Category: Fiction

Mind the Gap | Critical Book Review

Mind the Gap by Thomas Maurstad is a character-driven drama that navigates the intricacies of personal growth against the backdrop of societal change. In this indie novel, Maurstad weaves together the lives of Ellis Presley and Justin Mayhaps, two individuals stuck in their own emotional quagmires, poised on the brink of a collision that will…

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A Hero | Critical Book Review

In Sean DeLauder’s “A Hero,” the protagonist Ace Bedlam takes center stage as the self-proclaimed greatest hero, navigating a narrative that skillfully blends humor and depth. However, this hero’s journey is anything but straightforward. An Unconventional Call to Heroism Ace, the supposed savior after Smolder Bedlam’s sacrifice, receives an invitation to Evil’s headquarters, the Institute.…

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A Maze of Glass | Critical Book Review

S.R. Hughes ventures into the realms of horror-fantasy with “A Maze of Glass,” a spine-chilling narrative that delves beyond the mere existence of terrifying monsters. In this review, we dissect the intricacies of this indie horror novel and explore whether it successfully transcends the boundaries of the genre. Unveiling the Terrifying Tapestry Hughes skillfully weaves…

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The True History of Jude | Critical Book Review

The True History of Jude, penned by Stuart Campbell, delves into the narrative of a defiant woman and explores the potency of storytelling, even in a world where truth finds itself unwelcome. In this critical analysis, we navigate through the different facets of this indie dystopian novel. Dystopian Realities in The True History of Jude…

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Balsamic Moon | Critical Book Review

In the midst of impending catastrophe, Alan Gartenhaus’s “Balsamic Moon” takes readers on a gripping journey where survival hinges on an unexpected alliance between two near-strangers. Joelene Pynnonen delves into the intricacies of this indie literary novel, offering insights into its unique narrative. Facing the Storm: A City Divided As New Orleans braces for a…

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The Deciding Hour | Critical Book Review

Jerrod O. Fasan’s “The Deciding Hour” bills itself as a fast-paced thriller, promising to put the bonds of friendship and faith to the test. In this critical review, we’ll dissect the book’s strengths and weaknesses, scrutinizing its intricate layers and character development. The Plot: A Rushed Storm The story kicks off with a clichéd setup:…

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At the Edge of the Woods | Critical Book Review

In “At the Edge of the Woods,” we are transported to the remote cabin of Laura, nestled deep within the Italian Alps. Her daily life appears idyllic: exploring the verdant woods, tutoring local children, and earning her keep by translating documents. Yet, this tranquil facade crumbles when an unexpected visitor resurfaces, unearthing a darker truth…

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Pearls on a String | Critical Book Review

So, you’ve stumbled upon “Pearls on a String” by Jane Merling, and you’re expecting a heartwarming journey through time, uncovering the hidden treasures of family secrets, and weaving the past into the present. Well, buckle up, because this historical fiction piece is more than just pearls on a string. A Historical Odyssey From the trenches…

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Pythia in the Basement | Critical Book Review

Alejandro Marron’s Pythia in the Basement boldly wades into the tumultuous waters of existential literature, hoping to dissect life’s perplexities amidst the chaos of modernity. In this review, we delve into the novel’s attempts to grapple with profound questions while maintaining a discerning eye for its merits and flaws. Lost in Existential Limbo Reading Pythia…

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The Girl in the Water | Critical Book Review

In “The Girl in the Water” by Joseph Howse, we are presented with a tale that attempts to unravel the intricacies of friendship and family within the backdrop of a post-Chernobyl Soviet Union. While Audrey Davis paints it as a “sincere story,” let’s take a critical plunge into this historical novel. A Divisive Approach Howse’s…

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