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The reviews will become an occasional thing and I will only very rarely take items for review for at least a while. I’m going back to school and am already deep in books that are not nearly so much fun

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Review: “The New Neighbors,” Simon Lelic

Pros: Interesting mystery Cons: Structurally odd Rating: 4 out of 5 Simon Lelic’s The New Neighbors largely takes the form of a manuscript written alternately by Sydney and Jack, a couple who recently bought an old house stuffed with creepy

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Review: “The Beloveds,” Maureen Lindley

Pros: Weird, shifting tale Cons: Weird, shifting tale Rating: 4 out of 5 Maureen Lindley’s The Beloveds focuses on Elizabeth, who feels mightily aggrieved. As far as she’s concerned her life has always gone wrong. Her younger sister Gloria appropriated

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Review: “The Broken Girls,” Simone St. James

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, the time period switches back and forth between 1950 and 2014, in the small town of

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Review: “Live Your Life,” Ann LeFevre

Pros: Some good suggestions Cons: Artificial gimmick; some not-so-great advice Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Live Your Life: 14 Days to the Best You by Ann LeFevre, PhD, LCSW, CMT, details 14 ways to improve your life and self. The

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Review: “Sparrow Hill Road,” by Seanan McGuire

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Sparrow Hill Road is about Rose Marshall, a ghost who’s been sweet 16 for decades. She’ll forever wear the prom dress she died in, and she

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Short Take: “Lullaby Road,” James Anderson

Pros: Fascinating little desert town Cons: Ending loses its mooring a bit Rating: 4 out of 5 Lullaby Road, by James Anderson, centers around truck driver and somewhat-thug Ben. He becomes babysitter for a day when someone leaves a child

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Review: “The 53rd Card,” Virginia Weiss

Pros: Unusual and fascinating Cons: A bit… odd Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In The 53rd Card: A Dark Tale about Finding Light, by Virginia Weiss, Emma accidentally summons the Devil to her home. She doesn’t make a bargain with

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Review: “This Alien Shore,” C.S. Friedman

Pros: Stunning worldbuilding; amazing characters; wonderful plotting Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In C.S. Friedman’s This Alien Shore young Jamisia Shido is forced to abandon the corporate habitat she’s lived in for some time as it is destroyed

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Review: “Dark in Death,” J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts

Pros: Good length; plenty going on; lots of detail; multiple murders Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dark in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death), by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), is book 46 in the “in Death” series

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