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Review: “The Last One,” Alexandra Oliva

Pros: This is a debut novel?! Wow! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Getting books for review is a gamble–you never know whether you’ll be reading crud or a literary diamond. Most books fall into the middle ground, but

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Review: “The Hatching,” Ezekiel Boone

Pros: Nice creepy thriller Cons: Not visceral enough for horror Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Ezekiel Boone’s The Hatching: A Novel (The Hatching Trilogy) introduces us to a mass hatching of an ancient variety of spider. Whole tides of carnivorous

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Short Take: “Victim,” Sam West

Pros: Campy Cons: Women and traps Rating: 3 out of 5 I very much appreciate Sam West’s “An Extreme Horror Novel” warning on Victim. So many people enjoy different styles of horror, and some people would be understandably displeased if

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Review: “The Binding,” Nicholas Wolff

Pros: Fascinating background Cons: There’s a lot to keep track of; poor assumptions Rating: 3 out of 5 Nicholas Wolff’s The Binding introduces us to psychiatrist Nat Thayer and police detective John Bailey. Bodies are piling up, and Nat and

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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: “Lies of the Prophet,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating plot and interesting characters Cons: I’m left with a couple of questions Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ike Hamill’s Lies of the Prophet, we find out that Gregory is a man who came back from the dead.

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Review: “Lineage,” Joe Hart

Pros: Fascinating; some interesting twists Cons: Some details that confused me Rating: 4 out of 5 Joe Hart’s Lineage tells the story of young Lance Metzger, whose father viciously abuses both him and his mother. Lance writes poetry to deal

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Review: “The Exorcism of Sara May,” Joe Hart

Pros: Loved the plot and characters Cons: One character barely missed being a deus ex machina Rating: 4 out of 5 Joe Hart’s The Exorcism of Sara May takes place in 1936, in a tiny little farming town out in

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Short Take: “Mirror Mirror,” Anthony M. Strong

Pros: Short and sweet Cons: Nothing new here Rating: 3 out of 5 Sometimes it’s nice to read a little horror novella in between longer reads. Mirror Mirror, by Anthony M. Strong, occupies that niche. It’s quick, it’s fun, but

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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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