Omega by Lizzy Ford

(Cover picture courtesy of Goodreads.) In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods. However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized

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Cat Ellington’s review of The Con Artists Next Door: Three Short Stories

The Con Artists Next Door: Three Short Stories by Sophia Han My rating: 5 of 5 stars Scams . . . scoundrels . . . and suckers. The only attribute missing from this ire-inducing trilogy of financial crookery is the sinister voice-over narration of Stacy Keach. The Con Artists Next Door: Three Short Stories is

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Cat Ellington’s review of Dating in the Apocalypse: Sarah: “The One”

Dating in the Apocalypse: Sarah: “The One” by Christopher John Chater My rating: 3 of 5 stars New York City, Post Apocalypse: Much of humanity—at least those affected by immunosuppression—has succumbed to a strain of flu, and the once world-class city is laid waste; left in ruins. Electricity no longer wields its power; cars burn

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Cat Ellington’s review of Tradur Gurl: The Sandy Allen Trilogy Series

Tradur Gurl: The Sandy Allen Trilogy Series by P T Dawkins My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Finance is a craft that can become an art with skill and proper application.” — Michael Milken, former Wall Street financier… and media-dubbed “Junk Bond King” “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right.

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Cat Ellington’s review of Blackout: The Life and Sordid Times of Bobby Travis

Blackout: The Life and Sordid Times of Bobby Travis by Edgar Swamp My rating: 5 of 5 stars Much like Jonathan Doe of Grand Theft Octo fame, Bobby Travis, star of Blackout: The Life and Sordid Times of Bobby Travis, is a human portal of wicked folly to whom the way of uprightness is an

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DarkSkull Hall by Lisa Cassidy

Yet another young adult heads off to magic school, unaware dark family secrets are going to catch up with her. On first sight, the prospect of another magic school story (this time, set in epic-fantasy-land) didn’t fill me with joy, but this is actually pretty good. It doesn’t try to be Harry Potter, the plot

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Aerodance Episode 1: Pilots by Brett Herman

Enjoyable first part of a space opera. This book suffers from some of the usual issues I expect from anything labelled ‘Episode 1’. The first three chapters introduce three unrelated characters. These character arcs only converge towards the end, and the ending lacks resolution. Despite that, it is an enjoyable read and there are two

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Elger and the Moon by Ian Eller

On a far future, post-apocalyptic Earth, a disadvantaged young man is determined to reach the city on Moon. The title suggests ‘children’s book’ and the story opens with exposition — but well-written, entertaining exposition, so I read on, and was glad I did. This is an entertaining story, well told, set in an intriguing world.

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Warmstone by Chris Speck

A father carries his disabled son through an icy wilderness, battling murderous machines and hostile men along the way. Outcast by his tribe, Seven carries his son Erik on a trek to the centre of the world, where he believes the sickly boy will be cured. Erik’s strange clairvoyant abilities and Seven’s steadfast bravery keep

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Call a Spade by DM Griffin

Kids undergo experimental treatment which delivers unexpected results. This book opens with a slightly off-putting wall of text, which is mostly description of the protagonist, Jasper. Jasper is a loser in life’s genetic lottery. At eight years old, he’s smart, but his genetic condition has deformed his face and hands and will presumably limit his

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Race the Red Horizon by M Jonathan Jones

A malevolent machine pursues a lone man across a desert planet. The plot’s simple to describe: the protagonist (unnamed) is for some reason being chased by a huge sentient tank-like vehicle, which relentlessly pursues him across a lifeless desert landscape. Along the way some hints are dropped about how things got this way, but much

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The Wolfe Experiment by RW Adams

Telekinetic kids cause mayhem, are pursued by evil military. As a result of their parents’ dodgy medical experiments, Tilly and Ethan Wolfe have powerful telekinetic abilities. Unfortunately, Tilly is not in control of her powers and tends to leave a trail of corpses and collapsed buildings behind her, especially when she gets upset. So while

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Heathens by Jonah Bergan

A young man survives and fights in a dark vision of America torn apart by fear and hatred. Self-named ‘Holden Caulfield’ is a gay teenager with a minor telekinetic ability. He relates the events he’s witnessed as his world fell apart, his attempts to fight back and his struggle to understand it all. The writing

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