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Review: “The Exiled,” William Meikle

Pros: Original take on faerie abduction myths Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s The Exiled is a creative mélange of horror, thriller, and a sort of quasi-urban fantasy. Police officer John Grainger is called to the scene

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Review: “Spectre,” Shiloh Walker

Pros: Hot, hot, hot! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Shiloh Walker’s character Spectre is a hard-hitting assassin-for-hire. Mob boss Tommy O’Halloran wants him to take a job, but when Spectre finds out the job is to kill the

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Review: “In the Shadow of Spindrift House,” Mira Grant

Pros: Sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go! Cons: If anything I would have liked even more buildup Rating: 5 out of 5 Mira Grant’s (novella? Short novel?) In the Shadow of Spindrift House is a most bizarre combination

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Review: “Lucky Bastard,” Joshua James

Pros: The plot thickens! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’ Lucky Bastard: Lucky’s Marines | Book Eight picks up immediately after book seven. Our heroes (Lucky, Malby, Dabs, Jiang) plus the body they’re guarding (Queen-in-waiting Anna) and

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Review: “Lucky Justice,” Joshua James

Pros: Action-packed! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’s Lucky Justice: Lucky’s Marines | Book Seven sees our heroes being sent on a babysitting mission. But you know Lucky: it’ll all go to hell before the mission barely

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Review: “Koko,” Peter Straub

Pros: Extremely well-crafted Cons: I had a lot of trouble getting into it Rating: 4 out of 5 In Peter Straub’s thriller Koko (Blue Rose Trilogy), a handful of Vietnam vets in 1982 find themselves caught up in a mystery.

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Review: “And Shall Machines Surrender,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Pros: An unusual and delightful world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s And Shall Machines Surrender reveals a delightfully strange world. Dr. Orfea Leung has arrived at the Shenzhen Dyson sphere, running from her past. She’s a

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Review: “Charred Roots,” Erik Kort, Lee French

Pros: This series continues to rock! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Erik Kort and Lee French wrote Charred Roots (The Greatest Sin Book 6). Seer Chavali and her friends work for the Fallen–they’ve all died and been brought

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Review: “Null Set,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Fascinating premise and execution Cons: Cliffhanger ending Rating: 5 out of 5 S.L. Huang’s Null Set: A Cas Russell Novel is an excellent sequel to her Zero Sum Game. Both books are about Cas Russell, “a supernaturally mathematical retrieval

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Short Take: “Dear Laura,” Gemma Amor

Pros: Horrifying! Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Gemma Amor’s novella Dear Laura introduces us to a woman on a mission. When she was 14, her best friend Bobby got into a mysterious car and disappeared, never to be

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