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Addergoole by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Love, lust, ownership, exploration, and coming-of-age in a strange and novel world hidden beneath the known.

Addergoole is a contemporary fantasy story with erotic and dark-fantasy elements. Set in a world which is, on the surface, much like our own, Addergoole follows three students as they enter a strange, new school and discover just how much they don’t know about themselves, their parents, or their world. . . .

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Game By God: Sludge Preformation by teddyteddyteddy

In search of the Stupid.

Game By God: Sludge Preformation is a web serial about a young woman who makes the difficult decision to participate in a murder mystery elimination-style death game run by “God,” which is intended to be filmed and televised for the enjoyment of millions worldwide. As one would expect, this proves to be an excellent choice, and everything goes quite well for . . .

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Above Ground by A. M. Harte

Mayhem, violence, and danger: a story about fighting the odds, and surviving.

Life above ground is something Lilith has never experienced. When she gets the chance to visit the outside world, to see, firsthand, the monsters that roam the surface, she’s understandably ecstatic. But the infected have a reputation for being dangerous for a reason, and Lilith is about to find out why . . . . This is the story of Lilith, and her . . .

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The Dreams by Bridgett Morigna

If you live another life in your dreams, are you ever really asleep? Rina is trying to live a normal life even though she has started to have life-like dreams about a young kitsune that won’t fade from memory like ordinary dreams. As time goes on she struggles to determine which life is actually the dream. . . .

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A Good Man by Verus

All are to be ordained. All ordained are to be registered. Those who stray from the path become obsolete. These are the tenants the grand Mercian Bureaucracy lives by. None can escape their destined path, lest they become obsolete. The obsolete are hunted down by the ordained assassins, supported by the Mercian government. Follow ordained assassin . . .

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In the Shadow of His Nemesis by Al Bruno III

"In the end love makes monsters of us all."

Isobel Talbot’s life was a monotony, even her heartbreaks were predictable; but a chance encounter leaves her running for her life from the most terrible and impossible things. And worse yet, she’s fallen in love. . . .

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The Cold Inside by Al Bruno III

What if you could do anything you wanted? What if no one could stop you?

“What if you could do anything you wanted?” Sixteen year-old Tristam Bloom is having the worst year of his life. He’s on probation, he’s the laughingstock of the school and his girlfriend wants nothing to do with him. To top it all off he now has to eat lunch with the nerdy kids he spent all of last year . . .

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Umbra: The Horror by Alex Davidson

Simon and Claudia are both sent to Deton Academy for Troubled Youth for their behavior in the past. They are hoping to complete one year, and get out forever. However, when Simon finds a piece of paper accusing Dean Carter of murdering tons of students, the two new friends must figure out what happened to the accuser and what he . . .

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Love and Treason on the Verge by Al Bruno III

a novel in seven days

The Outpost was a squat stone structure that was ringed on all sides by high thick walls that were honeycombed with stairways, arrow loops and topped with crenellations festooned with ancient barbed wire. There were dozens of Outposts scattered along the Verge, marking the point of demarcation between the nurturing safety of the Protectorate and the madness of the Barrens. . . .

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Winter’s Tale by emrys

Winter’s Tale is a fairly dark urban fantasy focusing on the life of Winter Wolf, an asocial carpenter living in Colorado Springs. Winter’s got an odd background and a handful of nonhuman friends, but by and large he tends to avoid the supernatural. This changes rapidly near the start of the series, however, when he starts to get drawn into . . .

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Addergoole: Year 9 by Lyn Thorne-Alder

How far down does the rabbit-hole go?

The new students to the Addergoole School knew it wasn’t going to be an ordinary boarding school from the start: it was in the middle of nowhere, and nobody’s parents were telling them anything. When it turned out to be in a bunker, hidden under an old barn in a cornfield, some of them started to think that this was . . .

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Rys Rising by Tracy Falbe

Serving Onja makes it right.

In this passionate epic told from many angles, the young outlaw Amar becomes a dreaded warlord, the terror of kings. His ambitions blind him to the trivial diversions of mere female company until he must block a treaty marriage between two powerful tribes. Confronted by the desperate Princess Demeda, he feels temptation again, but the longings of his ruined heart . . .

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ABOVE GROUND

Adventures among the Infected

By Linda Schoales, editor

Sep 15, 2009: “Above Ground” is a strong beginning to an intriguing, post-apocalyptic novel about a young woman who steps out of her safe environment to get a few thrills but sees more than she wanted to see. Lilith, like all humans, lives underground and has never seen the sky or the sun. The surface of the planet is only for the “Infected”; were-people, creatures with extra limbs, and other “freaks”. The only time Lilith would dare coming to the surface is to see a show displaying the Infected. Of course, the Infected [more . . .]

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ABOVE GROUND

Fast-Paced Apocalyptic Fantasy/Romance

By Frances Gonzalez, member

Sep 19, 2009: While I’m not a huge fan of the apocalyptic fantasy genre, Above Ground is well-written and well-paced enough to keep me invested despite my bias.

The story opens with an exceptional hook, protagonist Lilith and her friend Emma, dwellers underground, visiting the surface for a freak show. The events that transpire at the show introduce Lilith to a werewolf named Silver, and thus her adventure (literally "above ground") begins.

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