February Book Reviews Part 1! @VashtiQV @ChuckWesJ @stacitroilo @Marjorie_Mallon #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity #bookreviews #mustread #indieauthors

Mr. Sagittarius

by M.J. Mallon

“Mr. Sagittarius” is a wonderful collection of poetry, prose, and pictures weaved into a magical story. The book focuses on three older siblings. The male twins have developed a special relationship, making their sister feeling left out. When one twin passes, that leaves the brother and sister to grieve. The stories have powerful images that move the narrative along and sometimes veer off into the unknown for a quick visit. We are led through picturesque scenery and whimsical moments, which include an unusual bubble bath, a rainbow hat, and an ice cave. The poetry was beautiful and powerful, and the photos captured nature brilliantly. A quick read that I found relaxing and endearing. A perfect escape in unsettled times that I recommend.

The Forgotten (An Alien Invasion Science Fiction Series) (Astral Conspiracy)

by D.L. Cross

Having read and loved all the Astral Conspiracy books, I was excited to see a companion story. I know this can be read as a stand-alone and is a great introduction to the series, but I enjoyed this prequel even more knowing who the Reptars, Separated, and Titans were. This fast-paced, well-written story has two main characters that I couldn’t help rooting for them. Jack Morley wants to be on the beach relaxing but is thrust into the world of CORE Director Victor Cannon. They have different agendas and experiences, while the plot is centered on an underground bunker in Nevada and what it held. There were a few surprises and twists that made this a page-turner. I recommend this and the entire Astral Conspiracy Series.


The Road to Saratin
by Charles W. Jones

I enjoy a good post-apocalyptic story, and I wasn’t disappointed in “The Road to Saratin.” There’s something hopeful when humans face the worse in humanity, including greed, power, and insanity— yet survive. Something was released on the public, and cities built up their walls to keep it out. Carl was behind one of these walled cities after being taken from his mother at a young age, for reasons he didn’t understand. A couple of decades later, he was still trapped in an institution being studied. Carl was a character who won my heart with his almost childlike way of looking at a world that was foreign to him. His main goal was to find his mother in another city with help from voices that lived inside him. I love the relationship he developed with Astrid and how he finds his direction. The descriptions of the landscape and mutants made them come to life for me. It was a fast-paced science fiction tale. The ending was satisfying. I recommend this story, especially for all who love an intricate dystopian read.


The Rise of Gadreel (Fantasy Angels Series Book 3)

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

As much as I loved Dracul’s struggle in the second book “The Son of the Serpent” it was Gadreel’s journey that mesmerized me in this story. A fallen angel, she now wants redemption and sets out to battle the evil threatening to take over the civilization. The relationship between Dracul and Gadreel is almost endearing as they join forces. The story is told from both sides of the battle, and I was always happy to get back to Gadreel and her new friends. Not that I didn’t appreciate the evil point of view, but there was a cruelty that rang true of how people treated each other during the dark ages that were captured very visually. Ms. Quiroz-Vega takes history and weaves biblical stories into it with a fresh take. This was a painful fight between good and evil. “The Rise of Gadreel” isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you love a well-told tale that will keep you reading late into the night, this is for you. I recommend starting at the beginning, so you understand how the characters developed. I highly recommend this book and series.


I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews. If I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it. It doesn’t feel right leaving a review in that case, but I have been known to email the author:) Life is too short not to enjoy every book you read!

Embrace your inner child by reading a good book! D. L. Finn

56 thoughts on “February Book Reviews Part 1! @VashtiQV @ChuckWesJ @stacitroilo @Marjorie_Mallon #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity #bookreviews #mustread #indieauthors”

    1. Thanks, Eden 🙂 This group of books is so different and offers to a lot of reading tastes! Xo

  1. Excellent, excellent reviews, Denise. All four writers are amazing. Thank you for showcasing their work, and my heart felt congratulations to each of them. 💗

  2. Fantastic reviews, Denise. I enjoyed “Road to Saratin” and agree that Carl stole my heart. It was such a good dystopian story. The others are on my TBR list. Oh, for more time to read! 🙂

    1. I know, I wish there were more hours in the day to read. Carl was a great character to see this world through. You have some good reading ahead.

    1. It was a great reading month. Happy to share here how much I enjoyed your story, Charles 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing your amazing review of The Rise of Gadreel, Denise❣️ I still get excited reading it. Congrats to Staci, Chuck, and Marje!

  4. Great reviews, Denise. I nearly emptied my kindle in December, now it’s filling up again! Charles Jones is new to me, but I already know that I enjoy the other authors. 🙂 Happy Reading!

    1. Thanks, Diana:) That’s so great you almost emptied your Kindle! I don’t think I’ve come close…lol. Happy reading to you as well. xo

  5. Fab reviews Denise. I loved Vashti’s whole angel series. And I wholeheartedly agree with your advice – life is too short to read bad books. <3

  6. One of the reasons I love the blogging world is just this… Great reviews of books and authors who I don’t believe I would have discovered without wonderful reviews like these.. A great selection and at least one/two I will add to my groaning kindle 😂😂😂… x

    1. I find a lot of books to read this way, Carol. Yes, I understand the groaning Kindle, mine does that too…lol

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