REVIEW: Picture in the Sand

Alex is a young Muslim boy who has disappeared from his American home only to end up overseas supporting a fanatical sect. When his grandfather finds out, he begins emailing, opening up about when he was a youth and had a similar experience as a youth being attracted to fundamentalism. His story takes place onContinue reading “REVIEW: Picture in the Sand”

REVIEW: Come True

“I’m not paper. Today, I am a tree. And all the misogynistic huffing and puffing in the world won’t blow me down.” ——————————— Dolly has made some recent bad choices in life and has been living a year of atonement. Quiet, reserved and restricting herself from anything that she deems as indulgent. When she buysContinue reading “REVIEW: Come True”

REVIEW: Reset

“They are both stuck like rats on the tar of this life.” ————————— Imagine you only have 4 years to live your current life and then you get all your memories wiped with a chance to start over. That is the world Aris is living in. In a future world, there are 4 connected citiesContinue reading “REVIEW: Reset”

REVIEW: All Hallows

It’s Halloween night in a small town and many of its residents are gearing up for fun and revelry. One family is running a haunted trail through the woods, another is hosting a block party and lots of teens and kids are getting ready to trick or treat. But, no one will make it throughContinue reading “REVIEW: All Hallows”

Pub Day REVIEW: The Spice Road

“The soul is neither static nor finite; we feed it our entire lives through our choices. Injustice shrinks one’s soul; generosity expands it. Acts of selflessness fortify it.” ———————– Steeped in Arabian myths with djinn and spice enhanced magic, Imani and her siblings are all training in different ways to defend their city. Their family isContinue reading “Pub Day REVIEW: The Spice Road”

REVIEW: Sixteen Souls

Charlie is a teenager who had a brush with death and now he can see and communicate with ghosts. He thinks he knows everything about the world beyond until he meets Sam, who is another seer. Then one of his ghostie friends goes missing, and then another… suddenly Charlie realizes that there is a lotContinue reading “REVIEW: Sixteen Souls”

REVIEW: Belladonna

Signa is an orphan who has lived in several homes, each touched by unfortunate deaths. As she is coming towards the end of her youth, and about to come into her inheritance, she is once again in a new home. She moves in just as the matriarch of the family has died and the daughter, whoContinue reading “REVIEW: Belladonna”

REVIEW: The Light Pirate

Wanda is born amidst a hurricane that devastates her family and is indicative of the destruction that is ahead for Florida. This future world has Florida being returned to the wild as storms repeatedly lash it taking life and livelihood. The storytelling is unique and covers the nuts and bolts of survival intertwined with theContinue reading “REVIEW: The Light Pirate”

REVIEW: Demon Copperhead

“The wonder is that you could start life with nothing, end with nothing, and lose so much in between.” ——————“I don’t know a single person, my age who’s not taking pills.” ——————- Kingsolver gives you exactly what she promises with this one. This story is stark and heartbreaking with a 2022 view on institutional povertyContinue reading “REVIEW: Demon Copperhead”

REVIEW: This Woven Kingdom

Alizeh is a djinn living in hiding as a servant. She is a skilled seamstress but lives scrubbing a fancy house, only taking small commissions when she can. One night she is attacked in the street and she accidentally shows just how capable she is… the person who sees her is none other than theContinue reading “REVIEW: This Woven Kingdom”