More Indie Book Reviews

It’s time to share a few more reviews. Another eclectic bunch: short stories, a middle-grade gem, and of course, speculative fiction. I have a stack of reading for the holidays. I hope I can add a book or two to yours.

Flights of Fancy

by Sally Cronin

I’ve read several of Cronin’s books of short stories, and this collection of eleven tales is as enjoyable as the others. I inhaled it in a single afternoon, completely immersed. As usual, the author includes a wonderful variety of tales from touching stories of eternal love in The Other Side of Heaven and Curtains, to adorable cuteness in Henry’s Story, and humor in Psychic Parrot. Highly recommended for anyone who loves short stories and well-told tales.

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Talon

by Gigi Sedlmayer

I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book. It seems appropriate for middle-grade readers with short chapters and a charming story, but will appeal to younger kids as a chapter book, as well as adults.

Matica is the ten-year-old daughter of missionaries in Peru. She has a disability that leaves her tiny for her age and socially isolated from the indigenous community. She befriends a pair of condors and her adventures begin, changing her life in marvelous ways. Matica is delightful, caring, and undaunted by these giant birds.

The setting adds to the book’s interest as well as the details on the condors. Matica interprets the bird’s “language” which adds a bit of magic to the tale. The pace is just right and the plot wraps up nicely with more to come. A wonderful first book in the series. Highly recommended.

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The Gate

by D. L. Cross

An alien invasion is imminent, and Landon Thorne goes from being a recently fired college professor to a much sought-after expert. His unconventional theories on ancient alien astronauts have caught the attention of top-secret government operatives and a group of mysterious bad guys.

This is classic first-contact sci-fi, and Cross appears to have done her research. Combine fact with a dose of imagination and a bunch of ruthless characters, and this is a story that moves at a fast clip.

And those “ruthless characters” include just about everyone. The main characters are well-rounded, ambitious, competitive, and argumentative. And Cross has no problem letting characters cross the line and/or killing them off.

The Gate, the first book in the Astral Conspiracy series, leaves off with a cliff-hanger, so be prepared to read the next books to reach the conclusion of the tale. Highly recommended for readers of sci-fi thrillers.

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More to come. Have a lovely holiday season and Happy Reading!

 

95 thoughts on “More Indie Book Reviews

  1. The gate sounds like such a good read! I added it to my the list, thank you!!

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  2. maritzawrites says:

    This is awesome. Thank you 🌸

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  3. Ben says:

    thank 4 your review

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  4. Great reviews, Diana! Now if I could read books and write my own at the same time …

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    • I have to be a little careful about what I read when doing a first draft, since I feel influenced by the style, but I spent so much time not-writing this year that I was able to polish off a lot of books. 😀 Have a great weekend and I hope you get some words down. 😀

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  5. Christy B says:

    I can’t wait to read Sally’s book! Great reviews from talented Indies 🙂

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  6. Vashti Q says:

    Hi, Diane! I enjoyed your reviews. I have The Gate and a couple of Sally’s books in my Kindle. I can’t wait to get to them. Thank you for sharing! ❤

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  7. The Gate is definitely going on my reading list

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  8. cath says:

    Some nice recommendations, Diana, very tempting.

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  9. You and Jacqui Murray always have so much time for reading and writing. I can hardly wait to be you two some day!

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  10. Reblogged this on Loleta Abi Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Yay, more book reviews! Love the cover of your Soul Swallowers!

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  11. Jan Sikes says:

    You chose some awesome books to read and review, Diana! Thank you for sharing!

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    • Thanks, Jan. I have a bunch of reviews to share. I think I’m going to do a review-palooza at the end of the year to get caught up. I read so many good books this year. Hope you’re ready for the holidays. Happy Reading.

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  12. Annika Perry says:

    Diana, three lovely reviews and all are so tempting! I have Sally’s latest book on my kindle and look forward to reading that in the holidays – my catch-up time for books! I like the sound of The Gate, absolute escapist sci-fi and will check it out! Many thanks for the sharing these and wishing you a great weekend!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the reviews, Annika. I think you have the right idea for the holidays and may do the same… take a week off just to read from sun up to sun down. Sounds blissful. Have a great weekend yourself, and Happy Reading!

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  13. Great reviews! I’m up to my neck in books that I’m dying to get to. Sally’s book looks like it might a be fast moving and delicious read! I’m not a big Sci-fi fan… maybe I should put more effort into that. Thank you Diane, I hope the holiday season is going well. ❤️

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    • Thanks for the visit. Holly. Sally’s book is delicious and a quick read. 🙂 I just finished decorating the house for the holidays and discovered that I never took my wreaths down from last year. Oops. Lol. Hope you’re off to a lovely start for the holidays too. ❤

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  14. Steven Baird says:

    Great reviews, Diana. A wonderful public service. 🙂

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  15. Wonderful reviews! 🙂

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    • Thanks Bette. I wonder if I’ll ever catch up. Ha ha. I’m glad you enjoyed them. All wonderful books. Happy Reading.

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      • I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed two of Gigi’s TALON books. Flights of Fancy is on my kindle. My computer will be obsolete (Windlows 7) and now I’ve got to set up and learn to use my new HP Laptop and Windows 10. My head is spinning… Besides that I’ve got more than a dozen reviews that need to be written and posted. MUST TAKE TIME OFF to get caught up. ❤ Enjoy your holidays! xo

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  16. acflory says:

    Thanks for these great reviews, Diana. And very timely! I ran out of Kindle reading material last night so I’m off to Amazon right now. 😀

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great reviews, Diana:) I loved The Gate and adding another to my TBR list.

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  18. Jina Bazzar says:

    I just read about a new release of Sally’s yesterday, Diana, and both sound like great collections. I’ve seen the gate on Staci’s blog too and it sounds like my cup of coffee. I don’t read middle grade, but Talon has a nice ring, especially because you don’t see many books with the mc having a disability. Great reviews. Hope you and your family are well.

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    • I just picked up Sally’s new one, so it’s waiting for me on my kindle. Yes, you’d enjoy The Gate, I think. And Talon was quite good. I loved the setting and all the unique aspects of the tale. Thanks for the visit and Happy Reading!

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  19. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for these lovely recommends Diana. Happy holiday season to you. ❤

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  20. Fantastic choices, Diana. I’ve read (and loved) The Gate, enjoy all of Sally’s work, and will check out Talon- thanks!

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  21. Wonderful reviews, Diana. I have read two of these books and have The Gate on my TBR.

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  22. You’ve been busy! Thanks for the great reviews, Diana. I hope your parents are doing well. ❤️

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    • Thanks for the visit, Jill. I’m still doing a lot of driving and hospital visits, etc., which is why I’m polishing off books (listening to them on my phone). I have lots of reviews to share – maybe a review-palooza at the end of the year. Lol. Happy Reading.

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  23. balroop2013 says:

    Nice reviews Diana. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful holiday season.

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  24. Such great books! And great reviews ❤️. Even a MG book – aren’t they fun to read? I reviewed one today too.

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  25. Loved The Gate. It was clever with lots of unexpected twists. Sally’s book–I just bought her latest, Life’s Rich Tapestry. Somehow I missed this one! Thanks for the reminder.

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  26. Oh, you have been busy, Diana — and having a good time too. I always enjoy your insights. Congratulations to Sally, Gigi, and DL. Hugs on the wing.

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    • Thanks for the visit, Teagan. I’m still listening to books on my phone and it adds hours of reading to my week. So many good books among our indie friends. I’m delighted to share. Happy Writing and Reading!

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  27. Great picks here, Diana!. Love the diversity, too. I’ve seen two of these around the blogosphere but not Talon so thank you for introducing that one. Could be a gift for a few around here (including me). 🙂

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  28. Teri Polen says:

    I’m a huge sci-fi fan, so I thoroughly enjoyed The Gate. Glad you did also, Diana.

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  29. Thank you so much Diana for your lovely review for Flights of Fancy, delighted you enjoyed. hugs

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  30. Staci Troilo says:

    Oh, my gosh. Thank you so much for this review! On behalf of my not-so-secret identity, I have to say how honored I am you enjoyed The Gate and shared your thoughts about it. Much appreciated.

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