Foreword Reviews

Mari Carlson, Book Reviewer

When not reading fiction and writing reviews, Mari is probably practicing violin or teaching lessons or playing a gig. She enjoys the local literary and music scenes in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Book Review

Gabriel’s Storm

by Mari Carlson

"Gabriel’s Storm" is a thoughtful coming-of-age story deftly set around a captivating crime plot. In Diego Hojraj’s "Gabriel’s Storm", a deadly revenge plot leads to deeper struggles for a gang of outsider teens. It’s 1983,... Read More

Book Review

Love is a Rebellious Bird

by Mari Carlson

Elayne Klasson’s "Love is a Rebellious Bird" is an operatic, enduring, and subtle romance. Elayne Klasson’s artistic and compassionate novel "Love is a Rebellious Bird" focuses on a lifelong love affair. Judith and Elliot grow up in... Read More

Book Review

Tangled Words

by Mari Carlson

"Tangled Words" is an everywoman’s story about sisterhood and creativity that’s innovative in its format. Rima Jbara’s novella "Tangled Words" reflects the intertwined fates of archetypal twin sisters. Twin sisters Eternity and... Read More

Book Review

The Last Resort

by Mari Carlson

"The Last Resort" is a sincere human interest tale couched in an informed overview of current events. In Tom Milton’s novel "The Last Resort", two protesters find that confronting their enemies in person could be a nightmare come true.... Read More

Book Review

The Moonstoners

by Mari Carlson

Barbara J. Dzikowski’s "The Moonstoners" explores love in unsettled, complicated times. The Trudeau, Ziemny, and Chavis families first collide when Noel Trudeau meets Ricky Ziemny after art class. While Theckla and Freddie Chavis care... Read More

Book Review

Reality™ 2048

by Mari Carlson

"Reality™ 2048" is an epic dystopia that warns about the dangers of consumerism. In Derek Cressman’s dystopian novel "Reality™ 2048", the future is dominated by infotainment and consumption is the name of the game. Globalia is one... Read More

Book Review

The Water Tower Club

by Mari Carlson

In this coming-of-age crime novel, suspense and tension run high, and chapters often end on cliffhangers. In B.K. Mayo’s "The Water Tower Club", true-to-life characters face the dark side of their small town with fear and conviction.... Read More

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