Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Dowry

Michael J. Nercessian (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

The Dowry: A Novel by Michael J. Nercessian is a distinct dive into an unsettling, somewhat dystopian world that is equal parts sci-fi and social commentary, through the lens of his protagonist, Talis, Nercessian charts the harrowing quest for societal acceptance and personal fulfillment in a futuristic society where traditional order, technology, and human nature collide. Overpopulation has turned reproduction into a privilege, and Talis and Lark's marriage is unraveling under the weight of their unmet longing for a child. As they navigate a s...

The Last Elf Daughter

Jennifer Shand (Olympia Publishers)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

The Last Elf Daughter by Jennifer Shand takes readers on an enchanting adventure through a captivating YA urban fantasy. Evie appears to be an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl, enjoying time with her friends, participating in sports, and beginning to notice a boy in her class who catches her interest. Everything about her life seems typical—until it isn't. When Evie suddenly becomes gravely ill under mysterious circumstances, her parents unveil an astonishing secret: she is the daughter of a female elf, making her the last young female elf...

Return to Aqualor

Debra A White (BookBaby)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

Return to Aqualor by Debra A. White is the sequel to Return to Isle of the Shallows, and it takes readers on an enthralling journey back to the magical world of Aqualor with Drew and Alexia. Drew, filled with nostalgia and concern for his friends left behind, dives back into the portal leading to Aqualor. He is recognized as the prophesied Paderion, tasked with bringing tranquility to the warring realms. As Chasqua, the evil tyrant, tries to reclaim power, Drew and Alexia ally with the Arvaks, Winged-Groshin, and Merfolk to thwart his...

Apostasy - Blood Influence Book 2

I C LAWRANCE (The Book Reality Experience)

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

Apostasy is the second book in the Blood Influence Book series by I C Lawrance. It is a riveting continuation of the dark and intricately woven tale set in a world overshadowed by the menacing Tower. The story revolves around three central characters, Felix, Silas, and Mortella, each facing an omnipresent threat of the Tower in their unique ways. Felix and Silas, identical twins with extraordinary telepathic abilities, have always been aware of the Tower's evil presence, which looms over their lives in the Bowl. Their symbiotic relationship an...

Legacy of Valor

Kurt D. Springs (Black Rose Writing)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

Legacy of Valor by Kurt D. Springs thrusts readers into a gripping military science fiction narrative where heroism, sacrifice, and strategic brilliance collide in a galaxy-spanning conflict. Set against a struggle for control over strategic celestial bodies, the novel follows Major Liam O'Connor as he navigates the treacherous battlefield of Treespo, the fifth moon of Beta Proximus. Springs provides a richly imagined universe with diverse characters and intricate political intrigue. From the calculating Marshal Kergan to the resolute Liam...

Welcome to Las Vegas: The Evolutionite Chronicles Book Two

Timothy P. Callahan (Timothy P. Callahan)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

Welcome to Las Vegas: The Evolutionite Chronicles Book Two by Timothy P. Callahan is a gripping superhero adventure that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, and action-packed thrills. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Las Vegas, the novel follows brothers Tanaka and Daniel, former Protectors turned business owners, as they face off against the evil mastermind Destructo in a high-stakes battle to save humanity.Callahan's storytelling is impeccable in this captivating sequel, pulling readers into a world where secrets abound and...

Σ Book I: Thumos Rising

Demitrios Lopez (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Σ Book I: Thumos Rising by Demitrios Lopez introduces a phenomenal conflict in a world teetering toward destruction where supernatural forces clash, and heroes are forged in the crucible of adversity. Lopez's masterful storytelling weaves together multiple narratives of loss, redemption, and the struggle for survival, creating a gripping saga that captivates from the first page. In the twilight of destruction, Zeno is the reluctant champion against a vampiric overlord whose presence announces chaos. The tyrant seeks to unearth the enigmatic pow...

Eddie & Emily And The Demon Cell

B R Lewis (3one8 Ltd)

| Reviewed by Jane Riley

In Eddie & Emily and The Demon Cell by B. R. Lewis, 10-year-old Emily's seemingly ordinary life takes a dramatic turn when she encounters Eddie, a newcomer to her quiet port city of Doon. As Eddie and his family settle in as refugees from the distant land of LINQ, Emily discovers that both she and Eddie harbor secrets that could alter their lives and the fate of entire nations. Together, they embark on a journey of mystery, danger, and self-discovery.Lewis melds elements of human drama with fantasy, crafting a narrative that is as...

The Princess and the Plumber: Beast to Beauty

M David Lutz (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

M. David Lutz’s The Princess and the Plumber: Beast to Beauty is whimsical and captivating, set in the enchanting Kingdom of Parking-Lot, where crystal things drip from all corners and sulking dragons hide in their dens. At the heart of this kingdom lies the modest settlement of Lot, ruled by King Public and Queen Ample Parking, whose mild cruelty and greed are offset by the kingdom's prosperity. The story revolves around Princess Tundra, whose unconventional appearance and seclusion overshadow the kingdom’s future. As her parents desperately s...

Magical Missions - The New Chosen Ones

Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Perez (Xlibris)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Perez tells a riveting fantasy tale of magic, destiny, and courage in Magical Missions - The New Chosen Ones. Set in the mystical realm of Multiria, the narrative follows the journey of Tina of Sirigia, a young warrior princess tasked with defeating the evil entity Rogius and his dark forces. Accompanied by her childhood friend Cezanne of Terrania and the disgraced noble Rodion Dragao, Tina embarks on a dangerous quest to gather allies and fulfill her destiny as one of the New Chosen Ones. In a land infested by dead...

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