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Review: “Ashes of Raging Water,” Michael J. Allen

Pros: Fascinating worldbuilding and interesting characters Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Michael J. Allen’s Ashes of Raging Water: An Urban Fantasy Action Adventure (Blood Phoenix Chronicles) is an enjoyable and interesting urban fantasy. Water phoenix Quayla is

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Review: “Daughter of Dragons,” A.J. Flowers

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Details that don’t add up right; weird ending Rating: 3 out of 5 A.J. Flowers’s Daughter of Dragons: An Urban Fantasy Dragon Shifter Romance (Dragon Queen) is an interesting tale, but it never quite settled right

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Review: “Orion’s Kiss,” Claire Luana

Pros: Interesting setup Cons: Some details Rating: 4 out of 5 Claire Luana’s Orion’s Kiss introduces us to Meriah Carmichael. She’s a modern-day teenager who runs track in high school, and whose mother is the school psychologist. She’s also the

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Review: “Middlegame,” Seanan McGuire

Pros: Stunning, maddening alchemical tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The premise of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame didn’t immediately call out to me, but I figured it’s a Seanan McGuire book, so it would certainly not be a waste

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Review: “Twin Lakes: Autumn Fires,” Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason

Pros: Decent tale of demonic horror Cons: Stilted, awkward style and laughable dialogue Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason’s Twin Lakes: Autumn Fires attempts to cross a tale of demonic killings and possession with an odd

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Review: “The City of Mirrors,” Justin Cronin

Pros: The worldbuilding and characterization are wonderful Cons: Pacing suffers Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Passage Trilogy) is the sequel to The Passage and The Twelve. In book one, scientists created a

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Review: “The Twelve,” Justin Cronin

Pros: Such an intricate world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel picks up five years after the end of The Passage, in 97 A.V. Amy, Alicia, and

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Review: “The Passage,” Justin Cronin

Pros: LONG and fascinating tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) covers a lot of genre background, from paranormal to horror, sci-fi to bio-thriller, apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic.

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Review: “Wild Country,” Anne Bishop

Pros: Fascinating world and society building; great characters Cons: A couple of setting details feel off; too many characters Rating: 4 out of 5 Anne Bishop’s Wild Country (World of the Others, The) introduces us to the town of Bennett.

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Review: “Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities,” K.C. Ball

Pros: A wonderful array of consistently great stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The collection of K.C. Ball short stories entitled Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities is fabulous. It includes more than 20 stories of

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