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Review: “Little Girl Gone,” Gerry Schmitt

Pros: Interesting plot and characters Cons: Some things I wanted more information on Rating: 4 out of 5 In Gerry Schmitt’s Little Girl Gone (An Afton Tangler Thriller), a three-month-old baby goes missing. Afton Tangler is a civilian liaison to

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Review: “The Hatching,” Ezekiel Boone

Pros: Nice creepy thriller Cons: Not visceral enough for horror Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching: A Novel (The Hatching Trilogy) introduces us to a mass hatching of an ancient variety of spider. Whole tides of carnivorous

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Short Take: “Victim,” Sam West

Pros: Campy Cons: Women and traps Rating: 3 out of 5 I very much appreciate Sam West’s “An Extreme Horror Novel” warning on Victim. So many people enjoy different styles of horror, and some people would be understandably displeased if

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Review: “My Girl,” Jack Jordan

Pros: Great characters Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 The early part of Jack Jordan’s My Girl is every bit as depressing as his novel Anything For Her. Paige Dawson is hitting rock bottom. Her husband killed himself. Her

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Review: “Vacui Magia,” L. S. Johnson

Pros: The stories that make you go ‘wow!’ Cons: Some minor confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Typically in an anthology like Vacui Magia: Stories, you expect to like some stories, not like others. Because of this I rarely give

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Review: “Age of Myth,” Michael J. Sullivan

Pros: Fascinating world-building; good characters Cons: Some blatant unanswered questions Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Michael J. Sullivan’s Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire, Raithe’s father Herkimer is slain by one of the

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Review: “The Seeker Star,” Susan Jane Bigelow

Pros: Wonderful characters and plot Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Please note that it’s pretty much impossible to review this book without giving away details of where we left off in The Daughter Star. If you haven’t yet

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Review: “The Daughter Star,” Susan Jane Bigelow

Pros: I’m loving Bigelow’s books! Cons: Very small detail gripes Rating: 5 out of 5 Susan Jane Bigelow’s The Daughter Star (Grayline Sisters Book 1) is a fantastic read. To put it in perspective, as soon as I finished reading

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Review: “The Binding,” Nicholas Wolff

Pros: Fascinating background Cons: There’s a lot to keep track of; poor assumptions Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicholas Wolff’s The Binding introduces us to psychiatrist Nat Thayer and police detective John Bailey. Bodies are piling up, and Nat and

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Review: “Casimir Bridge,” Darren D. Byer

Pros: Excellent characters and world-building Cons: *grumble* semi-cliffhanger *grumble* Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Darren D. Byer’s Casimir Bridge (Anghazi Series Book 1) is the story of Mandisa (Mandi) Nkosi. She’s a journalist who covered an intense fight in a

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