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Review: “Ruination,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Intriguing blend of trauma and mysticism Cons: Slow sometimes Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Ruination introduces us to a music journalist who’s looking into an old band called the Brothers Ruination. He finds some intriguing hints as

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Review: “The Twisted Ones,” T. Kingfisher

Pros: It took me an hour to come down off of the adrenaline high! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones blends rural folktale with horror and a found-manuscript aspect. It’s written by Melissa, called

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Review: “Until Death,” Kari Kilgore

Pros: Intriguing tale Cons: Slow and ordinary at first Rating: 4 out of 5 In Kari Kilgore’s Until Death (The Death and Redemption Series), Leo Sabov must watch his wife Maria die, a victim of her own alcoholism. After being

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Review: “Missing White Girl,” Jeffrey J. Mariotte

Pros: Very original Cons: Not entirely engaging Rating: 3 out of 5 Jeffrey J. Mariotte’s thriller Missing White Girl starts out seeming entirely ordinary, but it’s really a paranormal thriller. (This can feel discordant if you don’t know it up

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Review: “The Haunting of Hill House,” Shirley Jackson

Pros: Holy hell this story sucked me in! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics) has Dr. Montague preparing to spend some time in the supposedly-haunted Hill House. He finds two

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Review: “The Invited,” Jennifer McMahon

Pros: Fantastic sense of place and wonderful characters Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Jennifer McMahon’s The Invited: A Novel introduces us to Helen and her husband Nate, circa 2015. They’re both teachers–Helen’s a historian–and they’ve gotten it into

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Short Take: “The Copycat Murders,” William Meikle

Pros: Taut and intriguing Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 William Meikle’s work always seems to migrate to the top of my TBR pile. His novella The Copycat Murders is no exception! It starts several steps into the story,

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Review: “Dragon Rising,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Great adventure and action Cons: Formulaic; a few details Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Dragon Rising (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 4) continues the story of Aerdeca, a blood sorceress and Dragon Blood who lives in the

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Review: “Demon Curse,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Definitely a fun adventure Cons: Formulaic Rating: 4 out of 5 Linsey Hall’s Demon Curse (Dragon’s Gift: The Sorceress Book 3) is her latest book about Aeri/Aerdeca, blood sorceress and Dragon Blood living in the magical town of Magic’s

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Review: “Cursed Lands” Collection

Pros: A seriously large urban fantasy collection! Cons: Incredibly scattershot quality Rating: 3 out of 5 Cursed Lands: A Limited Edition Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian Collection includes more than 20 tales by a wide array of authors. To

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