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"Doubletake," Rob Thurman

Pros: Family can be such a double-edged sword… Cons: Family can be such a double-edged sword. Rating: 4.5 out of 5   NOTE: This is book seven of the Leandros Brothers series by Rob Thurman. The series starts with Nightlife,

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"Blackout," Rob Thurman

Pros: A chance to see what Cal might have been like as a “normal” human Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   NOTE: This is book six of the Leandros Brothers series by Rob Thurman. The series starts with

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"Roadkill," Rob Thurman

Pros: I always wonder how on earth Thurman’s going to pull Cal and Niko out of their latest, most insane problem, and she never disappoints Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   Spoiler Note: Read this series in order,

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"Cthulhu’s Reign" ed. Darrell Schweitzer

Pros: Surprising level of success given the difficulty Cons: It’s tough for an anthology to be perfect, and Lovecraftian horror is particularly difficult to write well Rating: 4 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   Most Lovecraftian

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"Dreaming Awake," Gwen Hayes

Pros: It’s good to see what happens next, but… Cons: Wishy-washy whiny heroine; too much back-and-forth; less focus on the things that made the world so unique; Hayden seems bland now; heroine keeps missing the obvious things Rating: 2.5 out

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"Double Dead," Chuck Wendig

Pros: Absolutely loved this no-holds-barred wild tale of a vampire forced to protect humans from zombies in order to preserve his food supply Cons: Some zombie apocalypse tropes, but they’re given enough good window-dressing that I really didn’t mind Rating:

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"Magic in the Blood," Devon Monk

Pros: Delightful world-building and characters; fascinating plot Cons: Magic gets a little less well-defined as the book goes on Rating: 4 out of 5   When Allie Beckstrom uses the formidable forces of magic that she controls, she pays a

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"Enemy Games," Marcella Burnard

Pros: Fascinating world-building; lots of action and plot twists Cons: Jayleia didn’t quite seem to match up with her portrayal in the first book; it was hard to see why the two main characters kept resisting their feelings for each

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"Inked," various authors

Pros: Lovely and highly original stories! Pretty good intros to the authors’ worlds Cons: One story that rushed; now you’ll want to go pick up more books! Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   The

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"Black Night," Christina Henry

Pros: Fulfills all the promise of Black Wings and then some Cons: Slightly stilted start; faerie queen could have used a little more depth Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book (uncorrected proof) courtesy of Penguin Group Expected publication date:

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