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Review: “Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives,” ed. Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Some really enjoyable stories Cons: Anthologies are almost always variable in quality Rating: 4 out of 5 Kristine Kathryn Rusch, an excellent author and editor, picked the stories for Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives (Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine

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Review: “Five Fantastic Tales,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Pros: Magical tales Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Five Fantastic Tales is a collection of stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. It ranges from emotional and sweet, to hilarious, to intriguing. Flower Fairies is a story about a woman

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Review: “Darker Things,” Rob Cornell

Pros: Fabulous world-building; intriguing storyline Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Rob Cornell’s Darker Things: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (The Lockman Chronicles Book 1) starts off with a bang. Thirteen-year-old girl Jessie shows up on Craig Lockman’s doorstep. In

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Review: “Posing for Picasso,” Sam Stone

Pros: Keeps the reader guessing! Cons: Slow start Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sam Stone’s Posing for Picasso is a thriller/horror novel that absolutely delighted me. Painter Avgustin Juniper is accused of killing and mutilating his girlfriend and model, Annabel.

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Review: “Waking Anastasia,” Timothy Reynolds

Pros: Gorgeous story of love and loss Cons: Some issues (see review); abrupt ending Rating: 3 out of 5 Timothy Reynolds’s Waking Anastasia is a lovely paranormal romance. Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanova, in 1918, is killed and becomes bound as

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Review: “Edged Blade,” J.C. Daniels

Pros: Engaging storyline; interesting characters Cons: Mild issues Rating: 4 out of 5 Edged Blade (Colbana Files Series Book 4), by J.C. Daniels (Shiloh Walker), features paranormal investigator Kit Colbana. She’s only half-human, and she’s sorta/kinda dating the werecat Alpha.

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Review: “Of Blood and Bone,” Nora Roberts

Pros: Fascinating world-building; excellent characters Cons: Part of the ending comes out of nowhere Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Nora Roberts’s Of Blood and Bone: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 picks up a handful of years after Year One

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Review: “Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight,” Don Bassingthwaite

Pros: Original, vivid, inspiring, and bawdy! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Now I’m even more addicted to storybundles, since one of them introduced me to Don Bassingthwaite’s marvelous Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories.

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Review: “Clash of Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Lots of interesting goals Cons: I want to believe that more is at stake Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of Linsey Hall’s “The Amazon” (book 26 of her “Dragon’s Gift” universe) Rowan had to keep her

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Review: “Hunt for Magic,” Linsey Hall

Pros: Interesting setup; great action Cons: Some one-dimensional antagonists Rating: 4 out of 5 In book one of Linsey Hall’s “The Amazon” (book 26 of her “Dragon’s Gift” universe) Rowan had to keep her demon-touched power secret, start integrating her

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