Reviews written by Lillian McCurry, Indie Book Haul Manager & Staff Reviewer

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March 13, 2020
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Indie
The Adventure Fantasy You're Looking For

I have found a new favorite! The Lost Legends by Cait Marie is the first book in her series The Nihryst. I read it in one-sitting, skipping sleep to do so. When I talk about fantasy being my favorite, I’m talking about the epic adventure fantasies that take you on...

March 13, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
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5.0
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Mulan-Inspired Fantasy with Dragons!

What an adventure! Dragon Rising by M. Lynn is the first in her new series The Hidden Warrior inspired by Mulan. I love retellings! Several years ago when I first started reading retellings, I was skeptical, but that was unfounded. I love how an author can take an original, well-known...

February 17, 2020
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Young Adult Fiction
A Sci-Fi Twist on the Austen Classic Persuasion

Jane Austen in space….yes please! The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne is a futuristic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. While the year isn’t specifically stated, you can assume it’s been a few hundred years since the people of Earth took off in the spaceships they now call home. That’s...

February 14, 2020
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety

Best friends….secret love….y’all Michelle MacQueen put my two favorite tropes into one incredibly sweet story. Roman and the Hopeless Romantic is the second book in Macqueen’s Gulf City High series, and as the title suggests, follows the story of Roman Sullivan. If you’ve read book one, he should be familiar...

January 22, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
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5.0
A High-Stakes Finale with a Stunning Conclusion

Isn't great to finish a series and feel satisfied? Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine is the final book in her series The Great Library. I’ve loved this series from the start, and the finale lived up to all of my expectations. I may have aged 10 years while reading...

January 06, 2020
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Can Jesse Thaw This Ice Princess?

Jesse and the Ice Princess by Michelle MacQueen is the first book in her new series Gulf City High, and it is a delightful read! I read it in one sitting, not wanting to miss a minute of Jesse and Charlotte’s story. Charlotte Morrison...

November 11, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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4.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Indie
There's No Crying in Baseball!

I know better than to start a Kelly Oram book at bedtime. I know better, yet I do it with every release. The lack of sleep was worth it. Girl at Heart is Kelly Oram's first release in over two years, and it is perfect! I have never picked up...

November 11, 2019 (Updated: November 11, 2019)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Dragons, An Unlikely Hero, and a Heart-Breaking Romance

In all seriousness, Fireborne by Rosaria Munda is the best. I have nothing to compare it to. It is unique, yet takes elements I love from other fantasy novels and breathes new life into them. Do you like dragons? Do you like revolution? An unlikely hero? Do you love a...

October 24, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Obsessed with Jack

I have no words….well, that’s a lie. I have lots of words. Just where to start?! Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco is the first in the series about a young woman who works with her uncle and his apprentice to find the killer preying on the women of...

October 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Fast-Paced Continuation of the Origin Series

I’m not going to lie….I read The Burning Shadow in two days. It could’ve been one sitting if my eyelids would have cooperated and not shut on me at 4am, but I digress. The first book of I ever read was her Luxen series. I fell in love with Luc...

October 19, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Haunting and Enticing

It’s been one week since I finished The Grace Year by Kim Liggett as I sit down to start this review. Y’all I still don’t know what to say! If you’d asked me if I liked the book while I was reading it, the answer would be no. But then...

October 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
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5.0
Exciting Adventure Off-Planet

Pawns by Patrick Hodges is the first book in the Wielders of Arantha series. Complex and creative don’t begin to explain the story weaved here. Following the lives of three very different women, Pawns is an exciting adventure off-planet, a last hope mission to save Earth from the invading Jegg....

October 03, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Young Adult Indie
Who is Ann Baker?

I devoured The Reader by M.K. Harkins. There’s no other way to describe it. I read it in one sitting and then was bereft that it was over. If you like urban fantasy, do yourself a favor and get this book. I promise it will not disappoint. ...

September 30, 2019
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
An American Monarchy...Need I Say More?

What if at the end of America’s Revolutionary War, George Washington was offered a crown and what if he said yes? This is the entire premise of Katherine McGee‘s new novel American Royals. Hooked from the first words, I became deeply committed to the modern day lives of the House...

September 10, 2019
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Young Adult Indie
Need More of this Steampunk Fantasy ASAP

I don’t know where to start! The Fractured Empire by Robin D. Mahle is the first in the World Apart series, and the first I’ve read of this author. I’m speechless! The world-building, Addie and Clark, Xavier and Gunther, even Nell and Perry, I loved it all. I cannot wait...

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