Genre: Horror, LGBT
I will start this review by saying that Jen Ponce puts out some seriously awesome books (and lots of them!), so I have several of her books that I will be reviewing over the next few months. She’s one of my favorite authors, and she’s a really kick ass person, so you should follow her on the social media links at the end of the review!
Bug Queen review:
Vedalia Kirkaldy had no idea what she was getting herself into when she inherited her uncle’s house in the small town of Maysville. The house is infested with bugs, of which poor Vedalia has an intense phobia, but she must struggle through her fear to find the valuable box—ironically topped with a scarab—which her uncle left her. Vedalia’s fear of insects becomes even more ironic when she learns that not only are bugs following her and talking to her, but she must listen and befriend them in order to save the world from an alien infection that’s turning the people of Maysville into fungus zombies.
Bug Queen by Jen Ponce was an excellent read! I must say, there were a few times I got creeped out enough I had to put the book down for a few minutes. Of course, I picked it right back up, though, because I had to know what would happen next. The characters are funny, witty, and sometimes, downright creepy. I’m a big fan of bugs, so I was intrigued by a story of a woman who was the Bug Queen. I loved the alien fungus; it was disturbing and disgusting, and I wanted nothing more than for Vedalia and Sabra to be victorious against it. The romance is minor in the story (the need to save the world obviously takes center stage), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I could feel the connection between the two women, and it was a nice subplot to remind the reader that even in the midst of total chaos, love is still important. This was a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it!
You can purchase Bug Queen on Amazon here.
About the Author:
Jen Ponce lives in the Panhandle of NE with her kids, cats, and fish. She loves stories with elements of fantasy or horror and works hard to put the fantastic in the mundane. Writer of kick ass women and oogy monsters.
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Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land by Kevin Tumlinson
*Disclaimer – I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land by Kevin Tumlinson is a story of a young man who suddenly discovers life is not at all what he’d been brought up to think. Like most teenagers, Sawyer had thought there was only one world. That is, until the day he accidentally discovered that the knots he’d grown so used to seeing had a purpose he’d never expected. Sawyer soon learns that he isn’t just a normal teenager but a very important Teth, someone with the natural ability to manipulate the knot work of life. With the knots, Sawyer and his grandparents travel to other worlds, and Sawyer discovers just how important and talented he really is. Unfortunately, there is a powerful Teth named Aeodymus who knows just how talented Sawyer is too, and he wants Sawyer for his own evil purposes.
Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land is a fantastic story for fantasy lovers of any age. This is an engaging story that captured my attention from the first page and held it through to the end. Kevin Tumlinson has created worlds that are exciting and so vivid I felt as if I had been transported there. I loved the idea of the knot work that life and reality is made of, and the idea that there are those born with the innate ability to manipulate the knots was a great kind of magic that kept me wanting to read more. I loved Tumlinson’s characters, especially grandma and grandpa because they had a relationship that had me laughing. This was a fun and exciting fantasy read that I think anyone who liked books like Harry Potter will enjoy. I highly recommend it, and I will definitely be purchasing the next book.
You can purchase Sawyer Jackson and the Long Land at Amazon here.
About the Author:
Kevin Tumlinson is the Wordslinger—a full-time indie author and author consultant, spending most of his days enslaved to a MacBook that just won’t let him go outside and play. His “Citadel” and “Sawyer Jackson” series are reader favorites, and his readers are Kevin favorites. Learn more about Kevin and his work at www.kevintumlinson.com.
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