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Review: “Stolen Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Some high stakes; kick-ass protagonist Cons: A bit formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Stolen Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Huntress Book 3) is the third installment in Linsey Hall’s fun urban fantasy/paranormal series. When book one opened, three fifteen-year-old

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Review: “Mirror Mage,” Linsey Hall

Pros: World-building; tense action Cons: A bit formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Mirror Mage (Dragon’s Gift: The Huntress Book 2) is just plain fun to read. Cass and her sisters-by-choice Del and Nix are FireSouls–they can absorb

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Review: “Ancient Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: World-building and plot Cons: Awkward start Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Ancient Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Huntress Book 1) was recommended to me by a friend, and I’m glad of that recommendation! It begins with three girls

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Short Take: “Silver Shark,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Fit so much world and character into a limited space; sexy Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I can’t get enough of the work by the husband-and-wife team writing as Ilona Andrews, so I’m back with Silver Shark

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Short Take: “Silent Blade,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Fascinating world and characters; sexy Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 I wanted a short book I could read while waiting for classes to start and the bus to arrive, and I adore the writing of husband-and-wife team

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Short Take: “The Sleep Tight Motel,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Vivid, melancholy, and beautiful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s novella The Sleep Tight Motel (Dark Corners collection) is hauntingly beautiful. Eve is on the run from her abusive boyfriend Erik after unwillingly helping him to

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Ligotti’s “Autumnal”

If you have a few spare moments, read the super-short story Autumnal by Thomas Ligotti. I’ve read thousands of books, and I have a terrible memory, yet throughout the years this has remained my favorite short story. “Autumnal” is from

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Short Take: “Hannah-Beast,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Enthralling Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s novella Hannah-Beast (Dark Corners collection) tells a short, but engrossing, Halloween story. Amanda won’t let her daughter Erin go out trick-or-treating dressed as “Hannah-Beast,” the local scary legend. Decades

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Review: “Band on the Run: Rock Band Fights Evil Vols. 1-3,” D.J. Butler

Pros: Utterly fantastic third story; great set-up Cons: Some inconsistencies Rating: 4 out of 5 D.J. Butler’s Band on the Run: Rock Band Fights Evil Vols. 1-3 is amusingly creative and unusual. The rock band in question changes its name

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Short Take: “The Tangled Woods,” Emily Raboteau

Pros: Vivid Cons: Annoying characters; rambling Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Emily Raboteau’s novella The Tangled Woods (Dark Corners collection) follows a man and his wife and child as they go on vacation together. Reginald is a vicious film critic

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