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Book Review: New Towns are Always Dangerous. (Atavus Falls by Jack Carroll)

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After his parents separated, Jackson moves with his mom and brother to Atavus Falls, a seemingly calm and charming town. Everything seems fine, for a while. He and his brother have finally escaped the constant fighting of their parents and the fists of their hotheaded dad. Jackson even meets a girl. But when his girlfriend is killed before his very eyes, he realises the town may not be as calm as he likes.

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Book Review: What could go wrong, eh? (Cristina by Jake Parent)

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Cristina is no stranger to abuse and drugs. But now, sober and divorced, she moves to a new town with her daughter, hoping distance will give them space to start a new life. With the divorce settlement, she can afford to buy a cheap house. However, the low price tag does come with a catch: the house was home to a guy who murdered his stepdaughter. But they’re gone now, right? So what could go wrong?

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Book Review: Audience trying to kill you? All in a day’s work. (The Clown Prince of Paris by James Dudley)

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Tension fills the air in Paris, the city still raw from WW2. Despite the atmosphere of gloom, Tommy Malloy has brought his stand-up show from America to one of Paris’ hottest clubs to try to make it big. But when one of the audience starts a fight with the KGB in the middle of the club, things start looking bad. Then, said audience member is found in Tommy’s hotel room. Dead. I don’t think this is how comedy is supposed to work.

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Book Review: Even Scarier Than Geese (Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg)

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The lilies have been disappearing. They used to cover the entire surface of the lake. There were enough lilies to make medicines, enough to cure all illnesses and still have more to store for later. But that was a long time ago. That was before the cranes came. Before they tore, gouged, and devoured the fragile flowers. Now, there may not be enough, and they may not bloom in time. Kai can only hope they do before her mother dies. Continue reading “Book Review: Even Scarier Than Geese (Lilies of Dawn by Vanessa Fogg)”

Book Review: It’s a Trap! (Savaged Lands by Lana Kortchik)

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Stalin would protect them. The Soviet Union would never fall. That is what Natasha wants to believe. And she does–until the Nazis march into Kiev to eat all their food, squat in their homes and generally lay waste to the Ukranian capital. Continue reading “Book Review: It’s a Trap! (Savaged Lands by Lana Kortchik)”

Book Review: Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy!

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Cassi has been alone in the world since her husband and child died a year ago. So, when a cowboy named Johnny saunters up to her doorstep, she doesn’t greet him with open arms. No, because that’s not what you do when you’re a woman alone in the Wild West. You grab all your guns and point them at the fella. That’s exactly what Cassi does–until she sees his face and falls in lust at first sight. Continue reading “Book Review: Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy!”

Book Review: Hail, Emperor! Those who are about to die…will flash the spectators.

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Hadassah is captured after the sacking of Jerusalem. She is sold into slavery in Rome, a sprawling city of lust, greed, and bloodshed. The prime entertainment choices are the Roman games, in which prisoners of war kill each other, or the prostitutes at the temple of Artemis. (Because the goddess of the hunt and virginity totally needs prostitutes?) Continue reading “Book Review: Hail, Emperor! Those who are about to die…will flash the spectators.”

Book Review: So, What’s His Profession Anyway?

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Alfeo Zeno is of noble blood, but ended up as the obedient and not incapable apprentice of a grouch named Nostradamus. That grouch also happens to be an extremely capable doctor, astrologist, academic, clairvoyant and demon-summoning-master guy. Continue reading “Book Review: So, What’s His Profession Anyway?”

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