Book Reviews

 

Every other week I release a book review. You can find a list of here of past weeks, and sign up for the newsletter to receive them in your email as they come out!

Ensoulment by Nick Askew
A genre-bending debut that defies traditional plot tropes and formats, pulling no punches as it blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.

Creativity Brewing by Kevin Barrick
A flash fiction anthology filled with nuanced metaphor, a swath of genres, and emotionality that drips into every single word.

Tom Woolberson and the School for Watchers by K.J. Brookes
A supernatural fantasy series that will charm you with its world and characters, enrich your day with its knowledge and wonder, and shock you with the true-to-life darkness that exists within us all.

The Roots That Clutch by A.E. Bross
The first book in a series centered around found family, the struggle for survival and independence, and what it ultimately means to love someone knowing that doing so can lead to loss and heartbreak.

Cherrington Academy by Rebecca Caffery
A coming-of-age novel following transfer student Logan Shields on his escape from homophobic bullies and neglectful parents to the private boarding school, Cherrington Academy.

Thrive, by JJ Eden
A collection of short stories and poetry that takes our deepest questions and fears about life and lays them bare in verse and parable.

Keeping Creed by Shaun Holt
A quirky military romance novel centering around Samuel Creed and Tessa Holt, whose teenage years were molded by tragedy. Finding their way to each other gives Tessa the prince she never knew she wanted, and Creed the reason he needs to always return home.

Hark by John R Gordon
A profound and vibrant foray into America’s shared dark past, told from the perspective of a teenage, interracial gay couple as they grapple with the complexities of racism in their dying Southern town.

Tiny Tales, by Jana Jenkins
A series of bite-sized stories that range in genre, but all of which leave you with an aftertaste that lingers.

Lesser Known Monsters by Rory Michaelson
A dark, queer fantasy debut that balances an intriguing plot, striking and diverse characters, and a whirlwind gay romance all on the backs of a protagonist that is endearingly… average.

The Crowman by David Rae
An ethereal dark fantasy with a striking cast of flawed characters, immaculate world-building, and a swirling miasma of a plot that left me guessing until the very last word.

The Pyre Starter, by Jaimie N. Schock
Full of heartfelt dialogue, engaging action scenes, introspection on what family means and what lengths we’ll go to in order to protect the ones we love.

Grief and Self-Care, by Kathleen Sullivan
Grief and Self-Care by Kathleen Sullivan is a succinct and insightful guide for how to effectively take care of your needs in the midst of grief, whether it be grief from the loss of a loved one, a divorce, onset of disability, or other debilitating change.