Genre: Dark paranormal, young adult
Publication Date: August 3, 2016
Hell has its demons. Lux has Foster Dad George in LUX AETERNA, a coming-of-age superpower origin story—of a darker sort. Lux is just one of five troubled girls who haunt this trio of dark paranormal tales that will appeal to fans of Laini Taylor & Francesca Lia Block.
In MAUDLIN CARNIVAL, a mysterious investigator hunts through the memories of Evelyn Jones in search of the clues he needs to prevent her tragic death. But time is almost out. What will happen to Evelyn if he should fail?
In ROZA MIRA, Svetlana, Catalina and Soojin have it all: beauty, youth, successful modeling careers… and a creepy man in black who watches them from afar. But each day he gets closer. They call him El Flaco, Geulimja, a Rasputin in a suit. Who is he and what does he want? The three girls will soon find out—whether they like it or not. And chances are good it will be “or not.”
I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
In some ways, it’s more difficult to review short stories because there’s less content than in a full-length novel, however, I did enjoy these short stories. They’re dark but interesting.
There wasn’t a lot to Lux Aeterna, but I did like where it was going with her power.
Maudlin Carnival was a little difficult to follow but it had an interesting premise. This investigator is looking through the memories of Evelyn Jones, trying to find some tidbit to help avoid her horrible death. Will he find something in time to help her?
The Roza Mira stories were my favorites. They combine real life problems of young successful supermodels with a bit of paranormal. These girls are so driven, but are they too driven? Will they give up too much to get the fame that they crave?
I definitely recommend Deadly Beauties if you like dark fiction. I’d like to read more!
About the Author
Cherita Smith is a writer of fictional words, doer of magical deeds, lover of social justice, dope street art and pretty, girly things. A Los Angeles native, she writes speculative fiction of all kinds, from dystopian sci-fi to paranormal urban fantasy. Whatever the subgenre, dark, lush and haunting with a dash of creepy-thriller is her preferred writing jam.
In the not-too-distant past, her bread and butter was fundraising and online marketing for organizations like Brave New Films and Film Independent, who produce the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards. She did a lot of writing then, too, only none of it was speculative and it was (mostly) non-fiction.
SQUIRREL SUPERHIGHWAY: IT’S GOOD TO BE A DOG
Author: Anna C. Morrison
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Duke is a dog who enjoys watching squirrels running across the branches above him. He wants to be friends with the squirrels but they don’t understand. He even gathers nuts for them but they won’t include him in their fun. If only he were a squirrel! Then his owner shows up and he realizes that he loves his life just as it is.
Squirrel Superhighway is a good book for children. It has words for younger children to learn and it has colorful illustrations as well as a sweet story. It also teaches the lesson that the grass really isn’t greener on the other side.
About the Author
While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others. In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition. Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino. Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings. She lives in Southern California with her family and pets.
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