Mini-Reviews of Books I Requested Through I Smell Sheep June-July 2021


The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

A most compelling tale about women who survive horrifying events and what happens to them once they stop being the latest story. Whatever you’d expect from a slasher flick, such as characters who don’t die even after grievous hurt, prolonged confrontations, a lot of gore and bodies, you’ll also find it in this book. But what keeps you reading is how masterfully it’s told. If this is the kind of writing the author delivers in every book of his, then they’ve just gained a new fan! My detailed review is up at I Smell Sheep.


Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

What would have happened had Arthur’s legend had less to do with the man himself and more to do with the friends who got him on the throne? This feministy twist breathes new life into the myth, where Elaine (a seer), Morgana (Arthur’s sister who has magic), Lancelot (half-fey but all loyal), and Gwen (Arthur’s wife-to-be with a supernatural secret of her own) fight to get the legendary king where he’s supposed to be.

For a detailed review, go to I Smell Sheep

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The Accidental Gatekeeper by Carla Rehse

A humorous adventure about a middle-aged soccer softball mom, who is running from the mafia after having turned in her husband to the Feds. With nowhere to go, she ends up going back home, which is when the hijinks ensue! Fighting against pearl-clutchy–author’s word, not mine but one that I’m going to be using every day from now on!–, misogynistic, homophobic, ageist, and all other -ist celestial council is bad enough without heaven and hell’s hosts going crazy after being cut off from their sources of power. Throw in dark magic-wielding witches, new supernatural powers that she doesn’t have a handle on, and a hunk of an ex, and you’ll understand what the heroine’s going through!

My detailed review’s here.


We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen

A misanthropic character forced to deal with people because of her profession–that of a psychologist–and her situation–stuck on an alien planet on a spaceship. Her habitual affinity for androids deepens while her crewmates struggle with suspicion, nightmares, and mutiny. The androids are partaking a spiritual cum religious journey of their own. Will they achieve singularity? What will happen to the humans on board the ship? What does the alien planet have to do with all this? For answers, check out my review on I Smell Sheep.

An interesting book with fun twists that made me want to keep reading.

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Becoming Crone by Lydia M. Hawke

I’d have rated this 2.5 stars and not 3 if it hadn’t been for its unique premise. The protagonist is a sixty-year-old divorced woman, who finds out she’s one of Morrigan’s Crones. However, this book did have its issues. The story’s quite predictable–at least in this installment–as are the dynamics between the protagonist and her potential love interest. So, a good read that could have been a great one.

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Dragon(e) Baby Gone by Robert Gainey

Demons, dragons, elementals, kickass female characters, female villains, and action that doesn’t stop. That’s what this book is all about, which is why I liked it a lot. It also contained scenes with echoes of my other faves, for instance, when the heroine goes to get the evilest demon from prison, I felt she was channeling Clarice (Silence of the Lambs). And when she is face to face with a dragon, she reminded me of Bilbo– of course, the dragon was no Smaug! But the way it was done made it feel like an homage rather than copying.

In short, a good read.


Strange Gods by Alison Kimble

New problems require new solutions. When a teenager is pulled into another world by a god who loves stories, she introduces him to the wonderful and never-ending world of the internet. Her god-related troubles are far from over, though. This YA novel will take you on a journey where you’ll meet strange deities and watch the girl struggle to strike the best bargains when sucky deal after sucky deals are thrown her way. Borrowing from the clickbait vernacular, I’d like to end my review with: The ending will blow you away!

Detailed review at I Smell Sheep.

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Gunmetal Gods by Zamil Akhtar

This epic fantasy novel is set in a world that’s part Ottoman/Persian and part Medieval when the Crusades were in full swing. To win the final battle, old heroes will need to rise and believers will shun their gods to accept a newer, much darker deity. Dead emperors and theocratic demands will vie for victory. Who wins and if even that can be called winning is yet to be decided. I found the worldbuilding well done even if I wasn’t completely sold on the rest.

Find out more about what I thought of this book, an excerpt, and other juicy deets on I Smell Sheep.

And that was how I spent my summer. What have you been up to?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Judi Lynn says:

    Holy moley! These ALL sound good! Looks like you had a lot of fun with the books you found. I like the Arthur legends. Half Sick of Shadows sounds really interesting to me, but you’ve made every single one of them seem like a good read.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Midu Hadi says:

      Thank you. Writing a book is tough work. Didnt wanna come off as smarmy or bitchy with my reviews.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Judi Lynn says:

        I liked all of these reviews. You hit the right notes.

        Liked by 1 person

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