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Review: “The New Neighbors,” Simon Lelic

Pros: Interesting mystery Cons: Structurally odd Rating: 4 out of 5 Simon Lelic’s The New Neighbors largely takes the form of a manuscript written alternately by Sydney and Jack, a couple who recently bought an old house stuffed with creepy

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Review: “The Broken Girls,” Simone St. James

Pros: Fascinating story Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Uncorrected proof provided by publisher for review. In Simone St. James’s The Broken Girls, the time period switches back and forth between 1950 and 2014, in the small town of

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Review: “Sparrow Hill Road,” by Seanan McGuire

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Seanan McGuire’s Sparrow Hill Road is about Rose Marshall, a ghost who’s been sweet 16 for decades. She’ll forever wear the prom dress she died in, and she

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Review: “Mumma’s House,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Excellent haunted house tale Cons: The ceremony was a tad weird Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Mumma’s House introduces us to a most unusual haunted house. This isn’t the stereotypical empty, unlived-in building. Instead, it belongs to

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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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