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Review: “Master of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Some gripping scenes; consent Cons: One bone-headed move; one fight moved too fast Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In book one of The Valkyrie, Bree and her sister Ana had to fight hard to track down and acquire the

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Review: “Attack by Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Managed to be surprisingly tense despite the formula Cons: The formula Rating: 4 out of 5 Book one of The Valkyrie saw Bree (and her sister Ana) join the magical Undercover Protectorate to chase down their current nemesis, Ricketts,

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Review: “Pursuit of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Wonderful adventure and fight scenes; strong female characters Cons: Formulaic aspects Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of The Valkyrie, Bree and her sister Ana joined the Undercover Protectorate. They chased down their nemesis, Ricketts, and got

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Review: “Academy of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Delightful fight scenes; great characters Cons: A bit formulaic; some inconsistencies Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Academy of Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Valkyrie Book 2) starts off two weeks after the events of the previous book. In

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Review: “Undercover Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Inventive fight scenes; strong female characters Cons: A bit formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Undercover Magic (Dragon’s Gift: The Valkyrie Book 1) starts off the fourth sub-series of her Dragon’s Gift universe. (See my review of

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Review: “Archangel’s Prophecy,” Nalini Singh

Pros: Characters, story, tension Cons: Slow start; ENDS TOO SOON Rating: 5 out of 5 ARGH. This is why I used to try to avoid series books. I hate it when a book ends in the middle of something important.

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Review: “Afterburn,” Scott Nicholson

Pros: Intriguing Cons: Not enough to make me want to read more Rating: 3 out of 5 Scott Nicholson’s Afterburn: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (Next Book 1) was a fun read, but wasn’t enough to make me want to read more.

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Short Take: “The Hair Wreath and Other Stories,” Halli Villegas

Pros: Deeply engrossing tales Cons: Some stories end far too abruptly Rating: 4.5 out of 5 The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, by Halli Villegas, is a wonderful collection of horror and paranormal tales. Particularly at first I felt that

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Non-Review: “Experimental Film,” Gemma Files

It’s been ages since I last posted a non-review: a brief blurb in which I tell you why, exactly, I was unable to finish reading a book, so you can decide for yourself whether it might interest you anyway. (When

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Review: “The Night Inside,” Nancy Baker

Pros: Interesting vampire novel Cons: Didn’t entirely hold my attention Rating: 4 out of 5 Nancy Baker’s The Night Inside is a 1990s vampire tale. Dimitri Rozokov has been asleep for 90 years, only to wake up and be taken

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