Book Reviews

I don’t post book reviews here – or rather – I haven’t posted book reviews here in the past. Chiefly, this is because I’m usually too busy to READ. However, I have made a point of finding time this year to read, so consequently, I’ve actually finished a few books (yes, and there were a couple I did not finish too).

Without any more to do, here are a few books that crossed my Kindle recently, and the good, bad, and ugly thoughts I had about them (kidding, I’m not reviewing books I DNF).

Infinite Waters: A Collection of Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Stories – Nicholas Rossis

Infinite Waters: A Collection of Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Exciting Destinies Book 2)

I absolutely loved Infinite Waters by Nicholas Rossis. It’s a fun anthology of stories with a distinctive sci-fi / fantasy flavour, and each has a wonderful twist at the end. The stories are surrounded by an over-arching narrative that links them, as well as providing insight into the anthology title – Infinite Waters. This collection is well worth the read! Full review here.


Catling’s Bane: The Rose Shield, Book 1 – D Wallace Peach

Catling's Bane (The Rose Shield, #1)

Catling’s Bane is one of those ‘what if?’ books… what if you couldn’t trust your own emotions? What if the ‘powers that be’ could manipulate your very thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams? That’s the crux of Catling’s Bane, set in a wonderfully detailed fantasy world, meticulously created by D. Wallace Peach. I won’t spoil anything here, but this is a thumping good read, and you can find my full review here (spoiler free).


Successful Self-Publishing:  How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book in Ebook and Print – Joanna Penn 

Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print

I’ve read many posts, webinars, blogs etc about self-publishing, but none of the advice I’ve read to date has been as coherent and practical as the advice found in ‘Successful Self-Publishing‘. Joanna Penn spells out the steps a self-publisher will need to complete, and outlines suggestions for navigating the challenges and pitfalls the indie author will face. I highly recommend this book for the indie author looking to walk down the self-publishing path. Full review here.


Cusp of Night – A Hode’s Hill Novel – Mae Clair


As an already solid fan of Mae Clair, I expected Cusp of Night to be a great read, and I wasn’t let down. A rich setting and a cast of interesting characters, each with a secret or two, surround the mystery plot… a mystery monster plot, asking who, or what, is the Fiend of Hode’s Hill. As I mentioned in my review, I thoroughly enjoyed journeying beside Maya Sinclair as she explored this mystery, but it was the flashback sequences that really stood out to me. I could almost believe Mae Clair has lived in the late 1800s so authentic was her voice. My full review can be found here.


Reviews are my own thoughts – I do not post reviews for cash, bribes, or kisses. 

11 thoughts on “Book Reviews

  1. I’m thrilled to have Cusp included with these other books, Jess. I read and thoroughly enjoyed Infinite Waters, and although I haven’t read Catling’s Bane it’s on my Kindle and I’ve read several other books by D. Wallace Peach that were exceptional.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed Cusp! I’m especially thrilled you enjoyed the flashback sequences (I loved writing those….book 2 flashes back to 1799) and I love that the indemnity of the Fiend caught you by surprise.

    Thanks for sharing your review here on your blog. 🙂

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  2. I can happily report that I agree with you on both Nicholas’s and Mae’s books (haven’t read Successful Self-Publishing yet). Thanks so much for sharing your review of Catling’s Bane. I’m so grateful and just tickled that you enjoyed it. Yay! You will see soon enough how it makes an author’s day. Hugs. 🙂

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