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Review: “Her Knight’s Quest,” Alexis Morgan

Pros: Enjoyable world & story Cons: Flat villain & confusing magic Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Alexis Morgan’s Her Knight’s Quest is the second book in her “Warriors of the Mist” saga, following

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Review: “Strange New Words,” by Ari Marmell

Pros: Very enjoyable collection of oddity tales Cons: Some engaged me more than others; some were more predictable than others Rating: 4 out of 5   Ari Marmell’s Strange New Words: Tales of Heroism, Hi-Jinks, and Horror is an enjoyable

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Review: “A Cursed Embrace” by Cecy Robson

Pros: There’s some interesting plot material Cons: I can’t stand the “feel” of the story/world—I’ll explain further in the review Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   This is one of those cases where I’ll

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"Thankless in Death", J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Unusual antagonist and lots of Eve curmudgeonliness Cons: The antagonist is also annoying; a few too many unwanted accolades get thrown at Eve’s feet Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Release date: September 17, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin

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"Undead and Unsure" by Mary Janice Davidson

Pros: Certainly unique; very funny at times Cons: I’m so tired of brand-name-shoe-obsessed heroines; characters that are very unlikable Rating: 2 out of 5 Release date: August 6, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Betsy is the queen

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My rant about why many series books should be able to stand alone

I’m working on a review of a book that is quite a ways on in a series—a series that I’ve never read from before. I already know from experience that some of the people who read my review will be

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"Tales of Majipoor," Robert Silverberg

Pros: Fascinating culture and events Cons: Logical inconsistencies; characters held at a distance Rating: 3 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Robert Silverberg’s Tales of Majipoor collects together seven stories set

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"The Havoc Machine," Steven Harper

Pros: Interesting world-building and story Cons: Some discordant tones Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The clockwork plague reduced some people to mindless plague-spreading zombies, while elevating others to

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"The Mist-Torn Witches," Barb Hendee

Pros: Magnificent characterization, pacing and plotting Cons: Somewhat standard medieval setting (not wholly a negative; read review for more details) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Release date: May 7, 2013 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Celine and Amelie

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"Bronze Gods," A.A. Aguirre

Pros: Fantastic character interplay; gorgeous world-building. I think I’m falling in love with Ritsuko and Mikani. Cons: Occasional difficulty telling which of the partners is speaking Rating: 5 out of 5 Release date: April 30, 2013 Review book courtesy of

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