An insightful meeting with seventy-three-year-old Ivan in Ukraine inspired Pramudith D. Rupasinghe to pen down this Biographical Historical Fiction named Bayan. The book is an exquisite amalgamation of history, human sentiments, music, and philosophy. In over seventy years, Ivan — the protagonist — has witnessed, suffered, and enjoyed numerous ebbs and flows of the circumstances. As a result, he holds not only an ocean of memories but also a treasure of wisdom and awe-inspiring experiences. Living a life of solitude, accompanied by only a bayan, he plays and sings melodies reminiscent of the days long gone. Then, in a turn of events, a stranger enters his house and stays as a guest with him for a few days. What begins as a cultural and philosophical monologue eventually turns into a walk down a memory lane that was too personal and too emotional.
The Tenant’s Wrath by Gabriel Nombo is a sci-fi novel that takes the readers to the 34th century. There have been other books that transport the readers into the future, but what distinguishes Tenant’s Wrath from others is the fact that Gabriel Nombo has placed the readers on another planet, Momento Mori. Tussled Platters is a researcher who has traveled from earth to the said planet to record the activities of the Momento Morians and understand their wrathful behavior. For the report research, he uses a device named Vqrtxheqp and follows one of the Momento Morians, Setifokasi.
The Hangman: Vengeance by Dee Rose is the tenth and final book in The Hangman Universe series. After being deceived and thrown into an alternate universe, the Hangman managed to find his way back to the earth. This time, though, he has decided to focus all his time and energy on vengeance against “the good guys.” Meanwhile, the underworld has a new demon lord: Lord Leechadon. Although his dream of conquering the earth matches his predecessor’s, his strategies are quite different. Before attacking the earth, he has cooked up a plan to remove these obstacles from his path: The Death Brothers (Tom Padilla and Jericho Cain), The Grand Librarian (Alexander Merryweather), Purgatory’s guardian (BA), Susan Taki, and the Hangman. The beauty of his plan is that instead of spending his own energy in killing the so-called good guys, he will use Hangman to destroy them. Later, he will snatch away Hangman’s rings and conquer earth. As demons, zombies, vampires, and a witch begin their assault on the good guys, they struggle to survive and stick together. Is this the end of the good guys? Or, is there a hope still?
To Reap the Spirit by Sarah Lampkin is the third book in The Dead Dreamer Series. Being a dead dreamer, Brenna is technically dead, but she has made peace with her soul leaving her body every time she closes her eyes.
Love Behind Enemy Lines by Jeanette Anderson is a forbidden romance tale of Palestinian Jannah al-Jarbouni and Israeli, Efron Oved. From the moment their eyes met, both Efron and Jannah had felt an irresistible attraction toward each other. Their union, albeit risky, was full of passion and undeniable urgency. Their romance came to an abrupt halt when an airstrike killed Jannah’s family. Yet, this was not the only tragedy that tore her heart; the evidence found at the spot framed Efron as the reason for this airstrike. With this knowledge, Jannah knew there was no hope for Jannah-Efron love story. Unbeknownst to her, an evil lurking in her distant family was the root cause of not only her agony but also the culprit murdering innocents in the name of justice.
I have reviewed A Curmudgeonly Christmas, Curmudgeon Avenue #6, by Samantha Henthorn for Reader’s Favorite. The sixth and final book in the Curmudgeon Avenue series, A Curmudgeonly Christmas by Samantha Henthorn brings forth a closure for our favorite nincompoops and leaves an opening for another book — a fan can hope & dream — in…
The #Vanlife Murders by Taylor Cluster is a cozy mystery that follows Hailey as she tries to reinvent herself after losing her job and a breakup. When her life stopped making sense, and she feared sinking into nothingness, she decided to sell everything and live out her days in a van traveling up the west coast. Soon, she realized that there was a large community of influencers who were living a similar lifestyle. This community was known as #vanlifers and the lifestyle as #vanlife. Before she even had the time to enjoy her newfound lifestyle and realize its cons, she came through the story of a missing #vanlifer, Hannah. The missing-report of this young woman triggered Hailey’s childhood dream of becoming an investigative reporter. In the hopes of finding a clue, she started following Hannah’s story and going through her Instagram account.
Last Light by J.N. Baker is a promising start for Until Dawn series. Although Zoe’s life was no bed of roses, she never wanted to be one of the Chosen. A horrible accident changed the course of her life and transformed her into an immortal. As a chosen, she was bound to prevent vampires and other evil from overthrowing the earth. With each life that she took, her belief of being a monster etched deeply in her heart. There were perks to her life as the Chosen, but the price of those benefits was too much for her heart. This new life bestowed upon her body the gifts of speed and quick healing; however, it demanded that she leave her past life behind. This painful predicament turned into a constant heart-ache when she could see one tragedy after another but could do nothing to protect anyone.
Alter Ego by K.A. Masson is a domestic noir thriller that provides the readers front-row seats to witness the agonizing, steamy, delicious, and heartbreaking drama in the life of Alexandra Kendrew (aka Alex). In her forties, the most cumbersome thing for Alex was to maintain a balance between dating and parenting. As she browsed through the websites, she realized online dating had a big chunk of incompatible and intolerable middle-aged men looking for way younger women to date. At the same time, once in a while, if you were lucky, you might land a gem. Mal, for her, was just that: a gem amongst an ocean of losers.
The Burial by Drew Montgomery navigates its readers through the emotional aspect of war. Unbeknownst to Eira, far from her home and family, a war was going on. As the prophet’s holy land came under attack by heathens, all men from her homeland were called upon to participate in the battle and defend their territories. Despite her pleadings and rebukes, Gwil, her husband, left for the war, leaving her and their three children behind.