Review — The Ice Lion by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

Sabre Tooth Tiger in a snow-covered, Seattle in ruins The Ice Lion
By: Kathleen O'Neal Gear
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Publisher: DAW Books
Series: Rewilding Reports #1
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Author and archaeologist Kathleen O’Neal Gear has written several books, including multiple series. Her latest novel, and the start to a fresh series, is The Ice Lion, a novel set on a future earth that has suffered an apocalyptic event. With the world having returned to an ice-age state, people live as they did in the far past, and creatures long extinct in our time freely roam the land.

Review — A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

A robot and a person driving a wagon on a road A Psalm for the Wild-Built
By: Becky Chambers
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Publisher: Tordotcom
Series: Monk and Robot #1
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Becky Chambers is known for works set in futuristic fictional worlds that often drift more towards the slice-of-life than something heavily plotted. A Psalm for the Wild-Built is no different, the story following a tea monk and a wild-built robot they meet one day on the fringes of civilization.

Review – The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill

A tiny dragon and two people with horns. The Tea Dragon Tapestry
By: Kay O'Neill
Illustrator: Kay O'Neill
Release Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Oni Press
Series: Tea Dragon #3
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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The beloved, beautifully drawn graphic novel Tea Dragon series has seen the release of another installment. The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill follows the previous two graphic novels in the series: The Tea Dragon Society and The Tea Dragon Festival.

Review – Heartbreak Bay (Stillhouse Lake #5)

Heartbreak Bay Heartbreak Bay (Stillhouse Lake #5)
By: Rachel Caine
Website: https://www.rachelcaine.com/
Release Date: March 9th, 2021
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake
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Gwen is still investigating crimes and when she gets a call from her friend Kezia about two bodies of children found submerged in a car in a lake the case becomes personal as the killer continues to hunt for victims that they can drown and silence forever.

Review — A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz

Front cover of the book A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz A Line to Kill
By: Anthony Horowitz
Release Date: August 19, 2021
Publisher: Harper
Series: Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery #3
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Prolific author and television writer Anthony Horowitz brings readers another easily devourable installment to his Hawthorne and Horowitz Mystery series. A Line to Kill is the third book to be released, the first two being The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death respectively.

Review – Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Two chairs at a coffee table with cat. Before the Coffee Gets Cold
By: Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Illustrator: Sunmark Publishing Inc (Cover illustration)
Translator: Geoffrey Trousselot
Release Date: September 19, 2019
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Series: Before the Coffee Gets Cold (#1)
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Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a slight first volume in an ongoing series expertly translated from the Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot. The entire story takes place within a certain coffee shop, the type of tiny, cozy place only known to locals. This shop is one filled with secrets, though. A ghost occupies a certain chair, drinking her coffee just as diligently in death as she did in life. People claim that on the rare occasion she leaves her seat, the new chair’s new occupant is able to go back in time and have one more conversation with a loved one.

Review – Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick

Two men with swords running away from a third man riding a gigantic saber-toothed tiger. Master Assassins
By: Robert V.S. Redick
Illustrator: Lauren Saint-Onge (Cover Artwork); STK-Kreations (Cover Design)
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Talos
Series: The Fire Sacraments
Award: BookNest Award Nominee, Best Traditionally Published Novel (2018)
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A truly wonderful tale is told in Robert V.S. Redick’s Master Assassins. The Fire Sacraments series starts off with one hell of a bang in a tale which follows two brothers—Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman—in desert world wracked with war that is only urged on by the Prophet, though some claim her to be nothing more than a madwoman.

Review – Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3)

Wolfhunter River (Stillhouse Lake #3)
By: Rachel Caine
Website: https://www.rachelcaine.com/
Release Date: April 23rd, 2019
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Series: Stillhouse Lake
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Gwen Proctor is a survivor. She’s also an advocate for people that need help. So when she gets a call from a woman who is afraid someone is after her, Gwen is ready to step in and see what she can do to help keep this woman safe.

Unfortunately Gwen is too late to do that.