SoulMatch by Drew Avera (#ScienceFiction #BookReview)

SoulMatch (Short Story)SoulMatch by Drew Avera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the story until it reached its climax. At that point, I got confused. Even after giving myself several days to reflect on it, I’m not sure what happened. I’ve read other works from this author (from The Collective) and I know he’s the real deal, so I really hate to give Soulmatch 3 stars, but I didn’t get the satisfaction from this book that I got from reading his other work b/c I was just lost.

SoulMatch is very much a story about the human condition, and about faith and consequences. I do enjoy stories like this, and that aspect did come through. I think it could have had a greater emotional impact if I wasn’t distracted by trying to figure out what was going on. To be fair, I don’t read a lot of Science Fiction, so maybe there’s some genre convention causing a gap I’m not able to leap across. Or maybe uncertainty was the author’s intention.

In any event, if you like sci. fi. stories that examine faith and love and consequences, stories that really make you think, then you’ll probably like this one.

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Hindu Sex Aliens by Larry Weiner (#Humor #BookReview)

Hindu Sex Aliens (The Island Trilogy,#3)Hindu Sex Aliens by Larry Weiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading this book, I was so conflicted. My brain insisted there was some kind of mistake, but aside from one thing that I can’t seem to let go of (a change the author made but didn’t make, convoluted I know but I don’t want to spoil anything), I can’t really complain about anything the author did in this book b/c I was entertained throughout. I’ve never read anything quite like this, and that’s hard to say of any written work. The one thing you can’t be is original b/c it’s all been done before, but I think Larry Weiner managed to pull it off. If you have preconceived notions of what a book should be, go back to your neat little box; this ain’t the book for you. But if you want to have a bit of fun (think Bruce Campbell does Spongebob Squarepants type fun for an exclusive Adult Swim mini series), then grab a copy and book a spot on the next zombie cruise available in your area.

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A Man of Character (Matters of Love Book 1) by Margaret Locke (#Romance #BookReview)

A Man of CharacterA Man of Character by Margaret Locke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve read a few short (like, extremely short flash fiction) stories from this author and loved each and every one. I couldn’t wait to see her put out a novel, I just knew she’d rock it. And she did!! Her characters feel like real people, almost like she wrote them from personal experience but tweaked the details. (To my knowledge, A Man of Character is not based on a true story. 😀 )

The protagonist is a flawed “good girl” type, passionate about her work but seemingly prudish until you get to know her. Even then she stays within the realm of the good girl trope. If you’re like me and you enjoy reading books wherein the characters learn and grow and change, books that leave you with all the feels, you’ll like this one.

I’m always wary when I pick up a book with a series tag b/c some of them are chopped up novels sold in pieces at full prices, but Margaret Locke got it right. This book is one story that’s a part of a bigger world. It’s not a serial release (or a butchered book), it’s an actual series done right! I can not tell you how much I appreciate that. I got this book through KU, but it’s totally worth the typical $4.99-ish price you’d pay for an eBook.

The next book in this series is A Matter of Time. It follows the protagonist’s best friend after she … hmm, well. I don’t want to ruin this book by telling you what happens at the end. I will say this: the end of this book is solid, very satisfactory (thus the 5 star review) but will leave you wanting to read the next one asap. I hope she’s got more lined up. I love to read this author and look forward to many more books from her.

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