Wild Soil by Frank R. Chappell

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Chappell calls upon his anthropological prowess to highlight the duality that is present in all things, questioning our species’ purpose for pursuing goals that we know will come to hurt us in the end.”

Master Blacke: Tales of the Great Wood by Pete Prown

Rating: ★★★★★

RCR Says: “[Prown’s] novel manages to recall the sword-and-shield adventurism of Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, as well as the unsettling and insightful political commentary of Orwell’s classic, Animal Farm.”

The Bit Dance by Tilmer Wright, Jr.

Rating: ★★★★★

RCR Says:The Bit Dance by Tilmer Wright, Jr. tells the story of Kayla Henry and her family, focusing on a groundbreaking piece of technology referred to as eDNA that her father Alan and his company develop.”

The Medium of Desire by Alex McGlothlin

Rating: ★★★★★

RCR Says: “Though the novel’s tone comes across a bit nihilistic at times, its ultimate message, strengthened by a sprinkling of colorful and generally optimistic supporting characters, is that life’s beauty is better enjoyed with someone you love by your side.”

 

The Vermeer Conspiracy by Eytan Halaban

Rating: ★★★★★

RCR Says: “While the book portrays the art world as being more sensational and potentially violent than it is realistically, The Vermeer Conspiracy pulls the reader into the drama of discovery and fame that the Dutch artists in the novel have to offer.”

Enchanting Mandala Mazes by Elizabeth Carpenter

Rating: ★★★★★

RCR Says: “While solving mazes can sometimes be a frustrating—and fruitless—process, the idea behind Carpenter’s mandala mazes is that they provide a calming influence even as one seeks to solve them.”

A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “The book is a coming-of-age tale centered on the main character Clara’s self-consciousness about her bright red hair, her growing up and needing to act more lady-like, and her gradual acceptance of her stepmother Priscilla.”