Book Review: Mini-reviews for Mini-reads

What do you do when you have a handful of short novellas loaded on your Kindle? Why, you make blog review lemonade, of course! Mind you, I’m not saying any of these reads were lemons. Far from it! I was treated to a selection of delicious morsels that reminded me how satisfying a shorter read can be. If you’re in the mood for a small, tasty treat, read on…

Bolded Hearts by Jane Jago ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this short story! It reminded me of an Inuit fable or legend. Well done! This little gem is free on KU HERE or you can pick it up for only 99¢.

Girls for Spiders by Wendy Wiseman Fisher ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

This one’s not for the arachnophobes out there, that’s for sure. Two sisters set out on a road trip to clear out their father’s cabin after his death. But one of the girls harbors terrible secrets, plus a vindictive ex-boyfriend who takes creepy (crawly) stalker behavior to the next level! This is another KU offering (get it HERE) or can be purchased for 99¢.

Fairies Versus Zombies by Wendy Wiseman Fisher ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars

Fairy / Zombie mashup? Why not! Initially I expected camp, cheese, goofiness. But while the ‘traditional’ zombie camp is present, it still turned into a refreshing take on the theme. The juxtaposition of sweet, benign fairies fighting their own kind, somehow infected with the ‘deading virus,’ really worked well. The ending did leave me dangling off a minor cliff, and I do hope the author treats us to further fairy-zombie exploits, but all in all this was a highly entertaining read. Surprise, surprise… it’s another KU offering (pick it up HERE).

All the Nothing We’ve Done by Christina McMullen ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 out of 5 stars

This was a fast, lighthearted read. Really enjoyable. After sleeping on it, I still can’t get the idea outta my head that everything we do has consequences beyond what we see and/or know. Great stories stay with you, and this one certainly fits the bill! Yet again, you can pick this one up HERE via KU or for 99¢.

Beautiful Confusion (a Pride and Honor Novella) by Ember-Raine Winters ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I have not read Beautiful Delusions, the first book in the Pride & Honor series. I had no prior knowledge of Tim “Mac,” Marcy, Twitch or Griffin. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. It read more as a series of vignettes spread out over more than a decade. The angst conveyed in such short order really left me feeling for these characters. Needless to say, Beautiful Delusions just landed on my TBR list. This particular short is currently available on Smashwords and is a FREE download, so be sure to check it out. (Note: I know the author is attempting to get Amazon to list this title as free but for the time beig it’s priced there at 99¢.)


Now, while we’re talking short reads, I’d be silly if I failed to offer my own, right? Earlier this month, with little-to-no fanfare, I released a short called Fractured

This story was born a few years ago from of a challenge posed by a life-long friend which he couched as a birthday present. He asked me to write a 500-word into to a story, but in typical JJ fashion I couldn’t leave things at just 500 words! What I ended up with was a (roughly) 2,700 word psychological suspense that I’m rather proud of. Fractured is available on Amazon, where I’m currently attempting to make it perma-free. Rather than ask you to pay (ee-gads!) or to wait on Amazon, please consider slipping over to SMASHWORDS where you may download it for free. 😉 And if anyone would like to notify Amazon of the lower price, I’d be ever in your debt! 

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