ARC Review: Immortal Pleasures by V. Castro

Today’s review is about IMMORTAL PLEASURES by V. Castro. It’s a standalone novel about an ancient Aztec vampire searching for vengeance and love. After centuries of reckoning with her traumatic past during the Spanish conquest of America, Malinalli is finally ready to search for emotional intimacy.

Author: V. Castro
Series: None
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publish Date: April 16, 2024
Print Length: 304

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ARC Review: The Hemlock Queen by Hannah Whitten

Today’s review is about THE HEMLOCK QUEEN by Hannah Whitten. It’s the second book in The Nightshade Crown trilogy. I really enjoyed this darker continuation of the series. Moreover, it expands on the origin story of the gods and a goal generations in the making.

Author: Hannah Whitten
Series: The Nightshade Crown, #2
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Orbit
Publish Date: April 9, 2024
Print Length: 480

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SFINCS Review: The Collector’s Lost Things by Jessica A. McMinn

Today’s review is about THE COLLECTOR’S LOST THINGS by Jessica A. McMinn. It’s a novella that follows a young assassin on his current mission. It brings him back into contact with his childhood friends, for one of whom he harbors feelings. This story is one of recognizing who is important in one’s life.

SFINCS logoThis review is brought to you by my participation in the Speculative Fiction Indie Novella Championship (SFINCS). SFINCS, pronounced “sphinx”, is a yearly competition to recognize, honor, and celebrate the talent and creativity present in the indie community. It’s a sister competition to both SPFBO and SPSFC, and it highlights greatness in the novella format in all areas of speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc.). I am part of Team Behind the Musings. You can find out more about us here.

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ARC Review: An Education In Malice by S.T. Gibson

Today’s review is about AN EDUCATION IN MALICE by S.T. Gibson. It’s a retelling of CARMILLA set in 1960s Massachusetts at a historical women’s college. This dual point of view novel portrays a dark academia environment, vampires, and uneven power dynamics.

Author: S.T. Gibson
Series: None
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Redhook
Publish Date: February 13, 2024
Print Length: 368

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SFINCS Review: The Stars Within by Alex Arch

Today’s review is about THE STARS WITHIN by Alex Arch. It’s a standalone novella with two points of views. Both serve to explore the human element of expansion into space and the importance and dangers of living.

SFINCS logoThis review is brought to you by my participation in the Speculative Fiction Indie Novella Championship (SFINCS). SFINCS, pronounced “sphinx”, is a yearly competition to recognize, honor, and celebrate the talent and creativity present in the indie community. It’s a sister competition to both SPFBO and SPSFC, and it highlights greatness in the novella format in all areas of speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror, etc.). I am part of Team Behind the Musings. You can find out more about us here.

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