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It’s been too hot to do anything much in the garden, leaving me time to enjoy some great books this week from a variety of genres; fantasy, poetry, science fiction, and romance!

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I’ve been a fan of Craig Boyack’s for some time now, and after reading all the amazing reviews on Voyage of the Lanternfish knew it had to go onto my summer reading list.

When James Cutter’s fiancée is captured and locked away until he performs the task of starting a war with a rival kingdom, he decides to do things on his own terms with the help of an eccentric cast of characters.

Along their journey, James and his son-to-be brother-in-law, Dan, meet up with a mystical slave who turns out to be from a cannibalistic island, a woman in search of a better life, and some strange and remarkable root monsters who steal the show.

I love the author’s creativity and ability to make the unbelievable not just credible, but extraordinary.

A fun, swashbuckling adventure!

Slivers: Chiseled Poetry by Balroop Singh is a beautiful, emotive treasure trove of thoughtful prose.

I love how each piece of micro-poetry makes me sit back and take in the words; lyrical and lovely.

A couple of my favorites are:

I walk through darkness

stumbling and holding hope

of light and life

Singh, Balroop. Slivers: Chiseled Poetry (p. 15). Kindle Edition.

drowning in the sea of solitude

I looked around, shocked

even tears could mock!

Singh, Balroop. Slivers: Chiseled Poetry (p. 91). Kindle Edition.

I know I will be reading this collection over again and again- alluring!

Math genius Jo Rivers is lost without her gift. Home after a terrifying ordeal in China (told in book 1 of the series), Jo works with PSS- Prodigy Stealth Solutions- to rejuvenate her hidden talent through sims, made dangerous by a forbidden hacker who sneaks intel even as he seems to help Jo.

Can she trust his word, or is he out to use her?

This reads like a YA version of Mission Impossible with cool tech toys, exotic locales and dangerous ops to save the world from extinction.

Even though I hadn’t read the first in the series, it was fairly easy to catch up on what was happening. The characters are interesting, the plot complicated.

Overall, a page-turning read!

Sparkles of the Season is a heartwarming, second chances romance filled with delightful characters.

When Sonja finds a forgotten camera on the shelf of her deceased husband’s closet, it rekindles an urge to follow her dream of photography. She starts up a company and quickly gets a call to take pictures of children visiting Santa at the local mall.

Football star, Lars is injured during his team practice after receiving divorce papers from his estranged wife. She’s threatening full custody of their six-year-old, Jeff. The acrimony id hard to bear, but even worse is the thought of not being an integral part of his son’s life. When his father offers to bring Jeff home for the holidays, Lars gratefully accepts, frustrated with his inability to act thanks to his leg injury.

Anxious to show his son a good time while he’s there, the men take him to see Santa at the mall and Lars is entranced by the beautiful photographer who takes their picture.

There is not one, but two fledgling romances happening over the holidays, proving that an open heart is never truly alone.

I love this author’s ability to draw empathy and the message of positivity that shines through her words.

An inspirational read!

Have you read any of these books? Let’s chat!

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51 thoughts

  1. Great selection, Jacquie. Craig’s was the only one I’ve read, but I wish all the authors much success. (As for his book, I’ve declared myself president of the Root Monsters’ Fan Club, so that should tell you how much I enjoyed it. I I I I !)

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  2. A wonderful collection of reviews, Jacquie. I’ve read Craig’s Lanterfish book and Balroop’s collection of poetry and thoroughly enjoyed both. You really had a diverse assortment of reviews today. Best wish and congrats to all the authors!

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  3. What a diverse group of books and authors, Jacquie! I loved The Voyage of the Lanternfish and am also a fan of Craig’s writing. There are some new authors here that I will have to check out based on your reviews. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Great reviews, Jacquie 🙂 I’ve read Craigs and Balroop’s books and loved them both for different reasons. Great selection and I’m with you about the heat and reading!

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