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Indie Ink Awards 2023 Judge




Reviews

Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year by M.A. Wardell

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

Teacher of the Year is a gripping MM romance sure to warm anyone's heart.


Veil Us in Gold

Veil Us in Gold by Shepard DiStasio

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

Veil us in Gold creates a world of their own, that is still familiar to ancient lore, with an intriguing motley crew of characters in this NBMC fantastical adventure.


The Reanimator's Heart

The Reanimator's Heart by Kara Jorgensen

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

I think Jorgensen's approach to "undesirable" powers is fresh and intriguing. Barlow and Galvan are impossible not to fall for, and even the side characters like Gwen and Agatha pull at the heart. I could read books on this Paranormal Society and look forward to so many more!


Tell Me How It Ends

Tell Me How It Ends by Quinton Li

Worldbuilding: Piqued curiosity
Plot: Mostly clear
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Adequately represents the story

This story had a unique Tarot element that I enjoyed. I think the FMC was fun to have so naive and I was left curious to find out what she learns next.


Deny Me, The Nightshade Boy

Deny Me, The Nightshade Boy by Mary VanAlstine

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: Did some research after reading
Cover: Adequately represents the story

This story is a tale of love, forgiveness, found family, and finding what it means to be true to yourself. I loved it's unique spin and am ready to find out what our MC and cast of characters are up to next!


The Tale That Twines

The Tale That Twines by Cedar McCloud

Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Descriptive
Immersion: Satisfying, fulfilling experience
Emotional Response: Engaging
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well

A cozy fantastical tale of self-discovery and self-acceptance. McCloud creates a complex world of magic unlike any other that focuses on ourselves and what ties us to the universe we live in. This book will pull at your heartstrings and leave you feeling empowered.



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