The Fairy Killers by Eric Slade

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Title: The Fairy Killers

Author: Eric Slade

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Rating: ***

Review: The opening pages to the Fairy Killers were great, we meet Pappaw Gentry and several of his family members preparing to face what seems like some unknown enemy. The family members were are introduced to include Gentry’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, although we aren’t given the narrators name it does provide us with a unique perspective on the whole event.

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Agoraphobic by Sara Secora

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Title: Agoraphobic: inside out

Author: Sara Secora

Genre: Psychological/Thriller

Rating: *****

Review: Agoraphobic is a short story written by Sara Secora who also wrote Throne of Lies which I have also reviewed. We met Kade who is 28 and living with agoraphobia, this short take is told from his perspective and how he feels living with this illness. The illness is personified as a black shadowy demon constantly clinging to him and when he goes beyond its reach I.e. outside he can feel it calling to him playing on his fears and desperation.

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Sultry & Sinful: The Seduction of Violette Tournaline by Shawnee Small

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Title: The Seduction of Violette Tournaline

Author: Shawnee Small

Genre: Historical/Romance/Erotica

Rating: ****

Review: The opening to this story was great we meet Violette who is the only child of the richest textile merchant and she is to be suited a husband which displeases her greatly as she is quite a forward thinking young woman. During the ball she mets the englishman; Gabriel Marcheur who she is immediately smitten with, his handsome looks and charm draw her in completely.

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House Arrest by K. A. Holt

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Title: House Arrest

Author: K. A. Holt

Genre: MG/Contemporary/Family

Rating: *****

Review: This first thing I noticed about this book was it is told in weeks over the course of a year, we meet the protagonist Timothy was is on probation after stealing some money. He has been court ordered to keep a journal which is what we are reading. Timothy doesn’t have the best home life with an absent father, overworked mother and very sick little brother; Levi. Timothy bounces between several emotions but the main ones are anger, sadness and humour which makes for some interesting reading. I was pleasantly surprised at the themes present in this novel which seem a little heavy for a middle grade novel.

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Home by Eleni McKnight

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Title: Home

Author: Eleni McKnight

Genre: YA/Dystopian/Horror

Rating: ****

Review: The opening to Home was strange and a little confusing but amazing, we learn from the offset that this is a dystopian zombie novel and that our protagonist Suzannah lives in the Handmaiden House with other humans with their society regulated and controlled by the Deacon. This society is quite religious and archaic with the women being the weaker sex and they aren’t allowed to look at men sexually until they become wives and even then they don’t get much more freedom and after an innocent accident Suzannah is taken to be punished for compromising her purity despite having done nothing wrong.

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