25 Best Books of 2021

Well, it is that time of year. Here’s my reading breakdown for 2021: 136 books read 104 were SFF 32 were nonfiction 67 were self-published 76 books reviewed You can see the books I’ve read here. (Please note, this is not actually all the books I read. I forgot to track some, and I haven’t…

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Hiatus until January 3, 2022

Well, the subject says it all, doesn’t it? I’m giving myself the last bit of the year off to enjoy family, catch up on edits, and get ahead on some other projects. Never fear, dear reader, for Bookworm Blues will be back in 2022. During the first week of the year, I will have a…

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Review | Absynthe – Brendan P. Bellecourt

About the Book In his sci-fi debut, Bellecourt explores an alternate roaring 20s where a shell-shocked soldier must uncover latent telepathic abilities to save himself and the people around him. Liam Mulcahey, a reclusive, shell-shocked veteran, remembers little of the Great War. Ten years later, when he is caught in a brutal attack on a…

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Review | We Break Immortals – Thomas Howard Riley

About the Book A drug addict who hunts sorcerers down by tracking their magick, the most renowned swordsman no one has ever heard of, and a thieving magick-wielding woman hellbent on revenge collide during a last ditch effort to stop an insane superhuman serial killer from making himself a god. The Render Tracers always say…

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Cover Art Reveal | Where Blood Runs Gold – A.C. Cross

Reader, I have been so excited about this book. I edited it a while ago, and I knew I had something special on my hands. The book is this delightful mix of sarcastic humor, horror, and fantasy set in a Wild West landscape that just comes alive. Cross has a knack for blending tension and…

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Review | The Living Waters – Dan Fitzgerald

About the Book Wonder swirls beneath murky water.  When two painted-faced nobles take a guided raft trip on a muddy river, they expect to rough it for a few weeks before returning to their life of sheltered ease. But when mysterious swirls start appearing in the water, even their seasoned guides get rattled.  The mystery…

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Review | A Spindle Splintered – Alix E. Harrow

About the Book It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one. Her best friend Charm is intent on making…

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Review | Comfort Me With Apples – Catherynne M. Valente

About the Book Sophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect. It’s just that he’s away so much. So often. He works so hard. She misses him. And he misses her. He says he…

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Review | The Lighthouse Witches – C.J. Cooke

About the Book Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared. The secrets of witches have reached across the centuries in this chilling Gothic thriller from the author of the acclaimed The Nesting.  When single mother Liv is commissioned to…

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Review | Stones of Light – Zack Argyle

About the Book The coreseal is shattered and a new darkness is coming. Chrys swore to never again let the Apogee take control but, in a moment of desperation, he gave in. Now, he will learn what the Apogee truly wants. In Alchea, Laurel will do anything to get her threadlight back, even if it…

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