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Review of Music of Sacred Lakes by Laura K. Cowan

*Disclaimer: I received an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.


Music of Sacred Lakes is a literary, supernatural fiction novel.

Peter is a young man who has lost his way in life. Peter’s father expects him to take over the family farm, but Peter can only think of escape. He tries to escape by working in a different job, but that all changes one fateful day when Peter’s garbage truck crashes into another vehicle. His life in ruins, Peter no longer resists help. His friend takes him to a Native American elder who tells Peter he must spend time alone by the lake – a lake Peter has always felt a fondness for. In a cottage by Lake Michigan, Peter begins a journey to find redemption.

This novel is worthy of analysis in a literature class! It was gripping; I couldn’t put it down. The descriptions were vivid, the struggle was heartbreaking, and Peter’s redemption was moving and inspiring. Peter is a character who struggles to find himself and discover his own beliefs, which is something that’s relatable to many people. The author brings the scenery and characters to life so well that I forgot I was reading. The mix of the supernatural and natural worlds draws the reader in and doesn’t let go. This is a must-read book from a very talented author. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Music of Sacred Lakes by Laura K. Cowan will be available April 26, 2014.

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Review of “Bernie and the Putty” by Steve LeBel

*Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Bernie and the Putty is a YA Fantasy novel.


Bernie is a young god fresh out of Builder’s school trying to get a job with The Business. Gods who become Builders work for The Business building universes. Bernie is hired, and during his probationary period, he must create an adequate universe to keep his job. Unfortunately for Bernie, his enemy, Billy, works in the cubicle next to him and has no intention of letting him pass his probation. On top of dealing with Billy, Bernie discovers something has happened on his planet that he never anticipated. Bernie’s boss is displeased with his work and wants to fire him, but Bernie’s friend comes to the rescue by nominating him for a Universe Award. Now Bernie not only has to prevent disaster in his universe, but he has to make sure the universe is outstanding enough to win an award so he can keep his job.

This book was fantastic! I was riveted, wanting to know what was going to happen to Bernie. The story has humor, a well thought out world of gods and their creations, and subplots interwoven in a way that makes this book difficult to put down. Bernie has many challenges he must overcome, including living up to his powerful Builder father who abandoned him, being poor, and dealing with his chaos cloud and his enemy, Billy. This is a fascinating tale of good vs. evil and of a young hero on a journey of self-discovery. I highly recommend this book not only to young adults but also to anyone who wants an enjoyable fantasy read.

Bernie and the Putty will be available May 30, 2014.

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