The Hive – John Otte
Jun03

The Hive – John Otte

Every author has that book, whether it’s their first or their tenth or their fifth. There will be a book that just doesn’t live up to the standard to which they’ve been hyped. For John Otte, that book is The Hive. I should note that I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of John’s previous novels. His debut novel, and the resultant series Failstate remains a go-to recommendation for YA superhero novels. His first “adult” novel Numb was...

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Itch – Geoffrey Wood
Jun03

Itch – Geoffrey Wood

Itch, at its core, is a retelling of the great cosmic story of Satan’s fall. In this imaginative tell, the unnamed first-person protagonist fulfills the role of Satan, speaking about his role as a designer/producer/assistant to the Creator. Heaven is portrayed as a movie studio and, after his fall from grace, our protagonist goes out of his way to pitch his own script, his own story. The story is told in short, choppy sentences. One...

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The Five Times I Met Myself – James Rubart
Jun02

The Five Times I Met Myself – James Rubart

I should say at the outset that I’ve not much been a fan of James Rubart’s novels. It’s baffled me how his books have garnered critical acclaim. Don’t get me wrong. He always has great premises that never quite lived up to their potential in their execution. But I’ve stuck with him because so many friends of mine—writers and non-writers alike—extol his books. That, and he keeps getting nominated for awards. So I’m in the definite...

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Silence in the Dark (Logan Point #4) – Patricia Bradley
Apr19

Silence in the Dark (Logan Point #4) – Patricia Bradley

Bailey Adams has been serving as a missionary in Mexico for the past two years.  She felt called to go, or at least she thought she was called.  Now she is questioning if she was just running away from her past.  She is about to return to Logan Point with one of the children from the mission when they are both almost kidnapped.  They barely escape with the help of Danny Maxwell, the one person she never expected to see in Mexico.  She...

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North of Here – Laurel Saville
Mar28

North of Here – Laurel Saville

Miranda has lived all her life without really doing much.  Her brother was popular, but she was excluded from his activities as the younger sister.  Her father was often away at work and she didn’t have much in common with her mother.  After not being able to find a job out of school, she moves to the family’s cabin in the mountains.  When her brother dies, her parents seclude themselves with her.  Then her dad dies in a freak...

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