the sex trade secure a future - or raze it all?
This book is recommended for fans of New Adult literature who are more interested in coming of age and platonic relationships than romance. Though the book is about sex workers, it is not a sexy story and not recommended for fans of erotica.
Review by Amanda McSweeney

Kourtney Heintz
Votes: 0 Scheduled for Review on April 3, 2017
Love is a journey never a destination

Lisa Hare
Votes: 3 Selected as a Top Pick!
250 horses and one Indian man embody true freedom
A timely must read by all! Once you open it, you won’t be able to put it down. Heart wrenching and eye opening, it will make you angry and hopeful at the same time.
Review by Anita Lock

K.M. Breakey
Votes: 0 Selected as a Top Pick!
Awash with sports, violence & political taboo.
A disturbing yet highly recommended must-read, especially during current troubling times.
Review by Anita Lock

Kevin Berry
Votes: 1 Selected as a Top Pick!
Quirky Aspergers fiction in earthquake zone.
Stim was a delightful, insightful, and often funny read that pulls at the reader’s heart. It will appeal to those interested in Asperger’s Syndrome and those just wanting to understand the myriad of challenges and unique experiences associated with being different. Highly recommended!
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Victoria Valentine
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
A trauma twisted mind, broken heart, damaged soul.
A gritty and hard-hitting exploration in young adult voice and characterisation. Not for the faint hearted, strong issues are dealt with and experienced from the teenager’s points of view, and the narrative voice is excellent.
Review by Chantelle Atkins

Kyle V. Hiller
Votes: 0 Scheduled for Review on December 26, 2016
Everything changed after the first day of seventh grade.

T.E. Scott
Votes: 3 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory. Shelley
The Song Journey is a beautiful and intriguing story of time travel, love, loss and family, with an invigorating backdrop of social history and music. Singer Julia MacAllistair receives a unique gift from her great-grandmother Etty before she dies. Five sheets of music which are able to transport her back in time. Five adventures await her, where she will meet members of her own family, and face danger in war torn Vietnam, as well as true love in 1940’s New Zealand. A beautifully evocative and visual book about the power of music, with a wonderfully strong narrative voice and characters to remember. Readers who enjoy romance, adventure and historical novels will enjoy this book immensely. 
Review by Chantelle Atkins

JR Wirth
Votes: 2 Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars
Lizzy escapes the abuse, but finds another kind of terror!
In Passing is a paranormal love story with hints of darkness. It explores the possibility of an after life and the existence of ‘angels’, or people who are able to stop others before they make dire mistakes. The book is not afraid to take on gritty social issues, such as child abuse, substance abuse and abortion, and does so in a positive manner. Well worth a read for those who enjoy paranormal romance and books with a religious theme.
Review by Chantelle Atkins

Dominic Carrillo
Votes: 44 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
A diverse story about biracial teen torment and love
The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones is for readers who enjoy coming-of-age novels where the outcast rises up against all odds. Biracial teens should especially identify with this book. Carrillo even dedicates the book to them: “To the bicultural or biracial kids out there who have gone through the pain and confusion—along with the curiosity and beauty—of navigating the world and their identities without ever fitting neatly into one category.” In truth, all teens, no matter what their identity may be, will find valuable lessons in Carrillo’s charming little novel.
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Aaron-Michael Hall
Votes: 5 Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars
With darkness covering the lands, can love--forbidden, yet eternal--save both humans and Nazilians?
The Rise of Nazil: Secret of The Seven is an epic heroic fantasy that combines the romantic with the brutal. Though filled with the sincerity you’d expect from a world of might and magic, the book is also filled with graphically described scenes of rape and torture. It is a tale certainly not for the faint of heart, and while fans of darker fantasy may be well inoculated, more casual dwellers may question the taste and necessity of the more disturbing scenes. That being said, the tale is a good one, and you’ll be drawn in by the darkly fascinating court intrigue of the Nazil, and the steamy forbidden-love romance that serves as the stories catalyst. Aaron-Michael Hall builds an involved fantasy world, populated by richly drawn characters with conflicting desires and complex relationships. Much of the story focuses on these relationships , and there’s a lot more drama and dialogue than swords and sorcery. That being said, the book builds to an epic final battle, where all the wrongs and doubts of the tale come to a satisfying and brilliant crescendo. With great dialogue and characters you can’t help but feel drawn to, Rise of the Nazil will prove a satisfying page turner for those with a love romantic fantasy fiction, and offers up a few grizzly surprises for those comfortable in Game of Thrones territory.
Review by Steve Wetherell

Blood Moon
Votes: 10 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
Welcome to Spero Heights. Little town, big bite.
A strong paranormal page-turner, perfect for a weekend read. The start of a series, but ends without a cliffhanger. Look for more from this author.
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Stacey Nash
Votes: 0 Scheduled for Review on June 5, 2017
It’s time to play truth or dare.

K. N. Salustro
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
Join the hunt.
Perfect for science fiction fans, especially those looking to dive into a new series. Both Lissa and Lance are compelling characters, and it is worth taking the time to get to know them. A great book.
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Lincoln Cole
Votes: 5 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Everyone deserves a Second Chance at life.
This book is a good read, and anyone who enjoys a contemporary storyline with modern issues, such as prejudice, addiction and social inequality will enjoy the themes and ideas examined here. It is also driven nicely by the well rounded characters.
Review by Chantelle Atkins

Lincoln Cole
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
What happens when there is nothing to live for?
Cole’s human-interest story is definitely not a light read. Focusing on one man’s dysfunctional life and family, Cole’s plot presents life in the raw. Weaving in constant tension resulting from a lifetime of strife, readers may capture an overriding dystopian ambiance to Cole’s plot—and rightfully so since aging has its difficulties. Although well written and highly thought provoking, Ripples Through Time will not appeal to all, especially those who are faint of heart.
Review by Anita Lock

Ken Altabef
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Alaana must be the next shaman. But she's a girl.
I can say so many great things about this novel, from the dialogue to the sweeping scenery to its solid editing. While I think Altabef succeeded bringing this ambitious vision to life, there were a few minor issues. Sometimes the switch between settings could be a bit jolting and confusing. Also, he often switched character perspectives from paragraph to paragraph, making the blending of the spiritual/physical characters difficult to sort out.  It tended to slow down in a few places, too. While Alaana’s interactions with her family, tribe and spirit creatures were fascinating (and well written), about halfway through the book I wanted the overarching conflict to reveal itself more clearly and the story to progress. This cross-cultural fantasy epic may not be for everyone, but THE CALLING is my kind of book. Original in both scope and execution, I highly recommend it.
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Jamie Jo Hoang
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
An around the world adventure seen through the eyes of an artist.
Blue Sun, Yellow Sky is for readers who are moved by the power of the human spirit under difficult circumstances, and those who wish to intimately experience one character’s journey of discovery. It is for readers who appreciate depth, quality writing and detailed descriptions that make you feel like you are really there.
Review by Candi Sary

Jonathan LaPoma
Votes: 7 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Hard partying teachers
Anyone who enjoys realistic fiction, with a gritty edge will enjoy this novel. The characters are extremely well written and believable, and the dialogue is perfect. Despite the serious matter, the book is also very humorous, visual and vibrant to read.
Review by Chantelle Atkins

Traci L. Slatton
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars
When the world ends, all that's left is love...
FALLEN is the kind of novel you tumble into heart first, immediately lost in a thicket of emotion where hope-filled light shines through intertwining thorny points of fear and devastation. The author creates a cadence where revelation is ripe and ready, as if she knows exactly how much we need to see and understand in order to recognize Emma’s struggles as our own. Go ahead, allow yourself to fall into FALLEN. While the ending is one of those “things that make you go hmm,” you can exhale in knowing there are three more books in the After series. Phew.
Review by Yvonne Lieblein

Glen Shuld
Votes: 1 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
Politically incorrect story of race relations in 1970.
Glen Shuld offers readers plenty of food for thought in his fictional memoir. Shuld incorporates topics on racism, inequality, minority issues and gender. Baby boomers will especially relate to the nuances he describes of the 1960s and 1970s. The Color of Character comes highly recommend—indeed, a wonderful and riveting read!
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Jamie Thornton
Votes: 0 Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
A GROUP OF RUNAWAYS. A HORRIFYING VIRUS.
Germination is a relatively short tale, meant as a primer for a larger series, and in this respect it is successful. However, the story also satisfies as a self-contained tale, and will serve well those of you looking for a quick read. If strong female leads are what you’re after, the heroine, Mary, is fiercely independent, and a self-styled protector of her fellow street kids. After being exposed to infection she is horrified to discover that her identity, and her values, are slowly succumbing to a burgeoning and unreasoning aggression. This development is much of what is interesting and refreshing about this zombie tale– it is not a bunch of kids fighting off the undead with improvised weapons, as you might expect, but rather one girl’s struggle to retain her humanity. As a stepping stone into the post-apocalyptic world of The Feast of Weeds series, Germination certainly plucks at your curiosity, and as a stand alone tale it satisfies and engages.
Review by Steve Wetherell

Susan Moore Jordan
Votes: 9 Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars
A brilliant pianist finds a way to love and live.
Fans of Nicholas Spark novels looking for similar romance themes will be pleasantly surprised with Jordan’s latest novel. One does not need to be a connoisseur or aficionado of classical music to appreciate the depth of relationship between Eli and Krissy. On the plus side, for those who are way into this musical genre, Jordan includes and rich list of suggested recording discussed in Eli’s Heart, as well as specific recordings by Samuel Sanders. Undoubtedly, a great read that comes highly recommended.
Review by Anita Lock