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Review: “Beneath the Rising,” Premee Mohamed

Rating: 5 out of 5 Premee Mohamed’s cosmic horror novel Beneath The Rising bowled me over. Right from the start we’re presented with a highly unusual friendship of sorts. Joanna “Johnny” Chambers was born to a wealthy family, and possesses

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Review: “Shiva’s Bow,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Shiva’s Bow (Livi Talbot Volume 4) is the fourth book in this series, or sixth if you count two novellas. (See the end of this review for a full list, in order,

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Review: “Emperor’s Tomb,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 I’m continuing the Livi Talbot series by Skyla Dawn Cameron with book three: Emperor’s Tomb (Livi Talbot volume 3). (Note you should read Ashford’s Ghost, a novella, between books two and three.) Livi Talbot is

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Review: “Odin’s Spear,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Odin’s Spear (Livi Talbot) (Volume 2) is the sequel to book one, Solomon’s Seal [review]. This is another wonderful combination of urban fantasy, thriller, adventure, and horror–a combination that hits exactly the

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Review: “Solomon’s Seal,” Skyla Dawn Cameron

Rating: 5 out of 5 Skyla Dawn Cameron’s Solomon’s Seal (Livi Talbot) (Volume 1) starts off a new series with a bang! It has a bit each of a handful of genres: thriller, urban fantasy, adventure, and horror. Livi Talbot

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Review: “The Knight’s Daughter,” S.H. Cooper

Pros: Beautiful world-building; wonderful characters Cons: Some of the events toward the end felt a little hurried Rating: 4 out of 5 I love S.H. Cooper’s horror work, so I was intrigued to try her young adult fantasy (and she

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Short Take: “Operation Congo,” William Meikle

Pros: Still loving this series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 William Meikle’s Operation Congo (S-Squad Book 9) is a delightful continuance of his monster-fighting Scottish military squad stories. They’ve been all the way around the world, fought giant

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Review: “Critical Point,” S.L. Huang

Pros: Still loving this series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 I absolutely love S.L. Huang’s Cas Russell books. In Critical Point (Cas Russell Book 3), Cas is beginning to integrate with the people around her. It doesn’t come

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Review: “Edit,” Rick Chesler

Pros: Genuinely tense Cons: Lots of holes and inconsistencies Rating: 2 out of 5 SPOILER WARNING: This review does contain spoilers, because there’s a lot to talk about. Rick Chesler’s EDIT takes place in modern-day Florida. Detective Rene Bravia and

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Review: “Island King,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Original combination of ideas with some great tongue-in-cheek humor Cons: Hangs together a little loosely in some places Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Island King is a fun little adventure with some interesting tongue-in-cheek humor about reality

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