Steel Tide [Natalie C. Parker]

I love books like this; you know, the kind that improve drastically upon an already pretty brilliant first novel in a series, the ones that aren't what you expected and instead are even better. Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker is like that for me. I wouldn't quite say that the series is perfection or scream that…

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Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die [Nikki Tate]

Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die by Nikki Tate covers a topic I have always felt quite strongly about. Assisted dying is one of those subjects that has been controversial for a rather long time, subsisting in the simple fact that our world as a whole is largely against choosing death in any form. Suicide,…

Kind Mr. Bear [Steve Smallman]

I'm incredibly fond of Kind Mr. Bear by Steve Smallman, a tale of an incredibly helpful bear who spends his time always ready and available to offer assistance to his animal friends around the forest. Whenever one of his friends needs something, he is always nearby to provide them with whatever they require and quite happy…

Help Wanted: Must Love Books [Janet Sumner Johnson]

If you're ever looking for incredibly cute bedtime stories, look no further than Help Wanted: Must Love Books by Janet Johnson. Not only does this book just speak to me on a deeply personal level, it is all kinds of wonderful, sweet, and adorable. Young Shailey, perhaps unlike most kids, absolutely loves bedtime. Why? Well, because she…

Little Mama [Halim Mahmouidi]

A heartbreaking story of strength in times of adversity, Little Mama by Halim Mahmouidi boldly addresses the rather disturbing and horrifying subject of childhood abuse. Readers follow young Brenda through the uncomfortable truths of her childhood as she relays them to her therapist, watching her grow from birth but also from her state as a toddler as…

Seafire [Natalie C. Parker]

At times, Seafire by Natalie C. Parker feels like a study in Murphy's Law. Whatever can go wrong, will. And that's pretty much the major source of conflict for the crew of the Mors Navis throughout the course of the novel. Conqueror and now ruler, Aric Altair oppresses his people, conscripting young boys and girls to his fleet and…