The Guardian: Blood in the Sand by MJ Kobernus – 5 Stars

I recently read The Guardian: Blood in the Sand by Michael Kobernus. A historian researching the life of a semi-famous adventurer and thereby earn an assistant professorship enters an amazing world of djinn, witches, and the living memories of the man he studies. It is imaginative story-telling that leaves you wanting more. Koburnus does a great job weaving believable characters and plot twists into an exciting tale that will keep you hooked until the very end. He also masterfully writes one scene of such strong emotions that it will tug at your heart long after you’ve turned the final page. I for one am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, though this first book is so well-encapsulated that I have no idea where he will be going with the next one.

Unhappenings by Edward Aubry – 4 Stars

I just finished reading Unhappenings by Edward Aubry. Though definitely not a romance novel, this time-travel science fiction book is a love story, a tragedy, and the story of a man to whom things unhappen (i.e., the past changes and he seems to be the only one who notices). I think the best aspect of this book is its character development and the emotional attachment that you feel for the three main characters. Not to be a spoiler, but I think that one scene in the book is one of the saddest I have ever read. If you want a page-turner that will keep you enthralled to the very last word, this may well be the book for you. But be warned; this is not a “They lived happily ever after” fairy tale, no matter how much you might wish it to be.