Sarah's Gene-ius Discovery (STEAM School Squad)

Sallana Brown (SunGate Publishing)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Sarah loves science class more than anything. She aims to learn something new about the world around her daily. So far, her class has taught her about magnets, animal habitats, and the moon. This morning, they learned a new lesson: DNA, which helps to determine where and who we come from. She realizes that cells are like superheroes, following instructions from our DNA to carry out complex tasks. Mr. Bowman is an intelligent teacher. Sarah brings her DNA test kit and is excited to do the tests with her mother. When her results come in, she disc...


Paul Marzell (Paul F. Marzell)

| Reviewed by Bertin Drizller

Heimat by Paul Marzell offers a sweeping narrative that spans decades and continents. It presents the lives of four emigrants whose destinies are intertwined by a fateful encounter in pre-war Germany. Through vivid storytelling and rich character development, Marzell crafts a poignant tale of friendship, grit, and the search for belonging in a world ravaged by war and upheaval. The story is about the bond between Matthias, Josef, Edo, and Feliks, whose chance meeting with American diplomat Peter Rust sets them on a journey fraught with challeng...

An Unlikely Arrangement

Cindy Patterson (Springbrook Press, LLC)

| Reviewed by James Farlow

An Unlikely Arrangement by Cindy Patterson is a delightful journey back to the Gilded Age, where societal norms and personal desires clash in a tale of love, redemption, and self-discovery. Set in 1902, the novel follows Abigail Dupree, a young woman on the brink of societal ruin, and Garrett Barringer, a man seeking refuge from his past. Abigail is trapped in a bargain orchestrated by her mother to save the family from financial ruin, leading her to become a bargaining chip in a game she never wanted to play. Meanwhile, Garrett, hired by Abiga...

Kafka in Tangier

Mohammed Said Hjiouij (Agora Publishing)

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

Kafka in Tangier by Mohammed Said Hjiouij is a mesmerizing novella that blends elements of magical realism, postmodernism, and existential dread into a haunting exploration of the human condition. Set in Tangier, the story follows Jawad Al-Idrisi, a teacher who wakes up one morning transformed into a monstrous creature, mirroring the character of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. Hjiouij weaves together multiple perspectives, from Jawad's viewpoint to his mother's determined efforts to free him, his father's hidden past, and his...

Welcome to Las Vegas: The Evolutionite Chronicles Book Two

Timothy P. Callahan (Timothy P. Callahan)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

Welcome to Las Vegas: The Evolutionite Chronicles Book Two by Timothy P. Callahan is a gripping superhero adventure that combines elements of science fiction, fantasy, and action-packed thrills. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Las Vegas, the novel follows brothers Tanaka and Daniel, former Protectors turned business owners, as they face off against the evil mastermind Destructo in a high-stakes battle to save humanity.Callahan's storytelling is impeccable in this captivating sequel, pulling readers into a world where secrets abound and...

The Sunshine Solution

Rosalie Rayburn (Rosalie Rayburn)

| Reviewed by Cristina Prescott

The Sunshine Solution is a riveting sequel that thrusts readers into the heart of investigative journalism and political maneuvering. Elizabeth ''Digger'' Doyle returns as the intrepid reporter tasked with unraveling the mysteries surrounding a multimillion-dollar solar energy project. Digger uncovers layers of deception and intrigue as she digs deeper into the story, taking readers on a thrilling journey through the streets of Santa Fe and the ancient landscapes of Chaco Canyon. The stakes are raised as Digger finds herself in a dangerous...

A Beautiful Land

Susan Beth Miller (Boyle & Dalton)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

In A Beautiful Land by Susan Beth Miller, Raissa's family's flight from political violence forces her to confront her deepest desires and darkest fears. Bound by memories and maternal longing, she risks everything to remain in her childhood home, only to find herself driven into a mysterious forest. With sparkling prose and distinctive voices, Miller crafts a tale of strained family ties, displacement, and strong echoes of maternal imagination. Raissa's journey is haunting, drawing readers into a world of struggle and delight where the line bet...

Moonshadow over Red Moon Hill

Cynthia L. Clark (Outskirts Press)

| Reviewed by Franklin Bauer

Brody Mars is the kind of man to whom everything has always seemed easy — good-looking, athletic, and intelligent. Right after his engagement party, his well-planned life takes an unexpected turn when a letter is delivered to him. It is from Althea: ''I can't marry you. I can't. I felt like I was trapped... I can't hold on any longer. I'm sorry to leave you like this...'' Now, he must start all over in the Colorado mountain town of Red Moon Hill. Tessa Mackenzie is a career-focused woman whose life has been meticulously planned until a tragic a...

Wings to Rise above Divorce

Loren Cribbs (

| Reviewed by Eugene Lasha

Wings to Rise above Divorce by Loren Cribbs is a beacon of hope for anyone dealing with a failing marriage, separation, or divorce. With candid honesty and profound insight, Cribbs shares her journey from the hopeful expectations of her wedding day to the painful reality of a crumbling relationship, ultimately finding solace and renewal in her faith. The book begins with a raw introduction, setting the premise for a heartfelt exploration of the lies we tell ourselves about relationships, ourselves, and others. Through the lens of personal anecd...

Σ Book I: Thumos Rising

Demitrios Lopez (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Kim Calderon

Σ Book I: Thumos Rising by Demitrios Lopez introduces a phenomenal conflict in a world teetering toward destruction where supernatural forces clash, and heroes are forged in the crucible of adversity. Lopez's masterful storytelling weaves together multiple narratives of loss, redemption, and the struggle for survival, creating a gripping saga that captivates from the first page. In the twilight of destruction, Zeno is the reluctant champion against a vampiric overlord whose presence announces chaos. The tyrant seeks to unearth the enigmatic pow...