Category Archives: Editorial Reviews

Editorial Review – Empathy Deficit Disorder

 

Title: Empathy Deficit Disorder: Healing from Our Mix-Ups about Work, Home, and Sex

Authors: Jacqueline Acho and Eva Basilion

Genre: Non-fiction

 

Empathy Deficit Disorder is the result of research that examines long-held assumptions about work, home, and gender roles in American culture. Through their analysis of those assumptions, the authors have come to believe in the power of empathy, the ability to understand the emotions of others. They believe that our society’s general beliefs and daily practices demonstrate a lack of empathy that, if not addressed, will cause our country to remain divisive and divided.

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Editorial Review – Lost: A Blood Inheritance Novel

 

Title: Lost: A Blood Inheritance Novel

Author name: M. Ainihi

Genre: Fantasy

 

This fast paced sequel to Rise continues the story of Amanda, a young woman with demonic ancestry who can control shadow magic…if she dares.

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Editorial Review – On a Cold Day in Hell

 

Title: On a Cold Day in Hell

Author: Stephen Parkes

Genre: Non-fiction / Memoir / Legal Thriller

 

On a Cold Day in Hell opens with Parkes committing a crime for which he is arrested and sent to jail. The majority of this book takes place there with Parkes awaiting sentencing and the impending threat of his transfer to prison.

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Editorial Review – Night Vision

 

Title: Night Vision: An Oupire Romance

Author: Caroline Davis

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

This novel is part “realizing one’s place in the world,” part romance, taking readers on a journey with Lily Schmidt, an oupire who lives in a watchful community of oupires in Brookton.

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Editorial Review – Longevity

 

Title: Longevity

Author name: Rolf Margenau

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

 

For a thriller, this is a lighter-hearted romp, where difficulties are readily swept aside and worries evaporate before the heroes, Dr. Lucy Mendoza and Grant Duran, the latter an ex-Marine with a network of friends and a range of skills that might make James Bond envious.

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Editorial Review – One Bite at a Time

 

Title: One Bite at a Time

Author: Brandon Faircloth

Genre: Horror / Short Story Collection

 

In One Bite at a Time, Faircloth showcases a collection of twenty-five short horror stories ranging from creepy to spine-chilling. The first in the collection centers a little girl whose new obsession with drawing takes a sinister turn. A deadly popular app, a haunting childhood toy, a scarecrow that’s come to life–the diverse stories that follow continue the theme of life reimagined through frightening tales of the ordinary gone odious.

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Editorial Review: Zena: Soldier

 

Title: Zena: Soldier

Author: Edward Lake

Genre: Lesbian Fiction / Science Fiction

 

This story reads a bit like Hunger Games meets Mulan as it retells a young woman’s struggle to protect her family while fulfilling her dream of being a soldier—despite her being a woman and being drawn, romantically, to other women.

Zena is a slave whose family lives on North Star, the home of gladiatorial battles hosted by a gambling corporation. In Zena’s world, every person is born with a holy place in life, and her place is on the bottom—but if anyone besides her family knew about how she truly feels about her female peers, she wouldn’t even be a slave anymore. She’d be dead.

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Editorial Review – An Extraordinary Life

 

Title: An Extraordinary Life

Author name: Daniel Freeman

Genre: Memoir / Romance / Multicultural

 

This memoir provides a detailed view of the marriage and overseas career of P. Frank–the author’s father–an African-American man who was drafted during World War II and stationed in Europe during and after the war.

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Editorial Review – The Sandbox

 

 

Title: The Sandbox

Author: JW Patrick

Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction

 

In The Sandbox, anything is possible. For Isla, Dan, and Sonny, the Sandbox is a safe haven for them. Another world, or rather, a world within ours, that seems to be connected to their reality, but they aren’t entirely sure how. The teens are thrust into the alternate universe, and as they quickly discover the powers of the surreal place, they struggle to figure out what it is, what it’s capable of, and what it’s even doing here.

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