Book Review: Finna

FinnaFinna by Nino Cipri

When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but our two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.

Can friendship blossom from the ashes of a relationship? In infinite dimensions, all things are possible.

Review:
I enjoyed this novella — it was different from what I normally read. It takes place in a store called LitenVäld, a loosely veiled Ikea, complete with confusing and generic layouts. An elderly woman goes missing into another dimension and 2 workers, Ava and Jules (who have recently broken up) are tasked with finding her. Amazing concept!
The relationship between Ava and Jules is really well done — the reader feels the awkwardness between this newly broken up couple and how there are still tender feelings beneath the upset. The homogeneous Idea backdrop was a perfect foil for the non-binary character and young people questioning their lives.
Then there was the whole traveling to parallel universes, populated by person eating chairs, drones, or swashbuckling grandmother types.
This is a great read if you are looking for something different and fast that will hook you with adventure, social questions, and interesting characters.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
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Author Interview: T.L. Bishop

Today I am happy to introduce author T.L. Bishop.

IMAG0522_1Tell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?

Thank you, Coreena!  My book To Sleep was published March 1, 2016 with Gray Sky Publishing Company. It is the first novella in a seven book series. It is a young adult romantic fantasy set in Ireland/Alabama. It is an honest coming of age story full of magic and romance.

Are you a pantser or an outliner? Or a bit of both?

Oh, I’m a total pantser! … But then my mother’s perfectionism comes out in me and I have to go back and pick it apart!

What’s the best part of being a writer?

The best part of being an author? I came across a saying one day, I wish I could remember who said it, but it said: “Writing is as close to magic as I’ll ever get.” That’s so true. You can literally create something out of nothing! That’s magic!

What is your favourite scene in your book?

My favourite scene in my book is when A.J. arrives in Ireland and says she finds her peace there, in the very soil even. I picture her standing on a green hillside with her wild hair whipping around her pale skin, with a look of total peace on her face. Read more

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Book Review: Cleopatra’s Needle

Cleopatra's NeedleCleopatra’s Needle by Carole Lanham

THERE ARE MONSTERS IN THIS WORLD, I’VE LEARNED, AND SOMETIMES I HAVE FALLEN PREY TO THEM AND SOMETIMES I HAVE BEEN ONE…

When Lilabet last saw Iago, they were ten years old. Whisked off to America by his father in a desperate attempt to escape the dark superstitions of Wales, Iago’s letters have been the single thing to connect them. Now, fourteen years have passed and Iago has asked Lilabet to be his bride.

Eager to begin a modern life in an exciting new land with the man she has loved for all her days, Lilabet is about to discover that black magic may find a home on any shore. Three red-haired witches have been playing a deadly game of revenge with Iago and if she wants to have a life with him, Lilabet will first have to fight the dark forces that have claimed her young husband for their own.

CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE A story of Welsh witchcraft, love, and murder.

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