Ravens in the Rain by Christie Santo and Jeff Santo

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars

Genre: Noir Romance

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Ravens In The Rain centers around Pru and Carney, she’s a woman with a past, and he’s a man with no future. Down on luck and down on love, they meet over a game of chance at an off-strip Vegas casino, and Carney wonders if Pru’s sparkle is what he needs to lift him from his darkness. He doesn’t even mind that she swiped a hundred-dollar bill from an old cowboy. It excites him.

While Pru, disillusioned by her sparkle, is now accustomed to the cynical disposition of vagabond life. She’s not looking for a one-night stand; she’s looking for survival and sizing Carney up as a comfortable solution, for the moment. When she finds out who he really is, she’ll ante up for the game of her life.
This romantic noir is a turbulent flight; like dating in the 21st century, it’s dangerous and daring. 

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Destiny of Dreams by Cathy Burnham Martin

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars


 

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What happens when an American girl of Eurasian descent finds herself suddenly immersed in all facets of her Armenian ancestry? “Destiny of Dreams” follows the true story of a teenager and her grandfather, retracing loving, learning, and terrifying footprints of the past. While survival remains center stage, love and courage must emerge, or all will be both lost and forgotten. 

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Er or Seau: AI & The Enhanced Race. Novel by Julia Dadanova

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars

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Explore a Dark Dystopian Universe Ruled by Artificial Intelligence Through Curious Eyes of a Young Electum!

They say that you can be moral only when life, as such, is sacred to you…

Seau is an Electum, a descendant of the enhanced race – a genetically modified child. Like all the other young Electums, Seau spent all of his life in a research laboratory under the constant surveillance of Artificial Intelligence. However, one day he finds himself on the other side of the wall – in a world unbeknownst to him. Outside the walls of a research laboratory, there lies a post-apocalyptic and unfriendly world – world filled with new and intelligent beings and permeated with dangers. Luckily, Seau isn’t left to his own devices as an elder, but awkward electum offers his protection.

Seeking freedom from the capture of AI, Seau is forced to time-travel to a different time and civilization. But Seau’s time travel to a distant past takes a dark turn. He first gets to meet the “Wild people” as he is relocated to a Civilization whose ruling class hates human beings. There Seau has to make a difficult moral decision.

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The Daemon’s Wish by Chris Wright

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars


 

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The year is 2410. Humanity is living in a golden age, having worked together to stop global warming and bring world peace. Eventually they launched themselves to the stars, colonizing first Mars and then terraforming Europa. Jupiter’s moon is a near Utopia for everyone who lives there, until a series of terrifying murders rock the fabric of society. The Police and their Criminal Profiler Noah Peterson investigate, but things aren’t what they first appear. The Serial Killer leaves no prints, and video surveillance mysteriously malfunctions when they’re near. Who or what is the killer? Supernatural or natural? And does Noah know more than he is saying? A game of cat and mouse ensues, where deep dark secrets are revealed; secrets that ensure that Noah and everyone he knows will never be the same again.

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Song of Echoes by R.E Palmer

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

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‘All that has gone before is woven into the Song; joy, sorrow; kind acts and cruel acts; creation and destruction. Past, present, and what has yet to come, make themselves known — if you know how to listen.’
For three hundred years, the people of the Five Realms have lived in relative peace, protected by their great leader, the Archon. Yet, far to the north, in the frozen lands beyond the Draegalen Trench, the Ruuk stir, driven by a rising evil, long believed banished from the world. But rumors questioning the Archon’s ability to defend the realms once more, persist.
Elodi, the Lady Harlyn, uneasy in her new role following the death of her father, and Toryn, a farmworker and outsider in his village, must discover a way to fight an enemy that all but defeated their ancestors.

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Leisha’s Song by Lynn Slaughter

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars

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Leisha knows something’s wrong. Her beloved vocal coach at boarding school would never have resigned and disappeared like this in the midst of preparing her prize students for a major vocal competition. Leisha’s determined to find her, make sure she’s okay.

Cody, a sensitive cellist, insists on helping her. Sparks fly, clues multiply, and romance blossoms, despite the disapproval of their families. Leisha’s desire to be with Cody and pursue music rather than medicine puts her on a direct collision course with her African-American grandfather, the only parent she’s ever had. But an even more immediate threat looms-because as Leisha draws closer to the truth about her teacher’s disappearance, she puts her own life in grave danger.

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Book Review| Exertions of Better Men by Ashley Venenga

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian

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Tortured by grief, Nicholas Smith ends his 21st century life in an ill-fated suicide attempt. But destiny has other plans and that’s when his 31st century life begins. Present day college professor, Nicholas Smith, finds his life turned upside down when his wife is killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In an effort to escape his loneliness, he decides to end it all. But fate intervenes and Nicholas finds himself thrown into a war-ravaged, post-apocalyptic 31st century where the remains of society are split into two factions: the dictatorial Proletariat Council and the rebels of the Sovereign Brotherhood. Confronted with the atrocities of the Proletariat Council, Nicholas reluctantly takes up arms. Still reeling from his own personal loss and deeply confused about his displacement in time, Nicholas must reconcile his convictions with what those around him say is his destiny. He must decide exactly what duty means and how far he will go to defend what is right.

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Burly by Paul Drewitt

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Genre: Literary Fiction

My Ratings: 4/5 stars

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  Burly is a book that reads like a classic Hollywood movie. I envisioned the characters and the events of the book in Black and White in my mind. Given that the protagonist is 75-years-old, it only seemed logical. The theme of nostalgia is so deeply rooted in the book, that it reminded me of the stories my grandparents told of “their time”. Sam, in his old age, only has these memories to recall and rejoice that he had a great life, with all the ups and downs. He is no longer the adventurous teen with always one thing or the other up his sleeve. He is no longer the guy who thinks a LOT before asking a girl out. He doesn’t have those friends anymore, the ones he did all the mischiefs with. But he does try to have one last BMX ride.  

It is a book that one would like, if one likes short, slow quaint novels. One thing that irked me was the first-person narration because it isn’t my personal preference while reading book. I believe the prose can be turned much more beautiful in third-person narration. So while the author does a good job with the writing style, the first person narration kept me from fully enjoying the book. It does seem suitable to the story though. Because a reader is thrown in the memory-box of Sam. You get to see what he is seeing and feel what he is feeling. The thrill of the racetrack and the taste of eggs, the heartbreak and the beauty. It was a book that one would read for leisure, for nostalgia and for reliving the good old days. I do think this book has potential to attract both old and teenage readers.

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No Lack of Sunshine by Eric Kay

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My Rating: 4/5 stars


 

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“Warm, tropical weather, strong gusts of wind, poisonous air, and metallic-tasting seas that kill more organisms than it breeds — yet, life on the South Island goes about as well as it can. There was a reason why Earth colonized this place. Everything is familiar, consistent — consistency is a welcome reprieve, and Ava’s planet has plenty of it.”

“The fifth to be born among the stars, Ava sets forth to make a name for herself despite this obscure claim to fame. Being raised by emotionless, loveless robots doesn’t exactly merit a natural flair for spontaneity or empathy, but Ava makes do. At the very least, she tries to.

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