Book Reviews

The Girl in the Clockwork Tower: A Steampunk Rapunzel Retelling

A tale of espionage, lavender hair, and pineapples.
Welcome to Daiwynn where magic is dangerous, but hope is more dangerous still.
For Persinette—a lavender-haired, 24-year-old seer dreaming of adventure and freedom-the steam-powered kingdom of Daiwynn is home. As an Enchanted asset for MOTHER, she aids in Collecting Enchanted and sending them to MOTHER’s labor camps.
But when her handler, Gothel, informs Persi that she will be going out into the field for a Collection, she decides it’s time to take a stand. Now she must fight her fears and find a way to hide her attempts to aid the Enchanted or risk being sent to the camps herself.
Manu Kelii, Captain of the airship The Defiant Duchess, is 26-years-old and hasn’t seen enough excitement-thank you very much. His charismatic smile and flamboyant sense of style earned him a place amongst the Uprising, but his fickle and irresponsible nature has seen to it that their leader doesn’t trust him.
Desperate to prove himself, Manu will stop at nothing to aid their mission to overthrow MOTHER and the queen of Daiwynn. So, when the Uprising Leader deposits a small unit of agents on his ship, and tasks him with working side by side with MOTHER asset Persinette to hinder the Collection effort, he finds himself in over his head.
The stakes are high for this unlikely duo. They have only two options; stop MOTHER or thousands more will die-including themselves.

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From a Heart-Shaped Box

What do you collect in your heart-shaped box?
Fragments of memories. False promises. Shattered dreams. We are forged into ever-changing masterpieces by the gravity of the keepsakes we choose to collect.
The adhesive binding the fragile remnants of our souls? Love.
From the fractured soul of author Keira Lane, who helped bring The East Wind: A Horror & Weird Fiction Collection to life, featuring stories from Autumn Curtis and W.H. Ringer, comes a new anthology straight from the heart.

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The Well at the Bottom of Everything

Vain thought destroying the Portal to the Hotel at the End of Time would mean freedom for her and Roman, but her happy ever after is coming to an end.
A horrible mistake and a stray bullet force her to infiltrate the Hotel and contend with a new and terrible power: The Well at the Bottom of Everything.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken.
The Hotel will have its revenge.

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Tenacity: The Determination to Continue

Daniel meets William on a Monday afternoon, when he’s busy at work and absolutely doesn’t have time to think about a cute student who sees and understands far too much. Daniel is living on a knife’s edge and he doesn’t know what’s going to happen to him when he falls. Will he land safely? Or will this be the end?
Meeting William might save him. Or it might kill him.

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Down the Lane

Down the Lane takes the reader on an eye-opening look at the parts of Niagara Falls they don’t tell you about in the tourist brochures. Follow Doc—a strip club manager with dreams of getting out of the game—as he gets involved with forces beyond his control. While biker gangs and old Mafia chieftains fight to control the city’s underworld, Doc gets swept up in the violence and threats, and does everything he can to stay alive and out of prison.
“Paul Lafferty has done an extraordinary job with his first novel. As he guides the reader through the world of organized crime actually works in Southern Ontario, he paints a vivid, shocking and always painstakingly accurate picture. His voice is steady and solid, his characters diverse and complex, and the story is full of surprises. Down the Lane is a must-read for crime-fiction fans.”
Jerry Langton, author of true-crime bestsellers Fallen Angel, Showdown and Cold War.

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The Hotel at the End of Time

Vain is the only person to ever escape from the Hotel at the end of time. On her way out, she took their prized possession: A Padlock that grants immortality.
They will do anything to get it back.
The forces of the Hotel are aligned against her: mundane items turned into weapons; a group of multi-dimensional felons collectively named The Wyatts; and their leader, Trick, a mild-to-medium psychopath with a fondness for impractical jokes.
Everything changes when Vain meets Emma, a timid grad student with impossible and terrifying powers. Together, they are propelled into an adventure that will see them battle the Wyatts, blow up several objects of significant value, and quite by accident, discover a way to stop the Hotel.
Even with Emma, Vain has a lot of problems to deal with.
She’s exhausted from being hunted.
Stopping the Hotel might kill them.
She has a hangnail.
But Vain is resourceful. Vain is clever.
And she always has a plan.