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Monday, December 2, 2019

Tara Forst Recommends Reading "Made to be Broken" by Hugh Fritz

Flarence knows that Genies are supposed to help their masters by granting wishes, but he’s never been comfortable taking orders. To him, pummeling bad guys with magically enhanced weaponry feels like a much better way to use his powers.

Darren is a gangster who wants to leave his reckless life behind so he can focus on providing for his family. Unfortunately, there are people in the neighborhood who won’t let him move on.

Soleil is a humble man who tries to lead a passive lifestyle. In times of peace or times of war, he can be found cleaning his cafe or singing along with rock-’n’-roll tunes while tending to his houseplants.

Darren, Soleil, and Flarence will have to work together and step outside their comfort zones when a rogue Genie and a hot-headed police officer threaten the lives of their loved ones. Flarence will be challenged to work with a criminal, Soleil will be forced to leave his sanctuary and act to help his friends, and Darren will face the possibility that being a gentle and caring family man may not be an option for him.

Print Length: 264  Pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Golden Word Books
ISBN-10: 1948749432
ISBN-13: 978-1948749435

Made to be Broken is now available to purchase on, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author
Hugh Fritz is a fan of monsters, mad scientists, sorcerers, and anything that involves being with incredible powers beating each other senseless. After years of writing research papers, he decided it was time to give reality a rest and let his imagination run wild. This is his first book, and it has been an illuminating experience making the transition from reader to author.

He was born in Chicago where he spent most of his life until moving to the Southwest in 2015. He finds inspiration bouncing ideas off other novelists in a critique group, but hours of television and finding the right songs to put him in the writing mood play an important role as well. He has no plans to end the Genies' adventures here, so be on the lookout for more magical mischief in the next book of the Mystic Rampage series.

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***** 5 STAR REVIEW *****
Review by Tara Forst

I can say without a doubt that Made to be Broken is one of the best books I have read in the past few years. This book brought forth a whole new premise to genies and what has formerly been written about them. The stark contrast between the real life drama of living amongst and being a part of the local gang scene and the fantasy world of magic and magicians and genies was absolutely intriguing.

The characters were all unique and realistic (even the genies) each complete with their own strengths and weaknesses. I especially enjoyed the character nicknamed "razor punk." She was so edgy and cool, though she was a secondary character I loved reading about her journey along the way. Tyrell the main character was a wonderful example of a normal teen. Darren is a good father who happened to be a part of a gang which causes issues throughout the entire book. The genies Soeil and Flarence were brothers who are so different and take very different approaches to utilizing their magical powers, but still maintain their brotherly bond and help each other out when they can.

This book is definitely a "page turner." You could never predict what would happen next. One minute Darren is in jail for a crime he didn't commit, the next he is broken out by his sons genie and all evidence of the arrest erased, or his son is kidnapped and suddenly rescued by his genies brother. When Darren was dying from a gunshot wound and his sons genie then "enchants" him (Making Darren a genie) that really threw me for a loop.

All in all this is an exquisite cross between a sci-fi/fantasy/thriller that would be a great read for anyone.

December 4th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Anthony Avina interviews Hugh Fritz about Made to be Broken - the first book of the Mystic Rampage series.


About today's reviewer:
Tara Forst lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their young son. Tara owns her own business: Worn Forever - dedicated to helping mamas with babywearing and attachment parenting.

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