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Short Take: “The Dunewalkers,” Ron Ripley

Pros: Interesting new themes Cons: Weird that Paul showed up at a new place Rating: 4 out of 5 Ron Ripley’s The Dunewalkers is book two in his Moving In series. (Here’s my review of book one, Moving In.) In

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Review: “Moving In,” Ron Ripley

Pros: Some nice touches that are unusual for the genre Cons: Just little things here and there Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ron Ripley’s Moving In (Moving In Series) (Volume 1), Brian and Jenny have just moved into a

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Review: “Fellside,” M.R. Carey

Pros: Fascinating story and characters Cons: A bit slow and roundabout Rating: 4 out of 5 “It’s a strange thing to wake up not knowing who you are.” That’s the dynamite first line that introduces M.R. Carey’s Fellside. Jess Moulson

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Short Take: “Don’t Look Inside,” Spike Black

Pros: The plot turned out to have an interesting basis Cons: Slid rather suddenly into its final tale Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Spike Black’s Don’t Look Inside is a tale of a most unusual book. Whenever anyone picks it

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Review: “Ghost,” Laura Cardinal

Pros: Plenty of wrinkles in the plot Cons: One-dimensional characters; not advertised as YA; some ridiculous plot developments Rating: 2 out of 5 Laura Cardinal’s Ghost is about a high school that seems to suddenly come down with a haunting.

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Review: “Living with Ghosts,” Kari Sperring

Pros: Rich, inexorable, and gripping Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Merafi has been safe from supernatural creatures due to an ancient pact, and it’s been so long that the inhabitants no

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"The Other Side," J.D. Robb et. al.

Pros: An interesting variety of takes on the spiritual side of life Cons: Stories range from fantastic to awful Rating: 3 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The Other Side is a book of five stories

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"Submission" by Cherie Feather

Pros: Good sense of pacing, reads very quickly Cons: Hero could be aggravatingly stubborn; heroine loses her inhibitions a little too quickly Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   When Kiki Dion, art historian, gets

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"Kiss & Hell," Dakota Cassidy

Pros: Great concept; fun plot twists; enjoyable characters Cons: Super-strong dialogue patterns; protracted initial distrust; celebrity ghosts; felt like a sequel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group. Expected publication date: 6/2/2009.   I

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"Phantom Pleasures," Julie Leto

Pros: Strong characters; complex good & bad guys; fascinating back-story Cons: Jumped a little quickly into the supernatural Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group. Visit Julie Leto’s website.   Hotel heiress and developer Alexa Chandler

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