Category: book reviews

Book review: The Stars, Like Dust by Issac Asimov

Today, I’m going to talk about a space adventure story! There’re blasters! There’s faster-than-light travel! There’s an heir whose father is accused of treason by an evil space empire. A princess of another planet who runs from an arranged marriage. There’s a treacherous friend and a stalwart supporter. The hero gets the girl and then

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Book review (ARC): Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

To be released on May 4, Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (ISBN: 978-0062872623) is excellent fantasy adventure. In the best tradition of Raymond E. Feist or David Eddings, Aveyard creates a vibrant world with larger-than-life characters and lots of swords and sorcery, if you’re into that kind of thing (which I am). The pacing is

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Book review: Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler

Valhalla Rising is an acceptable adventure novel if you’re flying somewhere and you don’t care how it ends before you land. There is nothing egregiously wrong with the book, such as grammar and spelling errors or poor writing. However, it is also a book that depends a lot on stereotype characterizations and remarkably mono-racial protagonists.

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Book review: The Pied Piper by Ridley Pearson

The Pied Piper by Ridley Pearson

I cant remember if I read this before, but I think I did. It seems familiar, but I don’t remember it. But there are moments that seem really familiar, like Ive already read the book before now. I probably have read it before. Welcome to Matt Reviews Books! I am Matt and I am the

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Book review: Roller Skate Skinny by J.L. Michaels

Roller Skate Skinny by J.L. Michaels

This review caused me a bit of consternation. There’re a certain amount of adult situations that are also plot points that could be described as “spoilers.” So, I struggled to figure out how to discuss an intense thriller without ruining the book for other readers. Granted, it’s been out for awhile now, but you might

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Book review: Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning

Cryptofauna by Patrick Canning

Jim is a custodian at a elder care/psychiatric facility. He lives on premises in a small room. And he plans to commit suicide in great detail. Before he does, however, one of the patients intervenes and takes Jim to the basement where a weird, giant tree exists with a monolith, which is a door to

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Review: Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia

Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia

In Come Join the Murder (ISBN 978-8-6072-9926-2), Holly Rae Garcia has written a tense and suspenseful thriller. It’s not a whodunit in the classic sense; we know who committed the crime. The question becomes if the killer will be caught. The question is also if the protagonist of the story will be okay by the

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Review: The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes

The Imaginary Corpse by Tyler Hayes (ISBN: 978-0-85766-831-8) is the story of a stuffed triceratops detective, Detective Tippy. Detective Tippy lives in the Stillreal, a world constructed of abandoned ideas. These ideas, or Ideas, are the personification of people’s hopes, dreams, fears, and youthful coping strategies. Ideas are populated by Friends, creations of younger people

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Review: The Punch Escrow by Tal Klein

The Punch Escrow by Tal Klein

Tal Klein’s The Punch Escrow is an outstanding debut novel. The writing is tight and the narrative flows quickly. This is a must-read for science fiction fans. It’s the 22nd century. Corporations rule the world and humans have finally broken the secret of teleportation. Although, it’s not exactly teleportation in the Star Trek-dissolving-into-a-bunch-of-sparkly-lights teleportation, people

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Review: Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land is fantastic. It is thrilling, the characters are alive, and I was enthralled until the last page. I do not recommend this book for everybody, however. There are some truly disturbing images and sequences that could act as triggers for survivors. This is the story of a 15-year-old

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