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Review: “The Vampire Queen,” Veronica Shade

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding and characters Cons: Incomplete, and a bit matter-of-fact Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Veronica Shade’s The Vampire Queen: A Young Adult Paranormal Romance opens with Hadley discovering that her best friend Iris has been kidnapped by vampires.

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Review: “Dead Silence,” K.G. Reuss

Pros: Interesting characters Cons: Genre-twisting Rating: 4 out of 5 K.G. Reuss’s Dead Silence: A Dementon Academy of Magic Novel (The Everlasting Chronicles Book 1) introduces us to Everly (Ever), a high-school-aged girl who’s seeing things. When she was little

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Review: “Ashes of Raging Water,” Michael J. Allen

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and interesting characters Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael J. Allen’s Ashes of Raging Water: An Urban Fantasy Action Adventure (Blood Phoenix Chronicles) is an enjoyable and interesting urban fantasy. Water phoenix Quayla is

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Review: “Daughter of Dragons,” A.J. Flowers

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Details that don’t add up right; weird ending Rating: 3 out of 5 A.J. Flowers’s Daughter of Dragons: An Urban Fantasy Dragon Shifter Romance (Dragon Queen) is an interesting tale, but it never quite settled right

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Review: “Orion’s Kiss,” Claire Luana

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Claire Luana’s Orion’s Kiss introduces us to Meriah Carmichael. She’s a modern-day teenager who runs track in high school, and whose mother is the school psychologist. She’s also the

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Cookbook Review: “Ruffage,” Abra Berens

Pros: Some decent basic instructions Cons: Very uneven and unbalanced recipes Rating: 2 out of 5 I haven’t had much room or energy to cook since moving a couple of years ago, so I haven’t been buying many cookbooks. Part

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Review: “The Shadowed Sun,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: Such delightful characters and plot! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Shadowed Sun (The Dreamblood) is the second book in The Dreamblood Duology. And frankly, I can’t stop giving 5-star ratings to all of these

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Review: “The Killing Moon,” N.K. Jemisin

Pros: What a marvel of worldbuilding! Cons: Mildly confusing at first Rating: 5 out of 5 N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon is the first book in The Dreamblood Duology. Ehiru is a priest of Hananja, a Gatherer, who collects the

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Review: “Beyond the Night,” Colleen Gleason

Pros: Nifty worldbuilding and characters Cons: One annoying “misunderstanding” Rating: 4 out of 5 Book provided courtesy of the author. In Colleen Gleason’s Beyond the Night (The Heroes of New Vegas) (Volume 1), Elliott and his friends were hiking in

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Non-Review: “Netherkind,” Greg Chapman

Greg Chapman’s Netherkind is the story of Thomas. He’s a Flesher, a creature who feeds on the skin of humans and takes their DNA into himself, changing him just a little with each feeding. If he doesn’t give in to

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