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Review: “Band on the Run: Rock Band Fights Evil Vols. 1-3,” D.J. Butler

Pros: Utterly fantastic third story; great set-up Cons: Some inconsistencies Rating: 4 out of 5 D.J. Butler’s Band on the Run: Rock Band Fights Evil Vols. 1-3 is amusingly creative and unusual. The rock band in question changes its name

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Review: “Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy,” Kevin J. Anderson

Pros: Some gripping stories Cons: Breaks in mood Rating: 4 out of 5 Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories: Horror and Dark Fantasy is definitely good, but I preferred his Selected Stories: Science Fiction Volume 1. There’s a handful of stories

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Review: “Magic Triumphs,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: So much goodness comes together! Cons: Where do we go from here?! Rating: 5 out of 5 Magic Triumphs is book 10 in the Kate Daniels series written by a husband-and-wife team writing as Ilona Andrews. The world-building is

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Review: “Magic Binds,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Fantastic arc-plot progression; vivid characters; wonderful action scenes Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ilona Andrews’s Magic Binds is book 9 in her “Kate Daniels” urban fantasy series. Make sure you read the rest of the series first–this

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Review: “Ironhand,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Fascinating army; interesting plot; good characters Cons: Ends a little quickly Rating: 4 out of 5 Ironhand (Taurin’s Chosen Book 2) is the sequel to Mourning Cloak, which I very much enjoyed due to its highly imaginative and vivid

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Review: “Mourning Cloak,” Rabia Gale

Pros: Beautiful descriptions; fascinating characters; intense imagery Cons: The cities/peoples got a little confusing Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Rabia Gale’s Mourning Cloak (Taurin’s Chosen Book 1) is a short but intense read. Kato Vorsok, who works simply mixing drinks,

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Review: “Irona 700,” Dave Duncan

Pros: Fascinating world and government Cons: I don’t always find politics riveting Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book provided by publisher.   Dave Duncan’s Irona 700 takes place in his own fantasy world–magic exists, religion controls a lot of

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Review: “Downfall,” Rob Thurman

Pros: Book nine and I’m still enthralled! Cons: I feel like I missed some things Rating: 4 out of 5 Rob Thurman’s Downfall, book nine in her Leandros Brothers/Cal Leandros series, could see the end of Cal and his brother

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Review: “The Monstrous”, ed. Ellen Datlow

Pros: Excellent tales of monsters of all kinds Cons: Some still confuse me Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. I rarely rate anthologies above a three–maybe a four at most. The thing

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Review: “Transcendence,” Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Pros: Some fascinating stories Cons: A few that felt as though they ended early; some confusion Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review ebook provided free by publisher for this review. Expected publication date: 5/22/2015. Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Transcendence is a collection

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