BOOK REVIEW: The Assembly of Thirteen

This is the book cover for Omayra Velez's The Assembly of Thirteen: The First Two Companions

★★★

Flaming blue swords. Sleeping inside trees. A dense and vibrant world. The Assembly of Thirteen: The First Two Companions is a wonderfully entertaining, dangerously fun new fantasy novel from debut author Omayra Velez.

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BOOK REVIEW: Come Back to the Swamp

This is the book cover for Laura Morrison's fantasy novella Come Back to the Swamp (Black Spot Books)

★★★★★

Come Back to the Swamp (Black Spot Books, 2018) is a perfectly paced, masterfully creepy novella that doesn’t care if you have something to do today. Laura Morrison sabotages any reader’s daily plans with her electrifying plotline and hours and hours of mystical, blood-pumping entertainment.

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BOOK REVIEW: Adversity Defeated

This is the cover photograph for Marc Hoberman's inspirational memoir Adversity Defeated: Turn Your Struggles into Strengths

★★★★

This powerful new memoir from Marc Hoberman doesn’t let up. Adversity Defeated, like its author, is a certified success. From the very first page, it enthralls, entertains, and keeps readers guessing for the next inopportune time his epilepsy will throw him to the floor, drive him through a toll booth, or rush him to the emergency room.

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BOOK REVIEW: Neil and Other Stories

This is the cover photograph of author J. Bradley's flash fiction collection Neil and Other Stories (Whiskey Tit)

★★★★

Neil and Other Stories (WhiskeyTit, 2018) is the sharp edge of a bed frame, jutting out in the dark. It jabs into your shin, and the feeling bruises, lingers. But this time, strangely enough, you’re kind of glad it happened.

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BOOK REVIEW: Good Grief

This is an original photograph of Nick Gregorio's debut novel Good Grief (Maudlin House)

★★★★★

Nick Gregorio blends fiction with incredible in this powerful new novel about grief, pain, and learning to get over it.

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BOOK REVIEW: Rabbit Cake

★★★★★

Rabbit Cake isn’t leaving my head anytime soon. In the brilliant voice of twelve year-old Elvis Babbitt, Annie Hartnett’s newest book successfully toes the lines of grievance and comedy. This intriguing, just-weird-enough tale kept me entertained from the first page to the last.

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BOOK REVIEW: So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds

This is the cover photograph for Christopher D. DiCicco's flash fiction collection So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds (Hypertophic Press)

★★★★★

The term magic realism doesn’t fit Christopher D. DiCicco neatly. This debut author from Hypertrophic Press does much more than paint evocative, surreal imagery in So My Mother, She Lives in the Clouds. He makes us feel too.

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