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Review: Lark Singer by Lisa Orchard

Lark Singer by Lisa Orchard
Series: The Starlight Chronicles (# 2)
Release Date: December 6, 2014
Publisher: esKape Press
Pages: 123
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother.

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Review: Stones in the Road by E.B. Moore

Stones in the Road by E.B. Moore
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NAL for review
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Escaping his father’s secret beatings, Joshua, an eleven year old Amish boy, runs away after a catastrophic fire.  He faces starvation, the elements, and two legged predators as he heads for California.  At home, he is presumed dead.  “He’s crawled off to die,” his father says, but his mother struggles to maintain hope as she gets to the truth of his disappearance and the part her husband played.

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Review: Finding Destiny by Katrina Hart

Finding Destiny by Katrina Hart
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Publisher: Pilrig Press
Pages: 250
Source: book provided by the author for review
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When eighteen year old Alex’s little sister’s pony goes missing, he sets out to look for her and finds himself in a strange gypsy camp in the middle of a forest. The pony is being cared for by a young girl called Faith. When Alex accepts a drink from Faith’s grandmother, he wakes up later to find himself transported into 2038 to a technologically-advanced, very colourful world inhabited by humans and robots.

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Review: Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson

Cry Havoc by Jack Hanson
Series: Secret Files of the League of Silence (# 1)
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Publisher: Permuted Press
Pages: 316
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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In the year 2410, the catch-cry ‘Join the military, see the world’ still has the same appeal.

When the military consists of cosmopolitan alien races, constant conflict on the borders, and intelligent dinosaurs fighting alongside you, it’s so much more enticing.

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Review: The Simulations by John Forelli

The Simulations by John Forelli
Release Date: April 20, 2015
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pages: 196
Source: book provided by the author for review
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When Ray Ality arrives for a job interview at Simulations Inc. he’s immediately drawn to Delilah, the cute receptionist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Ray soon concocts a plan to win Delilah over, as he and his new, eccentric coworker Bob use the company’s software in an attempt to simulate the process of courting her.

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Review: The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck

The House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: NAL
Pages: 416
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
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Beset by crippling headaches from a young age and endowed with a talent for drawing, Sophia is discouraged by her well-known New England family from pursuing a woman’s traditional roles. But from their first meeting, Nathaniel and Sophia begin an intense romantic relationship that despite many setbacks leads to their marriage.

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Review: A Hoarse Half-Human Cheer by X.J. Kennedy

A Hoarse Half-Human Cheer by X.J. Kennedy
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Publisher: Curtis Brown Unlimited
Pages: 402
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review
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A medieval schoolmaster whose students stabbed him to death with their pens—his name lives on in the College of Saint Cassian of Imola, a school with spectacular troubles. World War II has ended, and overnight Saint Cash’s has recklessly expanded from a dozen students to 4,500. Unknown to the honest clerics who think they run the place, the Newark Mafia find the college a handy front for dealing in war surplus materials.

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Review: We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 289
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review
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Mega-bestselling author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) gives us his long-awaited new novel for adult readers: a dark, rollicking, stunningly entertaining human comedy.

A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.

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Review: Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Series: Jane Ryland & Jake Brogran (# 3)
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Forge Books
Pages: 401
Source: book provided by author in contest win
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Truth Be Told, part of the bestselling Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series by Agatha, Anthony, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity Award-winning author Hank Phillippi Ryan, begins with tragedy: a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home. In digging up the facts on this heartbreaking story–and on other foreclosures– reporter Ryland soon learns the truth behind a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goal a secret.

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Review: A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. Dennis

A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. Dennis
Release Date:  June 18, 2014
Publisher:  Ocean Street Press
Pages: 232
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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As I walked out under the Los Angeles sky, the possibility of becoming something more than a short order cook, living in the valley, and resenting my dysfunctional family occurred to me…

A young man, torn between two women, struggles to find his way in the world in Michael D.