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STAR'S TEMPEST

The Stars Have Gone Dark

By Megajoule, author of The Warlock Ruthless

Dec 4, 2018: A teensy disclaimer: A story I write is hosted on the same site as this one. However, I still endeavor to be honest!

Star’s Tempest is a creepy, dark take on a classic Shakespeare story, that as Wayne Basta noted, suffers most when it is shackled to its source material too closely. However, there’s a lot of imagination and very competent writing in this updated take on the Tempest.

The most incredible [more . . .]

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STONE BURNERS

A Slow Burn, Well Worth It

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Nov 30, 2018: This story is definitely a strange one, but whether or not that constitutes itself as a bad thing is truly subjective in the end.

Plain and simple, it revolves around a woman named Olivia who awakens without her memory or any inkling of her past. She finds herself in the form of a scaly, dragon-lady, later referred to by the public at large as a feral. Feared by the populace, these monsters rank among more tradtional super-powered types, including one Skulker [more . . .]

 
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TOUCH

Quality Characterization

By Arcturus, member

Nov 28, 2018: On Touch

So Touch is a relatively unknown webnovel (to a shocking degree) despite it being one of the best webnovels out there. It has only 190 followers on Royalroad. It’s also probably in my top 10-15 webnovels. I will admit, it doesn’t update with the most frequency, with it updating on average once every 8.7 days or so, and with only 51 chapters thus far. To exacerbate the problem, the chapters aren’t extremely long either (~2.5k words or so), so [more . . .]

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IMPULSIVE: DESCENDANTS OF THE GIFTED

Gifted and Charming

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

Nov 24, 2018: The YA genre, I feel, has always been a bit oversaturated and full of the same tropes. Good-looking, cool protagonists who are either prodigies or chosen ones with little definable effort. Villains who are either never able to go the distance with their villainy or simply fall into either black or white categories, and even magic systems that either get too complicated or not complicated enough.

But this particular story, Impulsive: Descendants of the Gifted, is a good example of handing [more . . .]

 
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TOKEN

Three Episodes In

By Wayne Basta, author of Seraph's Gambit

Nov 12, 2018: Token by Desmo is a story about four college kids who enjoy playing games. After a round of Axis and Allies turns sour they all discover a mysterious card in their hands. These cards are list of increasingly poor behavior with a set of points next to them.  Each card is tailored to the individual.

None of the boys can figure out where they came from and they magical appearance gets starker as they discover that when they do one of [more . . .]

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TOUCH

A story to Touch your soul.

By L Nimbus, author of The Minotaur Paladin

Nov 11, 2018: Anger. Fear. Happiness. Excitement. Desperation. Euphoria. Disgust. Awe.

All the emotions i felt while reading Touch, broken down to eight words. And they can’t even begin to express how much i loved this read. How much the characters matter to me. How real they feel. How . . . amazing this story is.

I’m not going to blab on too much here, just get down to the nitty gritty.

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SHADOW

Super Engrossing!

By TypingRebel, author of Natonus

Nov 10, 2018: Shadow pulls you in just like any good space opera—with compelling characters and an engrossing, mysterious plot. The reader is dropped into the story from the perspective of Vai Ma’amaloa, who has only recently been awakened from an 80-year sleep. He quickly realizes that something is amiss: a mysterious drug that led to an intergalactic war from before his long sleep has reappeared, and threatens the (now-peaceful) galactic community.

The author surrounds Vai with other strong characters, such as Owen (a [more . . .]

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VIGILANTES MAKE US SAFE

Apply today for the Vigilantes Make Us Safe act!™

By AdmiralMonkeyman, member

Nov 2, 2018: I will be referring to Vigilantes Make Us Safe as VMUS for short.

Serenity takes place in an anarchistic society where anyone may brandish their own form of justice.

Vigilantes Make Us Safe relies heavily on social and political insights, and does not shy away from talking about sensitive topics, which can be a strength and a weakness at times. Because of its braveness on tackling modern-day issues, VMUS’s reader base narrows. [more . . .]

 
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NOT ALL HEROES

Mystic, Mythical Music

By Megajoule, author of The Warlock Ruthless

Oct 29, 2018: A quick summary: NAH is a dark, gritty, almost noirish take on the superhero genre. There are some mythic, mystical notes to the worldbuilding that provide an extra flavor I’d say reminds me of Halo: writing this review I am distinctly reminded of the gorgeous Gregorian vocalizations that made you feel you’d stepped into something otherworldly. I don’t mean mystical in the sense of DC/Marvel who need to justify magic-using heroes in their kitchen sink universes. I mean that this mythic feeling pervades the entire work and elevates it. Though, [more . . .]

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GREG GRENDLE'S SUBURBAN EXPERIMENTS

Mostly Aimless

By Thedude3445, author of ATL: Stories from the Retrofuture

Oct 23, 2018: This story is about the life of an unemployed man living in the suburbs in England, laying about and hanging out with friends. And . . . that’s pretty much it.

There isn’t any overarching plot or much characterization or too many happenings. It’s just the protagonist (apparently the author himself, making this all nonfiction) making some observations and trying to live a worry-free life. Sometimes that’s nice, and a few of the chapters have stuck with me in the time since I read this [more . . .]

 
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SHADOW

Three Episodes In…

By Wayne Basta, author of Seraph's Gambit

Oct 22, 2018: I like to give a serial three episodes before I decide if I want to continue. First impressions can be deceiving, both for good and bad. Excluding stories that have been recommended to me, those usually turn out good, this is the first where I want to read episode 4.

The prose is strong and the main character is intriguing. Vai is a kid out of time preparing to go onto an unknown future of life aboard a research vessel. Its [more . . .]

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TOUCH

Insert Human Contact Joke Here

By Sharkerbob, author of Graven

Oct 21, 2018: Touch follows a group of superpowered children and young teens who have all been shaped by traumatic circumstances, trying to deal with their personal demons while they attempt use their powers to help similar victims of abuse. In the process, however, they become embroiled in much bigger threats than they are prepared for, and are introduced to a world of magic and monsters.

The story cycles through multiple characters, primarily the main three kids, but also showing us various antagonist and [more . . .]

 

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