Book Reviews

Test of the Four: Book Two of the Serrulata Saga

“Outside the Realm, everything is unknown.”
Having paid a high price to pass through the Border, the Four depart the only lands they’ve ever known. They’re faced with immediate problems and unknown dangers as they begin the perilous journey toward the fabled city of New York.
As they travel, Leora struggles to hone her powers. Roland and Aurora attempt to explore their new romantic relationship, and Leopold battles with his inner demons.
Meanwhile, all is not right within the Realm. The young sovereign continues to wield his new powers erratically, threatening the lives of every citizen. Now, several members of the gentry must navigate through the chaos to protect their homes and families.
Can the Four survive their journey? And if they do, will there be a Realm for them to return to?

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Hierarchy of Needs

When self-destruction is the only way out …
World-famous sculptor Antoni Azarov, and his muse, Ona Price are ripped apart after a shocking act of violence sends them into their own personal hells.
Trapped in Manhattan, Ona faces her most treacherous enemy, her addiction to heroin, while a dangerous new man claims her desire.
Antoni, an artist defamed, is hellbent on saving Ona before she destroys herself. What he doesn’t know is if she wants to be rescued.
Meanwhile, death haunts them on every corner as a vengeful crime boss called Warlock devours the city, poisoning its addicted population with a flesh-eating drug.
Amid this chaos, Ona and Antoni must struggle against their darkest selves to find a way back to each other—or else give in to the darkness forever.
The propulsive sequel to Oblivion Black, Hierarchy of Needs is an intoxicating exploration of the paradox of love, the chokehold of desire, and the deadly thrills of the underworld. This second book in The Sculptor Series will leave readers fiending for more.The harder you try to escape, the more darkness pulls you under.

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Oblivion Black

The harder you try to escape, the more darkness pulls you under.
Art school dropout Ona Price is forced to clean up after a terrifying overdose on a Manhattan sidewalk. While in recovery, she lands a job as the assistant to Antoni Azarov, the world-famous sculptor known as The Hands of God. Though he is difficult and brooding, his extraordinary talent reawakens Ona’s passion for art, giving her life the meaning she so desperately craved. An undeniable attraction develops as they work together, but Antoni keeps his physical distance at all costs. When the predatory wife of a wealthy benefactor decides she wants the sculptor for herself, the monstrous secret that fuel’s Antoni’s art threatens to destroy all.
Oblivion Black is a lush transgressive fairy tale with the Gothic appeal of a Brontë novel. Literary fiction, romance, and thriller fans will appreciate this intense dive into existential confusion, intoxication, eroticism, and the volatile power of beauty.

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A Swift Kick to the Thorax

When space poachers release Earth animals on an alien world, threatening a fragile new alliance, they anger the wrong people. A veterinarian, an accountant, and a furious sign-language-fluent gorilla are coming for them.
Robin enjoys being one of the only humans around; an exotic outsider, strange and tall, with no shell and only two arms. Consulting for locals who want to keep Earth pets is a fine job. But when a swarm of rabbits invade town and humanity is blamed, everything unravels.
If Robin wants to save the alliance between two planets—and keep from getting sent home in disgrace—she has to prove that a powerful crime ring is behind the crisis. Luckily for her, she makes friends who are eager to help: from planetside, the nearby space station, and recently escaped from the poacher’s ship.
Those poachers may be bug aliens with an excellent range of vision, but they won’t see this coming.

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Bounty: A Beju Byteborne Interstellar Romp, Book One

Beju Byteborne is the meanest monster in a universe full of monsters. A genetically enhanced Coldblood with killer traits, she’s the perfect assassin. But years of hunting and being hunted have taken a toll. There must be more to life than chasing the next blood high.
When Beju gets nabbed for murder, the Divine Priesteses condemn her to death at a prison outpost on the far reaches of The Edge. This isn’t Beju’s first death sentence and it won’t be her last.
Breaking free is easy. Dragging two hostages along isn’t. Especially when one is an innocent page in need of protecting, and the other is a sexy soldier named Silver. In danger of falling off the wagon and falling in love, Beju wrestles with her cold-blooded ways in this hopepunk romcom across The Edge.

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Seserance

After her theft from MiliLabs, Summer has taken on the psychic powers of the seserance. Separated from connection with anyone in Migax, she must find a way to get rid of the threat the seserance still poses before she is captured. To do so she must travel to Ixar, home to the megacorps that are gaining control of Migax, in search of a renowned hacker and an expert on advanced technology.
Back at Askel, Wilders are angry at Migax’s treatment of squells and are demanding a resolution. As Leafsong seeks out The Hope of Migax on her own and experiments with her manipulator powers, she finds herself testing the limits of her freedoms and discovering dark secrets about Migax’s resistance, secrets which cause her to question Eeksa’s true motives.
Caught in a game of deception, violence, and sedition, Leafsong and Summer are pit against not only MiliLabs but their own temptations, as they find their moral codes increasingly tested in the struggle to decide the fate of themselves, the wilders, and all of Migax.