Book Review: The Cold Between By Elizabeth Bonesteel
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The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel
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Written by Elizabeth Bonesteel
Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Commander Elena Shaw is the perfect engineer – she can actually hear the ships singing. She is not so perfect when it comes to choosing her men. Her breakup with Danny Lancaster was ugly, more so because they could not avoid each other on the ship. Her ex-best friend, Captain Greg Foster, completely cut her off, humiliating her in the process, and she doesn’t know why. And now, when she decides to have a one night stand… Danny shows up dead, and her lover is the only suspect. That Trey is a suspicious foreigner, former PSI, only increases everyone’s surety. But Elena knows she is his alibi and cannot allow him to rot for a crime he did not commit. What ensues is a fast-paced, complex, romance/mystery where danger leaps from every corner, and conspiracies surrounding a years ago mystery threaten to resurface.

This is the debut novel of Elizabeth Bonesteel, The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel.

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Book Review: Jericho By Alex Gordon
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Written by Alex Gordon
Harper Voyager
Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Lauren is in charge of a now dying town – economically dying that is. Having rid Gideon of evil, after finding out she was a witch Child of Endor, she is now in charge of a place where people are leaving in droves in order to feed their families. Her town may be evil free, but something is lurking just on the outskirts of reality, threatening to pull her in. She knew she might be called upon to protect other towns as well, and that time is now. That is where Jericho by Alex Gordon begins, the follow-up to Gideon.

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Book Review: In The Shadow Of The Gods: A Bound Gods Novel by Rachel Dunne
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In The Shadow Of The Gods
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Written by Rachel Dunne
Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 21st, 2016

Well hello there, dear reader. Welcome to my newest book review! This time around, I’m giving you the highs and lows of the dark fantasy novel In The Shadow Of The Gods. It’s the first in The Bound Gods series from Rachel Dunne. Additionally, it’s her debut novel from what I understand. I guess if you’re going to break out onto the book scene you should definitely do it with a badass book. Because trust me, she certainly did.

While it’s not flawless, it was an absolute joy to consume. I use the word consume because I couldn’t put the blasted thing down! Every time I made an effort to do something else, another plot hook popped up and reeled me back in. Sorry for the fishing metaphor there, but it summed up my feelings succinctly. In my years managing bookstores, I have read quite a few novels from budding authors, some good and some not so good. Few however, have had the same depth of characters as this one. I didn’t like every person in the book, but I was absolutely drawn in and ensnared with their personalities. But I’ll cover some of them in due time. Suffice to say that I found the book intriguing and well written.

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Book Review: The Vagrant By Peter Newman
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The Vagrant
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Written by Peter Newman
Harper Voyager
Release Date: May 10th, 2016

You know, I finished this book last week and I am still working through the story, undecided as to whether I liked it or not. No, that’s not true. I did like the book, just not sure if I loved it. My feelings towards it are as enigmatic as its main character. The Vagrant isn’t just the title of the book, it’s the primary name for our protagonist! The quest our hero is on seems, at least initially, pretty straightforward. As we all know, few things are as simple as they first appear Right? This is a perfect example.

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Book Review: A Crucible Of Souls by Mitchell Hogan
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A Crucible Of Souls
Book One of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence
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By Mitchell Hogan
Harper Voyager
Release date: September 22, 2015

The first book in Mitchell Hogan‘s Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, A Crucible Of Souls, is already a winner, having snagged the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel back when it was a self-published novel. Now, the Australian author has signed on with Harper Voyager for a revised reprint of the series, and after having read this first installment, I can see why the publisher would want to take a chance on it. It’s a well-written coming-of-age tale told in a high fantasy setting complete with magic, spells, secrets, and mysteries.

A Crucible Of Souls centers on Caldan, an orphan who was raised and educated by monks who took him in at a young age after his parents died. Since the other students at the remote monastery come from rich, prestigious families, Caldan has always known his place — keep his head down, learn as much as he can, and appreciate the life he was given because there are others like him who are not as fortunate. While he grew up without the love and support of a family, he does have one friend he’s close to, Jemma, a fellow student with the potential to become more than friends with him one day. In the meantime, the young man is preparing for his future, with the hopes of leaving his island habitat to move to the city to work once he’s completed his studies, as he’s shown great skill for the magical talent of crafting. But after an altercation with another student, the monks expedite Caldan’s original plans, sending him off to the city with nothing but a few family heirlooms and a new piece of information about his parents and the possible dangers he now faces.

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