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Fantasy

The Dynasty of the Phoenix (A Tale of Shadow and Shroud #1) – B.A. Ellison

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November 16, 2019

AwakeningThe Dynasty of the Phoenix is a highly imaginative fantasy story that brings together thousands of years conflict, fantasy creatures and mystical superpowers, into a world that has long forgotten magic and remembers only the legends and myths.

Gal’gatha is an old curator of a museum, and also what lies hidden…


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Literary Fiction

The Weight of a Moment – Michael Bowe

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November 15, 2019

Wherewithal

The Weight of a Moment is an absorbing novel that is psychological stimulating. The story explores the personal fallout that a moment’s action can have on the lives of two men, Tom Corbett and Nick Sterling. We are also treated to intriguing character development, touching on their past and exploring…


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Crime Thriller

Woman in the Water – Katerina Diamond

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November 10, 2019

Traumatic

Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey return in Katrina Diamond’s sixth book in her crime thriller series. Katerina immediately establishes an atmosphere of fear, mystery and danger when a Woman in the Water is found and pulled from a freezing river. Adrian Miles is the first on the scene of…


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Crime Thriller

The End of Echoes – Dawn Hosmer

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November 8, 2019

Predisposition

Dawn Hosmer’s The End of Echoes is a gripping story that weaves fictional lives with disturbing realities of abuse and torment. There are moments of harsh physical and psychological brutality that are deeply upsetting. The novel is emotionally raw but while the horror mounts, seeds of hope compel us to…


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Literary Fiction

A Simple Heart – Gustave Flaubert

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November 6, 2019

Sincere

A Simple Heart is a heartrending sincere story of a maid, Félicité Barette, and her kind-hearted and forthright life, even when faced with abuse, poverty, loss and loneliness. Gustave Flaubert wrote this short story under encouragement from his good friend and author George Sand, to create the main protagonist that…


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Fantasy Literary Fiction Young Adult

Feathers and Fae by Crystal L. Kirkham

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November 4, 2019

Hello, my friends, and I welcome you to the spectacular month of November. To start our journey into the holiday season, I bring you the much-anticipated release from Crystal L. Kirkham. For those of you who have read my reviews for over a year, I have reviewed three of…


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Memoir Nonfiction

Stories from the Stoop – Steve Bernstein

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November 1, 2019

Formidable

Steve Bernstein brings us seven stories from his life in the Bronx in New York. A memoir that gives us a unique view of how it was to live and witness the changes in a mixed racial community during the tumultuous 1960s. His stories are well written and add…


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Literary Fiction Romance

Finding Henry Applebee – Celia Reynolds

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November 1, 2019

Quest

A train journey, a journey through time and a journey of discovery, Finding Henry Applebee is a beautifully written story that delightfully enchants and reminds us that it’s never too late to pursue our dreams or right our wrongs.

Henry Applebee at eighty-five years of age and with the help of his…


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Fantasy Humour Literary Fiction Reviews

“There and NEVER EVER BACK AGAIN: A Dark Lord’s Diary” by Jeff Mach

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October 31, 2019

Welcome to the week of All Hallows Eve, and for this spooktacular book time of year, I offer you a review on something a little different. Today I am reviewing “There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN: A Dark Lord’s Diary:” (A Memoir and Manifest for Villains and Monsters) By…


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Crime Humour Literary Fiction

The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt

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October 28, 2019

Satirical

The Sisters Brothers is an exceptional novel that is absorbing and delightfully original. While it’s a traditional Western with cowboys and gold-mining, it feels like a retelling with a modern atmosphere. The writing style is lyrical and the dialogue flows so effortlessly with its satirical interweaving of humour, brotherhood, loneliness,…

Peter Donnelly
Ireland

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley peter@thereadingdesk.com

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