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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: “The 53rd Card,” Virginia Weiss

Pros: Unusual and fascinating Cons: A bit… odd Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In The 53rd Card: A Dark Tale about Finding Light, by Virginia Weiss, Emma accidentally summons the Devil to her home. She doesn’t make a bargain with

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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: “The Jekyll Revelation,” Robert Masello

Pros: Very well-written; fascinating story Cons: The modern-day part fades into the background Rating: 4 out of 5 In Robert Masello’s The Jekyll Revelation, a modern-day park ranger stumbles across a strange steamer trunk during a drought that has nearly

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Review: “THEM Book Two: Counteraction,” M.D. Massey

Pros: Nice seeing trickery used instead of always brute force Cons: I want to understand the bad guys a bit more–especially the monsters Rating: 4 out of 5 PLEASE NOTE: It’s nearly impossible to write this review of “book two”

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Review: “A Time of Torment,” John Connolly

Pros: Wonderful characters; fascinating locale; I clearly need to read more about Charlie and his… associates Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Connolly’s A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller is fantastic. It’s a comparatively long read,

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Review: “THEM Book One: Incursion”, M.D. Massey

Pros: New players in the game; gradual dissemination of more info Cons: Still need to know more! Rating: 4 out of 5 PLEASE NOTE: It’s nearly impossible to write this review of book one without giving away points from book

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Short Take: “The Demon and the Witch,” Charles E. Gray

Pros: Interesting haunting tale Cons: Chidren’s dialogue Rating: 3 out of 5 Charles E. Gray’s The Demon and the Witch (Guardians Book 1) pits a young woman named Tara and a 15-year-old Michael against not just a magical enemy, but

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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: “The Devil’s Mouth,” Matt Kincade

Pros: Entertaining witticisms Cons: The bad guy is his own worst enemy; please tell me this is meant to be satire Rating: 2 out of 5 Since Matt Kincade’s The Devil’s Mouth (Alex Rains, Vampire Hunter Book 1) is not

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