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Review: Dark Retreat [#emp lodge 1] [#prepper]

Dark Retreat by Grace Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok. Just ok. The protagonist seemed to be running straight into trouble most of the time. She was a bit too twitchy to identify with most of the time. The male lead was just too perfect and patient, in spite of his few flaws. Dragged a bit.

It's worth reading if Prepper Fiction is your cup of tea. Otherwise maybe it's not the best first Prepper Fiction book to start with.

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Review: The Killing Jar [Extraction Files 1] [#scifi]

The Killing Jar by R.S. McCoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very interesting world. Some very interesting characters. Author kept lots of info barely revealed, which was interesting. A male lead drifted along the edges of dark obsession, and it seemed like the character wasn't quite locked in. Maybe that's something that accurately represents their psyche, maybe not. It's not clear. Some motivations seemed ambiguous. Maybe I'm overthinking it.

I really wanted to give it a 5, but it's not quite there. Sorry.

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Review: Silly Girl #urbanfantasy

Silly Girl by Brandon Berntson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Certainly interesting, and a quick read. Little vignettes of imaginative fantasy glued together with stardust. Lost me a few times, maybe my imagination didn't drift that direction or make that same hairpin turn. Satisfactory ending, though not the one I expected, which was also interesting.

Worth the quick read, and it was free the day I got it.

Why 3? It felt like the scenes could have been fleshed out just a bit more with better connections between them.

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Review: Salem's Secret [#witches]

Salem's Secret: a paranormal thriller by Jessica Lynn Barrett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun little very short story. The big reveal was a bit insignificant. There could have been a few more days of "Paying the price" to add suspense. The confession was a bit convenient. The solution was really too quickly achieved.

I would have loved to have seen flashing lights, sirens, and handcuffs. Without spoilers, the final death could just have easily been pinned on the killer.

Thriller not so much. Paranormal elements are all behind the scenes and invisible.

Decent quick read with an interesting circumstance to explore. Use your imagination.

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Review: Released, Agents of Evil 1 [#postapocalyptic]

Released by Megan Duncan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall enjoyable. Decent story kept me engaged.

A few small negatives:
Disposable NPC's
Clunky character arcs
Romantic teasers

Positives:
Demons never explained or excused
Fun action sequences

If you thought you'd enjoy Pitch Black monsters in a Mad Max world, this would be a good read.

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Review: The Naturalist [#mystery #thriller]

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't know quite what to think from the description, and being intrigued enough, went ahead and selected it from the list on Amazon. I normally dislike the present-tense, and was a touch irritated when it transitioned from the prelude chapter into the main story. That didn't last long though as I got to really dig into the character of Theo Cray, our non-hero hero.

It was amazing all the way through to the end and I skipped some sleep to finish it quicker. The antagonist was well hidden to the end, and every bit of the story fit together for me. YMMV but I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller with a lot of dead bodies in it.

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Review: Voopyre [#folktale #paranormal]

Voopyre by N.C. Stow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You know how your grandma tells you stories when you're a little kid? Like maybe hundreds of stories. You know how the stories would all interconnect, based on bits and pieces of each other that you already know? You'd soon come to know the settings, the characters, the situations. Eventually the stories could become so intertwined that no one new to the sequence could hear just one out of context and make any sense out of it, because all the characters or character classes are described in different stories you didn't hear.

That's what this feels like. If you don't mind not knowing quite what's going on, and what every type of character represents, then this is a cute fun little romp of a story. Well worth the fifteen minutes or so of reading it, assuming you also got it for free.

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