Every month I am to review an independently/selfpubbed book from my fellow striving authors. I then review them on Amazon AU and Goodreads. If you want a review, catch me up on Twitter, I am often asking for books or offering to randomly review.
Dawn Hosmer’s Bits & Pieces
Tessa has a gift, except it doesn’t always work out that way, especially after she absorbs the sliver of a psycho.
The books starts out slow, getting to know the woman herself, Tess is kind, hesitant, and a giving person, but when her gift becomes more of a curse than she’d ever foreseen not even her love of painting can help exercise the demons living within. Well told, this personal journey goes through a hellish arc before any semblance of peace can be found, the twist at the end jaw dropping and captivating.
The one issue with this book I found was that some of Tess’ narrative tended to wander, sometimes become repetitive and I found it detracted at poignant moments from the realizations within the plot that would otherwise left me reeling.
What I loved most was that I did not see the end coming, Tess’ valiant effort towards the book’s climax and what she goes through, a touching story of survival and endurance that was inspiring. Homser tells a story from the heart, for all the horror, trauma, and damage within this is ultimately about what it takes to come out the other side of violence and it’s beautifully told.
R. F. Hurteau’s Antiquity’s Gate: Three Days Til Dawn
I had the privilege of beta reading this book, but had to pick it back up again to see the final product and it captured me all over again. Harking back to my childhood science fiction of Logan’s Run, the story is set in a dystopian apocalyptic world where the social norms are dictated by two races, Therans manage humanity’s fate in a bureaucratic rigidity that chaffs. But its what they have to do to survive.
Hurteau’s story of friendship, love, and what one is willing to do to save those they care about was heart wrenchingly wonderful. The domed setting doesn’t feel displaced, and features light science fiction even non fans of the genre can enjoy. Vividly told, with a host of complicated and believable characters torn between social norms and society’s expectations. With one of the most memorable starting lines I’ve ever read, it weaves a complicated story that comes back to itself in a tale of hatred, compassion, and sacrifice between friends.
SPOILERS: I loved the ending, even if I cursed the author… and still do.
Timothy Hammer & Courtney Zito’s Peripheral Vision
This book hits hard right from the get-go. Starting with an endearing family scene it quickly turns violent in unexpected ways and that pretty much sums up the book itself. The unexpected start then falls into a suspenseful groove with Sarah, a series of visions that leaves more questions than answers. I found some segments hard to follow, especially when it appeared as though viewpoints changed rather than just being from Sarah’s perspective. What kept me reading was the need to see where it all tied together and the finale that hit with a bang. A great and horror laced tale that leaves the reader thirsty…
Megan Tennant’s Aletheia
I am not a fan of the swathe of YA Dystopian books that have trended through the last few years but decided to give this a read and enjoyed it immensely. It catches the sense of true desperation and fear, and the stakes are set high enough to leave the reader weeping. There were a few instances that were hard to follow, and I got lost, a few typos, but the author makes up for this with the gritty setting, excellent character development, and twisted plot. Overall a *very* dark YA that has a far more realistic feeling to it.