Tag Archives: Contemporary

Learning to Be Good: A Review of The School for Good Mothers

Title: The School for Good Mothers Author: Jessamine Chan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publication Date: January 4, 2022 Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Contemporary Length: 336 pages Source: I borrowed it from the library. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: In this taut and explosive debut novel, one lapse in judgement lands a young mother in a government reform program… Read More

Big Dreams to Achieve: A Review of Oli the Old Owl

Title: Oli the Old Owl Author: Lee Keene Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: October 29, 2021 Genres: Children’s, Fantasy, Contemporary Length: 10 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: A story of loneliness and fantasy. Imagination transmogrifying into Reality! A secret memory that only the little boy will know!… Read More

Small Town Secrets: A Review of Haunted Love

Title: Haunted Love Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication Date: December 13, 2011 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Contemporary Length: 33 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater,… Read More

You’d Better Run Faster – A Review of Small Spaces

Title: Small Spaces Author: Katherine Arden Publisher:  Puffin Books Publication Date: July 9, 2019 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Horror, Contemporary Length: 256 pages Source: I borrowed it from the library. Rating: 4 Stars Blurb: After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie who only finds solace in books discovers a chilling ghost story about… Read More

A Review of The Reluctant Familiar’s Guide to Christmas Tree Defence 

Title: The Reluctant Familiar’s Guide to Christmas Tree Defence Author: Bethany Hoeflich Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: December 20, 2020 Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary Length: 19 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 5 Stars Blurb: After a traumatizing pumpkin spice candle accident, Mr. Fluffykins is looking forward to a quiet night curled… Read More

No Space of Regret: A Review of A Covid Christmas Carol

Title: A Covid Christmas Carol Author: Evan Sykes Publisher: Junco Books (Self-Published) Publication Date: December 19, 2020 Genres: Fantasy, Holiday, Paranormal, Retelling, Contemporary Length: 88 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 5 Stars Blurb:   The 2020 Holiday Season might have been cancelled by this year’s super-villain, Covid-19, but fear… Read More

Family Business: A Review of Inheritance 

Title: Inheritance – A Halloween Urban Fantasy Short Story Author: Zoe Cannon Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: October 23, 2020 Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Length: 20 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author.  Rating: 4 Stars Blurb: Lena’s grandmother defended her small town against the supernatural. So did her mother. Lena… Read More

Autumn Adventures: A Review of The Neighbourhood Squirrel

Title: The Neighbourhood Squirrel Author: Wilfredo Gonzalez Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: March 14, 2021 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Contemporary Length: 67 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: Every neighborhood has a neighborhood squirrel. This includes your neighborhood too. You have not known this because people don’t need… Read More

The Mysterious Noise: A Review of The Echo in the Valley

Title: The Echo in the Valley Author: Zak Standridge Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: March 28, 2021 Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Contemporary Length: 33 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 3 Stars Blurb: “What about you? Long after sunset and way past midnight, when you gaze into that dark forest… have… Read More

Whispers from the Past: A Review of Ghost of the Mountain

Title: Ghost of the Mountain Author: Elvira Dahl Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: November 5, 2019 Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Length: 65 pages Source: I received a free copy from the author. Rating: 4 Stars Blurb: “Some parts of the earth are not meant to be disturbed.” Oscar Brandt’s career as operating technician at one… Read More