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Review: “Toad Words and Other Stories,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Delightful fairy tale variations with a folk tale feel Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s collection Toad Words And Other Stories very much tickled my fancy. I love the folk tale feel her stories give off.

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Review: “Bryony and Roses,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Fantastic version of Beauty and the Beast Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s Bryony And Roses beautifully captures the folk tale feel that she writes so well in other volumes. In this tale, Bryony is a

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Review: “The Raven and the Reindeer,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: Wonderful fairy tale-esque story Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Raven and the Reindeer is a glorious version of a Snow Queen fairy tale. Young Gerta and Kay are neighbors who’ve grown up together. Plump

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Review: “Nine Goblins,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: An all-around wonderful story Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s Nine Goblins gives us a world in which goblins–who aren’t so bad, really–are at war with humans and elves. It’s what happens when you keep getting

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Review: “Acca,” Christina Bauer

Pros: Sassy Cons: Sass at the expense of other elements Rating: 3 out of 5 Christina Bauer’s Acca (Angelbound Origins Book 3) is sassy and snarky, all right–sometimes at the expense of character smarts, worldbuilding, and more. Main character Myla

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Review: “Ninth City Burning,” J. Patrick Black

Pros: Wonderful characters Cons: Want to know more about what they’re fighting; time differences should produce more change? Rating: 3.5 out of 5 J. Patrick Black’s Ninth City Burning is a fascinating look at a war between forces from two

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Review: “Age of Myth,” Michael J. Sullivan

Pros: Fascinating world-building; good characters Cons: Some blatant unanswered questions Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Michael J. Sullivan’s Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire, Raithe’s father Herkimer is slain by one of the

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Review: “The Invisible Library,” Genevieve Cogman

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Didn’t keep me enthralled Rating: 3 out of 5 Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library starts out with an interesting premise: Irene is a Librarian (with a capital L). She works for a mysterious interdimensional Library hunting

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Review: “Madelyn’s Last Dance,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Love the characters, especially Madelyn Cons: Confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Madelyn’s Last Dance comes after book one: Madelyn’s Nephew and book two: Madelyn’s Mistake. I absolutely love the entire series. In Madelyn’s Last Dance the

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Review: “Marked in Flesh,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Continues our fascinating tale Cons: Too many characters to keep track of Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Marked In Flesh: A Novel of the Others is book four in the series. While there’s a well-done summary of

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