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Review: “Scion of the Fox,” S.M. Beiko

Pros: Delightfully original and creative Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 S.M. Beiko’s Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (Realms of Ancient, The) is a delightful young adult urban fantasy novel. 17-year-old Roan Harken was

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Review: “The Claus Effect,” David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Pros: So much fun; so creative! Cons: Starts out a little rough Rating: 4.5 out of 5 David Nickle and Karl Schroeder’s The Claus Effect combines a short story called “The Toy Mill” set in 1983, and a book called

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Review: “Residue,” Steve Diamond

Pros: Interesting premise Cons: Main character lacks agency; doesn’t make me want to read more Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Steve Diamond’s Residue (Jack Bishop) (Volume 1) follows Jack Bishop, a teenager in high school whose father disappears under mysterious

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Review: “Singularity,” Bill DeSmedt

Pros: Fascinating premise that goes to even more fascinating places Cons: Very talky; didn’t convince me to read the next book Rating: 4 out of 5 Bill DeSmedt’s Singularity (The Archon Sequence Book 1) starts with the Tunguska event–a seeming

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Review: “Labyrinth Lost,” Zoraida Cordova

Pros: Fascinating Cons: Powers become generic Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas), by Zoraida Cordova, is billed as a young adult book (not surprising, given the themes of finding oneself and growing into our power), but it’s

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Review: “Final Scream,” David Brookover

Pros: The beginning, when things were still being newly discovered Cons: Go find a tabletop gaming rules lawyer to fix the gaping plot holes Rating: 2 out of 5 David Brookover’s Final Scream is about a TV reality show in

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Review: “The Travelers,” Chris Pavone

Pros: Fantastically screwed-up espionage tale! Cons: Can get confusing! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Chris Pavone’s The Travelers is an espionage tale in which Will Rhodes, a travel writer, is seduced by lovely Elle. She keeps a video of that

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Review: “Hunters in the Dark,” Lawrence Osborne

Pros: Incredibly vivid sense of place Cons: From the description I expected more conspiracy and thrills Rating: 4 out of 5 Lawrence Osborne’s Hunters in the Dark is “a sophisticated game of cat and mouse” set in Cambodia. After being

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Review: “Admiral,” Sean Danker

Pros: Fantastic characters; entertaining and engrossing! Cons: I’d like to know a little more about what happened pre-story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Admiral (An Evagardian Novel), by Sean Danker, gives us thrills and chills with a nice dollop of

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Review: “Shock”, K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Very short entry in the series Cons: Not all that much to it. Rating: 3 out of 5 K.R. Griffiths’ Shock (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 2), also available bundled in the Wildfire Chronicles: Volumes 1-4, continues our story from part

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