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Review: “Evil,” Tijan

Pros: Semi-interesting plot Cons: Depiction of powers; confusing; overly hyperbolic style Rating: 2 out of 5 Shay lives in a family of four high-school-age half-demons. Her brother, Kellan, watches over her obsessively. Shay is supposed to be the most powerful

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Review: “Ink and Bone,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Great setting and characters Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Ink and Bone is a fantastic paranormal thriller tale. Finley, a woman who likes tattoos and fast motorcycles has a gift: she can perceive and speak

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Review: “The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes,” D. Krauss

Pros: Clever creepiness Cons: Some stories are better than others; stereotyped female characters Rating: 2.5 out of 5 D. Krauss’ The Moonlight in Genevieve’s Eyes and Other Tales of Horror is an enjoyable collection of creepy tales. (I picked it

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Review: “Fellside,” M.R. Carey

Pros: Fascinating story and characters Cons: A bit slow and roundabout Rating: 4 out of 5 “It’s a strange thing to wake up not knowing who you are.” That’s the dynamite first line that introduces M.R. Carey’s Fellside. Jess Moulson

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Review: “Blood Ghost,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating monster Cons: Too much intuition; too many convenient dreams Rating: 3 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Blood Ghost is the sequel to The Hunting Tree–but the ‘Hunting Tree’ of the last book isn’t actually in this one. Davey

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Review: “The Hunting Tree,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: A couple of details Rating: 3 out of 5 I think Ike Hamill has a preoccupation with both the extinction of the human race and the concept of monsters that eat people; I’ve seen both in

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Review: “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams,” Stephen King

Pros: Fantastic selection of stories Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a collection of Stephen King’s short stories, was a lot of fun to read! I also enjoyed his introductory discussion on writing short

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Review: “Skillful Death,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Around a third of the way through it becomes amazing Cons: Very slow and confusing start Rating: 4 out of 5 Ike Hamill’s Skillful Death follows the story of Malcolm, a skeptic who debunks claims of paranormal activity or

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Review: “Northwoods,” Bill Schweigart

Pros: Pacing; some characters Cons: Some characters; the very beginning Rating: 3 out of 5 Northwoods, by Bill Schweigart, introduces us to Davis Holland, who helps to patrol the border between the US and Canada. One night the sensors pick

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Review: “Ex-Patriots,” Peter Clines

Pros: Plenty of fun surprises in store! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Ex-Patriots: A Novel (Ex-Heroes) is the sequel to Peter Clines’s Ex-Heroes. I’ve been having such fun reading his books lately that I decided I had to

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